Beat Winter Blues with Winter Debuts

Make the hours fly by like snowflakes in the wind with audiobooks from debut authors. From picture books to fantastical thrillers, there’s something for every member of the family to cozy up with. Fireplace not included.

Author: Anna Meriano
Read By: Kyla Garcia

Ellen Lopez-Rourke has one muggy Houston summer left before college. But when she is grounded for the entire summer by her evil stepmother, all Ellen’s plans are thrown out the window. Determined to do something with her time, Ellen convinces her parents to let her join the local muggle Quidditch team…where she may have belonged all along.

Kids have imaginary friends. Rachel knows this. she thinks nothing of Delfy, her young son Billy’s new invisible friend. But soon Delfy is telling Billy what to do, and the boy is acting up and lashing out in ways he never has before. And Delfy’s influence grows stranger and more sinister by the day.

Papi is a bricklayer, and he works hard every day to help build the city, brick by brick. His son, Luis, works hard too–in school, book by book. Together, they dream big about their future as they work to make those dreams come true.

Author: Namina Forna
Read By: Shayna Small

Deka lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony. But on the day of the ceremony, her blood runs gold, the color of impurity–and Deka knows she will face a consequence worse than death. Then a mysterious woman comes to her with a choice: stay in the village and submit to her fate, or leave to fight for the emperor in an army of girls just like her.

Author: Kate Russo
Read By: Julia Whelan

Bennett Driscoll is an artist who was once a rising star until he’s forced to move into his artist’s studio in the back garden and list his house on the popular vacation rental site, AirBed. Bennett struggles to find purpose in his day-to-day.That all changes when three different guests unwittingly unlock the pieces of himself that have been lost to him for too long.

It is 1995, and Anvar Faris is a restless, rebellious, and sharp-tongued boy doing his best to grow up in Pakistan, until his family decides to start life over in California.Thousands of miles away, Safwa, a young girl living in Baghdad with her conservative father will find a far more dangerous path to America. When Anvar and Safwa’s worlds collide as adults, their intertwined fates will rock their community, and families, to their core.

When Rose Colter’s car breaks down in the Nevada desert, the silence of the night is broken by a radio broadcast of the last voicemail her best friend Gaby left before she died. Rose follows the lights from the closest radio tower to Lotus Valley. And according to Cassie Cyrene, the town’s third most accurate prophet, they’ve been waiting for her. Because Rose’s arrival is part of a looming prophecy.

Esther dreams of more than the marriage her parents have arranged to a prosperous silversmith. She longs for the handsome Joseph and is confused by her attraction to Tiberius, a man who should be her sworn enemy. As the streets turn into a bloody battleground between rebels and Romans, Esther’s journey becomes one of survival.

In Kit Marlowe’s last year at Cambridge, he receives an unexpected visitor: Queen Elizabeth’s spymaster, who has come with an unorthodox career opportunity. Kit is dispatched to the manor of Mary, Queen of Scots to act as a servant in her household and keep his ear to the ground for a plot to put Mary on the throne. While observing Mary, Kit learns more than he bargained for.

Charlie Vega is a lot of things. Smart. Funny. Artistic. Ambitious. Fat. People sometimes have a problem with that last one. Charlie wants a good relationship with her body, but it’s hard. But there’s one person who’s always in Charlie’s corner: her best friend Amelia. So when Charlie starts a tentative relationship with Brian, the first guy to notice her, everything is perfect until she learns one thing-he asked Amelia out first.