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2021 National Book Awards Longlist: Young People's Literature

2021 National Book Awards Longlist: Young People's Literature

Here are the available audiobooks for the 2021 National Book Award longlist for Young People's Literature! The 2021 YPL Longlist showcases titles across genres, topics, and styles with authors based across the United States. Through verse, illustration, and prose, these books address gender and sexual identity, race and politics, familial history and global events, and the magic woven in the fabric of our own communities. The Finalists in all five categories will be revealed on October 5.

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From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry

The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement

By Paula Yoo
Narrated by: Catherine Ho
Length: 7 hours 36 minutes

America in 1982: Japanese car companies are on the rise and believed to be putting U.S. autoworkers out of their jobs. Anti–Asian American sentiment simmers, especially in Detroit. A bar fight turns fatal, leaving a Chinese American man, Vincent Chin, beaten to death at the hands of two white men, autoworker Ronald Ebens and his stepson, Michael... Read more »

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The Tulsa Race Massacre

By Carole Boston Weatherford
Narrated by: January LaVoy & Carole Boston Weatherford
Length: 19 minutes

Tracing the history of African Americans in Tulsa's Greenwood district, this book chronicles the devastation that occurred in 1921 when a white mob attacked the Black community. News of what happened was largely suppressed, and no official investigation into the Tulsa Race Massacre occurred for seventy-five years. Sensitively introducing young... Read more »

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The Mirror Season

By Anna-Marie McLemore
Narrated by: Jennifer Jill Araya
Length: 8 hours 21 minutes

Graciela Cristales's whole world changes after she and a boy she barely knows are assaulted at the same party. She loses her gift for making enchanted pan dulce. Neighborhood trees vanish overnight, while mirrored glass appears, bringing reckless magic with it. And Ciela is haunted by what happened to her and what happened to the boy whose name... Read more »

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Too Bright to See

By Kyle Lukoff
Narrated by: Jax Jackson & Kyle Lukoff
Length: 4 hours 28 minutes

Too Bright to See

“This spooky and thoughtful book follows Bug, a soon to be middle schooler. How do you handle your uncle’s death when he’s still haunting your house, and when he seems to have a message for you? How can you “be you” when you don’t know what that means yet?”

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Last Night at the Telegraph Club

By Malinda Lo
Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
Length: 12 hours 25 minutes

Acclaimed author of Ash Malinda Lo returns with her most personal and ambitious novel yet, a gripping story of love and duty set in San Francisco's Chinatown during the 1950s.

"That book. It was about two women, and they fell in love with each other." And then Lily asked the question that had taken root in her, that was even now unfurling its... Read more »

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Home Is Not a Country

By Safia Elhillo
Narrated by: Safia Elhillo & Christopher Myers
Length: 3 hours 10 minutes

Home Is Not a Country

“I'm not even finished with the book and already know it is a standout of the year. The fresh, tender, unique way that Nima struggles to find a place to call home within herself is so much more than a coming-of-age novel or an immigrant story. Through the surreal exploration of who she could have been, Nima tells a wrenchingly real, oh-so-human story that transcends genre. This is a novel that asks readers of any age 'what will you do with your one, wild and precious life?.' ”

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Revolution in Our Time

The Black Panther Party's Promise to the People

By Kekla Magoon
Narrated by: Tyla Collier
Length: TBA

With passion and precision, Kekla Magoon relays an essential account of the Black Panthers—as militant revolutionaries and as human rights advocates working to defend and protect their community.

In this comprehensive, inspiring, and all-too-relevant history of the Black Panther Party, Kekla Magoon introduces readers to the Panthers’ community... Read more »

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A Snake Falls to Earth

By Darcie Little Badger
Narrated by: Shaun Taylor-Corbett & Kinsale Hueston
Length: 10 hours 35 minutes

Nina is a Lipan girl in our world. She's always felt there was something more out there. She still believes in the old stories. Oli is a cottonmouth kid, from the land of spirits and monsters. Like all cottonmouths, he's been cast from home. He's found a new one on the banks of the bottomless lake. Nina and Oli have no idea the other exists.... Read more »

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