When I find myself with the “book blahs” and nothing is holding my attention, I turn to audiobooks. Sometimes the change in format is enough to turn the reading slump around. And for the record, listening to audiobooks ABSOULTELY “counts” as reading. If anyone challenges you on that, tell them a librarian said so!
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Here’s some of the digital YA audiobooks that have been released in the past 30 days on Hoopla. A * symbol means the book is the first in a series.
Trent Shelton is a motivational speaker, former NFL player, and founder of the non-profit RehabTime. Trent reaches millions of followers of all ages each week with his videos and messages about relationships, personal success, life, and faith. Who do you have in your life who’s not afraid to tell you the honest-to-God truth? Who do you have who’s a real source of wisdom when life gets real? With his trademark combination of raw honesty and practical next-steps, Trent Shelton will help you navigate through some of the most confusing topics of life, including relationships, friendships, fear, depression and your own past trauma. And while you might not make it out of the storms of life unscathed, the wisdom and lessons in this book can help you can make it out stronger.
This book is:
• imminently honest and practical, helping you take real next steps toward being the best you.
It is organized into 64 different bite-sized chunks of content that you can pick up and read when you have time, real and raw. Trent vulnerably shares his own story, including his own missteps that have resulted in the hard-won lessons he shares.
Danger and romance await a woodcutter’s daughter in a royal palace.
One dark and stormy night, lost and alone, Alyssa finds herself knocking on the door of a castle. After a lifetime spent in the deep forest, Alyssa has no idea what to expect on the other side.
What she finds is two unruly young princesses and one very handsome prince. When Alyssa accepts the job of Princess Companion she knows her life will change. What she doesn’t know is that the royal family is about to be swept up in unexpected danger and intrigue, and that she just might be the only thing standing between her kingdom and destruction.
This retelling of the classic fairy tale The Princess and the Pea reimagines the risks and rewards that come when one royal family goes searching for a true princess.
Six teens struggle to discover the source of their strange and horrific abilities in this first book of the Star Shards Chronicles.
Dillon has the terrifying power to create massive amounts of destruction with the slightest tweak of his will. Deanna is so consumed by fear, it has become like a black hole, drawing to her the very things that terrify her. Then, when the glare of a supernova sixteen light-years away illuminates the night sky, they have a vision: There are six of them out there, all teenagers, and all suffering from supernatural afflictions that disfigure their bodies and souls. Only by finding one another will the six ever be strong enough to defeat these mysterious forces that, bit by bit, are devouring their souls from the inside out.
Acclaimed author Neal Shusterman “combines personal quest, horror, and science fiction into an absorbing exploration of good and evil, guilt, forgiveness and personal responsibility” (VOYA) in this thrilling start to a riveting trilogy.
For fans of Robin Benway’s Far from the Tree, a powerful and heartwarming look at a teen girl about to age out of the foster care system.
Growing up in foster care, Muir has lived in many houses. And if she’s learned one thing, it is to Pack. Light. Carry only what fits in a suitcase.
Toothbrush? Yes. Socks? Yes. Emotional attachment to friends? Foster families? A boyfriend? Nope! There’s no room for any additional baggage.
Muir has just one year left before she ages out of the system. One year before she’s free. One year to avoid anything-or anyone-that could get in her way.
Then she meets Francine. And Kira. And Sean.
And everything changes.
Caroline “Chuck” Wilson has big plans for spring break-hit up estate sales to score vintage-fashion finds and tour the fashion school she dreams of attending. But her dad wrecks those plans when he asks her to spend vacation working the counter at Bigmouth’s Bowl, her family’s failing bowling alley. Making things astronomically worse, Chuck finds out her dad is way behind on back rent-meaning they might be losing Bigmouth’s, the only thing keeping Chuck’s family in San Francisco.And now the only person other than Chuck who wants to do anything about it is Beckett Porter, her annoyingly attractive ex-best friend.So when Beckett propositions Chuck with a plan to make serious cash infiltrating the Bay Area action bowling scene, she accepts. But she can’t shake the nagging feeling that she’s acting irrationally-too much like her mother for comfort. Plus, despite her best efforts to keep things strictly business, Beckett’s charm is winning her back over…in ways that go beyond friendship.If Chuck fails, Bigmouth’s Bowl and their San Francisco legacy are gone forever. But if she succeeds, she might just get everything she ever wanted.
The Shadow Club starts simply enough: the kids who are tired of being second-best get together and, for the first time, talk about how they feel. But soon the members decide to play practical jokes on the first-place winners they envy, and things begin to spin dangerously out of control.
If none of these appeal to you, go to the advanced settings in Hoopla and input “teen” in the subject bar. Once you get the results, you can filter them by format (choose audiobook) and other filters like popularity and release date. Happy listening!