Audio publishers have begun to roll out the season’s new titles, and the breadth of choices for listeners continues to impress. The industry is coming off a year that saw significant sales growth in both the physical and digital download categories, with AAP StatShot numbers showing that physical audio sales were up 6.9% through the first seven months of 2015, compared to the same period in 2014, and audio downloads jumped 41%. The fluidity of formats has certainly played a role in this continued growth. Though we list the primary retail format only in our seasonal round-up below, most audio titles are available to consumers in several formats, thanks to print-on-demand-CD capability for many publishers and the broad number of distribution outlets for downloads. Our listing focuses on highlights of publishers’ spring offerings and provides a sneak peek at the array of listening selections on the way. This season, traditionally popular audio genres such as mystery and thrillers feature several debut authors alongside household names. And for those who love series, there are many launches and exciting finales in the mix. In short, there’s likely a spring audiobook for anyone on the hunt for something fresh. Happy listening!
The Ancient Minstrel: Novellas by Jim Harrison, read by Mark Bramhall, Xe Sands, and Keith Szarabajka (Mar., unabridged CD, $34.95, ISBN 978-1-5046-8508-5), includes a tale about an aging writer in Montana who weathers the slings and arrows of literary success.
A Buccaneer at Heart by Stephanie Laurens, read by Steve West (Apr., unabridged CD, $39.95, ISBN 978-1-5046-9085-0), combines high-seas adventure with the passionate romances of four couples.
City of Secrets by Stewart O’Nan (Apr., unabridged CD, $29.95, ISBN 978-1-5046-9077-5) focuses on the Jewish underground resistance in Jerusalem after WWII.
Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen (A Vorkosigan Novel) by Lois McMaster Bujold, read by Grover Gardner (Feb., unabridged CD, $34.95, ISBN 978-1-5046-6705-0). Vorkosigan, one of Emperor Gregor’s key investigators, stars in this SF social comedy.
Mortal Fall: A Novel of Suspense by Christine Carbo (May, unabridged CD, $29.95, ISBN 978-1-5047-1505-8). A wildlife biologist’s shocking death leads to chilling discoveries in this thriller set in Glacier National Park.
Peacerunner: The True Story of How an Ex-Congressman Helped End the Centuries of War in Ireland by Penn Rhodeen, read by Malcolm Hillgartner (Feb., unabridged CD, $29.95, ISBN 978-1-5046-804-0), describes the critical role that former congressman Bruce Morrison played in ending conflict in Northern Ireland.
Subject 375 by Nikki Owen, read by January LaVoy (Apr., unabridged CD, $34.95, ISBN 978-1-5046-6689-3). A surgeon convicted of murder, and with no memory of a crime, must clear her name from prison.
Twisted River by Siobhan MacDonald, read by Alana Kerr, Sile Bermingham, Gerard Doyle, and Tom Taylorson (unabridged CD, $34.95, ISBN 978-1-5046-8680-8) is a debut psychological thriller about two families in crisis and a holiday house swap gone terribly wrong.
Where the Light Gets In by Kimberly Williams-Paisley, read by the author (Mar., unabridged CD, $34.95, ISBN 978-1-5046-2988-1). The actress offers a candid portrait of how she and her family have been coping with her mother’s rare and debilitating form of dementia.
The Youth Habit by Twyla Tharp (May, unabridged CD, $34.95, ISBN 978-1-5046-6413-4). The dancer, choreographer, and author shares her secrets for maintaining mental and physical agility in one’s later years.
All In by Simona Ahrnstedt (June, unabridged CD, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-5113-4249-0) is the first major romance novel to be translated from Swedish and published in English.
Amour Provence by Constance Leisure (June, unabridged CD, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-5113-8507-7). This debut novel focuses a small village in Provence from its time under Nazi occupation until the present day.
Cambodia Noir by Nick Seeley, read by the author and Kate Rudd (Mar., unabridged CD, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-5113-7504-7). In Seeley’s debut, an American woman disappears into the Phnom Penh underworld and a photojournalist tracks her through the clues left in her diary.
Darkness by Karen Robards, read by Brittany Pressley (Mar., unabridged CD, $32.99, ISBN 978-1-4805-7024-5), is a romantic tale of suspense set on a remote Alaskan island.
Dirtiest Secret by J. Kenner, read by Lucy Rivers (Apr., unabridged CD, $19.99, ISBN 978-1-5113-7511-5), kicks off a new trilogy within the Stark International Novel erotic romance series starring billionaire playboy Dallas Sykes.
Forgiving My Daughter’s Killer by Kate Grosmaire, with Nancy French, read by Kate Rudd and Nick Podehl (Mar., unabridged CD, $27.99, ISBN 978-1-5012-5973-9). The true story of a family whose daughter was shot and killed by her boyfriend, and the faith behind the forgiveness and help they offered to that young man.
Grunt by Mary Roach (June, unabridged CD, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-5113-6791-2) offers a look at the science of keeping our soldiers sane and physically healthy in the bizarre and extreme circumstances of war.
The Immortal Irishman by Timothy Egan, read by Gerard Doyle (Mar., unabridged CD, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-4805-6274-5), profiles Thomas Francis Meagher, who led a failed uprising against British rule in Ireland, escaped a Tasmanian prison colon to which he was banished, and led a brigade in the U.S. Civil War.
No One Knows by J.T. Ellison, read by Terri Schnaubelt and Nick Podehl (Mar., unabridged CD, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-5113-6811-7). In this thriller, five years after her husband’s disappearance, Aubrey still needs answers.
The Obsession by Nora Roberts (Apr., unabridged CD, $44.99, ISBN 978-1-5012-2380-8). Naomi has recreated herself after years of living in the shadow of horrible crimes committed by her father, but she can’t totally escape her past.
Brook Forest Voices
Boxing for Cuba: An Immigrant’s Story by Guillermo Vincente Vidal (May, unabridged download, $19.95, ISBN 978-1-941105-38-2) recounts the author’s rise from his arrival at an American orphanage from Cuba to his election as Denver’s mayor 50 years later.
Kingdom Man by Tony Evans, read by the author (Feb., unabridged CD, $21.98, ISBN 978-1-63389-433-4), is a guide to help men follow the principles of biblical manhood.
