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Great Audio for Teens

Catch up on some great stories this summer with these young adult novels.

Playlist Tags: Blue Willow Bookshop genre: Young Adult bookstore-created audience: teens season: summer

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The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust, Volume 1)

The Book of Dust: Book #1

By Philip Pullman
Narrated by: Michael Sheen
Length: 13 hours 7 minutes


2018 Odyssey Honor 
2018 ALSC Notable Children’s Recording
The Washington Post Best Audiobook of 2017
Slate Best Audiobook of 2017
Booklist Editor’s Choice Audio for Youth
AudioFile Best YA Audiobooks of 2017

"Too few things in our world are worth a seventeen year wait: The Book of Dust is one of them." —The...
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Written in the Stars

By Aisha Saeed
Narrated by: Soneela Nankani & Aisha Saeed
Length: 6 hours 51 minutes

"A wonderfully complex love story unlike any you’ve read before. Saeed has given a novel that is both entertaining and important.”—Matt de la Peña, New York Times bestselling author

This heart-wrenching novel explores what it is like to be thrust into an unwanted marriage. Has Naila’s fate been written in the stars? Or can she still make her own... Read more »

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19 Love Songs

By David Levithan
Narrated by: David Levithan, Vikas Adam, Ron Butler, Elle Cohen, Lisa Cordileone, Michael Crouch, Nick Eliopulos, Michael Goldstrom, Graham Halstead, Daniel Henning, Aaron Landon, Rebecca Lowman & Alex McKenna
Length: 8 hours 41 minutes

The New York Times bestselling author of Every Day, Someday, and Two Boys Kissing is back with a short story collection about love!

A resentful member of a high school Quiz Bowl team with an unrequited crush.

A Valentine's Day in the life of Every Day's protagonist "A."

A return to the characters of Two Boys Kissing.

19 Love Songs, from New York... Read more »

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They Went Left

By Monica Hesse
Narrated by: Caitlin Davies
Length: 9 hours 6 minutes

They Went Left

“Zonia, a Jewish teenager newly released from a Nazi concentration camp, faces the extended suffering of displaced holocaust survivors. She is challenged with trying to regain health in her emaciated body and find her lost brother while dealing with her overwhelming grief, loss and anger. This story covers several genres: historic, mystery and romance with surprise twists along the way. The author’s narrative at the end of the novel, explaining her extensive research and passion to tell the story, adds authenticity and a personal touch to the audio. As more teachers combine literature with the teaching of history in order to enhance both subjects for modern teens, this book would be a welcome addition to the holocaust/lit curriculum. And for those of us who just love good historical fiction with a bit of mystery and romance, this one is a winner.”

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The Gravity of Us

By Phil Stamper
Narrated by: Michael Crouch, Jonathan Davis, Gabra Zackman, January LaVoy, Angelo Di Loreto, Chris Andrew Ciulla, Dorothy Dillingham Blue, Cynthia Farrell, Soneela Nankani, Sullivan Jones, Bahni Turpin & Phil Stamper
Length: 8 hours 16 minutes

The Gravity of Us

“I cannot get over how thoroughly I enjoyed this book. So much so, that I accidentally took a 45 minute detour on a route I know like the back of my hand, because I was so utterly engrossed in it (It's true, ask my family who were wondering why I was so delayed). Stamper has perfectly captured the space race of the 50s & 60s and brought it into our modern social media ethos. And that just barely scratches the surface. You've got one of the sweetest romances I've ever read between Cal & Leon, a super believable bad guy (screw you, Josh), and convincing & ever-evolving family dynamics. But most striking to me was the conversation surrounding mental health (depression in particular) and how incredibly relatable Cal's need to fix things was. His mother's words "Don't aim to fix people. Fixing seems so permanent, so absolute. Like there's no room for error. Aim to make things better.” continue to stick with me long after the last page (or minute rather, since I listened on I could go on, but you're better off just reading it yourself. ”

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Technically, You Started It

By Lana Wood Johnson
Narrated by: Katie Koster & Christian Barillas
Length: 5 hours 9 minutes

Technically, You Started It

“ The premise of the book is that a guy named Martin Nathaniel Munroe II (there are two of them, believe it or not!) texts Haley to ask her about a school project, she thinks she is talking to the one she doesn't hate. The entire book is text conversations between Haley and Martin. It is funny, heartwarming and at times you want to yell or counsel both of them as you get so invested in them! I loved the ending and was quite honestly sad when I finished it!”

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Midnight at the Electric

By Jodi Lynn Anderson
Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie, Bailey Carr & Fiona Hardingham
Length: 6 hours 20 minutes

6 Starred Reviews and a New York Public Library Best Book of 2017!

New York Times bestselling author Jodi Lynn Anderson's epic tale—told through three unforgettable points of view—is a masterful exploration of how love, determination, and hope can change a person's fate.

