Bunker, Lisa. Felix Yz. Listening Library. ISBN 9781524775278. Read by Tara Sands, Erin Spencer & Michael Crouch.
Gr 5-8–When Felix Yz was three years old, a hyperintelligent fourth-dimensional being became fused inside him after one of his father’s science experiments went terribly wrong. The creature is friendly, but Felix—now 13—won’t be able to grow to adulthood while they’re still melded together. A risky procedure is planned to separate them, but it may end up killing them both instead. This book is Felix’s secret blog, a chronicle of the days leading up to the procedure. Some days it’s business as usual—time with his close-knit family, run-ins with a bully at school, anxiety about his crush. But life becomes more out of the ordinary with the arrival of an Estonian chess grand master, the revelation of family secrets, and a train-hopping journey.
Crowley, Cath. Words in Deep Blue. Listening Library. ISBN 9781524709556. Read by Chelsea Bruland & Hamish R. Johnson.
Gr 9 Up–Years ago, Rachel had a crush on Henry Jones. The day before she moved away, she tucked a love letter into his favorite book in his family’s bookshop. She waited. But Henry never came. Now Rachel has returned to the city—and to the bookshop—to work alongside the boy she’d rather not see, if at all possible, for the rest of her life. But Rachel needs the distraction. Her brother drowned months ago, and she can’t feel anything anymore. As Henry and Rachel work side by side—surrounded by books, watching love stories unfold, exchanging letters between the pages—they find hope in each other.
Dessen, Sarah. Once and for All. Listening Library. ISBN 9781524777449. Read by Karissa Vacker.
Gr 9 Up–Is it really better to have loved and lost? Louna’s summer job is to help brides plan their perfect day, even though she stopped believing in happily-ever-after when her first love ended tragically. But charming girl-magnet Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged now that he’s met the one he really wants. Maybe Louna’s second chance is standing right in front of her.
Egan, Catherine. Julia Defiant. (Witch’s Child, Bk. 2). Listening Library. ISBN 9781101917190. Read by Erin Spencer & Will Damron.
Gr 9 Up–Julia and a mismatched band of revolutionaries, scholars, and thieves have crossed the world searching for a witch. But for all the miles traveled, they are no closer to finding Ko Dan. No closer to undoing the terrible spell he cast that bound an ancient magic to the life of a small child. Casimir wants that magic—will happily kill Theo to extract it—and every moment they hunt for Ko Dan, Casimir’s assassins are hunting them. Julia can deal with danger. The thing that truly scares her lies within. Her strange ability to vanish to a place just out of sight has grown: she can now disappear so completely that it’s like stepping into another world. It’s a fiery, hellish world, filled with creatures who seem to recognize her—and count her as one of their own. So, is Julia a girl with a monster lurking inside her? Or a monster wearing the disguise of a girl? If she can use her monstrous power to save Theo, does it matter?
Ella, Sara. Unblemished. (Unblemished Trilogy, Bk. 1). Dreamscape. ISBN 9781520074535. Reader TBA.
Gr 9 Up–Eliyana is used to the shadows. With a birthmark covering half her face, she just hopes to graduate high school unscathed—that is, until Joshua hops a fence and changes her perspective. No one, aside from her mother, has ever treated her like he does: normal—and maybe even beautiful. Because of Joshua, Eliyana finally begins to believe she could be loved. But one night her mother doesn’t come home, and that’s when everything gets weird. Now Joshua is her new, and rather reluctant, legal guardian. Add a hooded stalker and a Central Park battle to the mix, and you’ve gone from weird to otherworldly. Soon, Eliyana finds herself in a world much larger and more complicated than she’s ever known, a world enslaved by a powerful and vile man. And Eliyana holds the answer to defeating him.
Herman, Eleanor. Reign of Serpents. (Blood of Gods and Royals, Bk. 3). Recorded Books. ISBN 9781490637723. Reader TBA.
Gr 9 Up–Prince Alexander’s mind has been touched by an incomprehensible evil, even as his betrothed travels from afar to unite their kingdoms against a terrible darkness that threatens both realms: the Spirit Eaters. From the distant shores of Illyria to a small deserted island, the deadly consequences of Smoke Blood magic loom and lost civilizations emerge to reveal the existence of a weapon that may do the impossible–kill the last living god. As magic rises and warriors clash, the fate of all Macedon rests in the hands of the unstable prince and those whose loyalty can no longer be trusted.
Mead, Richelle. Midnight Jewel. (Glittering Court, Bk. 2). ISBN 978-1524750329. Reader TBA.