Risen by Angela Hunt, read by P.J. Ochlan and Alana Kerr (Feb., unabridged CD, $19.98, ISBN 978-1-63389-744-1), is the novelization of the forthcoming feature film offering a unique perspective on the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Unashamed by Lecrae Moore, read by the author (May, unabridged CD, $19.98, ISBN 978-1-63389-776-2). Grammy-winning rap artist Lecrae shares his story of overcoming adversity from his earliest days and attaining an unwavering faith in Jesus.
The Valley of Dry Bones: An End Times Novel by Jerry B. Jenkins (Apr., unabridged CD, $21.98, ISBN 978-1-63389-621-5) overlays the ancient prophecies of Ezekiel onto the landscape of modern-day California, telling a tale of how clashes between cultures, religions, and politics trigger terrorism blamed on a deadly drought.
The Body in the Wardrobe by Katherine Hall Page (Apr., unabridged CD, $59.99, ISBN 978-1-5200-0598-0). A minister’s wife teams up with an attorney to solve a murder mystery in Savannah, Ga.
The Crooked Heart of Mercy by Billie Livingston (Mar., unabridged CD, $59.99, ISBN 978-1-5200-0257-6). Against tall odds, a priest with a drinking problem tries to help his sister save her failing marriage.
The Dark Lady’s Mask by Mary Sharratt (Apr., unabridged CD, $59.99, ISBN 978-1-5200-0437-2). The story of England’s first professional female poet who collaborated—and had a love affair with—William Shakespeare.
The Highest Glass Ceiling by Ellen Fitzpatrick (Feb., unabridged CD, $49.99, ISBN 978-1-5200-0017-6) profiles three women’s bold quest for the American presidency: Victoria Woodhull (1872), Margaret Chase Smith (1964), and Shirley Chisholm (1972).
Nemesis: One Man and the Battle for Rio by Misha Glenny, read by Zach Villa (Feb., unabridged CD, $49.99, ISBN 978-1-5200-0029-9), is an account of one man’s ascent in Rio’s underworld, and a glimpse of the city’s struggles to break free of its complicated web of corruption, violence, drugs, and poverty.
The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood (Apr., unabridged CD, $59.99, ISBN 978-1-5200-0377-1). When his Guinness-world-records-obsessed son dies suddenly, a long-absent father tries to complete the boy’s unfinished requirements for a Boy Scout badge by helping an elderly neighbor.
Pig Island by Mo Hayder, read by Steven Crossley (Feb., unabridged CD, $59.99, ISBN 978-1-5200-0005-3). A journalist stumbles upon a deadly secret while investigating a supernatural hoax on a remote Scottish island.
Sweet Lamb of Heaven by Lydia Millet (May, unabridged CD, $54.99, ISBN 978-1-5200-0466-2). Anna and her six-year-old daughter are on the run, trying to escape Anna’s unfaithful and dangerous husband.
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley (May, unabridged CD, $35, ISBN 978-1-4789-8759-8). A down-on-his-luck painter and a four-year-old boy—the last remaining member of a media mogul’s family—are the only survivors of a mysterious private-plane crash.
The Children of Willesden Lane by Mona Golabek, read by the author (Mar., unabridged CD, $25, ISBN 978-1-4789-6443-8). Golabek tells the story of how her mother, Lisa Jura, a music prodigy, escaped from Nazi-controlled Austria to England via the Kindertransport. With classical music provided by the author.
Dog Company by Roger Hill and Lynn Vincent (Apr., unabridged CD, $35, ISBN 978-1-4789-3271-0). Two decorated American war heroes survive combat in Afghanistan only to find themselves on an unfamiliar battlefield—the courtroom—in this true story by the commander of Delta Company.
Eat Fat, Get Thin by Mark Hyman, read by the author (Feb., unabridged CD, $30, ISBN 978-1-4789-8535-8), is a diet program focused on research showing the importance of fat in weight loss and overall health.
The House of Secrets by Brad Meltzer and Tod Goldberg, read by Scott Brick (June, unabridged CD, $35, ISBN 978-1-4789-2986-4), kicks off a series featuring the world’s leading expert in conspiracies.
The Last Mile by David Baldacci (Mar., unabridged CD, $40, ISBN 978-1-4789-3000-6) is the first Amos Decker thriller not read by narrator Ron McClarty, who has stepped back from the role.
Private Paris by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan, read by Jay Snyder, Jean Brassard, and Dion Graham (Mar., unabridged CD, $35, ISBN 978-1-4789-2806-5). Jack Morgan heads a dangerous case out of his investigation firm Private’s Paris office.
Titans by Leila Meacham (Apr., unabridged CD, $35, ISBN 978-1-4789-3271-0). A sweeping drama set in early-19th-century Texas, just before the oil boom that will bring big changes to the state.
Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger (May, unabridged CD, $25, ISBN 978-1-4789-3687-9) investigates how we overcome trauma and seek something bigger than ourselves.
You’ll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein, read by the author (July, unabridged CD, $30, 978-1-4789-3661-9). The comedy writer shares funny and moving stories of growing up awkward, her hard-fought struggle to achieve womanhood, and emulating Oprah.
Be Frank with Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson, read by Tavia Gilbert (Feb., unabridged download, $21.99, ISBN 978-0-06-244527-8). Alice is pulled into a quirky Hollywood world when she’s hired to be a companion to the fourth-grade son of a reclusive literary agent while the agent works on a novel.
Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn, read by Rosalyn Landor (Mar., unabridged download, $24.99, ISBN 978-0-06-244884-2), is the first volume in a prequel series to Quinn’s Bridgerton series that goes back to 1779, a generation earlier.
The Bridge Ladies by Betsy Lerner (May, unabridged CD, $39.99, ISBN 978-0-06-246681-5). The true story of how the author found common ground with her mother through friendships forged with the women in her mother’s bridge club.
I’m Just a Person by Tig Notaro (June, unabridged download, $14.99, ISBN 978-0-06-226666-8). Comedian Notaro shares an emotional account of the year in which her mother died unexpectedly, and she was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a glorious epiphany.
