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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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Amazing Audiobooks (#AA2021) Nominees Round Up, August 26 Edition

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Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo; narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo and Melania-Luisa Marte
Quill Tree Books
Publication Date: May 5, 2020
ISBN: 978-1471409127

Told in two voices, chess champion Yahaira Rios lives in New York City next door to her girlfriend, and Camino Rios lives in the Dominican Republic with her Aunt. Yahaira was upset with her father when he left for his annual summer trip to the D.R., so when his plane crashes, her feelings are more than complicated. Also on the plane was Camino’s father, whom she only gets to see once a year. Though the two girls never met or even knew about each other before the crash, they come to find out that they have a lot in common. 

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Amazing Audiobooks (#AA2021) Nominees Round Up, August 19 Edition

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All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson; narrated by George M. Johnson
Macmillan Audio
Publication Date: April 28, 2020
ISBN: 978-1250247896 

Told in three acts, this memoir/manifesto shares the intimate stories of journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist navigating the intersectionality of being Black and queer in the late 1990s and early 2000s. It explores the White supremacy, toxic masculinity, and homophobia that permeated his everyday life. It moves from stories of his childhood, teenage years, and growing up in New Jersey and Virginia to his early adulthood living closeted at his HBCU. 

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Amazing Audiobooks (#AA2021) Nominees Round Up, August 12 Edition

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When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed; narrated by a full cast
Listening Library
Release date: April 14, 2020
ISBN: 978-0593162576

Brothers Omar and Hassan escaped war in Somalia where their  father was killed. As very young boys they arrived at Dadaab, a refugee camp in Kenya. Their mother is missing, and Hassan is not well.  At the camp, food and medical care is scarce, and hope is hard to come by.  Omar and Hassan manage to get along with help from others.  Omar is given a chance at an education, which, while reluctant to take (as it will separate him from his brother regularly) he decides to go to school.

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