Reading Riot: Road Trip Rescue
If you’ll be taking a road trip this summer, listening to audiobooks is a great way to keep up with your summer reading. The library has an excellent collection of young adult books on CD.
Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow
If you’ve been searching for a new story to love since “Hunger Games,” this dystopian novel will grab you. In this future world, royal children are raised as hostages to prevent their countries from waging war. Princess Greta has accepted her position without question until the arrival of a prince from a rival country who challenges the carefully maintained order. The narrator brilliantly captures the various accents including human and AI. Surprise plot twists and a shocking ending will have readers and listeners begging for the sequel.
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
This is a heartbreaking view of teen depression and suicide. Popular Violet and weird Finch meet on the ledge of the high school bell tower. Both are struggling with grief and depression and it’s unclear who saves whom. When the two pair up for a school project, they begin to heal but some demons are too harsh to bear. A gripping novel right up to the heart-wrenching end.
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Akin to several recent books about terminally ill teens but with an astonishing twist. Maddie, who is confined to her house by rare and profound allergies, falls hopelessly in love with her new neighbor. The story is told through diary entries, texts and emails and after hours of instant messaging the couple escapes on a secret rendezvous which may lead to Maddie’s death.
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 (and at which location) or place a hold by logging on to your account.
Don’t forget you can check out e-books and e-audiobooks wherever you travel, too.
∼ Ann McDuffie, Youth Services Librarian, Bealeton branch library
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