Awards & Recognition Celebrating the 2020 YALSA Amazing Audiobooks!

The YALSA Amazing Audiobooks list is aimed towards young adults aged 12-18 and is drawn from the previous year of spoken-word releases. Read on for the fantastic listens from BOT & Listening Library—including 4 Top Ten selections—that made the list this year! You can view the YALSA Committee’s comments and full list here.

Becoming
Author: Michelle Obama
Read by: Michelle Obama
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Top 10
“In a rich, warm timbre, Michelle Obama treats us to reminiscences and reflections on her life as though we were friends seated in her living room…This intimate listening experience allows us behind the public exterior and into the warm embrace of private revelations by one of our nation’s most beloved role models.”—AudioFile Earphones Award
Cheshire Crossing
“Deliciously funny…a shrewd and spirited adaptation that will leave audiences hoping for another installment.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Daisy Jones & The Six
“The full cast works together in perfect harmony to deliver an unforgettable listening experience.”—AudioFile Earphones Award
Dig
Top 10
“A.S. King’s novels…are in another solar system entirely.”—Bookpage, starred review
“Give this to your King fans and your patient listeners, who will become immersed in the story as it unfolds.”—School Library Journal, starred review
“All three narrators provide the perfect combo of teen angst…[King] magnifies the surrealism in her writing with an unflinching fierceness that’s hard to imagine coming from anyone else.”—AudioFile

Also the 2020 Printz Winner!

The Fountains of Silence
Top 10
“Riveting…An exemplary work of historical fiction.”—The Horn Book, starred review
Frankly in Love
Author: David Yoon
Read by: Raymond J. Lee
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“Lee’s emotionally and culturally authentic performance will have listeners rooting for Frank through many twists and turns, all the way to the audiobook’s lovely conclusion.”—AudioFile Earphones Award
Lovely War
“A dream team of narrators is assembled to give voice to this unique book about love and war.”—Booklist, starred review

Also a Booklist Editors’ Choice Youth Audio

Notes from a Young Black Chef
Author: Kwame Onwuachi and Joshua David Stein
Read by: Kwame Onwuachi
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“An impassioned debut memoir…Grit and defiance infuse a revealing self-portrait.”—Kirkus Reviews
Patron Saints of Nothing
Author: Randy Ribay
Read by: Ramón de Ocampo
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“Thoughtful and thorough, Ribay and de Ocampo meld coming-of-age drama, family dysfunction, and contemporary sociopolitical awareness into a riveting thriller with affecting results.”—Booklist, starred review
Roller Girl
“Full of the best kind of punk-rock energy, narrator Almarie Guerra and a full cast take listeners on a rollicking ride around the roller derby track.”—AudioFile
SHOUT
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Read by: Laurie Halse Anderson
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Top 10
“SHOUT, read by the author, arrives at the perfect moment, is carried by the perfect voice, and will inspire listeners to shout their own truths.”—Booklist

Also a Booklist Editors’ Choice Top of the List Winner

Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful
“Compelling and terrifying, this volume is science fiction at its finest.”—School Library Journal, Starred review
The Things She's Seen
Author: Ambelin Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina
Read by: Miranda Tapsell
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“An #ownvoices story that empowers its female heroines, giving them pride in their lineage and power in remembering.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred

Also a School Library Journal Best Audiobook: “Miranda Tapsell’s narration enhances this thriller with touches of magical realism.”

Two Can Keep a Secret
Author: Karen M. McManus
Read By: Sophie Amoss and Kirby Heyborne
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“McManus follows up her smash hit debut, One of Us Is Lying, with another twisted mystery…[that will have readers] speeding their way to the end.”Booklist
White Bird: A Wonder Story
“…this full-cast audio is presented as more of a radio-play-style audio drama with sound effects as well as musical enhancement. The effect is fully immersive…”Booklist
Wicked Fox
Author: Kat Cho
Read by: Emily Woo Zeller
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“This is urban fantasy as readers have not seen it before: steeped in Korean folklore…Fresh and fast paced, weaving together action and romance.”—School Library Journal
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