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LISTEN, SLOWLY Thanhha Lai, read by Lulu Lam When Mai is sent to Vietnam for the sum- mer with her grandmother, she's upset to be missing out on beaches, bikinis, and boys. But as the summer progresses, she learns to accept others and learns more about herself as well. The audio suggests the Vietnamese language with accents and nuances in pronunciation, making for a rich experience for the listener. Harper Audio 7.5 hrs. Unabridged Ages 10+ Trade Ed.: CD, DD MARCUS VEGA DOESN'T SPEAK SPANISH Pablo Cartaya, read by Pablo Cartaya Author Pablo Cartaya's warm narration introduces us to 14-year-old Marcus, who is trying to figure out his place in the world. When his mother takes Marcus and his younger brother, Charlie, to Puerto Rico for a vacation, it's a chance to meet his extended family. Listening Library 4.5 hrs. Unabridged Ages 10+ Trade Ed.: DD Library Ed.: CD, DD Culturally authentic narration reinforces the stories of middle schoolers Mai and Marcus and their reluctant journeys to different sides of the world, where they learn not only about their cultural heritage but also about themselves. California girl Mai travels to Vietnam to help her grand- mother discover the postwar fate of her grandfather, while Marcus joins his mother and younger brother on a trip from Pennsylvania to Puerto Rico to meet his absent father's family. IF YOU LIKE... • Immersive • Character accents • Well-characterized • Own Voices • Angst-filled Audiobooks for Kids & Teens Intrigue and adventure, strat- egy and battles are paired with animated narrations that will keep listeners glued to their earbuds. Underdogs take on bullies and mon- sters in two fantasy thrillers that evoke the excitement of video games. IF YOU LIKE... • Distinctly voiced • Energetic • Commanding • Fast-paced • Dramatic THE ADVENTURERS GUILD Zack Loran Clark, Nick Eliopulos, read by Johnny Heller When a group of young people are conscripted into the dreaded Adventurers Guild, they learn just how dangerous it is to protect Freestone, one of the last cities standing against the monsters outside their walls. Heller manages the conflicts, fears, and battles with deft pacing. Oasis Audio 6.75 hrs. Unabridged Ages 8+ Trade Ed.: MP3, DD Library Ed.: CD ETHAN AND THE KEY Dennis Canfield, read by Nick Podehl Nick Podehl's dynamic narration is well suited to the nonstop action. Ethan's lack of athletic prowess makes him seem like an ordinary boy. But when he gets home and discovers a glowing green puddle of light on the stairs, he falls into a world filled with dragons and danger. Well-Spoken Books 5.5 hrs. Unabridged Ages 8+ Trade Ed.: DD Browse the updated 2019 Audiobooks for Kids & Teens list online: audiofilemagazine.com/kids-teens COMING OF AGE SOMEPLACE ELSE FANTASTIC ODYSSEYS April/May 2019 n 21 "Though the world had ended long before Zed was born, this was still the scari- est day of his young life." — From The Adventurers Guild " Most kids clear out of the way when I walk down the hall." — From Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish

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