Gr 9 Up–Mira is not like the other Glittering Court girls. She is a war refugee, cast out of her home country and thrust into another, where she has learned to fight against the many injustices around her. For some, the Glittering Court offers a chance at a life they’ve only ever dreamed of, one of luxury, glamour, and leisure. But for Mira, it’s simply a means to an end. In the new world, she plans to earn off her marriage contract price, and finally be free. Mira pitches herself as an asset to one of the passengers on board the ship: the sardonic and aloof Grant Elliot, whom she’s discovered is a spy for the prestigious McGraw Agency—and her ticket to buying her freedom. His cover blown, Grant has little choice but to take her on. Mira applies herself by day, learning the etiquette and customs that will help to earn her anonymity. By night, she dons a mask and slips into the city, fighting injustice and corruption on her own terms—and impressing Grant with her extraordinary abilities and insights into an elusive case. But the case isn’t all they’re fighting.
Philips, L. Perfect Ten. Listening Library. ISBN 9781524775315. Read by Kirby Heybourne.
Gr 9 Up–It’s been two years since Sam broke up with the only other eligible gay guy in his high school, so to say he’s been going through a romantic drought is the understatement of the decade. When Meg, his ex-Catholic-turned-Wiccan best friend, suggests performing a love spell, Sam is just desperate enough to try. He crafts a list of ten traits he wants in a boyfriend and burns it in a cemetery at midnight on Friday the thirteenth. Enter three seemingly perfect guys, all in pursuit of Sam. There’s Gus, the suave French exchange student; Jamie, the sweet and shy artist; and Travis, the guitar-playing tattooed enigma. Even Sam’s ex-boyfriend, Landon, might want another chance.
Weber, Mary. The Evaporation of Sofi Snow. Dreamscape. ISBN 9781520075259. Reader TBA.
Gr 9 Up–Ever since the Delonese ice-planet arrived 11 years ago, Sofi’s dreams have been vivid and alien. In a system where Earth’s corporations rule in place of governments and the humanoid race orbiting the moon are allies, her only constant has been her younger brother, Shilo. As an online gamer, Sofi battles behind the scenes of Earth’s Fantasy Fighting arena where Shilo is forced to compete in a mix of real and virtual blood sport. But when a bomb takes out a quarter of the arena, Sofi’s the only one who believes Shilo survived. She’s convinced he’s been taken to the ice-planet. Except no one but ambassadors are allowed there. For Miguel, Earth’s charming young playboy, the games are of a different sort. As ambassador to the Delonese, his career has been built on seduction and trading secrets. But now the tables have turned, and he’s a target for blackmail. The game is simple: help the blackmailers, or lose more than Earth can afford.
Werlin, Nancy. And Then There Were Four. Listening Library. ISBN 9781524775117. Read by James Lurie, Michael Crouch, Jorjeana Marie, May Wuthrich, & Nick Martorelli.
Gr 9 Up–When a building collapses around five teenagers—and they just barely escape—they know something strange is going on. Little by little, the group pieces together a theory: Their parents are working together to kill them all. Is it true? And if so, how did their parents come together—and why? And, most importantly, how can the five of them work together to save themselves?
White, Kiersten. Now I Rise. Listening Library. ISBN 9781524776350. Read by Fiona Hardingham.
Gr 9 Up–After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada Dracul is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her. What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?
Williams, Nicole. Trusting You and Other Lies. Listening Library. ISBN 9781524777500. Reader TBA.
Gr 9 Up–Phoenix can’t imagine anything worse than being shipped off to family summer camp. Her parents have been fighting for the past two years—do they seriously think being crammed in a cabin with Phoenix and her little brother, Harry, will make things better? On top of that, Phoenix is stuck training with Callum—the head counselor who is seriously cute but a complete know-it-all. His hot-cold attitude means he’s impossible to figure out—and even harder to rely on. But despite her better judgment, Phoenix is attracted to Callum. And he’s promising Phoenix a summer she’ll never forget. Can she trust him? Or is this just another lie?
Young, Samantha. The Impossible Vastness of Us. Blackstone. ISBN 978-1-5384-0973-2. Reader TBA.
Gr 7 Up–India Maxwell hasn’t just moved across the country, she’s plummeted to the bottom rung of the social ladder. It’s taken years to cover the mess of her home life with a veneer of popularity. Now she’s living in one of Boston’s wealthiest neighborhoods with her mom’s fiancé and his daughter, Eloise. Thanks to her soon-to-be stepsister’s clique of friends, including Eloise’s gorgeous, arrogant boyfriend, Finn, India feels like the one thing she hoped never to be seen as again: trash. But India’s not alone in struggling to control the secrets of her past. Eloise and Finn, the school’s golden couple, aren’t all they seem to be. And as India grows closer to Finn and befriends Eloise, threatening the facades that hold them together, what’s left are truths that are brutal, beautiful and big enough to change them forever.