The Journey to Munich by Jacqueline Winspear, read by Orlagh Cassidy (Mar., unabridged CD, $39.99, ISBN 978-0-06-244399-1). Maisie Dobb’s is sent to Hitler’s Germany while working on an undercover mission for the British Secret Service.
LaRose by Louise Erdrich (May, unabridged CD, $44.99, ISBN 978-0-06-246663-1) is an exploration of justice in which an Ojibwe man shoots the five-year-old son of his best friend in a hunting accident and wrenchingly decides to give his own five-year-old son to the grieving family.
The Long Cosmos by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter (June, unabridged download, $24.99, ISBN 978-0-06-229740-2). Pratchett’s posthumously published work concludes the Long Earth SF series and ponders the meaning of life.
Love, Loss, and What We Ate by Padma Lakshmi, read by the author (Mar., unabridged download, $24.99, ISBN 978-0-06-244525-4), is a memoir tracing the cookbook author and TV host’s journey from an immigrant childhood to a complicated life in front of the camera.
The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, read by Mia Barron (Mar., unabridged CD, $39.99, ISBN 978-0-06-244384-7). In this debut novel, tensions between four adult siblings come to a head when their shared, long-depended-upon inheritance is threatened by one brother’s behavior.
The Rainbow Comes and Goes by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt (Apr., unabridged CD, $29.99, ISBN 978-0-06-246655-6) features correspondence between journalist Cooper and his mother, Vanderbilt, which blends memoir and inspirational advice.
The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer, read by Antonia Beamish (Feb., unabridged CD, $39.99, ISBN 978-1-62231-970-1). In this book alternately narrated by mother and daughter, newly single mom Beth’s worst nightmare comes true when her eight-year-old daughter vanishes from an outdoor festival.
Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier’s Story by Matti Friedman, read by Eric Michael Summerer (May, unabridged CD, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-62231-992-3). Friedman re-creates his harrowing experience as part of a band of young Israeli soldiers fighting in the 1990s in Israel’s long war with Lebanon.
The Love Wars by L. Alison Heller, read by Johanna Parker (Feb., unabridged CD, $49.99, ISBN 978-1-5200-0109-8). Molly, a matrimonial attorney at a premier Manhattan law firm, encounters a client who desperately needs her help.
L.A. Theatre Works
Donny’s Brain by Runa Munro, performed by a full cast including Paul Fox, Jared Harris, and Siobhán Hewlett (Feb., unabridged CD, $29.95, ISBN 978-1-68266-018-8). This science-themed play in the Relativity series features a man who wakes up from a car crash with brain damage.
A Hero’s Journey, arrangements by Mark Richard, poems and prose by Tess Gallagher and Raymond Carver, performed by John Mahoney and Kelly Nespor (Feb., unabridged CD, $29.95, ISBN 978-1-68266-020-1). This adaptation of the works of Carver and his wife Gallagher offers a glimpse of the final year of Carver’s life.
All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker, read by Dylan Baker (July, unabridged CD, $39.99, ISBN 978-1-4272-7412-0). After being attacked at a local party in her tony hometown, young Jenny is given a controversial drug to medically erase her memory of the assault.
Bucky F&%@ing Dent by David Duchovny, read by the author (Apr., unabridged CD, $39.99, ISBN 978-1-4272-7175-4). In this novel set in 1978, Ted moves back home to help his ailing father and orchestrates the illusion of a Boston Red Sox winning streak to keep the older man’s spirits up.
The Children by Ann Leary (May, unabridged CD, $39.99, ISBN 978-1-4272-7204-1). When their father dies, four adult stepchildren must come to terms with the family myths around which they’ve built their lives.
The Consequence by Eric Fair, read by the author (Apr., unabridged CD, $39.99, ISBN 978-1-4272-6805-1). This debut memoir focuses on the author’s years as a civilian interrogator in Iraq.
The 14th Colony by Steve Berry, read by Scott Brick (Apr., unabridged CD, $39.99, ISBN 978-1-4272-6779-5). Ex-Justice Department agent Cotton Malone fights to stave off an assassination attempt of the president and vice-president elect on Inauguration Day.
The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith (Apr., unabridged CD $39.99, ISBN 978-1-4272-6825-9). This novel charts the circuitous course of the sole surviving work of a female Dutch painter of the Golden Age.
Listen, Liberal by Thomas Frank, read by the author (Mar., unabridged CD, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-4272-6798-6), examines and explains the failures of the modern Democratic Party and what the consequences may be.
Master of Ceremonies by Joel Grey, read by the author (Feb., unabridged CD, $39.99, ISBN 978-1-4272-6682-8). The Broadway star and Academy Award–winning actor delivers a show business tell-all, and a portrait of changing times.
Most Wanted by Lisa Scottoline (Apr., unabridged CD, $39.99, ISBN 978-1-4272-6688-0). A woman and her husband expecting a baby via donated sperm fear that a man arrested for a series of murders may be the donor.
Redemption Road by John Hart, read by Scott Shepherd (May, unabridged CD, $39.99, ISBN 978-1-4272-2966-3). Hart’s first novel in five years blends small-town tension, family secrets, and the race to stop a serial killer.
The Mark of Zorro by Johnston McCulley, read by Bill Homewood (May, unabridged CD, $41.98, ISBN 978-1-78198-015-6), is the first of four swashbuckling, romantic Zorro titles to be read by Homewood.
The Periodic Table by Primo Levi, read by Neville Jason (Feb., unabridged CD, $54.98, ISBN 978-1-84379-996-2). Features 21 stories, each possessing the name of a chemical element and inspired by the author’s experiences as a Jewish-Italian chemist before and after Auschwitz.
Justice Calling: Live, Love, Show Compassion, Be Changed by Palmer Chinchen, read by the author (June, unabridged CD, $14.99, ISBN 978-1-61375-810-6), is an impassioned guide to living a life full of purpose, authenticity and justice.
Night Driving: A Story of Faith in the Dark by Addie Zierman, read by Jamie Draper (Mar., unabridged CD, $17.99, ISBN 978-1-61375-825-0). In her second memoir, Zierman packs her two kids into the minivan and drives south in search of the light, stumbling toward a faith that makes room for doubt and darkness along the way.
