Listening Library’s Best Audios of 2016

Take a listen to these titles that made the Best of 2016 lists from Amazon, Audible, AudioFile, Barnes and Noble, Bustle, Booklist, BookRiot, Horn Book, Goodreads, New York Public Library, New York Times Notable Children’s Books, NPR, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, Washington Post, Kirkus, and more!

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Author: B. T. Gottfred | Narrator: Kirby Heyborne, Julia Whelan and B. T. Gottfred
Grades: 9-12
Release Date: November 15, 2016
His classmates may consider him a nerd, but Benedict Pendleton knows he's destined for great things. All he has to do is find a worthy girlfriend, and his social station will be secured. Sure, Benedict is different--but that's what he likes about himself.
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Author: Nicola Yoon | Narrator: Bahni Turpin, Dominic Hoffman and Raymond Lee
Grades: 9-12
Release Date: November 01, 2016

Soon to be a major motion picture. The #1 New York Times bestseller and National Book Award Finalist from the bestselling author of Everything, Everything (streaming now.) will have you falling in love with Natasha and Daniel as they fall in love with each other.

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Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff | Narrator: Various and Carla Corvo
Grades: 9-12
Release Date: October 18, 2016
Brace yourself for GEMINA—the highly anticipated sequel to the book critics called “out-of-this-world awesome,”—featuring journal illustrations by bestselling author Marie Lu.
 
Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life.
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Author: Kate Beasley | Narrator: Tara Sands
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: October 04, 2016
For fans of Three Times Lucky and The Penderwicks, this endearing new classic spins together sparkling humor, sizzle-pop writing, and a sassy main character with an unforgettable voice.

Gertie Reece Foy is 100% Not-From-Concentrate awesome.
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Author: Jennifer Niven | Narrator: Robbie Daymond and Jorjeana Marie
Grades: 9-12
Release Date: October 04, 2016
New York Times Bestseller

From the author of the New York Times bestseller All the Bright Places comes a heart-wrenching story about what it means to see someone—and love someone—for who they truly are.
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Author: Rick Riordan | Narrator: Kieran Culkin
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: October 04, 2016
Thor's hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon--the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn't just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can't retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants.
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Author: Adam Gidwitz and Benjamin Bagby | Narrator: Various and Adam Gidwitz
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: September 27, 2016
The bestselling author of A Tale Dark and Grimm takes on medieval times in an exciting and hilarious new adventure about history, religion . . . and farting dragons.
 
1242. On a dark night, travelers from across France cross paths at an inn and begin to tell stories of three children.
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Author: Kenneth C. Davis | Narrator: Various
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: September 20, 2016
2017 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction finalist

Did you know that many of America’s Founding Fathers―who fought for liberty and justice for all―were slave owners.

Through the powerful stories of five enslaved people who were “owned” by four of our greatest presidents, this book helps set the record straight about the role slavery played in the founding of America.
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Author: Richard Peck | Narrator: Michael Crouch
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: September 20, 2016
Newbery Medalist Richard Peck tells a story of small-town life, gay marriage, and everyday heroes in this novel for fans of Gary Schmidt and Jack Gantos.

Archer Magill has spent a lively five years of grade school with one eye out in search of grown-up role models.
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Author: Traci Chee | Narrator: Kim Mai Guest
Grades: 9-12
Release Date: September 13, 2016

Instant New York Times Bestseller

A stunning debut set in a world where reading is unheard-of, perfect for fans of Inkheart and Shadow and Bone

Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal.

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Author: Sabaa Tahir | Narrator: Steve West, Katharine McEwan and Fiona Hardingham
Grades: 9-12
Release Date: August 30, 2016
THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING SEQUEL TO AN EMBER IN THE ASHES

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USA TODAY BESTSELLER
A WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER


Spectacular.”Entertainment Weekly

Fresh and exciting.
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Author: Jennifer L. Holm | Narrator: Jennifer L. Holm and Kirby Heyborne
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: August 30, 2016
Winner of the Scott O'Dell Award
Five Starred Reviews.
A New York Public Library Best Book for Kids, 2016

Grown-ups lie. That’s one truth Beans knows for sure. He and his gang know how to spot a whopper a mile away, because they are the savviest bunch of barefoot conchs (that means “locals”) in all of Key West.
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