Momo Arashima Steals the Sword of the Wind
7 Tween & Teen Fantasy Audiobooks to Hear This Month

Let young listeners feel the magic this Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with high-flying fantasy adventures. Time loops, animal spirits, poisonous tea, and more await in these otherworldly audiobooks written and narrated by AANHPI folks.

All Momo wants is an ordinary life. But when Momo’s mother falls gravely ill, a death hag straight out of her childhood stories attacks Momo at the mall, where she’s rescued by a talking fox…and “ordinary” goes out the window. In Momo Arashima Steals the Sword of the Wind, Momo must embrace her identity to unlock her divine powers and save her mother’s life.

Author: Van Hoang
Read By: Kim Mai Guest

Thom Ngoh thought the Monkey King was her friend, but really he was just using–and tricking–her. Now the Monkey King is waging a war and Thom must do everything in her power to fix the mess she made. In Girl Giant and the Jade War, Thom and her friends set off on a far flung adventure to save the Heavens and the Jade Emperor from certain destruction.

Author: Zeba Shahnaz
Read By: Nikki Massoud

Anaïs has no desire to rub shoulders with the nation’s most eligible bachelors at her kingdom’s ball. But at the stroke of midnight, an explosion rips through the palace, killing everyone in its path. Including her…until she wakes up in her bedroom, hours before the ball. No one else remembers the deadly attack or believes her warnings of disaster. Not even when it happens again. In Midnight Strikes, if she’s going to escape this nightmarish time loop, Anaïs must take control of her own fate and stop the attack before it happens.

Author: Judy I. Lin
Read By: Carolyn Kang

For Ning, the only thing worse than losing her mother is knowing that it’s her own fault. She unknowingly brewed the poison tea that killed her―the poison tea that now threatens to also take her sister. When Ning hears of a competition to find the kingdom’s greatest masters of the art of tea-making―she travels to the imperial city to compete. The winner will receive a favor from the princess, which may be Ning’s only chance to save her sister’s life.

Theo Tan doesn’t want a spirit companion. He just wants to be a normal American kid. But, when his older brother dies, Theo ends up inheriting Jamie’s fox spirit, Kai, who isn’t happy about the arrangement either. In Theo Tan and the Fox Spirit, Theo must learn to embrace his heritage and work with Kai to solve the mystery of his brother’s death.

From William C. Morris Finalist Nafiza Azad comes The Wild Ones, a thrilling, feminist fantasy about a group of teenage girls endowed with special powers who must band together to save the life of the boy whose magic saved them all. For if Taraana is no longer safe and free, neither are the Wild Ones.

Author: Katie Zhao
Read By: Annie Q

As shamans, Winnie Zeng and her archnemesis, David Zuo, have accepted their roles in guarding the world from evil spirits. But with Halloween around the corner, the balance between realms grows fragile—and so yet another shaman is assigned to help Winnie and David protect the town of Groton, Michigan. The catch? The new shaman is the worst, and is confident she can save the world all on her own. In Winnie Zeng Vanquishes a King Groton is going to need all three of them on the same team…or there might not be a town left to defend.

Discover more awesome audiobooks for kids on our Uplift AANHPI Voices and Stories page.