Fandom, Cults, & Fortune Telling | Young Adult Audiobooks Coming in July

Arsenault, Emily. The Leaf Reader. Recorded Books. ISBN 9781501960789. Ready by Lori Gardner.
Gr 9 Up–Marnie Wells knows that she creeps people out. It’s not really her fault; her brother is always in trouble, and her grandmother, who’s been their guardian since Mom took off is…eccentric. So no one even bats an eye when Marnie finds an old tea-leaf-reading book and starts telling fortunes. The ceremony and symbols are weirdly soothing, but she knows—and hopes everyone else does too—that none of it’s real. Then basketball star Matt Cotrell asks for a reading. He’s been getting emails from someone claiming to be his best friend, Andrea Quinley, who disappeared and is presumed dead. Rumor has it Matt and Andrea were romantically involved, though they’d always denied it. A faint cloud of suspicion still hangs over Matt. But Marnie sees a kindred spirit: someone who, like her, is damaged by association. Suddenly the readings seem real. And they’re telling Marnie things about Matt that make him seem increasingly dangerous.

Geiger, A.V. Follow Me Back. Recorded Books. ISBN 9781501948152. Read by Soneela Nankani.
Gr 8 Up–There’s a fine line between fandom and obsession in this debut from Wattpad superstar Geiger. Tessa Hart’s agoraphobia means she doesn’t interact with many people—except for the online fandom of pop sensation Eric Thorn. She knows it sounds crazy, but he’s the only one who seems to understand her, even though they’ve never met. Held prisoner by his contract and sick of his creepily obsessive fans, Eric creates a fake Twitter account to mess with one of his biggest followers, @TessaHeartsEric. Instead, they form a bond via Twitter that neither could have imagined. But when the two arrange to meet in real life, what should have made for the world’s best episode of Catfish turns deadly.

Griffin, Adele. Be True to Me. Recorded Books. ISBN 9781501953293. Read by Eva Kaminsky & Laura Knight Keating.
Gr 9 Up–It’s the summer of 1976 on Fire Island, where feathered hair and the Bicentennial celebration reign. Jean, a sometimes cruel, often insecure, and always envious rich girl, is accustomed to living in her glamorous older sister’s shadow. So when Gil Burke, a handsome newcomer with uncertain ties to one of the most powerful families in the exclusive enclave of Sunken Haven, notices Jean—not her sister—Jean is smitten. Then Fritz, a girl from outside the gilded gates who humiliated Jean in the Island’s tennis championship last year, falls for Gil herself. Soon the girls are competing for much more than a tennis trophy, with higher stakes than either of them can imagine.

Kenneally, Miranda. Coming Up for Air. Dreamscape. ISBN 9781520073552. Reader TBA.
Gr 7 Up–All of Maggie’s focus and free time is spent swimming. She’s not only striving to
earn scholarships, she’s training to qualify for the Olympics. It helps that her best friend, Levi, is also on the team and that he cheers her on, but he’s already earned his Olympic tryout, so sometimes his presence creates more pressure. If that wasn’t stressful enough, life becomes even more complicated once Maggie goes on a college visit. There, she realizes how much of the “typical” high-school experience she’s missed out on by being in the pool. Not one to shy away from a challenge, Maggie decides to try to squeeze the most out of her senior year while still training. First up? Making out with a guy. Maggie figures that Levi could be the perfect candidate—after all, they already spend a lot of time together. But as Maggie starts to discover her own feelings for Levi, she must decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice in the water to win at love.

Murphy, Emily Bain. The Disappearances. Dreamscape. ISBN 9781520073736. Read by Devon Murphy.
Gr 7 Up–Aila Quinn’s mother, Juliet, has always been a mystery. Vibrant yet guarded, she keeps her secrets beyond Aila’s reach. When Juliet dies, Aila and her younger brother Miles are sent to live in Sterling, a rural town with mysteries of its own. In Sterling, the experiences that weave life together—scents of flowers and food, reflections from mirrors and lakes, even the ability to dream—vanish every seven years. No one knows what causes these “Disappearances” or what will slip away next. But it has always been suspected that Juliet was somehow responsible, so Aila, bearing the brunt of that blame, follows the chain of literary clues her mother left behind. As the next Disappearance nears, Aila begins to unravel the dual mystery of why the Disappearances happen and who her mother truly was.

Oakes, Stephanie. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly. Recorded Books. ISBN 9781501960321. Read by Morgan Hallett.
Gr 9 Up–The cult known as the Community has taken everything from 17-year-old Minnow: 12 years of her life, her family, her ability to trust. And when she rebelled, they took away her hands, too. Now their Prophet has been murdered and their camp set aflame, and it’s clear that Minnow knows something, but she’s not talking. As she languishes in juvenile detention, she struggles to un-learn everything she has been taught to believe, adjusting to a life behind bars and recounting the events that led up to her incarceration. But when an FBI detective approaches her about making a deal, Minnow sees she can have the freedom she always dreamed of—if she’s willing to part with the terrible secrets of her past.

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