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Kat & Ale Recommend

Kat and Ale are two Youth lit specialists who have been working at Books Inc Laurel Village and recommending books for almost 15 years between them. For video recommendations check them out on Books Inc's social media channels.

Playlist Tags: Books Inc. genre: YA Nonfiction indie bookstore local bookstore books inc audience: teens staff picks young adult books

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With the Fire on High

By Elizabeth Acevedo
Narrated by: Elizabeth Acevedo
Length: 7 hours 26 minutes

With the Fire on High

“This was a great listen. Emoni, a single teen mom, has so much on her plate and has maturity beyond her years. She’s realistic and responsible and navigates high school, parenting, college decisions and a budding love interest. She’s becoming a talented chef and her feelings are expressed in her food. The author narrates and she had me hooked from the first sentence.”

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Seraphina

Seraphina Series

By Rachel Hartman
Narrated by: Mandy Williams & Justine Eyre
Length: 13 hours 13 minutes

Seraphina

“Seraphina is a young woman who is caught up in a conspiracy to destroy the peace between her kingdom & the dragons that share it. While working to discover the conspirators, Seraphina forms new friendships. She learns from her new friends & her family that love can come in different forms & shown in different ways. This charming original & beautifully written tale has a bittersweet ending which leaves you full of hope & anticipation for the future. Listen to that narrator! ”

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A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire, Book One)

Kingdom on Fire: Book #1

By Jessica Cluess
Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
Length: 12 hours 49 minutes

"Vivid characters, terrifying monsters, and world building as deep and dark as the ocean."
--Victoria Aveyard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Red Queen

 
I am Henrietta Howel.
The first female sorcerer in hundreds of years.
The prophesied one.
Or am I?

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames.
Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she's... Read more »

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Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel

By Sara Farizan
Narrated by: Negin Farsad
Length: 5 hours 21 minutes

Leila has made it most of the way through Armstead Academy without having a crush on anyone, which is a relief. As an Iranian American, she's different enough; if word got out that Leila liked girls, life would be twice as hard.  But when beautiful new girl Saskia shows up, Leila starts to take risks she never thought she would.

As she carefully...

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Love à La Mode

By Stephanie Kate Strohm
Narrated by: Stephanie Kate Strohm
Length: 9 hours 34 minutes

Anna and the French Kiss meets TV's Chopped as Rosie and Henry, both enrolled in an elite cooking program in Paris, balance rivalry and romance in this delicious YA romantic comedy.

Take two American teen chefs, add one heaping cup of Paris, toss in a pinch of romance, and stir....

Rosie Radeke firmly believes that happiness can be found at the... Read more »

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Truly Devious

A Mystery
Truly Devious: Book #1

By Maureen Johnson
Narrated by: Kate Rudd
Length: 10 hours 12 minutes

New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson weaves a delicate tale of murder and mystery in the first book of a striking new series, perfect for fans of Agatha Christie and E. Lockhart.

Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early...

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Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick

By Joe Schreiber
Narrated by: Steven Boyer
Length: 5 hours 2 minutes

New York Times best-selling author Joe Schreiber pens a funny, action-packed novel that is equal parts Ferris Bueller's Day Off and La Femme Nikita. It's prom night, and Perry is looking forward to playing a gig with his band in New York City. But when his mother makes him take their quiet and geeky Lithuanian exchange student to the dance, he... Read more »

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Anna and the French Kiss

By Stephanie Perkins
Narrated by: Kim Mai Guest
Length: 10 hours 25 minutes

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris - until she meets Etienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a... Read more »

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Here to Stay

By Sara Farizan
Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross
Length: 5 hours 57 minutes

For most of high school, Bijan Majidi has flown under the radar. He gets good grades, reads comics, hangs out with his best friend, Sean, and secretly crushes on Elle, one of the most popular girls in his school. When he's called off the basketball team's varsity bench and makes the winning basket in a playoff game, everything changes in an... Read more »

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Girls of Paper and Fire

By Natasha Ngan
Narrated by: Allison Hiroto
Length: 14 hours 22 minutes

Uncover a riveting story of palace intrigue set in a sumptuous Asian-inspired fantasy world in the breakout YA novel that Publisher's Weekly calls "elegant and adrenaline-soaked."

In this richly developed fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most persecuted class of people in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her... Read more »

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The Downstairs Girl

By Stacey Lee
Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
Length: 10 hours 22 minutes

The Downstairs Girl

“I never expected to love The Downstairs Girl as much as I did. This book has it all - love, romance, family secrets, and a delightful, well-crafted story. It takes place in Atlanta in 1890 and Jo is the lovable protagonist who works as a ladies maid by day and an undercover advice columnist by night. The writing was the star of this lovely story. The words and Southern expressions were music to my ears. I highly recommend this witty, insightful, cleverly-written book. The narration was nothing less than brilliant.”

