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Amazing Audiobooks (#AA2021) Nominees Round Up, October 28 Edition

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Charming as a Verb by Ben Philippe; Narrated by James Fouhey
HarperAudio
Publication Date: September 8, 2020
ISBN: 9780063025622

Henri  “Halti” Haltiwanger, a first generation Haitian-American is full of charm and ambition. Excelling at his prestigious New York high school, running his own successful (if slightly misleading) dog walking service, he is determined to get into Columbia, his (or his father’s?) dream school. When his neighbor Corrine blackmails him into teaching her how to be more social, unexpected ventures begin. 

Amazing Audiobooks (#AA2021) Nominees Round Up, October 21 Edition

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Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas; narrated by Avi Roque
Macmillan Audio
Publication date: September 1, 2020
ISBN: 9781250619129

Yadriel grew up in a cemetery with his magical Latinx family.  After they deny him the rite of passage to become a true brujo because he is transgendered, Yadriel undertakes the magical ceremony in secret with his best friend Maritza.  During the successful rite, Yadriel accidentally summons the ghost of Julian, a local bad boy he knows from around school.  Julian is set on making sure his friends are okay before his ghost moves on, and Yadriel wants to find out what happened to his cousin who was killed the same night.  As they search for answers, and Yadriel gives Julian the last day on Earth that he wants, Yadriel and Julian manage to fall in love, as well solve the mysteries surrounding his death.  

Amazing Audiobooks (#AA2021) Nominees Round Up, October 14 Edition

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Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes; narrated by Barrie Buckner
Hachette / Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 
Publication Date: March 3, 2020
ISBN: 9781549157332

Moving from New York to Boston, and from a public school to private, Donte would love to be under the radar at his new elite prep school. Biracial, but darker skinned than his older brother, he finds that he really stands out at his mostly white school. After getting expelled for an infraction he didn’t commit, and experiencing bullying by the captain of the fencing team, he takes up fencing as a means to stand up to the racism he is experiencing. He seeks out a Black former Olympic fencer who agrees to coach him. 

Amazing Audiobooks (#AA2021) Nominees Round Up, October 7 Edition

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Lobizona: The Wolves of No World, Book 1 by Romina Garber; narrated by Sol Madariaga
Wednesday Books / Macmillan
Publication Date: August 4, 2020
ISBN: 9781250754301

Manuela Azul and her mother have lived most of Manu’s life in fear of discovery because of their undocumented status; when she was small Manu and her mother fled their native Argentina in the hopes of staying hidden from her father’s family.  Manu’s entire life changes in an instant when her mother is caught and detained by ICE and she is forced to go on the run.  When she stumbles her way into a Harry Potter-esque school of lobizones and brujas (werewolves and witches) she thinks she has finally found a place for her to belong, but even there, danger awaits her at every turn when she discovers she is “illegal” both in the human world and the magical one.

Amazing Audiobooks (#AA2021) Nominees Round Up, September 30 Edition

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Caster by Elise Chapman; narrated by Emily Woo Zeller
Scholastic Audio
Release date: September 3, 2019
ISBN: 9781338567793

Aza Wu knows magic can go wrong.  Her sister Shire died from casting.  But in her neighborhood, you can only operate if you pay the right people, and to get money, she can sell her magic on the black market.  So she casts, living on the edge and hoping her next spell isn’t her last.  The opportunity to cast in an underground tournament with big payouts is irresistible.  Fighting in the tournament may be her salvation, or may be the death of her.

Amazing Audiobooks (#AA2021) Nominees Round Up, September 23 Edition

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Sigh, Gone: A Misfit’s Memoir of Great Books, Punk Rock, and the Fight to Fit In by Phuc Tran; narrated by Phuc Tran
Macmillan Audio
Publication Date: April 21, 2020
ISBN: 978-1250194718  

Tran often felt like an outsider as the only Asian student in his school growing up in Carlisle, PA. Tran’s memoir spans from his early childhood coming to the U.S. as a refugee from Vietnam in 1975 after the fall of Saigon through his highschool graduation, where he finds his “wolf-pack” of punk skaters in middle school, and shows that no one is just “one thing.” Each chapter is told through the lens of a “classic” title from his must-read list like Crime and Punishment and The Autobiography of Malcolm X, and shows what that book meant to him, and how it framed his life.

Amazing Audiobooks (#AA2021) Nominees Round Up, September 16 Edition

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Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon; narrated by Rebekkah Ross
Simon & Schuster Audio
Release date: July 28, 2020
ISBN: 9781797111735

Rowan wants to be valedictorian, she wants to win Howl, and she wants to write romance novels. All that stands in her way is her nemesis, Neil.  She can beat him for valedictorian, she can beat him at Howl, and hopefully get the confidence to share her novel with the world.  Her last day of high school is full of anticipation, fear, and maybe a little dread, but if everything goes her way, Rowan just might win at high school after all. 

Amazing Audiobooks (#AA2021) Nominees Round Up, September 9 Edition

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A Werewolf in Riverdale by Caleb Roehrig; narrated by Ramon de Ocampo
Scholastic Audio
Publication Date: April 8, 2020
ISBN: 9781338605396

Someone is killing the citizens of Riverdale in a bloody, brutal fashion.  After a particularly brutal murder, Jughead Jones wakes up and finds evidence that he is the murderer. He has been bitten and turned into a werewolf.  Now Jughead must try to keep his secret from all of his friends, including werewolf hunter Betty Cooper, while struggling to keep his dark side under control.

Amazing Audiobooks (#AA2021) Nominees Round Up, September 2 Edition

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You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson; narrated by Alaska Jackson
Scholastic Audio
Publication Date: June 2, 2020
ISBN: 978-1338637625

Liz Lighty can’t wait to go to college and get away from her small town, where she has never felt like she belongs. She has always felt judged by her white, wealthier peers, and she has spent most of high school trying to stay under the radar. When she has problems getting financial aid, Liz decides to run for prom queen because she knows the winner gets a scholarship. Her friends help her campaign, pushing her way out of her comfort zone, and things get even more difficult when she starts to fall for the new girl, Mack, who is also running for prom queen.