Love in English by Maria E. Andreu; narrated by Frankie Corzo Balzer + Bray Publication Date: February 1, 2021 ISBN: 978-0063058118
Sixteen year-old Ana and her mom arrive in New Jersey from Argentina to reunite with Ana’s father, who has been in the United States for three years. Ana starts her junior year in a new country, in a new school, speaking a new language, and has to navigate her new surroundings. Ana makes a couple friends but grounds herself by writing poetry, which she uses to help her understand American conventions at school as well as shifting relationships at home.
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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.