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Audiobooks to Enhance Literacy in Young-Adult Readers
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Audiobooks to Enhance Literacy in Young-Adult Readers

Listening to audiobooks is a great way for young-adult readers (ages 12-18) to recapture their love of books and stories. Audiobooks can also help teen readers develop their mastery of literary devices such as tone, mood, and characterization and feel more confident conquering a classic novel. This list includes books recommended by librarians and English teachers to help YA readers push themselves out of their comfort zones and fall in love with reading again.

The Poet X

By: Elizabeth Acevedo
Narrated by: Elizabeth Acevedo
Length: 3 hours 30 minutes

“The Poet X is written and narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo. It is a novel made up of poems by a teenager, Xiomara Batista, growing up in Harlem. Acevedo's narration is wonderful and brings the story to life. Xiomara's dad is MIA even though he lives at home; her mother is extremely religious and pushes her faith onto her daughter; her twin brother... Read more

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Dumplin'

Dumplin’: Book #1

By: Julie Murphy
Narrated by: Eileen Stevens
Length: 9 hours 1 minute

Now a popular Netflix feature film, starring Jennifer Aniston, Danielle Macdonald, and Dove Cameron, as well as a soundtrack from Dolly Parton!The #1 New York Times bestseller and feel-good YA of the year—about Willowdean Dixon, the fearless, funny, and totally unforgettable heroine who takes on her small town’s beauty pageant.Self-proclaimed... Read more

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On the Come Up

By: Angie Thomas
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 11 hours 42 minutes

Don't miss this audiobook, Audible's Young Adult Audiobook of the Year and an Audie Award finalist!The YA love letter to hip-hop—streaming on Paramount+ September 23, 2022! Starring Sanaa Lathan (in her directorial debut), Jamila C. Gray, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Lil Yachty, Method Man, Mike Epps, GaTa (Davionte Ganter), Miles... Read more

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Just Mercy (Movie Tie-In Edition, Adapted for Young Adults)

A True Story of the Fight for Justice

By: Bryan Stevenson
Narrated by: Bryan Stevenson
Length: 6 hours 35 minutes

The young adult adaptation of the acclaimed, #1 New York Times bestseller Just Mercy--now a major motion picture starring Michael B. Jordan, Jaime Foxx, and Brie Larson and the subject of an HBO documentary feature!

In this very personal work--adapted from the original #1 bestseller, which the New York Times calls "as compelling as To Kill a... Read more

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Everything I Know About You

By: Barbara Dee
Narrated by: Rachel L. Jacobs
Length: 6 hours 35 minutes

"A poignant and often hilarious slice of middle-grade life." --Kirkus Reviews
"Readers will root for big-hearted Tally." --Publishers Weekly

Thirteen-year-old Tally discovers several surprising things about her roommate--including the possibility of an eating disorder--during a seventh-grade class trip in this timely novel from the author of Maybe...
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All Boys Aren't Blue

A Memoir-Manifesto

By: George M. Johnson
Narrated by: George M. Johnson
Length: 5 hours 11 minutes

This program is read by the author.

In a series of personal essays, prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson's All Boys Aren't Blue explores his childhood, adolescence, and college years in New Jersey and Virginia.

A New York Times Bestseller!
Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, Today Show, and MSNBC feature stories


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Holes

Holes Series

By: Louis Sachar
Narrated by: Kerry Beyer & Louis Sachar
Length: 4 hours 37 minutes

“This is a perfect story for anyone of any age who loves a tale of mystery, history, and a bit of a plot twist! Read more

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True Grit

By: Charles Portis
Narrated by: Donna Tartt
Length: 6 hours 17 minutes

Mattie Ross, a fourteen-year-old girl from Dardanelle, Arkansas, sets out to avenge her Daddy who was shot to death by a no-good outlaw. Mattie convinces one-eyed "Rooster" Cogburn, the meanest U.S. marshal in the land, to ride along with her. In True Grit, we have a true American classic, as young Mattie -- as vital as she is innocent --... Read more

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Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You

A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning

By: Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi
Narrated by: Jason Reynolds
Length: 4 hours 11 minutes

“I really enjoyed this audiobook, and was lucky enough to meet Jason Reynolds at Winter Institute 2020, and he said he hopes this book helps all of us have a full knowledge and a frank discussion about race in America. Reynolds is an engaging narrator, and he deftly reads this remix of Ibram X. Kendi's National Book Award winning Stamped From the... Read more

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Lovely War

By: Julie Berry
Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle, Allan Corduner, Julie Berry, Dion Graham, Fiona Hardingham, John Lee, Nathaniel Parker & Steve West
Length: 12 hours 56 minutes

“One of the best, most unique novels I've read recently! The story of four young lovers during WW1, as told by the Greek Gods during a trial for Aphrodite. The audio cast is amazing, bringing to life the delights of first loves, the heartaches of separation, and the brutal truth of war. Simply perfect! Read more

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