When We Were On Fire by Addie Zierman, read by Jamie Draper (Apr., unabridged CD, $17.99, ISBN 978-1-61375-825-0). Zierman’s critically acclaimed memoir chronicles her journey from a zealous evangelical childhood to a crisis of faith and the redefinition of her relationship with God.
At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier, read by Hillary Huber (Mar., unabridged CD, $45, ISBN 978-1-61176-471-0). This tale of a family struggling on the American frontier in the 19th century features two real-life tree men: Johnny Appleseed and English plant collector William Lobb.
Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase, read by Nathalie Buscombe (Feb., unabridged CD, $40, ISBN 978-0-14-752488-1). Two haunting stories set in a Cornish country house decades apart—1968 and present day—unfold in Chase’s debut.
Maestra by L.S. Hilton, read by Emilia Fox (Apr., unabridged CD, $40, ISBN 978-0-451-48308-9) begins a trilogy about a smooth con-woman on the run after she’s fired from a London auction house when she discovers a forged painting and tries to expose a conspiracy.
Modern Lovers by Emma Straub (May, unabridged CD, $40, ISBN 978-0-451-48495-6). Three college friends and former bandmates try to hang on to their younger selves as they watch their own children come of age.
My Voice by Angie Martinez, read by the author (Apr., unabridged CD, $45, ISBN 978-0-399-56548-9). The longtime radio interviewer reflects on her career over the past 20 years at New York’s biggest hip-hop stations.
Sweet Dreams Are Made of This by Dave Stewart, read by the author (Feb., unabridged CD, $40). The producer and former member of the Eurythmics shares behind-the-scenes stories of his successes and relationships in the music business.
The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine by Ben Ehrenreich (June, unabridged CD, $40, ISBN 978-0-7352-0850-6) immerses listeners into the complex everyday lives and struggles of several Palestinian families in the West Bank.
Random House Audio
Arrowood by Laura McHugh (July, unabridged CD, $40, ISBN 978-0-451-48296-9). When Arden was four years old, she saw her two-year-old twin sisters abducted from their front yard. She returns to the family home 20 years later to find out what really happened.
A Country Road, a Tree by Jo Baker (May, unabridged CD, $40, ISBN 978-0-399-56624-0). In 1939, an Irish writer travels to Paris where he befriends various luminaries and does secret work for the French Resistance before he must flee the Nazi-occupied city.
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld (Apr., unabridged CD, $35, ISBN 978-0-307-73664-2). Sittenfeld transplants smart, witty Lizzy Bennett, her sisters, and other characters inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice to modern-day Cincinnati.
Everybody’s Fool by Richard Russo (May, unabridged CD, $45, ISBN 978-0-7393-7606-5) brings listeners back to North Bath in upstate New York to catch up with Sully (who’s got a year or two left to live) and the familiar characters from Nobody’s Fool.
Flight of Dreams by Ariel Lawhon, read by John Lee (Feb., unabridged CD, $40, ISBN 978-0-399-56561-8), imagines the three-day transatlantic flight in 1937 of the lavish Hindenburg through the eyes of its only female crew member, the ship’s navigator, a woman journalist, a 13-year-old cabin boy, and a brash American.
I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan (June, unabridged CD, $40, ISBN 978-1-101-91305-5). A successful woman decides to shake up her life to find deeper meaning, and maybe even a new relationship.
In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri, read by the author (Feb., unabridged CD, $35, ISBN 978-0-399-56620-2), chronicles—in both English and Italian—the ups and down of the author’s move to Italy with her family to immerse herself in the Italian language.
On My Own by Diane Rehm, read by the author (Feb., unabridged CD, $30, ISBN 978-0-399-56611-0). The NPR radio host reflects on her husband’s difficult, drawn-out death (from Parkinson’s) and the challenges and struggles of rebuilding her life without him.
32 Yolks by Eric Rippert (May, unabridged CD, $40, ISBN 978-0-14-752272-6) is a memoir of the childhood, coming of age, and apprenticeships of the famous, exacting French chef behind New York’s Le Bernardin.
The Travelers by Chris Pavone, read by Paul Michael (Mar., unabridged CD, $40, ISBN 978-0-14-752659-5). Travel writer Will never questioned why he sometimes had to deliver packages to consulates all over the world, until a woman shows up at his Argentine hotel room threatening him with a gun.
Arms and the Dudes: How Three Stoners from Miami Beach Became the Most Unlikely Gun Runners in History by Guy Lawson, read by Jason Culp (Mar., unabridged CD, $34.99, ISBN 978-1-4906-7378-3), exposes the world of global arms dealing and how three guys from Florida became private contractors for the American military.
The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America by Michael Eric Dyson, read by the author (Feb., unabridged download, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-5019-0792-0), explores how race has shaped Barack Obama’s identity and his presidency.
Flight Patterns by Karen White (May, unabridged download, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-5019-1182-8). A work project sends Georgia back to the Florida coast where she tries to reconnect to her estranged family after many years away.
Hide Away by Iris Johansen (Apr., unabridged download, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-5019-1966-4) holds a search for treasure in the Scottish Highlands for forensic sculptor Eve Duncan.
Off the Grid by C.J. Box, read by David Chandler (Mar., unabridged CD, $39.99, ISBN 978-1-5019-2446-0). Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett is sent to investigate when his closest friend, Nate, is recruited to help take down a terror cell.
Morning Star by Pierce Brown, read by Tim Gerard Reynolds (Feb., unabridged download, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-5019-0441-7), closes out the Red Rising SF trilogy.
Treachery at Lancaster Gate by Anne Perry, read by Jenny Sterlin (Mar., unabridged download, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-5019-1173-6). Thomas Pitt uncovers dark secrets when he investigates a bombing that kills two policemen in Victorian London.
Wedding Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke, read by Suzanne Toren (Feb., unabridged CD, $34.99, ISBN 978-1-5019-1103-3). Minnesota baker and amateur sleuth Hannah Swensen is about to marry her college crush.