2065: Adri has been handpicked to live on Mars. But weeks before launch, she... Read more »

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The Hate U Give

By Angie Thomas
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 11 hours 40 minutes

The Hate U Give

“This bestselling, powerful young adult novel about social justice and one teen girl's effort to fight for what is right, will leave you breathless. The narration by Bahni Turpin is hands down the best I've ever heard. This is such an important book it should be required reading for life in general. Or listening. Definitely listening.”

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Once and for All

By Sarah Dessen
Narrated by: Karissa Vacker
Length: 10 hours 40 minutes

From Sarah Dessen, the beloved New York Times bestselling author of SAINT ANYTHING and JUST LISTEN, comes a new novel set in the world of wedding planning!

Is it really better to have loved and lost?  Louna's summer job is to help brides plan their perfect day, even though she stopped believing in happily-ever-after when her first love ended... Read more »

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Words in Deep Blue

By Cath Crowley
Narrated by: Hamish R. Johnson & Chelsea Bruland
Length: 6 hours 46 minutes

“One of the loveliest, most exquisitely beautiful books I’ve read in a very long time. . . . I didn’t just read the pages, I lived in them.” —Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places
A beautiful love story for fans of Jandy Nelson and Nicola Yoon: two teens find their way back to each other in a bookstore full... Read more »

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Graceling Realm

By Kristin Cashore
Narrated by: Xanthe Elbrick
Length: 16 hours 32 minutes

The long-awaited companion to New York Times bestsellers Graceling and Fire

Eight years after Graceling, Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea. But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisors, who have run things since Leck died, believe in a forward-thinking plan: Pardon all who committed... Read more »

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By Scott Westerfeld
Narrated by: Alan Cumming
Length: 8 hours 16 minutes

It is the cusp of World War I. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ genetically fabricated animals as their weaponry. Their Leviathan is a whale airship, and the most masterful beast in the British fleet.

Aleksandar Ferdinand, a Clanker,... Read more »

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The Crossover

Crossover: Book #1

By Kwame Alexander
Narrated by: Corey Allen
Length: 2 hours 16 minutes

Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health. Review Quotes: "This novel in verse is rich in character and relationships. . . . Poet Alexander deftly reveals the power of the format to pack an emotional punch." --"Kirkus, " starred review... Read more »

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Along for the Ride

By Sarah Dessen
Narrated by: Rachel Botchan
Length: 12 hours 45 minutes

Soon to be a Netflix film!

From the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Once and For All

Nights have always been Auden’s time, her chance to escape everything that’s going on around her.
Then she meets Eli, a fellow insomniac, and he becomes her nocturnal tour guide.
Now, with an endless supply of summer nights between them,... 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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Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac

By Gabrielle Zevin
Narrated by: Caitlin Greer
Length: 6 hours 39 minutes

If Naomi had picked tails, she would have won the coin toss. She wouldn’t have had to go back for the yearbook camera, and she wouldn’t have hit her head on the steps. She wouldn’t have woken up in an ambulance with amnesia. She certainly would have remembered her boyfriend, Ace. She might even have remembered why she fell in love with him in... Read more »

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The Serpent King

By Jeff Zentner
Narrated by: Michael Crouch, Ariadne Meyers & Ethan Sawyer
Length: 9 hours 6 minutes

The Serpent King is a book you won’t be able to resist or forget. The Southern boy in me savored every syllable and the reader in me fell in love with every page.” —John Corey Whaley, National Book Award finalist and Printz Award winner
Dill has had to wrestle with vipers his whole life—at home, as the only son of a Pentecostal minister who... Read more »

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Front Lines

By Michael Grant
Narrated by: Erin Mallon & Therese Plummer
Length: 11 hours 56 minutes

Perfect for fans of The Book Thief and Code Name Verity, New York Times bestselling author Michael Grant unleashes an epic, genre-bending, and transformative new series that reimagines World War II with girl soldiers fighting on the front lines.

World War II, 1942. A court decision makes women subject to the draft and eligible for service. The... Read more »

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The Accidental Highwayman

Being the Tale of Kit Bristol, His Horse Midnight, a Mysterious Princess, and Sundry Magical Persons Besides

By Ben Tripp
Narrated by: Steve West
Length: 9 hours 50 minutes

The Accidental Highwayman is the first swashbuckling adventure for young adults by talented author and illustrator, Ben Tripp.
In eighteenth-century England, young Christopher "Kit" Bristol is the unwitting servant of notorious highwayman Whistling Jack. One dark night, Kit finds his master bleeding from a mortal wound, dons the man's riding... Read more »

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