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Amazing Audiobooks (#AA2021) Nominees Round Up, May 20 Edition

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Allies by Alan Gratz Narrated by Jamie Cline, Vaneh Assadourian, PJ Ochlan, Matthew Frow, Marc Anthony Samuel, Norah Hunter
Scholastic Audio
Publication Date: October 15, 2019
ISBN: 9781338567182

Allies follows the lives of six different young people on D-Day, June 6th, 1944. Dee a German national who grew up in the states and lies about his age to join the Army, Samira an Algerian girl whose mother is a French resistance spy, James a Canadian paratrooper, Henry an African American medic from Chicago, Bill an English tank driver and Monique a French girl living in a village outside of Normandy Beach. The narrative zips between these six stories which often intersect, telling how each of our main characters got to June 6th and leaving the reader wondering if they’ll make it to June 7th alive. This audiobook is an account of young people’s activity in WWII minus the extreme gore or language found in many adult books. 

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Amazing Audiobooks (#AA2021) Nominees Round Up, May 13 Edition

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All-American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney; Narrated by Priya Ayyar
Dreamscape Media, LLC
Publication Date: November 12, 2019
ISBN: 978-1974959310 

Allie carries more of her white mother’s genes than her Circassian Jordanian father’s, and because of this, has been witness to the racism and Islamophobia of some of her peers. She has also had a complicated relationship with her Muslim faith, as her mother was a convert upon marrying her father, and her father is no longer practicing, and she seeks what it means to be Muslim for her. At her new school in Providence, Georgia she starts dating Wells Henderson, son of one of the country’s biggest Islamophobic radio personalities. 

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Amazing Audiobooks (#AA2021) Nominees Round Up, May 6 Edition

The New David Espinoza by Fred Aceves; narrated by Christian Barillas
HarperAudio
Release date: 02-11-20
ISBN: 978-1094114224

When caught on video being punched by a kid in the locker room, David’s embarrassment goes viral. Feeling that the only way to save face is to beef up, he starts following a famous action star’s fitness program, with promises of incredible muscle gains in the three months of summer.  He plans to go back to school as a new man.  Discovering that the kinds of gains he is looking for are only possible with chemical help, he turns to steroids with the help of the owner of his gym.  Further disillusioned when he finds out that the ill gotten gains will be lost if he stops taking the drugs, he starts spiraling down a road of steroid abuse.

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Amazing Audiobooks (#AA2021) Nominees Round Up, April 15 Edition

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Run, Hide, Fight Back by April Henry; Narrated by Amy McFadden
Tantor Audio
Publication Date: October 8, 2019
ISBN: 978-1977306616
Shooting breaks out in an Oregon mall, and amid the death of many, 6 teens manage to hide in a storage room behind a fashion store.  As others in the mall are killed or taken hostage, the teens need to choose, do they run? hide? fight back? As we learn about each teen’s background story, including addiction, racism, loss, and illness, they come together as a group to survive this deadly nightmare.

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Amazing Audiobooks (#AA2021) Nominees Round Up, April 8 Edition

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Fireborne by Rosaria Munda; Narrated by  Christian Coulson, Candice Moll, and Steve West
G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers  / Listening Library
Publication Date: October 15, 2019
ISBN: 978-0525518211

Coming from vastly different class backgrounds, Annie and Lee have been close friends since meeting at the orphanage nine years ago. Both were orphaned: Annie losing her family at the hands of Lee’s father in an act of oppression, and Lee’s family of dragonborn rulers slaughtered in a bloody revolution that overthrew the aristocracy.

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Amazing Audiobooks (#AA2021) Nominees Round Up, April 1 Edition

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Chaotic Good by Whitney Gardner; Narrated by Patricia Santomasso
Listening Library
Publication Date: December 31, 2019
ISBN: 9781524720803

Cameron is a talented clothing designer and seamstress, and her favorite creations are cosplay. When she and her family move from Portland to the smaller town of Eugene, Oregon the summer before her senior year, she wants to put all her effort into her portfolio for design school. Unfortunately, she has online trolls harassing her because of her limited video game and comic book knowledge, and a real-life bully who works at the local comic shop and thinks all girls know nothing about comic book canon and nerd fandoms.

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Amazing Audiobooks (#AA2021) Nominees Round Up, March 18 Edition

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All the Things We Do in the Dark by Saundra Mitchell; Narrated by Kelly Pruner
HarperAudio
Publication Date: October 29, 2019
ISBN: 978-1094078885

Ava was raped as a nine year old girl, and it left scars inside and out.  Now all her connections with people start with the “scar on her face” story.  She comes across a frozen body of a brutalized teen, whose ghost becomes a fixture in Ava’s life as she struggles with what to do about her body.

The audiobook format is really effective for the stream of consciousness style of this book. With the narrator we are inside Ava’s head and able to experience her world from her point of view.
Similar in suspense to books like I Know You Remember by Jennifer Donaldson, those who like dark stories of resilience and suspense with LGBTQ characters will like All the Things We Do in the Dark.

  –Cathy Outten

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Amazing Audiobooks (#AA2021) Nominees Round Up, March 11 Edition

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Light It Up by Kekla Magoon; Narrated by Landon Woodson, Karen Chilton, Cherise Booth, Eevin Hartsough, Christopher Carley, Peter Jay Fernandez, T.Ryder Smith, Julian Thomas, Kevin R. Free, and Korey Jackson
Recorded Books
Publication Date: October 22, 2019
ISBN: 978-1250128898
Shae Tatum hurries home from school one night. She has her earphones on, tuning out the world around her. Shae is tall and looks much older than her thirteen years. A case of mistaken identity leads to tragedy.

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Amazing Audiobooks (#AA2021) Nominees Round Up, March 4 Edition

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The Year We Fell From Space by Amy Sarig King; Narrated by Stephanie Willing
Scholastic Audio / Scholastic 
Publication Date: October 1, 2019
ISBN: 978-1987162448
Liberty Johansen loves making her own constellations. After her parents announce that they will be separating and getting a divorce, Liberty asks the stars to fix her family, which is when a meteorite falls from the sky, almost into her lap. Following her parents announcement Liberty learns about her father’s depression, and starts having feelings of her own of depression and anxiety. While trying to reconcile her mother’s sense of calm after the breakup, her little sister’s refusal to leave the house, and the sudden absence of her father in her life, the meteorite begins to communicate with her.

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Amazing Audiobooks (#AA2020) Nominees Round Up, December 4 Edition

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A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramée; Narrated by Imani Parks
Balzer + Bray / HarperAudio
Publication Date: March 12, 2019
ISBN: 978-1982641580

Shayla is “allergic” to trouble and wants to avoid it at all costs as she starts seventh grade with her two best friends from elementary school, Julia and Isabella. But in junior high, the rules have changed, her friendships are changing and some classmates don’t think Shayla is “black enough.” Shayla’s sister, Hana, is involved in Black Lives Matter, but Shayla decides to stick with the track team instead of joining that movement. But after experiencing a powerful protest with her family, Shayla decides that sometimes you can’t avoid trouble and choosing “trouble” may be the right choice after all.

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