Answers in the Pages by David Levithan
Narrated By: Christopher Gebauer, Vikas Adam, and Oliver Wyman
Imprint/Publisher: Listening Library
Publication Date: May 10, 2022
Donovan’s book assignment turns his town upside down when parents try to ban the book, The Adventurers. Donovan’s own mother leads the charge because of a possible romantic relationship between the two main characters, Rick and Oliver. Donovan and his classmates will stand up to his town to prevent the book from being banned. In a parallel narrative, the listener is introduced to Gideon and Roberto who are drawn together as they complete a school assignment.
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Jennifer Chan is Not Alone by Tae Keller
Narrated by Shannon Tyo, Carolyn Kang and Tae Keller
Publication Date: April 26, 2022
Thanks to her popular best friend Reagan, Mallory Moss knows the key to surviving middle school: fit in and keep your head down. When new student Jennifer Chan moves in across the street from Mallory, it becomes clear that the openly trusting, alien-obsessed new kid is never going to make it at school. Then Jennifer goes missing. Did she run away like all the adults are saying? Or did something happen to her? The closer Mallory gets to finding Jennifer, the more she has to face why Jennifer may have disappeared.
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Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan
Narrated by: Natalie Naudus
HarperCollins Publishers Inc. | Harper Audio
Release date: January 11, 2022
Xingyin grew up on the moon, the secret daughter of the Moon Goddess who was imprisoned on the moon by the Celestial Emperor. One evening, Xingyin’s world shatters when she is discovered and she is forced to flee her home. Left with nothing, she becomes a servant in a noble house, and vows to do everything she can to free her mother. Her promise leads her on a perilous quest and pits her against the most powerful ruler in all the realms–the Celestial Emperor.
This retelling of Chinese folktales brings to life a mythological realm full of beauty and mystery while expanding on mythology that hasn’t really been explored in much depth. It provides an opening to new stories in an engaging way. The narrator creates a “classic fairytale” atmosphere that works well with the story.
Perfect for fans of The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden and The Star Touched Queen. The Daughter of the Moon Goddess is a fantasy full of court intrigue and royalty.
The Selected Lists teams read throughout the year in search of the best titles published in their respective categories. Once a book is suggested (either internally or through the title suggestion form), it must pass through a review process to be designated an official nomination.
Each week, the teams feature a review of one of the officially nominated titles. Additional titles to receive this designation are listed as well. At year’s end, the team will curate a final list from all nominated titles and select a Top Ten.
The Agathas by Kathleen Glasgow
Narrated by Mehr Dudeja, Sophie Amoss, Holly Linneman
Publication Date: May 3, 2022
A year ago, Alice’s boyfriend, Steve, left her for her best friend, Brooke. Now, Brooke is missing, and Steve is in jail. Alice teams up with her tutor, Iris, to prove Steve’s innocence, but the closer they get to solving the crime, the closer they get to danger.
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Dead End Girls by Wendy Heard
Narrated by Natalie Naudus and Taylor Meskimen
Hachette Audio / Christy Ottaviano Books
Publication Date: May 10, 2022
After years of careful planning, Maude is ready to die. Or rather, to pretend to die. She’s ready to leave her life- her awkward relationship with her step-family and their wealth, her friends, her school, everything she’s ever known – behind. Everything is in place, but right before things start in motion her step-cousin Frankie finds out. And even worse for Maude – Frankie wants in. What follows is a delicious mess. Things go wrong – really, really, wrong. But Maude’s sheer determination won’t let them turn back, even after the bodies start piling up in their wake.
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The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera
Narrated by: Frankie Corzo
Imprint/Publisher: Recorded Books Inc.
Release date: October 12, 2021
Petra Peña wants to be a storyteller like her Abuelita, but first, Petra must get to her new home. Petra and her family are lucky enough to be part of a group chosen to settle on a new planet and carry on the human race. All is planned for safe arrival, except things don’t go as planned. When Petra wakes up, she realizes she is the only one who has any memories of life on Earth. Everyone else has had all their memories erased. Can Petra’s stories save the future?
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Ain’t Burned All the Bright by Jason Reynolds
Narrated By: Jason Reynolds, Nile Bullock, Tatum Marylin Hall, JaQwan J. Kelly, DePre Owens
Imprint/Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audiobooks
Publication Date: January 11, 2022
In ten-sentences, Jason Reynolds explores the impact of racism, police brutality, and the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic as experienced by a Black family. Reynolds poetically expresses the fear and pain of the year 2020 while highlighting the importance of human connection.
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Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson
Narrated by Caitlin Davies
Simon & Schuster Audiobooks
Publication Date: October 5, 2021
In order to save her fellow Gray Sisters, Artemisia accepts the saint’s relic and takes on the spirit of a revenant. She must battle for control of her own body while uncovering the truths buried in the past about revenants and creating, controlling and using a relic.
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The Peach Rebellion by Wendelin Van Draanen
Narrated by Laurie Jo Daniels and Emily Ellet
Publication Date: May 17, 2022
When Ginny Rose and Peggy are children, they form a fierce friendship as they pick peaches in the orchards on Peggy’s family farm in central California. Ginny Rose’s family travels there in the summers to escape the Oklahoma Dust Bowl and earn a wage doing farm work. Ten years and a world war later, Ginny Rose’s family is back in town permanently but the differences between their families that didn’t register when they were children seem to loom above every interaction. It doesn’t help that Peggy’s best friend Lisette, a wealthy banker’s entitled daughter, is constantly putting Ginny Rose on edge.
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What About Will by Ellen Hopkins
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Narrated by Michael Wetherbee
Release date: September 14, 2021
Trace is a kid just like any other, who loves baseball, music, and spending time with his family. But then his brother Will is injured and ends up with a traumatic brain injury, and Trace’s life begins to change. His parents get a divorce, Will isn’t around much anymore, and Trace worries about what he’s doing. When things escalate out of control, Trace has to make some difficult choices to help his brother and heal.