Reading Riot: Travel with an Audiobook
As a kid you probably loved to be read to. That doesn’t have to change now that you’re a teenager. The library has an excellent collection of young adult books on CD. If you’ll be traveling this summer, this is a great time to catch up on your listening. And if you’re in the car with your family, it may even give you and your parents something to talk about on that long road trip!
A while back I listened to “Dead End in Norvelt” by Jack Gantos, about
a boy growing up in an off-kilter town. Jack’s vacation plans are shot down when he’s “grounded for life” and he has to help a feisty old neighbor with an unusual chore – typing obituaries. Winner of the Newbery in 2012, this laugh-out-loud story will keep listeners endlessly surprised.
A far different type of story is Gayle Foreman’s “I Was Here” about 18-year-old Cody who is devastated by her best friend’s suicide. Cody thought she knew everything about Meg but when she breaks the code of an encrypted computer file, Cody discovers some shocking secrets. Author Foreman is well-known for the bestseller “If I Stay” which was recently released as a movie. Listening to a good narrator is like watching a movie unfold and “I Was Here” kept me riveted.
In “Alabama Moon” by Watt Key an orphan boy leaves the forest home he had been raised in off the grid and becomes entangled in the outside world. Listeners will find themselves cheering for Moon as he is sent to an institution, escapes a relentless enemy and finally finds a new life.
I absolutely loved the heartbreaking story of “Eleanor & Park“ by Rainbow Rowell. Told in alternating voices of the two main characters, it captures the joy, pain and insecurity of high school life and first love.
The story will make you cringe and cry.
If you’re about to embark on a long car trip, consider checking out the audiobooks available at the Fauquier County Public Library. Here’s how to limit your search.
- In the online catalog, click Call Number in the “More Searches” drop-down menu.
- Type YCF for young adult CD fiction, which gives you a list of all that are available.
- You can sort by reverse year to see most recent first.
- Check if it’s available, find which branch location or place a hold by logging on to your account.
Ann McDuffie, Youth Services, Bealeton branch library
For book lists, program highlights and staff suggestions for young adult readers published prior to January 2015, visit Reading Riot, our blog about the best books, events and websites for teen.