October Debuts: Stories of Connection

Some of this month’s collection of debut audiobooks are true stories; some are fictional. Some are stories for kids. Some are for adults. But they all share one thing: They’re all stories of connection, to yourself, to others, or to the world around you.

Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows
Author: Ryan Calejo
Read By: Giordan Diaz

Thanks to his abuela’s stories, Charlie possesses an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the monsters and ghouls of Latin American myths, but he knows the stories are just make-believe. That is, until he finds himself in the middle of an ancient battle between La Liga, a secret society of legendary mythological beings sworn to protect the Land of the Living, and La Mano Negra (a.k.a. the Black Hand), a cabal of evil spirits determined to rule mankind.
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Monstrous Devices
Author: Damien Love
Read By: Allan Corduner

Twelve-year-old Alex receives a gift in the mail—an old tin robot from his grandfather—that is more than just special: it’s deadly. Just as things get out of hand, Alex’s grandfather arrives, pulling Alex into the macabre magic of an ancient family feud.
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One Day in December

Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. And then her bus drives away. After a year of looking for him, Laurie finds him…when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend, Jack, the man from the bus.
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Storm Lake

When The Storm Lake Times, a tiny Iowa twice-weekly, won a Pulitzer Prize for taking on big corporate agri-industry that was poisoning the local rivers and lake, it was a coup on many counts: a strike for the well-being of a rural community, a triumph for a family-run rural news weekly, and a salute to the special talents of a fierce and formidable native son, Art Cullen. Here Cullen explores the community he calls home, from its politics and agriculture, to the environment and immigration.
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There Will Be No Miracles Here
Author: Casey Gerald
Read By: Casey Gerald

Casey Gerald’s life has the arc of a classic rags-to-riches tale, but he, like his generation, came of age as the world came apart. So he stands the American Dream narrative on its head. If to live as we are is destroying us, he asks, what would it mean to truly live?
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To Shake the Sleeping Self

On the eve of turning thirty, Jedidiah Jenkins quit his dream job and spent the next sixteen months cycling from Oregon to Patagonia. As he traversed cities, mountains, and inner boundaries, Jenkins grappled with questions of what it means to be an adult, his struggle to reconcile his sexual identity with his conservative Christian upbringing, and his belief in travel as a way to “wake us up” to life back home.
Listen to an excerpt To Shake the Sleeping Self