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AkooBooks Audio: Black Voices on YALSA 2020 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults

Black Authors and Narrators featured on the 2020 Amazing Audiobooks list.

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With the Fire on High

By Elizabeth Acevedo
Narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo /  7 hours 26 minutes

With the Fire on High

“This was a great listen. Emoni, a single teen mom, has so much on her plate and has maturity beyond her years. She’s realistic and responsible and navigates high school, parenting, college decisions and a budding love interest. She’s becoming a talented chef and her feelings are expressed in her food. The author narrates and she had me hooked from the first sentence.”

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$24.14 USD

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The Things She's Seen

By Ambelin Kwaymullina & Ezekiel Kwaymullina
Narrated by Miranda Tapsell /  4 hours 28 minutes

This brilliantly written thriller explores the lives--and deaths--of two girls, and what they will do to win justice. Sure to be one of the most talked-about books of the year!

Nothing's been the same for Beth Teller since the day she died.

Her dad is drowning in grief. He's also the only one who has been able to see and hear her since the... Read more »

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$21.00 USD

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Spin

By Lamar Giles
Narrated by Bahni Turpin & Shawana Carter /  10 hours 49 minutes

Spin

“I absolutely loved this one! Very Veronica Mars meets IQ. I cannot recommend the audiobook enough- the three narrators were really wonderful, and had me glued to phone, listening until the very end. I already adore Lamar Giles, and so glad that he's a Virginia author, and Spin was everything I loved (murder, mystery, teen sleuths) and more! I would read a whole series with Fuse and Kya, navigating their friendship, eating at Five Guys and solving mysteries. ”

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$27.99 USD

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Opposite of Always

By Justin a. Reynolds
Narrated by Nile Bullock /  9 hours 59 minutes

Debut author Justin A. Reynolds delivers a hilarious and heartfelt novel about the choices we make, the people we choose, and the moments that make a life worth reliving. Perfect for fans of Nicola Yoon and John Green. When Jack and Kate meet at a party, bonding until sunrise over their mutual love of Froot Loops and their favorite flicks, Jack... Read more »

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$20.06 USD

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Notes from a Young Black Chef (Adapted for Young Adults)

By Kwame Onwuachi

This inspiring memoir, now adapted for young adults, chronicles Top Chef star and Forbes and Zagat 30 Under 30 phenom Kwame Onwuachi's incredible and odds-defying fame in the food world after a tough childhood in the Bronx and Nigeria.

Food was Kwame Onwuachi's first great love. He connected to cooking via his mother, in the family's modest Bronx... Read more »

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$28.00 USD

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Publication date: April 13, 2021

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On the Come Up

By Angie Thomas
Narrated by Bahni Turpin /  11 hours 42 minutes

2020 Audie Awards® Finalist - Young Adult

#1 New York Times bestseller · Seven starred reviews · Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book

Don't miss this audiobook, Audible's Young Adult Audiobook of the Year and an Audie Award finalist!

“For all the struggle in this book, Thomas rarely misses a step as a writer. Thomas continues to hold up that... Read more »

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$31.04 USD

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Let Me Hear a Rhyme

By Tiffany D. Jackson
Narrated by Korey Jackson, Nile Bullock, Adenrele Ojo & Adam Lazarre-White /  9 hours 31 minutes

In this striking new novel by the critically acclaimed author of Allegedly and Monday’s Not Coming, Tiffany D. Jackson tells the story of three Brooklyn teens who plot to turn their murdered friend into a major rap star by pretending he's still alive.

Brooklyn, 1998. Biggie Smalls was right: Things done changed. But that doesn’t mean that Quadir... Read more »

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How Long 'til Black Future Month?

Stories
By N. K. Jemisin
Narrated by Shayna Small, Gail Nelson-Holgate, Robin Eller & Ron Butler /  14 hours 10 minutes

Three-time Hugo Award winner and NYT bestselling author N. K. Jemisin challenges and delights readers with thought-provoking narratives of destruction, rebirth, and redemption that sharply examine modern society in her first collection of short fiction, which includes never-before-seen stories.

"Marvelous and wide-ranging." -- Los Angeles... Read more »

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$29.88 USD

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Black Enough

By Ibi Zoboi, Tracey Baptiste, Coleen Booth, Dhonielle Clayton, Brandy Colbert, Jay Coles, Lamar Giles, Leah Henderson, Justina Ireland, Varian Johnson, Kekla Magoon, Tochi Onyebuchi, Jason Reynolds, Nic Stone, Liara Tamani, Renée Watson & Rita Williams-Garcia
Narrated by Bahni Turpin & Ron Butler /  11 hours 14 minutes

Edited by National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi, and featuring some of the most acclaimed bestselling Black authors writing for teens today—Black Enough is an essential collection of captivating stories about what it’s like to be young and Black in America. A selection of the Schomburg Center's Black Liberation Reading List.

Black is...sisters... Read more »

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Becoming

By Michelle Obama
Narrated by Michelle Obama /  19 hours 1 minute

Becoming

“I adore our former president and I miss him. Yet I cannot help but be ecstatic that Michelle is coming out with a book about her own life so that I can learn more about this powerful, intelligent, and singularly awesome woman. Barack would be the first to say that his wife is a superstar, and I can’t wait to get my hands on Becoming to read about her in her own words.”

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Akata Warrior

Akata Witch: Book #2
By Nnedi Okorafor
Narrated by Yetide Badaki /  12 hours 42 minutes

A year ago, Sunny Nwazue, an American-born girl Nigerian girl, was inducted into the secret Leopard Society. As she began to develop her magical powers, Sunny learned that she had been chosen to lead a dangerous mission to avert an apocalypse, brought about by the terrifying masquerade, Ekwensu. Now, stronger, feistier, and a bit older, Sunny is... Read more »

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