The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera Narrated by: Frankie Corzo Imprint/Publisher: Recorded Books Inc. Release date: October 12, 2021 ISBN: 9781705044308
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?
Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean, narrated by Ali Ahn Macmillan Audio Release date: May 17, 2021 ISBN: 978-1250804167
First book of the Tokyo Ever After series, the story begins with a report from a newspaper about an unnamed princess. Juxtaposed between each news article, Izumi struggles with the “cultural punches” of beauty standards, not knowing her father, and being a unilingual Pan-Asian. When her friend Nora accidentally stumbles across a scrapbook with a name, Izumi has to decide whether she wants to learn more about her father, her father’s family, and herself.
Tales From the Hinterland by Melissa Albert; narrated by Rebecca Soler Macmillian Audio Release date: January 12, 2021 ISBN: 9781250791023
A collection of short, creepy fairy tales set in the horror filled world of the Hinterland. These tales made their first appearance in Albert’s Hazel Wood books, but here they are fully captured in gory detail. The stories involve revengeful daughters, women coveting death and deadly magical toys. All the stories blur the line between good and evil with blood, magic and monsters on every page.
Home is Not a Country by Safia Elhillo; narrated by Safia Elhillo Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group / Listening Library Publication Date: March 2, 2021 ISBN: 9780593343715
Nima, feeling like an outsider trying to be part of her mother’s culture, misses the father who died before she was born and begins to resent her mother. When her childhood friend Haitham is jumped and hospitalized, Nima turns inward to see who she could have been in her homeland and with a father. Nima discovers something about her father that changes her entire life.
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.