Realistic Fiction (X 4)

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, February 28, 2019


We’re welcoming Penguin Random House Audio/Listening Library’s return this summer and their generous provision of four titles for teen ear-reading. Each of them serves a portion of contemporary teen life in America, in realistic stories and authentic voices.


THE GO-BETWEEN, by Veronica Chambers and performed by Karla Souza (whose photo appears above, courtesy of Listening Library), delivers a dynamic #OwnVoices story sure to connect with some teens as confirmation of their own experiences and poke holes in others’ assumptions. Both author and narrator have deep experiences interpreting realistic fiction that will draw in both kinds of listeners.

A full cast performs David Arnold’s KIDS OF APPETITE, a dramatic story of two dead men and two live teenaged boys. Come for the listening ride with narrators Phoebe Strole, Michael Crouch, and Ryan Vincent Anderson, another compelling collection of readers.

THE FIRST TIME SHE DROWNED, by Kerry Kletter, and read by Jorjeana Marie, provides both a compelling story and the opportunity to reconsider how well we trust our own memories—or whether we put too much faith in what others tell us about our pasts.

Alexa McKenna reads Wendelin Van Draanen’s THE WILD ONE takes listeners to survival camp. Hearing the changing moods as the story progresses offers teen listeners a realistic and compelling reminder that hitting rock bottom is the opportunity to rise rather than to quit.

With less than two months to go before the 2019 SYNC season opens, we’ll be back here soon to help you organize publicity tools and supplies to support you in getting out the word about how teens can acquire 28 free audiobooks to keep during the coming spring and summer.



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