What We Find by Robyn Carr, read by Therese Plummer (Apr., unabridged CD, $39.99, ISBN 978-1-5019-2447-7). A neurosurgeon facing burnout and a malpractice suit seeks refuge at her father’s rural Colorado property, where she also meets a kind, mysterious man.
Simon & Schuster Audio
Barkskins by Annie Proulx (June, unabridged CD, $59.99, ISBN 978-1-4423-7006-7) is a dramatic novel spanning three centuries about the taking down of the world’s forests by wood cutters.
End of Watch by Stephen King (June, unabridged CD, $39.99, ISBN 978-1-5082-1135-8) closes out the trilogy begun with Mr. Mercedes.
The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee (May, unabridged CD, $49.99, ISBN 978-1-5082-1138-9) provides a history of the gene and ponders what becomes of being human when we learn to “read” and “write” genetic information.
Glory over Everything by Kathleen Grissom (Apr., unabridged CD, $39.99, ISBN 978-1-4423-9771-2) continues the story of Jamie Pyke, son of both a slave and master, who carries a deadly secret through the Underground Railroad.
Grit by Angela Duckworth, read by the author (May, unabridged CD, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-4423-9713-2), explains that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a focused persistence called grit.
A Hero of France by Alan Furst (May, unabridged CD, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-4423-9900-6) is a novel set in the secret hotels, nightclubs, and cafés of occupied Paris and the villages of France during the spring of 1941.
Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley (June, unabridged CD, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-5082-1792-3) chronicles one man’s quest to save his best friend, an aging dachshund named Lily.
Love in a Short White Dress by Lauren Weisberger (June, unabridged CD, $39.99, ISBN 978-1-5082-1153-2) features a beautiful tennis prodigy who makes headlines both on and off the court after she switches coaches.
Posterity by Dorie McCullough Lawson, read by the author and David McCullough (May, unabridged CD, $39.99, ISBN 978-1-4423-9503-9). Award-winning historian McCullough and Lawson, his daughter, read her acclaimed collection of letters from famous American men and women.
Zero K by Don DeLillo (May, unabridged CD, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-5082-1177-8). In a tale that contrasts the darkness and beauty of life, an aging billionaire pays to preserve the body of his young wife until new technologies can restore her in the future.
The Cracked Spine: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery by Paige Shelton, read by Carrington MacDuffie (Mar., unabridged CD, $39.99, ISBN 978-1-5159-0066-5), launches a cozy mystery series set in Edinburgh.
The Demonists by Thomas E. Sniegoski, read by Eric Michael Summerer (Apr., unabridged CD, $39.99, ISBN 978-1-4945-1826-4), is the inaugural title in a dark fantasy series starring an exorcist and his psychic medium wife, who face the worst hell has to offer.
In the Land of Armadillos by Helen Maryles Shankman, read by Elizabeth Wiley (Feb., unabridged CD, $39.99, ISBN 978-1-5159-0222-5). This debut collection features linked stories set in a German-occupied town in Poland where Jewish folklore meets the real-life horrors of the Nazi invasion.
The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins by Antonia Hodgson, read by John Lee (Mar., unabridged CD, $39.99, ISBN 978-1-4945-1912-4), is a Georgian-era mystery in which Thomas prays for a royal pardon as he relives the crimes that sent him to the gallows.
The Medici: Power, Money, and Ambition in the Italian Renaissance by Paul Strathern, read by Derek Perkins (Mar., unabridged CD, $44.99, ISBN 978-1-4945-1716-8), provides an account of one of the most influential and powerful families in European history.
One Child: The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment by Mei Fong, read by Janet Song (Feb., unabridged CD, $34.99, ISBN 9781515902430), investigates the long-term effects on China’s society of the country’s one-child policy, adopted in 1980 and set to be phased out this year.
Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon by Bronwen Dickey, read by Randye Kaye (May, unabridged CD, $39.99, ISBN 978-1-4945-1864-6) explores how this popular dog breed became the most demonized, and supposedly the most dangerous of dogs, and the role humans have played in the transformation.
Strange Gods: A Secular History of Conversion by Susan Jacoby, read by Elizabeth Wiley (Feb., unabridged CD, $49.99, ISBN 978-1-4945-1754-0), offers a social history of the secular forces driving religious conversion in the Western world.
Why the Right Went Wrong: Conservatism from Goldwater to the Tea Party and Beyond by E.J. Dionne, read by Mike Chamberlain (Feb., unabridged CD, $54.99, ISBN 978-1-5159-0136-5), tells the story of conservatism that has resulted in an ideological purity that drives moderate Republicans away.
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I Said Yes by Emily Maynard Johnson, with A.J. Gregory, read by Hayley Cresswell (Mar., unabridged CD, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-5113-6936-7). The Bachelor and The Bachelorette contestant shares the story of her life before and after reality TV and describes how finding God changed things for her.
This Is Awkward by Sammy Rhodes, read by Webb Wilder (Mar., unabridged CD, $19.99, ISBN 978-1-5113-6933-6). Widely followed in social media channels, pastor to millennials tackles such thorny issues as depression, sexuality, and divorce with humor and his insights about making a connection with God.
Play It Forward: From Gymboree to the Yoga Mat and Beyond by Joan Barnes (May, unabridged download, $19.95, ISBN 978-1-62461-347-0) chronicles Barnes’s journey from founding Gymboree, weathering the personal crisis that forced her to step down, and her second act as the leader of a successful yoga business.
Toxic Friendships: Knowing the Rules and Dealing with the Friends Who Break Them by Suzanne Degges-White and Judy Pochel Van Tieghem, read by Sean Runnette (Mar., unabridged download, $19.95, ISBN 978-1-62461-339-5), offers guidance about what to do when a healthy friendship turns toxic.
The Adventures of Bella & Harry, Vol. 3: Let’s Visit Athens! Let’s Visit Barcelona! Let’s Visit Beijing! by Lisa Manzione, read by Gabrielle de Cuir (Feb., unabridged CD, $19.95, ISBN 978-1-5046-7087-6). The sibling Chihuahuas tour three new destinations.
The Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian (Apr., unabridged CD, $39.95, ISBN 978-1-5047-0249-2), in which a girl must say goodbye to everything she knows after a storm wreaks havoc on her hometown.
