Teen Read Week is an annual literacy initiative encouraging teens to be regular readers and library users. This year's event runs Oct. 9 - 15th, featuring a "Read for the fun of it!" theme. We have put together a list of the top ten new Young Adult audiobook releases that you need to add to your library list!
Empire of Dust by Eleanor Herman; narrated by Graham Halstead, Jennifer Grace
In Macedon, war rises like smoke, forbidden romance blooms and ancient magic tempered with rage threatens to turn an empire to dust. New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Herman entwines the real scandals of history with epic fantasy to reimagine the world's most brilliant ruler, Alexander the Great, in the second book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series.
American Girls by Alison Umminger; narrated by Jennifer Grace
A bittersweet, honest, and widely acclaimed YA coming-of-age novel that distills honest truths about American girldom. Alison Umminger writes about girls, sex, violence, and which people society deems worthy of caring about, which ones it doesn't, in a way not often seen in YA fiction.
Broken Crowns by Lauren DeStefano; narrated by Laura Knight-Keating
War rages everywhere and Morgan is caught in the middle in the haunting conclusion of The Internment Chronicles, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Chemical Garden trilogy.
Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories by Stephanie Perkins; narrated by Jessica Almasy, Michael Bakkensen, Cherise Boothe, Christopher Gebauer, Erin Moon, Stina Nielsen
Twelve romantic summer stories by twelve bestselling young adult authors, edited by Stephanie Perkins
Signs of You by Emily France; narrated by Sandy Rustin
Since sixteen-year-old Riley Strout lost her mother two years ago, her saving grace has been her quirky little family in the grief support group she joined as a freshman. Jay, Kate, and Noah understand her pain; each lost a loved one, and they've stuck together in spite of their differences, united by tragedies only they understand. When Riley thinks she spots her mother shopping in a grocery store, she fears she is suffering some sort of post-traumatic stress. Then Jay and Kate report similar experiences. Only Noah hasn't had some kind of vision, which is perhaps why he's become so skeptical and distant. When Noah disappears, Riley fears she's lost another loved one. As they frantically search for him, she, Kate, and Jay are drawn into the mystery surrounding a relic that belonged to Jay's dead father and contains clues about the afterlife. Riley finds herself wrestling with her feelings for both Noah and Jay-which have become clear only in Noah's absence. If Riley is to help those she loves, and herself, she must set things right with the one she's lost.
Crow Mountain by Lucy Inglis; narrated by Avita Jay, Caitlin Thorburn
A sweeping tale of love, legacy, and wilderness set between the present day and 1867 in the dramatic landscape of modern-day and territorial Montana.
The Last Execution by Jesper Wung-Sung; narrated by Graham Rowat
Based on the chilling true story of the last execution in Denmark's history, this award-winning, mesmerizing novel asks a question that plagues a small Danish town: does a fifteen-year-old boy deserve to be put to death?
The Transatlantic Conspiracy by G.D. Falksen; narrated by Erin Moon
The year is 1908. Seventeen-year-old Rosalind Wallace's blissful stay in England with her best friend, Cecily de Vere, has come to an abrupt end, which is fine with Rosalind. She was getting tired of being high society Cecily's American "pet." Her industrialist father is unveiling his fabulous new Transatlantic Express, the world's first underwater railway. As a publicity stunt he has booked her on the maiden voyage-without asking. Rosalind is furious. But lucky for her, Cecily and her handsome older brother, Charles, volunteer to accompany her home. Fun turns to worry when Charles disappears during boarding. Then, deep under the sea, Cecily and her housemaid, Doris, are found stabbed to death in their state room. Rosalind is now trapped on Father's train-fighting to clear herself of her friend's murder, to find the killer, and ultimately to uncover the sinister truth behind the railway's construction.
Tehanu by Ursula K. Le Guin; narrated by Jenny Sterlin
Years before, they had escaped together from the sinister Tombs of Atuan -- she, an isolated young priestess, he, a powerful wizard. Now she is a farmer's widow, having chosen for herself the simple pleasures of an ordinary life. And he is a broken old man, mourning the powers lost to him not by choice. A lifetime ago, they helped each other at a time of darkness and danger. Now they must join forces again, to help another -- the physically and emotionally scarred child whose own destiny remains to be revealed.
Soldier Boys by Dean Hughes; narrated by Stephen Plunkett
Spencer Morgan and Dieter Hedrick are on opposite sides of the war and fighting for the same thing. At the age of fifteen, Dieter's blind devotion gets him promoted from Hitler Youth into the German army. Dieter's determined to prove his allegiance and bravery all costs. Spence, just sixteen, drops out of his Utah high school to begin training as a paratrooper. He's seen how boys who weren't much in high school can come home heroes, and Spence wants to prove to his friends and family that he really can be something. Their worst fear was that the war would end too soon -- that they wouldn't get the chance to prove themselves. But when they finally see the action they were hoping for, it's like nothing they could have ever imagined.