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Bronx Book Festival

The Bronx Book Festival aims to promote literacy and foster a love of reading among children, teens, and adults. The festival covers a wide range of topics relevant to the Bronx community through panels, workshops, and more with award-winning and bestselling authors (featured in this playlist) illustrators, and creators. The festival helps to build the reading culture in the Bronx and to become the premier literary experience open to Bronx residents and the general public.

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The Sun is Also a Star

By Nicola Yoon
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin, Raymond Lee & Dominic Hoffman
Length: 8 hours 3 minutes

The #1 New York Times bestseller and National Book Award Finalist from the bestselling author of Everything, Everything will have you falling in love with Natasha and Daniel as they fall in love with each other.

Natasha:
I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not...

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Instructions for Dancing

By Nicola Yoon
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 7 hours 48 minutes

AN INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"A charming, wholehearted love story that's sure to make readers swoon."—Entertainment Weekly

"Nicola Yoon writes from the heart in this beautiful love story."—Good Morning America

“It’s like an emotional gut punch—so beautiful and also heart-wrenching."—US Weekly

In this romantic page-turner from the... Read more »

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Frankly in Love

By David Yoon
Narrated by: Raymond J. Lee
Length: 10 hours 10 minutes

Frankly in Love

“Frankly in Love is a breathtaking, sit-on-the-floor-sobbing, smile-till-your-face-hurts whirlwind of a novel. David Yoon’s writing is extraordinary: carefree and playful, yet deep and resonating. Embedded throughout are gems that encapsulate the humanity of being young, being in love, and discovering who you are and who you aren’t. Not only is this a compelling and engrossing story of love and growing up, it powerfully hits many notes regarding race, family, and biases. I know this will be a book that will continue to resonate with me for a long time, and I can’t wait to share it so that it will stick in other readers’ hearts, too.””

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Version Zero

By David Yoon
Narrated by: Kevin R. Free & VyVy Nguyen
Length: 10 hours 45 minutes

From the brilliant mind of New York Times bestselling author David Yoon comes a lightning-fast and scorchingly observant thriller about how we can save ourselves from the very real perils of a virtual world.

Max, a data whiz at the social media company Wren, has gotten a firsthand glimpse of the dark side of big tech. When he questions what his... Read more »

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She Persisted: Sonia Sotomayor

She Persisted

By Meg Medina & Chelsea Clinton
Narrated by: Frankie Corzo & Chelsea Clinton
Length: 33 minutes

Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger comes a chapter book series about women who stood up, spoke up and rose up against the odds!

In this chapter book biography by Meg Medina, the award-winning author of Merci Suarez Changes Gears and Mango, Abuela, and Me, readers learn about the... Read more »

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She Persisted Audio Collection: Volume 1

Harriet Tubman; Claudette Colvin; Virginia Apgar; and more
She Persisted

By Chelsea Clinton, Andrea Davis Pinkney, Lesa Cline-Ransome, Atia Abawi, Sayantani DasGupta, Michelle Knudsen, Meg Medina, Rita Williams-Garcia & Kekla Magoon
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin, Janina Edwards, Carolyn King, Tavia Gilbert & Various
Length: 4 hours 48 minutes

Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger comes a chapter book series about women who stood up, spoke up, and rose up against the odds. Listeners can now enjoy the first eight biographies in one audio collection!
 


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Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away

By Meg Medina
Narrated by: Jane Santos
Length: 7 minutes

A big truck with its mouth wide open is parked at the curb, ready to gobble up Evelyn’s mirror with the stickers around the edge...and the sofa that we bounce on to get to the moon.Evelyn Del Rey is Daniela’s best friend. They do everything together and even live in twin apartments across the street from each other: Daniela with her mami and...

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Evelyn Del Rey se muda

By Meg Medina
Narrated by: Sonia Sánchez
Length: 7 minutes

Evelyn Del Rey es la mejor amiga de Daniela. Hacen todo juntas e incluso viven una al frente de la otra en la misma calle en apartamentos que son casi iguales: Daniela con su mami y su hámster, y Evelyn con su mami, su papi y su gato. Pero no después de hoy—no después de que Evelyn se mudé de su casa. Mientras tanto, las niñas juegan entre las...

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The Parker Inheritance

By Varian Johnson
Narrated by: Cherise Boothe
Length: 10 hours

The Parker Inheritance

“Really, really enjoyed this book! I always love a good puzzle mystery and my heart melts for book-loving preteens. This book was great in that it not only had a fun buried treasure mystery but also friendship evolution between Candice and Brandon, Candice's reckoning with her parent's relationship, and racial tensions in the history as well as current day. Johnson weaves the main mystery with plot-filling flashbacks of the key players in the mystery that give a good historical fiction vibe too. Overall, very much enjoyed (Cherise Boothe had awesome narration as well, the perfect voicing of young character without infantilizing her).”