Soldier by Julie Kagawa, read by Caitlin Davis, MacLeod Andrews, Chris Patton, and Tristan Morris (Apr., unabridged CD, $39.95, ISBN 978-1-5046-4299-6), continues the fantasy series about dragons that hide in human form.
Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina, read by Marisol Ramirez (Mar., unabridged CD, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-5113-7186-5), is set during the New York summer of 1977, when the city suffered a massive blackout and was being terrorized by serial killer Son of Sam.
Flying by Carrie Jones (July, unabridged CD, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-4805-3091-1) launches a YA science fiction series starring a sassy alien-hunting cheerleader.
Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend by Alan Cumyn, read by Britanny Pressley (Mar., unabridged CD, $26.99, ISBN 978-1-5113-2836-4). Shiels falls hard for the sexy, charismatic flying beast who has just enrolled in her high school.
Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eager, read by Lauren Ezzo (Mar., unabridged CD, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-5113-7196-4). Carol learns more about the grandfather she’s never met—and herself—when she helps her parents move him into a home for people with dementia.
Disney Lands (The Kingdom Keepers: The Return #1) by Ridley Pearson, read by McLeod Andrews (Mar., unabridged CD $29.99, ISBN 978-1-5113-2544-8), begins a new trilogy in which the Kingdom Keepers head to an exclusive Imagineering school and perhaps an unimaginable mission.
The Most Important Thing by Avi (Apr., unabridged CD, $22.99, ISBN 978-1-5113-7181-0), collects seven short stories that explore the bonds between sons, fathers, and grandfathers.
Pearl by Deirdre Riordan Hall, read by Brittany Pressley (Mar., unabridged CD, $14.99, ISBN 978-1-5113-0761-1). Pearl tries to start over at an elite boarding school after drugs, poverty, and addiction ruined the life she had with her former rock star mother.
With Malice by Eileen Cook (June, unabridged CD, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-5113-5689-3). Jill has no memory of the past six weeks and the feeling that her accident was nothing of the sort.
The Worst Night Ever by Dave Barry (Apr., unabridged CD, $19.99, ISBN 978-1-5113-7124-7). Middle-schooler Wyatt and his best friend Matt are unwanted guests at what turns out to be the worst party ever.
Charmed by Jen Calonita, read by Kristin Condon (Mar., unabridged CD, $39.99, ISBN 978-1-5200-0227-9). Gilly’s new professor at Fairy Tale Reform School is the infamous pirate Blackbeard.
The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home by Catherynne M. Valente (Mar., unabridged CD, $39.99, ISBN 978-1-5200-0233-0). In the final volume of the series, a Monarchical Marathon will determine the new ruler of Fairyland.
Lady Renegades by Rachel Hawkins (Apr., unabridged CD, $39.99, ISBN 978-1-5200-0425-9) closes out the Rebel Belle fantasy adventure series starring a homecoming queen turned ancient guardian with super abilities.
Waiting for Augusta by Jessica Lawson (May, unabridged CD, $39.99, ISBN 978-1-5200-0469-3). Following the death of his father, 11-year-old Ben teams up with a mysterious runaway named Noni for a surprise-filled adventure to Augusta, Ga.
Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick, read by Vanessa Johansson (May, unabridged CD, $25 ISBN 978-1-4789-3838-5). Conscientious, dutiful Nanette unleashes her inner rebel when a beloved teacher gives her his dog-eared copy of a mysterious, out-of-print cult classic.
Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse, read by Natalia Payne (Apr., unabridged CD, $25, ISBN 978-1-4789-3836-1). In 1943 Amsterdam, Hanneke is asked to help find a missing Jewish girl who has vanished from a secret room.
Jacky Ha-Ha by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein, read by Tara Sands (Mar., unabridged CD, $18, ISBN 978-1-4789-0804-3), introduces a new heroine who loves to make people laugh even as she tries to conquer a stutter and deal with a difficult family situation.
The King Slayer by Virginia Boecker (June, unabridged download, $22.98, ISBN 978-1-4789-0950-7). As her enemy readies for war, former witch hunter Elizabeth hides within a magically protected village, contemplating her next move.
Let’s Go to Sleep by Maisie Reade, read by Robert Petkoff and Tavia Gilbert (Mar., unabridged download, $4.99, ISBN 978-1-4789-6633-3), is first in a series of Read to Me sleep stories featuring relaxation techniques and tips for parents from a sleep expert.
Look Out for the Fitzgerald-Trouts by Esta Spalding (May, unabridged download, $21.98, ISBN 978-1-4789-0934-7) relates the adventures of four barely related siblings living together in a small car on a lush tropical island.
Silence Is Goldfish by Annabel Pitcher (May, unabridged download, $21.98, ISBN 978-1-4789-0935-4). A teen refuses to speak after discovering a heartbreaking family secret.
Towers Falling by Jewel Parker Rhodes (July, unabridged download, $21.98, ISBN 978-1-4789-0969-9). Three students who know the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, as history slowly discover how much the attacks still have an impact on their community.
The Wild Robot by Peter Brown (Apr., unabridged CD, $25, ISBN 978-1-4789-3835-4) features a robot who awakes and discovers she’s on a remote, wild island and doesn’t know why.
The Demon Dentist by David Walliams, read by the author (Mar., unabridged CD, $22.99, ISBN 978-0-06-244397-7). Instead of shiny coins from the tooth fairy, children are waking up to slugs, spiders, and other creepy-crawlies under their pillows.
The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig, read by Kim Mai Guest (Feb., unabridged download, $24.99, ISBN 978-0-06-244732-6). Nix’s time traveler father is willing to risk her life for his own dangerous obsession.
The Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks, read by Allyson Ryan (Mar., unabridged download, $18.99, ISBN 978-0-06-244817-0). After a natural disaster, a high school outcast is stranded on a small boat drifting out to sea with her ex-BFF and the popular kids.
The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight (May, unabridged download, $24.99, ISBN 978-0-06-241794-7). Wylie ignores her gut instinct and follows text-message clues to find her missing best friend in this first installment of a teen series.
