woman laying by a pool holding a tablet device displaying Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon
Books that Play: YA Listens Perfect for the Pool

Grab your towel and your lemonade because we are headed poolside. While you bask, plug in to one of the hottest YA releases the summer has to offer. From classic summer crushes to feminist fantasy epics to sinister happenings as school lets out, summer listening will be as easy as the breeze on your skin and as refreshing as a dip in the water.

Author: Nicola Yoon
Read By: Bahni Turpin

Evie Thomas doesn’t believe in love anymore. So falling for a boy named X while learning to waltz, fox-trot, and tango is definitely not what Evie had in mind. In Instructions for Dancing, Evie and X dance around and toward each other, and Evie is forced to question all she thought she knew about life and love.

“With a heartfelt performance, Bahni Turpin puts listeners in the head of Evie”–Audiofile

America in 1954 is not a safe place for two girls to fall in love, especially not in Chinatown. Red-Scare paranoia threatens everyone, including Chinese Americans like Lily Hu. With deportation looming over her father, Lily and Kath risk everything to let their love see the light of day in Last Night at the Telegraph Club.

“Full of characters, places, and moments that Zeller beautifully brings to life, this audiobook will break your heart and mend it.” –AudioFile

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. And that…is a fate that we refuse to accept. Ever again.”

Natalie is living her dream: topping the charts and setting records as a Brazilian pop star… until she’s dumped spectacularly on live television. Not only is it humiliating–it could end her career. Her PR team’s desperate plan? A gorgeous yet oh-so-fake boyfriend. Can she reclaim her voice and her heart?

It was supposed to be the perfect prom weekend getaway. But it’s clear something terrible happened when Claire wakes up alone and bloodied on a hiking trail with no memory of the past forty-eight hours. Where are Kat and Jesse? What happened That Weekend?

“Quick-fire pacing, sharpened dialogue, and clever reveals make for an addictive read.” —Publishers Weekly

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.

“…will leave listeners eager to hear more about this feminist fantasy world.”–AudioFile