Every voice deserves to be heard, and audiobooks bring diverse YA characters and stories to vibrant life.Â Maybe you’ve got drama happening in your friend group and want to escape into a world as multi-layered as your own, or maybe you’re in the mood for some major cyber-thriller action—or serious inspiration. Find yourself in these YA audiobooks featuring diverse casts and powerful, illuminating stories.
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From theÂ New York Times bestselling author ofÂ Dear MartinÂ comes this illuminating exploration of old friendships, new crushes, and the path to self-discovery. Told in three voices and narrated by three narrators (including the author herself!), Nic Stoneâ€™s new audiobook is sure to please fans of Becky Albertalli, Nicola Yoon, and Jason Reynolds.
“Poignant and necessary…a novel vital to young adultsâ€™ lives that examines the intersections of sexuality, gender, and raceâ€”issues and blurred boundaries that teens grapple with in a society that favors neat and tidy boxes.”—Booklist, starred review
Listen to an excerptOdd One Out
An instantÂ New York TimesÂ Bestseller! Return to the immersive, action-packed world ofÂ Warcross and jump into the world’s largest gameÂ in this thrilling sequel from #1Â New York TimesÂ bestselling author Marie Lu.
Series audio praise:
â€śDuring the game sequences, Wu adopts a posh British accent to voice analysts and a robotic, synthetic voice for charactersâ€™ talking glassesâ€¦Luâ€™s fans will love every minute of her newest intelligent, romantic thriller.â€ť—Booklist, starred audio review (Warcross)
Listen to an excerptWildcard
In the sequel to the acclaimed fantasyÂ Beasts Made of Night, Taj has escaped Kos, but Queen Karima will go to any means necessary—including using the most deadly magic—to track him down. This is one listen you absolutely can’t let get away.
â€śListeners will benefit from narrator Prentice Onayemi’s theater background as he sweeps them into the world of Kos…The voice of the most gifted sin-eater, Taj, is the heart of the story. Onayemi gives him an African-sounding accent that is reflective of the story’s use of African mythology.â€ť—AudioFile (Beasts Made of Night)
Listen to an excerptCrown of Thunder
The sequel to theÂ New York TimesÂ bestsellerÂ Every Day, now a major motion picture starring Angourie Rice.
Every day a new body, a new life, a new choice.
For as long as A can remember, life has meant waking up in a different teenager’s body each day. A has been male, female, gay, and straight,Â and wrestles with powerful feelings of love and loneliness. The narrator of Every Day (Alex McKenna) and the narrator of Another Day (Kathleen McInerney),Â come together in Someday, along with a full cast. Together these voices take readers further into the lives of A, Rhiannon, Nathan, and the person they may think they know as Reverend Poole, exploring more deeply the questions at the core ofÂ Every DayÂ andÂ Another Day: What is a soul? And what makes us human?
Audio praise for this series:
â€śLevithanâ€™s beautiful prose and McKennaâ€™s solid performance make this a donâ€™t-miss title for the authorâ€™s many fans.â€ť—Booklist (Every Day)
â€śKathleen McInerney does a fine job varying her narration for the many teenage charactersâ€¦Now listeners have the chance to understand the story from the point of view of someone with whom A has interacted.â€ť—School Library Journal (Another Day)
Listen to an excerptSomeday
A powerful audiobook collection of essays from actors, activists, athletes, politicians, musicians, writers, and teens, including Senator Amy Klobuchar, actress Alia Shawkat, actor Maulik Pancholy, poet Azure Antoinette, teen activist Gavin Grimm, and many, many more, each writing about a time in their youth when they were held back because of their race, gender, or sexual identity–but persisted.
Listen to an excerptNevertheless We Persisted
A National Book Award Finalist and instant New York Times bestseller, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter is now in the running for YALSAâ€™s Teens’ Top Ten “Teen Choice” list for 2018. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian meets Jane the Virgin in this poignant and often laugh-out-loud funny contemporary YA about losing a sister and finding yourself amid the pressures, expectations, and stereotypes of growing up in a Mexican-American home.
“A powerful audiobook.”—Publishers Weekly
“Garciaâ€™s engaging reading adds new dimension to the book through her expressive voices (Julia is prickly yet vulnerable) and individual accents for each character.”—The Horn Book
Listen to an excerptI Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter