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BOOKS FOR BIG KIDS

Great Middle Grade + YA listens for all of the young readers in your life, hand selected by the big kids at Skylight Books.

I Kissed Shara Wheeler

A Novel

By: Casey McQuiston
Narrated by: Natalie Naudus
Length: 9 hours 24 minutes

“Another audiobook that I could not stop listening to! A fun, light high school romance that should immediately be turned into a movie and will launch the new brat pack. I loved that these characters got to fight against their school and it's outdated beliefs (especially since I saw college graduates do the same thing in real life on tiktok just... Read more

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Required Reading for the Disenfranchised Freshman

By: Kristen R. Lee
Narrated by: Kacie Rogers
Length: 7 hours 22 minutes

A striking debut novel about a college freshman grappling with the challenges of attending an elite university with a disturbing racist history, which may not be as distant as it seems.

"A searing debut.” –Entertainment Weekly

Savannah Howard thought everyone followed the same checklist to get into Wooddale University:
Take the hardest classesGet... Read more

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Alanna: The First Adventure

Song of the Lioness #1

Song of the Lioness: Book #1

By: Tamora Pierce
Narrated by: Trini Alvarado
Length: 5 hours 14 minutes

Becoming a legend is not easy, as young Alanna of Trebond discovers when she disguises herself as a boy and begins training to be a knight. Alanna's skills and stubborness help her befriend Prince Jonathan and alienate his evil uncle, Duke Roger. Filled with swords and sorcery, adventure and intrigue, good and evil, this book is a rousing... Read more

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Air

By: Monica Roe
Narrated by: Sandy Rustin
Length: 5 hours 18 minutes

Twelve-year-old Emmie is working to raise money for a tricked-out wheelchair to get serious about WCMX, when a mishap on a poorly designed ramp at school throws her plans into a tailspin. Instead of replacing the ramp, her school provides her with a kind but unwelcome aide and, seeing a golden media opportunity, launches a public fundraiser for... Read more

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A Study in Charlotte

Charlotte Holmes Novel: Book #1

By: Brittany Cavallaro
Narrated by: Graham Halstead & Julia Whelan
Length: 9 hours 6 minutes

The first book in a witty, suspenseful new trilogy about a brilliant new crime-solving duo: the teen descendants of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. This clever page-turner will appeal to fans of Maureen Johnson and Ally Carter.Jamie Watson has always been intrigued by Charlotte Holmes; after all, their great-great-great-grandfathers are one of... Read more

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Home Is Not a Country

By: Safia Elhillo
Narrated by: Safia Elhillo & Christopher Myers
Length: 3 hours 10 minutes

“I'm not even finished with the book and already know it is a standout of the year. The fresh, tender, unique way that Nima struggles to find a place to call home within herself is so much more than a coming-of-age novel or an immigrant story. Through the surreal exploration of who she could have been, Nima tells a wrenchingly real, oh-so-human... Read more

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Vinyl Moon

By: Mahogany L. Browne
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 4 hours 57 minutes

“Bahni Turpin's narration of Mahogany L. Browne's Vinyl Moon was spectacular. The story and the performance pulled me into the protagonist, Angel's, world and kept me engaged there as she navigated a new school and city in her junior year of high school....I highly recommend this listen for anyone who needs to see that we're not defined by what's... Read more

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Sasha Masha

By: Agnes Borinsky
Narrated by: Agnes Borinsky
Length: 3 hours 30 minutes

“I wish I'd had this book in high school. I wish I'd had these kind of friends in high school—what an incredible found family (once Sasha Masha found it). Agnes has written an incredibly wholesome, hopeful, and real coming-of-age story that grapples with gender identity and social anxiety in particular. The style of writing is perfectly suited to... Read more

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Bitter

By: Akwaeke Emezi
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 7 hours 11 minutes

From National Book Award finalist Akwaeke Emezi comes a companion novel to the critically acclaimed PET that explores both the importance and cost of social revolution--and how youth lead the way.