Pax by Sara Pennypacker, read by Michael Curran-Dorsano (Feb., unabridged CD, $25.99, ISBN 978-0-06-244396-0), is a story narrated by a pet red fox and a boy who is forced to return him to the wild when the boy’s father enlists in the military and is deployed.
Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan, read by Phoebe Strole (Feb., unabridged download, $18.99, ISBN 978-0-06-246510-8), begins a romantic fantasy series.
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro, read by Graham Halstead and Julia Whelan (Mar., unabridged download, $24.99, ISBN 978-0-06-241732-9). Sherlock Holmes’s great-great-great-granddaughter Charlotte and John Watson’s great-great-great-grandson Jamie must unravel the mystery of why they’re being framed for a murder at their American boarding school.
United As One by Pittacus Lore (May, unabridged download, $24.99, ISBN 978-0-06-244857-6) concludes the Lorien Legacies series begun with I Am Number Four.
Forest of Wonders (Wing & Claw #1) by Linda Sue Park, read by Graham Halstead (Mar., unabridged download, $18.99, ISBN 978-0-06-244834-7). In this fantasy series-starter, a young apothecary invents a magical botanic concoction that has unusual effects on animals of the forest.
All Four Stars by Tara Dairman (May, unabridged download, ISBN 978-1-942907-25-1). This is the first volume in a series starring 11-year-old foodie and budding restaurant critic Gladys Gatsby. Two sequels will follow: The Stars of Summer in June and Stars So Sweet in July.
Mother-Daughter Book Camp by Heather Vogel Frederick, read by Cris Dukehart, Shannon McManus, Amy Rubinate, Kate Rudd, and Emily Woo Zeller (May, unabridged download, ISBN 978-1-942907-24-4). The finale to the Mother-Daughter Book Club series follows the girls as they reunite for a stint as counselors at a summer camp.
P.S. I Like You by Kasie West, read by Shannon McManus (July, unabridged download, ISBN 978-1-942907-28-2). Lily exchanges secret-admirer notes via scribbles on the desk she shares with another unknown student at school.
The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox, read by Fiona Hardingham (Mar., unabridged CD, $45, ISBN 978-0-14-752593-2). Twelve-year-old Kat can’t make sense of the spooky goings-on at the old Scottish castle turned school where she and her siblings have been sent to escape the London Blitz.
The Haters by Jesse Andrews (Apr., unabridged CD, $45, ISBN 978-0-7352-0944-2). Wes, Corey, and Ash hit the road and bail from lame jazz camp to embark on their Haters Summer of Hate Tour.
How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather (July, unabridged CD, $50, ISBN 978-0-14-752107-1). A real-life descendant of Cotton Mather writes about a fictional Mather descendant who moves to modern-day Salem, Mass. and faces off with a clique of mean girls whose ancestors were witches.
Map of Fates by Maggie Hall, read by Julia Whelan (Mar., unabridged CD, $50, ISBN 978-0-14-752547-5). Avery discovers she is the heir of a secret society that runs the world and that the keys to her destiny rest in Alexander the Great’s long-lost tomb.
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo, read by Jenna Lamia (Apr., unabridged CD, $30, ISBN 978-1-101-91741-1). Raymie tries to win a local pageant to get her father, who’s run away with a dental hygienist, to come home.
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys, read by Jorjeana Marie (Feb., unabridged CD, $45, ISBN 978-0-14-752543-7). Three young refugees’ lives are imperiled by the sinking of the German passenger ship Wilhelm Gustloff by a Russian submarine in the Baltic Sea in 1945.
Summerlost by Ally Condie, read by Phoebe Strole (Mar., unabridged CD, $35, ISBN 978-0-399-56606-6). During the first real summer since the accident that killed her father and younger brother, Cedar befriends a strange boy and joins him working at the Summerlost theater festival.
Sweet Home Alaska by Carole Estby Dagg, read by Susan Denaker (Feb., unabridged CD, $45, ISBN 978-0-14-752627-4). After the mill in their small Wisconsin town closes in 1934, Trip’s father moves their family to Alaska to become pioneers as part of President Roosevelt’s Palmer Colony project.
Tru and Nelle by G. Neri, read by Catherine Taber (Mar., unabridged CD, $40, ISBN 978-0-7352-0738-7), is a fictionalized account of the childhood friendship between Alabama authors Truman Capote and Harper Lee.
Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke, read by Michael Crouch (Mar., unabridged CD, $35, ISBN 978-0-399-56472-7), is a YA mystery that unfolds in three voices.
Flawed by Cecelia Ahern (Apr., unabridged CD, $39.99, ISBN 978-1-4272-6796-2). In the future, people who have committed crimes are branded with an F for being flawed.
Riders by Veronica Rossi, read by Dan Bittner (unabridged download, $23.99, ISBN 978-1-4272-7551-6). Recovering from the accident that killed him, Gideon finds himself with strange new powers and a bizarre cuff he can’t remove. He has become War, one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse.
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi (May, unabridged CD, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-4272-7299-7). Sixteen-year-old Maya is cursed with a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction in this fantasy inspired by Indian folklore.
You Know Me Well by David Levithan and Nina LaCour (June, unabridged download, $17.99, ISBN 978-1-4272-7723-7). In a story told in alternating points of view, Kate and Mark forge a friendship over the course of one fateful Pride Week in San Francisco.
The Wooden Prince (Out of Abaton #1) by John Claude Bemis, read by Ralph Lister (Mar., unabridged CD, $19.99, ISBN 978-1-61375-766-6). This steampunk reimagining of Pinocchio features a robot Pinocchio delivered to a wanted criminal and alchemist named Geppetto.
Behind the Canvas by Alexander Vance, read by Erin Moon (Feb., unabridged download $29.99, ISBN 978-1-5019-0422-6). During her visit to an art museum, Claudia spots the same boy in painting after painting.
Booked by Kwame Alexander (Apr., unabridged download, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-5019-1904-6). A young soccer star learns to appreciate the power of words in this novel in verse.
Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick (Apr., unabridged download $9.99, ISBN 978-1-5019-2523-8). This winner of the 2016 Caldecott Medal tells the story of a bear cub rescued by a soldier during WWI that becomes the inspiration for A.A. Milne’s beloved Winnie-the-Pooh.
