Wonder Woman Comes of Age | Young Adult Audiobooks Coming Out in August

Alexander, Kwame & Mary Rand Hess. Solo. Dreamscape. ISBN 9781520074474. Reader TBA.
Gr 7 Up–Seventeen-year-old Blade Morrison knows the life of a rock star isn’t really about the glitz and glamour. All the new cars and money in the world can’t make up for the scathing tabloid covers or the fact that his father is struggling with just about every addiction under the sun—including a desperate desire to make a comeback and regain his former fame. Haunted by memories of his mother—who died when Blade was nine—and the ruin that his father’s washed-up legacy and life have brought to the family, Blade is left to figure out life on his own. But he’s not completely alone: he’s got the friendship of a jazz-musician mentor, Robert, the secret love of his girlfriend, Chapel, and his music. All may not be well in the Morrison home, but things are looking up for Blade—that is, until he discovers a deeply protected family secret that further threatens his relationship with his family and has him questioning his own identity.

Baker, Chandler. This Is Not the End. Blackstone. ISBN 9781538423684. Read by Erin Spencer.
Gr 7 Up–On one cloudless, radiant summer afternoon, Lake Devereaux lost everything. The car crash claimed the lives of her best friend and boyfriend, the people who had become her family after her own fell apart. But she doesn’t have to lose them both. The development of resurrection technology has changed the world. Under the new laws regulating the process, each person gets one resurrection to be used or forfeited on their 18th birthday. Mere weeks away from turning 18, Lake faces an impossible choice. Envisioning life without one of the people she loves most is shattering enough, but Lake carries an additional burden: years ago, under family pressure, Lake secretly—and illegally—promised her resurrection to someone who isn’t even dead yet. The search for answers about her future draws Lake more deeply into the secrets of her past until she begins to question everything about those closest to her. Then Lake meets a boy unlike anyone she’s encountered before, who unflinchingly embraces the darkest parts of her life and who believes that all resurrections are wrong.

Bardugo, Leigh. Wonder Woman: Warbringer. Listening Library. ISBN 9781524782207. Read by Mozhan Marno.
Gr 9 Up–Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl, and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world. Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery. Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

Blount, Patty. The Way It Hurts. Dreamscape. ISBN 9781520074214. Read by Elizabeth Cottle & Nicholas Mondelli.
Gr 7 Up–When Elijah is dragged to a high-school play in the next town, he can’t take his eyes off Kristen, the star. But when his swooning face is captured on camera, along with an out-of-context sexual comment, his words go viral. Elijah sets out to apologize, and, surprisingly, she forgives him for his unthinking comment. They hit it off right away, and Kristen believes she’s finally found a boy who understands her. But strangers online are threatening Elijah’s special-needs sister, and Kristen’s father wants Elijah gone. Can their relationship survive these difficulties?

de Quidt, Jeremy. The Wrong Train. Blackstone. ISBN 9781338194234. Reader TBA.
Gr 7 Up–Imagine you’ve just managed to catch your train and you realize it’s the wrong one. You’d be annoyed of course, but not scared…yet. Imagine you get off the wrong train at the next station hoping to catch one back the way you came. But the station is empty. Again, you’d be annoyed, but not scared…yet. Imagine someone comes to the station, a stranger who starts to tell you stories to help pass the time. But these aren’t any old stories—they’re nightmares that come with a price to pay.

Forde, Patricia. The List. Dreamscape. ISBN 9781520076751. Read by Imogen Wilde.
Gr 7 Up–In the postapocalyptic, neo-medieval city of Ark, speech is constrained to 500 sanctioned words.Speaking outside that approved lexicon means facing banishment. The only exceptions to this rule are the Wordsmith and his apprentice, Letta. Together, they are the keepers and archivists of all language. But when Letta’s master dies, she is suddenly promoted to Wordsmith and finds the situation more complicated than she expected. While fulfilling her charge to collect and save words, she uncovers a sinister plan to suppress language and to rob Ark’s citizens of their power of speech. Soon, she realizes that it’s up to her to save Ark’s language and its entire culture.

Fowley-Doyle, Moira. Spellbook of the Lost and Found. Listening Library. ISBN 9781524750183. Read by Elizabeth Sastre, Maris Calin, & Saskia Maarleveld.
Gr 9 Up–One stormy Irish summer night, Olive and her best friend, Rose, begin to lose things. It starts with simple items like hairclips and jewelry, but soon it’s clear that Rose has lost something much bigger, something she won’t talk about, and Olive thinks her best friend is slipping away. Then seductive diary pages written by a girl named Laurel begin to appear all over town. And Olive meets three mysterious strangers: Ivy, Hazel, and her twin brother, Rowan, secretly squatting in an abandoned housing estate. The trio are wild and alluring, but they seem lost too—and like Rose, they’re holding tight to painful secrets. When they discover the spellbook, it changes everything.

Houck, Colleen. Reunited. (Reawakened, Bk. 3). Listening Library. ISBN 9781524779160. Read by Mark Deakins & Phoebe Strole.
Gr 9 Up–After surviving her otherworldly adventure, Lily wakes up on her Nana’s farm having forgotten everything. Her sun prince, her travels to Egypt, and her journey to the Afterlife are all distant memories. But Lily is not the girl she once was. Her body is now part human, part lion, and part fairy. And if that isn’t bad enough, she must harness this power of three and become Wasret: a goddess destined to defeat the evil god Seth once and for all. With the help of her old friend Dr. Hassan, Lily departs on her final voyage through the cosmos and across the plains of Egypt. On the journey, she will transform into the being she is destined to become.

Kuehn, Stephanie. When I Am Through With You. Listening Library. ISBN 9781524775353. Read by MacLeod Andrews.
Gr 9 Up–Ben Gibson is many things, but he’s not sorry and he’s not a liar. He will tell you exactly about what happened on what started as a simple school camping trip in the mountains. About who lived and who died. About who killed and who had the best of intentions. But he’s going to tell you in his own time. Because after what happened on that mountain, time is the one thing he has plenty of.

Prendergast, G.S. Zero Repeat Forever. Brilliance. ISBN 978-1522636397. Reader TBA.
Gr 7 Up–He has no voice or name, only a rank, Eighth. He doesn’t know the details of the mission, only the directives that hum in his mind. Dart the humans. Leave them where they fall. His job is to protect his Offside. Let her do the shooting. Until a human kills her… Sixteen-year-old Raven is at summer camp when the terrifying armored Nahx invade. Isolated in the wilderness, Raven and her fellow campers can only stay put. Await rescue. Raven doesn’t like feeling helpless, but what choice does she have? Then a Nahx kills her boyfriend. Thrown together in a violent, unfamiliar world, Eighth and Raven should feel only hate and fear. But when Raven is injured, and Eighth deserts his unit, their survival comes to depend on trusting each other.

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