After a childhood in foster care, Bitter is thrilled to have been chosen to attend Eucalyptus, a special school where she can focus on her painting... Read more

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Pet

By: Akwaeke Emezi
Narrated by: Christopher Myers
Length: 5 hours 32 minutes

National Book Award Finalist

Stonewall Book Award Winner

"[A] beautiful, genre-expanding debut...Pet is a nesting doll of creative possibilities." (The New York Times)

The award-winning, genre-defying novel by the New York Times best-selling author of The Death of Vivek Oji that explores themes of identity and justice and asks: How do you share the... Read more

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A Snake Falls to Earth

By: Darcie Little Badger
Narrated by: Shaun Taylor-Corbett & Kinsale Hueston
Length: 10 hours 35 minutes

“This book truly transported me to another world. I was swept away by world building and so charmed by each of the characters. Nina and Oli both having their own talents and struggles with translation was such a wonderful way to tie these characters together until they met. A Snake Falls to Earth was a breath of fresh air, wholly original, and a... Read more

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How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe

By: Raquel Vasquez Gilliland
Narrated by: Kyla Garcia
Length: 11 hours 51 minutes

“Magical realism and rivals to lovers on a tour bus? This was such a fun ride, literally. I loved the way Moon pondered words and worked on her photography. Moon working through her low points was handled so sensitively and filled me with hope! Read more

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Raybearer

The Raybearer Series: Book #1

By: Jordan Ifueko
Narrated by: Joniece Abbott-Pratt
Length: 13 hours 48 minutes

“Joniece Abbott-Pratt did a stunning job with narrating this duology! She brought Ifueko's beautiful world to life. With sweeping prose and magical storytelling, this is a tale you won't soon forget, I promise. Truly one of the best audiobooks I've listened to! Read more

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The Giver

By: Lois Lowry
Narrated by: Ron Rifkin
Length: 4 hours 47 minutes

Lois Lowry’s The Giver is the quintessential dystopian novel, followed by its remarkable companions, Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son.

Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. When Jonas turns 12 he is singled out to receive... Read more

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Six Crimson Cranes

Six Crimson Cranes: Book #1

By: Elizabeth Lim
Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
Length: 12 hours 53 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A princess in exile, a shapeshifting dragon, six enchanted cranes, and an unspeakable curse... Drawing from fairy tales and East Asian folklore, this original fantasy from the author of Spin the Dawn is perfect for fans of Shadow and Bone.

"A dazzling fairytale full of breathtaking storytelling." --Stephanie Garber,... Read more

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They Both Die at the End

They Both Die at the End Series: Book #1

By: Adam Silvera
Narrated by: Michael Crouch, Robbie Daymond & Bahni Turpin
Length: 8 hours 29 minutes

“You go into this book knowing it's going to hurt. But somehow, you still root for the characters and bond with them. It makes you think about what you would do if you knew it was the end. I'm sad after reading this book. But not sad in a bad way. Sad in a way that made me want to hug my family. And go on walks. And make sure I am living fully.... Read more

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Last Night at the Telegraph Club

By: Malinda Lo
Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
Length: 12 hours 25 minutes

“This coming of age story about a young woman growing up queer in 1950s Chinatown, San Francisco, was brilliant. I loved the rich historical detail, believable characters, exploration of intersectional identities, romance, and sense of place, made even stronger by the excellent narration. Best book I've read in quite some time and highly... Read more

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With the Fire on High

By: Elizabeth Acevedo
Narrated by: Elizabeth Acevedo
Length: 7 hours 26 minutes

“Another fantastic piece of literature by the remarkable Elizabeth Acevedo. "With the Fire on High" weaves together a beautiful story told from the perspective of high school senior and culinary prodigy Emoni Santiago. While tackling the challenges of school, young love, and raising her two-year-old daughter, Emoni must find the strength to fight... Read more

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Children of Blood and Bone

Legacy of Orisha: Book #1

By: Tomi Adeyemi
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 17 hours 44 minutes

“Children of Blood & Bone, is a story told in a world where magic no longer exists. Years ago, this was not the case. Once, magic and the Gods were celebrated. Now, Diviners (those with Maji blood, but no magic) are treated poorly, and all the Maji have been killed. One of those including our main protagonist, Zélie’s, mother. Determined to... Read more

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If This Gets Out

A Novel

By: Sophie Gonzales & Cale Dietrich
Narrated by: Ramon de Ocampo
Length: 12 hours 57 minutes

“This book absolutely blew me away! I couldn't put it down. For boy band fans, for those who can recite the words to every Camp Rock song, and for anyone who knows hard, complex, and beautiful it is to come out as queer whether you're famous or not - this is our book. Ramon de Ocampo, who also read Red White and Royal Blue, did an excellent job... Read more

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