The Girl in the Well Is Me by Karen Rivers, read by Michelle O. Medlin (Mar., unabridged download $19.99, ISBN 978-1-5019-1909-1). A bullied girl falls into a well and relives the events that brought her there as she waits to be rescued.
Grayling’s Song by Karen Cushman (June, unabridged download). A fledgling hedge witch gathers a band of unlikely companions to reverse an evil spell that is turning magic workers into trees.
It Wasn’t Always Like This by Joy Preble (May, unabridged download, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-5019-1915-2). In 1916, the O’Neil and Ryan families accidentally discovered an elixir that stops aging. A hundred years later, Emma O’Neil is still 17 and is still hoping to be reunited with Charlie Ryan.
The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary by Laura Sovan (Apr., unabridged download) is a debut novel in verse told from the perspectives of 18 kids trying to save their old school from the wrecking ball.
The Quickest Kid in Clarksville by Pat Zietlow Miller (Apr., unabridged download, $7.99, ISBN 978-1-5019-2503-0). A girl growing up in Clarksville, Tenn., during the 1960s is inspired by hometown hero Willa Rudolph’s Olympic gold medal victories.
Slacker by Gordon Korman (Apr., unabridged download). Cameron and his friends create a fake school club to give themselves time to goof off, but they didn’t count on other kids joining in the mistaken belief the club is dedicated to doing good deeds.
What Elephants Know by Eric Dinerstein (May, unabridged download). In the late 1970s, in the threatened jungle of the Borderlands between Nepal and India, an orphaned boy discovers his fate as a great elephant driver.
Audacity Jones to the Rescue by Kirby Larson, read by Lyssa Browne (Feb., unabridged CD, $34.99, ISBN 978-0-545-91097-2), begins a series that follows the adventures of an 11-year-old orphan enrolled at Miss Maisie’s School for Wayward Girls.
Drag Teen by Jeffery Self, read by the author (May, unabridged download, $24.50, ISBN 978-1-338-04596-3). An insecure high school senior competes in a drag teen competition for a college scholarship.
Everland by Wendy Spinale (May, unabridged download, $24.50, ISBN 978-0-545-94591-2) is a steampunk retelling of Peter Pan.
The Key to Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd, read by Kate Simses (Mar., unabridged CD, $29.99, ISBN 978-0-545-91031-6). Emma tries to solve the mystery of a family secret that just may allow her to communicate with her dead mother.
Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky, read by Barrett Wilbert Weed (May, unabridged CD, $34.99, ISBN 978-0-545-91104-7), presents the story of four superfan friends whose devotion to a boy band takes a darkly comic and potentially murderous turn.
Meet the Bobs and Tweets (Bobs and Tweets #1) by Pepper Springfield (July, unabridged download, $6.99). The Bobs who are messy and the Tweets who are neat are two strange families who live on Bonefish Street.
The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork, read by Frankie Corzo (Feb., unabridged CD, $39.99, ISBN 978-0-545-91093-4). When Vicky wakes up in a mental ward following a suicide attempt, she forges a fragile bond with a supportive doctor and fellow patients, unsure if she has the strength to carry on.
Sabotage: The Mission to Destroy Hitler’s Atomic Bomb by Neal Bascomb (June, unabridged CD, $34.99, ISBN 978-0-545-94402-1) is a true story of WWII espionage involving Norwegian commandos on skis in the snowy wilderness.
The Secret Language of Sisters by Luanne Rice, read by Kate Rudd and Brittany Pressley (Mar., unabridged CD, $42.99, ISBN 978-0-545-91087-3). Tilly grapples with guilt over sending the text message that caused the car accident that landed her sister Roo in the hospital, seemingly in a coma, though no one knows she can see, hear, and understand those around her.
Unbecoming by Jenny Downham, read by the author (Mar., unabridged download, $30, ISBN 978-0-545-94590-5). Katie learns more about herself and the secrets and lies in her family when she helps care for her estranged grandmother who has dementia.
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Fallout by Ellen Hopkins, read by Candace Thaxton, Rebekkah Ross, Jonathan Todd Ross, and Kirby Heyborne (Feb., unabridged download, $17.99, ISBN 978-1-5082-1428-1) is the final book in Hopkins’s Crank trilogy.
The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle, read by the author (Mar., unabridged CD, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-4423-9500-8). An aspiring screenwriter grieving his sister’s death falls hard for a guy when a friend drags him to his first college party.
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (Mar., unabridged CD, $39.99, ISBN 978-1-4423-5710-5) launches the Dark Artifices series, starring Clare’s characters, the Shadowhunters of Los Angeles.
Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee (Mar., unabridged CD, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-4423-9435-3) is a fantasy told in the alternating voices of a girl whose sister has disappeared and a fox cub born in the shadow world at the time of the disappearance.
Locker Hero (The Misadventures of Max Crumbly #1) by Rachel Renée Russell (June, unabridged CD, $14.99, ISBN 978-1-4423-9380-6) kicks off a series starring a boy who is entering a public middle school for the first time after years of being homeschooled by his grandmother.
Savage by Thomas E. Sniegoski (May, unabridged download, $23.99, ISBN 978-1-5082-1510-3). Sidney and her friends must find the origin of the storm that has turned all the animals near their small island home into savage beasts.
Six Kids and a Stuffed Cat by Gary Paulsen (May, unabridged CD, $14.99, ISBN 978-1-4423-9978-5). Six students sheltering in a school bathroom during a storm enter as strangers and leave as friends.
The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith, read by Rebekkah Ross (Mar., unabridged CD, $34.99, ISBN 978-1-4423-9598-5). In this debut, a high school student struggles to find strength after she is raped by her brother’s best friend.
The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan, read by J.D. Jackson (Feb., unabridged CD, $39.99), focuses on two brothers who are tricked into forced labor in the Ivory Coast when they try to help their impoverished family.
How to Like Yourself: A Teen’s Guide to Quieting Your Inner Critic and Building Lasting Self-Esteem by Cheryl M. Bradshaw (Apr., unabridged download, $19.95, ISBN 978-1-62461-345-6) provides practical advice to help teens become more confident.