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When Dimple Met Rishi

By Sandhya Menon
Narrated by: Sneha Mathan & Vikas Adam
Length: 10 hours 45 minutes

Now that Dimple Shah has graduated, she's ready for a break from her family - especially from Mamma's inexplicable obsession with her finding the Ideal Indian Husband. Ugh. But Dimple knows that her mother must respect that she isn't interested in doing that right now - otherwise she wouldn't have paid for her to attend a summer program for...

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Wayward Son

Simon Snow Trilogy: Book #2

By Rainbow Rowell
Narrated by: Euan Morton
Length: 8 hours 57 minutes

**One of AudioFile Magazine's Best Audiobooks of 2019**

"[Euan] Morton brings distinct voices and emotions to every character...Listeners will be hard-pressed to believe they aren't listening to a full-cast production." — AudioFile, Earphones Award Winner


THE HOTLY ANTICIPATED SEQUEL
TO THE NO. 1 BESTSELLER CARRY ON

Simon Snow is back and he's...

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Carry On

By Rainbow Rowell
Narrated by: Euan Morton
Length: 13 hours 37 minutes

#1 New York Times bestselling author!

Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who's ever been chosen.

That's what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he's probably right.

Half the time, Simon can't even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor's avoiding him, his...

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Heartless

By Marissa Meyer
Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
Length: 14 hours 30 minutes

Heartless

“Heartless is a fantastical, fairy tale retelling of Alice in Wonderland, featuring Cath, the future Queen of Hearts. In Marissa Meyer’s kingdom, she creates a chilling cast of nursery rhyme characters, destined for doom, mirrored in magic and madness. Follow Cath as she stumbles towards her dream of baking delicious delights only to realize that fate has a cruel hand to play. Will she lose her heart to Jest, the court joker or to the King and the Queen-ly crown?”

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Legendborn

The Legendborn Cycle

By Tracy Deonn
Narrated by: Joniece Abbott-Pratt
Length: 18 hours 54 minutes

Legendborn

“Tracy Deonn expertly takes Arthurian myth and weaves them into the modern day in Legendborn with magic, secret societies, and high stakes action. Whether you are familiar with those myths or not doesn't even matter. Either way you'll quickly be captivated by her writing, world building, and compelling characters - all paired with an excellent narrator. But this isn't just an addictingly good fantasy. It's also a commentary on the systemic racism in this country, and how colonial practices directly influence oppression faced by Black people in the United States today. The end result is a must listen that will leave you hungry for the story to continue and rooting for Bree to come out on top. ”

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Everything Sad is Untrue

(a true story)

By Daniel Nayeri
Narrated by: Daniel Nayeri
Length: 7 hours 48 minutes

Everything Sad is Untrue

“A beautiful patchwork of a story. Astonishing in its complexity and heart. I listened to the audio through Libro.fm and loved hearing the author read his story, to hear his pronunciation and cadence. Brilliant! Cannot recommend enough. ”

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Sadie

A Novel

By Courtney Summers
Narrated by: Dan Bittner, Fred Berman, Gabra Zackman & Rebecca Soler
Length: 7 hours 57 minutes

Sadie

“This book made me cry. I felt so deeply for Sadie as she goes in search of the man who hurt her sister. Sadie goes on a journey from place to place, fighting against her severe stutter along the way, all to find one man. I think the framing of this story was PERFECT. The author splits the narrative between a radio presenter, West McCray, as he investigates Sadie’s disappearance, and the first person perspective of Sadie herself, as she hunts down her sister’s killer. If you like gripping, emotional reads, don't miss this one.”

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Genuine Fraud

By E. Lockhart
Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
Length: 6 hours 42 minutes

Genuine Fraud

“Gets you from the very first chapter! I am not a huge fan of thrillers, but this one had me hooked. Rebecca Soler does a wonderful job of narrating all the different voices and tones in the book in a way that had me riveted. The characters are just there in your head so vividly and the need to figure out the timeline is real. Such a twisted tale, sure to bring you hours of entertainment.”

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The Poet X

By Elizabeth Acevedo
Narrated by: Elizabeth Acevedo
Length: 3 hours 30 minutes

The Poet X

“The Poet X is written and narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo. It is a novel made up of poems by a teenager, Xiomara Batista, growing up in Harlem. Acevedo's narration is wonderful and brings the story to life. Xiomara's dad is MIA even though he lives at home; her mother is extremely religious and pushes her faith onto her daughter; her twin brother is quiet and also working through his own feelings; she starts her first relationship with a guy; and all the time Xiomara is told what she can and cannot do, gets accosted by men, has to defend herself because no one else will, is questioning God and has no one to open up to. She releases her pent of feelings in a notebook. It isn't until her new English teacher introduces her to spoken poetry that she realizes that is what she is meant to be: a poet. This is a lovely story of a young, misunderstood girl, coming of age and showing the world that she is worth it. Great for adults who enjoyed Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson and extremely relevant literature for the #metoo movement.”

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