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Twins

By Varian Johnson & Shannon Wright
Narrated by: Ahnya O'Riordan, Grace Capeless, Mashari Bain, Malcolm Bowen, Antoinette Comer, André Blake & Armand Xavier Rufen-Blanchette
Length: 1 hours 35 minutes

Maureen and Francine Carter are twins and best friends. They participate in the same clubs, enjoy the same foods, and are partners on all their school projects. But just before the girls start sixth grade, Francine becomes Fran -- a girl who wants to join the chorus, run for class president, and dress in fashionable outfits that set her apart... Read more »

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A Song of Wraiths and Ruin

By Roseanne A. Brown
Narrated by: Jordan Cobb & A.J. Beckles
Length: 12 hours 3 minutes

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin

“Escape into a time of heroes with Achilles' heels, women in armor, villains who might not be, murderous gardens, feisty gods, and little girls with terrible power. Enter, and gasp in awe at the rich, ancient culture, like no other in fiction, at the ricochet speed of shattering trust, the twisting of allegiances and the fracturing facets of an origin myth about to explode through the crowded streets during a raucous national festival. Two teens have explicit reasons to find and kill each other, one hobbled by ignorance, the other by illness, both with motives of love and desperation, each on opposite sides of a fracturing empire. Who is the griot putting each on such an unlikely path to meet? Or is there a more disturbing reason these two are drawn to each other? Highly recommended for teens and adults!”

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How to Catch a Queen

Runaway Royals

By Alyssa Cole
Narrated by: Karen Chilton
Length: 10 hours 53 minutes

How to Catch a Queen

“In a time when Black kings and queens are a much-need balm to a seeming overflow of anti-Black sentiment, I fell in love with Shanti and Sanyu. Bogged down by tradition, ritual, and grief, Sanyu is trapped in a well of unrealistic expectations. Shanti, a queen searching for her kingdom, is the self-assured heroine we all look for and want to be. This story of their partnership turned love affair is filled with forbidden heat and flames, as well as the promise of a better tomorrow. Complex characters for complex times. I loved it.”

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When No One Is Watching

A Thriller

By Alyssa Cole
Narrated by: Susan Dalian & Jay Aaseng
Length: 8 hours 54 minutes

When No One Is Watching

“This is a must-read thriller rooted deeply in Brooklyn and its racist past. As the neighborhood makes plans for the annual block party, Sydney ends up battling more than the microaggressions from her new white neighbors. When her best friends go missing, her mom's prized garden is threatened, and a fake meter reader breaks into her home, she will put everything on the line to get out alive. At least she's got a semi-charming, well-meaning Theo by her side.”

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Charming as a Verb

By Ben Philippe
Narrated by: James Fouhey
Length: 8 hours 6 minutes

From the award-winning author of The Field Guide to the North American Teenager comes a whip-smart and layered romantic comedy. Perfect for fans of Nicola Yoon and Jenny Han. 

Henri “Halti” Haltiwanger can charm just about anyone. He is a star debater and popular student at the prestigious FATE academy, the dutiful first-generation Haitian son,...

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Sure, I'll Be Your Black Friend

Notes From the Other Side of the Fist Bump

By Ben Philippe
Narrated by: James Fouhey
Length: 8 hours 28 minutes

In the biting, hilarious vein of What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker and We Are Never Meeting in Real Life comes Ben Philippe’s candid memoir-in-essays, chronicling a lifetime of being the Black friend (see also: foreign kid, boyfriend, coworker, student, teacher, roommate, enemy) in predominantly white spaces.  

In an era in which “I have...

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Their Perfect Melody

Matched to Perfection: Book #3

By Priscilla Oliveras
Narrated by: Carmen Vine
Length: 10 hours 15 minutes

With talent, heart, and ambition to spare, the Fernandez sisters have each followed their own unique path, even when it leads to surprising destinations-in life and love . . . Growing up, Lili Maria Fernandez was affectionately known as the family "wild child." The life of the party, she loved to dance, especially salsa, merengue, and bachata,... Read more »

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Island Affair

By Priscilla Oliveras
Narrated by: Carmen Vine
Length: 10 hours 30 minutes

Sought-after social media influencer Sara Vance, in recovery from an eating disorder, is coming into her own, with a potential career expansion on the horizon. Despite the good news, her successful siblings (and their perfect spouses) have a way of making her feel like the odd one out. So, when her unreliable boyfriend is a no-show for a Florida... Read more »

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Stay Gold

By Tobly McSmith
Narrated by: Theo Germaine & Phoebe Strole
Length: 9 hours 19 minutes

Debut author Tobly McSmith delivers a coming-of-age teen love story about a transgender boy who’s going stealth at his new Texas high school and a cisgender girl who is drawn to him, even as she’s counting down the days until graduation. Perfect for fans of David Levithan, Becky Albertalli, and Jenny Han.

Pony just wants to fly under the radar...

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Each of Us a Desert

By Mark Oshiro
Narrated by: Frankie Corzo
Length: 12 hours 30 minutes

"[Narrator Frankie] Corzo fluidly shifts from English to Spanish and back in this atmospheric audiobook, adopting a leisurely pace that allows listeners to savor the setting, poetic language, and slow-burn romance. Corzo creates distinct voices for a variety of casually queer Latinx characters. This meditative listen shouldn't be missed." --...

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Anger Is a Gift

A Novel

By Mark Oshiro
Narrated by: Mark Oshiro
Length: 13 hours 22 minutes

A story of resilience and loss, love and family, Mark Oshiro's Anger is a Gift testifies to the vulnerability and strength of a community living within a system of oppression

Six years ago, Moss Jefferies' father was murdered by an Oakland police officer. Along with losing a parent, the media' s vilification of his father and lack of...

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