Alternate History, Sea Voyages, & New Friends | YA Audiobooks Publishing in November

Aceves, Fred. The Closest I’ve Come. HarperAudio. ISBN 9781538457597. Reader TBA.
Gr 7 Up–Marcos Rivas yearns for love, a working cell phone, and maybe a pair of sneakers that aren’t falling apart. More than anything, Marcos Rivas wants to get out of Maesta, his hood, and away from his indifferent mom and her abusive boyfriend—which seems impossible. When Marcos is placed in a new after-school program, he meets Zach and Amy, whose friendship inspires him to open up and to start to thinking more about his future and what he has to fight for.

Chee, Traci. The Speaker. Listening Library. ISBN 9780525495277. Read by Kim Mai Guest.
Gr 9 Up–Having barely escaped the clutches of the Guard, Sefia and Archer are back on the run, slipping into the safety of the forest to tend to their wounds and plan their next move. Haunted by painful memories, Archer struggles to overcome the trauma of his past with the impressors, whose cruelty plagues him whenever he closes his eyes. But when Sefia and Archer happen upon a crew of impressors in the wilderness, Archer finally finds a way to combat his nightmares: by hunting impressors and freeing the boys they hold captive.

Grant, Mira. Into the Drowning Deep. Hachette Audio. ISBN 9781478997979. Reader TBA.
Gr 7 Up–Seven years ago, the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a “mockumentary” bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend. It was lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a maritime tragedy. Now, a new crew has been assembled. But this time they’re not out to entertain. Some seek to validate their life’s work. Some seek the greatest hunt of all. Some seek the truth. But for the ambitious young scientist Victoria Stewart, this is a voyage to uncover the fate of the sister she lost.

Maaren, Kari. Weave a Circle Round. Blackstone. ISBN 9781538486535. Read by Eileen Stevens.
Gr 7 Up–Freddy wants desperately to not be noticed. She doesn’t want to be seen as different or unusual, but her step-brother Roland gets attention because he’s deaf, and her little sister Mel thinks she’s a private detective. All Freddy wants to do is navigate high school with as little trouble as possible. Then someone moves into the house on Grosvenor Street. Two extremely odd someones. Cuerva Lachance and Josiah aren’t…normal. When they move in next door, the house begins to exhibit some decidedly strange tendencies, like not obeying the laws of physics or reality. Just as Freddy thinks she’s had enough of Josiah following her around, she’s plunged into an adventure a millennia in the making.

Mayhew, Julie. The Big Lie. Brilliance. ISBN 9781536685244. REad by Elizabeth Knowelden.
Gr 7 Up–In a present-day England that’s under Nazi rule, a sheltered teen questions what it means to be “good”—and how far she’s willing to go to break the rules. Nazi England, 2014. Jessika Keller is a good girl—a champion ice skater, model student of the Bund Deutscher Mädel, and dutiful daughter of the Greater German Reich. Her best friend, Clementine, is not so submissive. Passionately different, Clem is outspoken, dangerous, and radical. And the regime has noticed. Jess cannot keep both her perfect life and her dearest friend, her first love. But which can she live without?

Miranda, Megan. Fragments of the Lost. Listening Library. ISBN 9780525532484. Reader TBA.
Gr 9 Up–Jessa Whitworth knew she didn’t belong in her ex-boyfriend Caleb’s room. His mother asked her to pack up his things—even though she blames Jessa for his accident. How could she say no? And maybe, just maybe, it will help her work through the guilt she feels about their final moments together. But as Jessa begins to box up the pieces of Caleb’s life, they trigger memories that make Jessa realize their past relationship may not be exactly as she remembered. And she starts to question whether she really knew Caleb at all.

Priemaza, Anna. Kat and Meg Conquer the World. HarperAudio. ISBN 9781538457627. Reader TBA.
Gr 7 Up–Kat and Meg couldn’t be more different. Kat’s anxiety makes it hard for her to talk to new people. The only place she feels safe is in front of her computer, playing her favorite video game. Meg hates being alone, but her ADHD keeps pushing people away. Friends. Her boyfriend. Even the stepfather who raised her. But when the two girls are thrown together for a year-long science project, they discover they do have one thing in common: their obsession with the online gaming star LumberLegs and his hilarious videos. Meg’s pretty sure this is fate. Kat doesn’t know how to deal with someone who talks faster than she thinks. But if they can stick together and stay out of their heads, they might figure out how to help each other.

Warga, Jasmine. Here We Are Now. HarperAudio. ISBN 9781538457894. Reader TBA.
Gr 7 Up–Taliah Sahar Abdallat lives and breathes music. Songs have always helped Tal ease the pain of never having known her father. Her mother, born in Jordan and very secretive about her past, won’t say a word about who her dad really was. But when Tal finds a shoebox full of old letters from Julian Oliver—yes, the indie rock star Julian Oliver—she begins to piece the story together. She writes to Julian, but after three years of radio silence, she’s given up hope. Then one day, completely out of the blue, Julian shows up at her doorstep, and Tal doesn’t know whether to be furious or to throw herself into his arms. Before she can decide, he asks her to go on a trip with him to meet her long-estranged family and to say good-bye to his father, her grandfather, who is dying. Getting to know your father after 16 years of estrangement doesn’t happen in one car ride. But as Tal spends more time with Julian and his family, she begins to untangle her parents’ secret past, and discovers a part of herself she never recognized before.

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