A Universe of Teen Readers
This recommended reading list provides a broad list of books related to this summer’s theme of space. This list includes audio, braille, and large print titles and is recommended for those reading at a junior high, senior high or older reading levels.
To order any of these titles, contact the library by email, mail or phone. You may also request these titles online through WolfPAC. Identification numbers for braille books begin with BR, large print books begin with LP, and audiobooks begin with DB or DBC. All audiobooks and available braille books listed are linked to the Braille and Audio Reading Download site (BARD) for downloading.
Junior and Senior High
Dangerous by Shannon Hale
LP002650; 557 p.
When aspiring astronaut Maisie Danger Brown, who was born without a right hand, and the other space camp students get the opportunity to do something amazing in space, Maisie must prove how dangerous she can be and how far she is willing to go to protect everything she has ever loved. 2014.
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
Read by Mary Kane. Reading time: 6 hours, 34 minutes.
A sophomore at a prestigious prep school, Frances Rose (Frankie) starts dating senior Matthew. When Matthew refuses to discuss his all-male secret society, the Loyal Order of the Basset Hounds, Frankie infiltrates the group via the Internet and orchestrates some spectacular on-campus pranks. Michael L. Printz honor book. Gateway Book Award nominee, 2010-2011.
Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
Read by Mare Trevathan. Reading time: 8 hours, 39 minutes.
Willowdean, a Dolly Parton enthusiast, wants to prove to everyone in her small Texas town that she is more than just a fat girl. Therefore, Will and some other social misfits prepare to compete in a beauty pageant. Strong language.
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
BR 17298; 3 volumes of press braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3.
Read by Suzanne Torene. Reading time: 11 hours, 46 minutes.
LP001254; 559 p.
In a future where humans despise clones, Matt has special privileges as the young clone of El Patrón — the 140-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire. When Matt gets a glimpse of his fate, he rebels. Some violence and some strong language. House of the Scorpion series, book 1. Gateway Book Award nominee, 2004-2005. Newbery Honor, Nat'l Bk. Michael L. Printz honor book.
I am Princess X by Cherie Priest
Read by Mary Robinette Kowal. Reading time: 7 hours, 1 minute.
Years after writing stories about a character she created with a best friend who supposedly died in a tragic car accident, sixteen-year-old May is shocked to see images of the superheroine they made up appearing around Seattle. Truman Award Nominee, 2017-2018.
I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives by Caitlin Alifirenka
Read by Kate Loitz. Reading time: 9 hours, 26 minutes.
It started as an assignment. Everyone in Caitlin's class wrote to an unknown student somewhere in a distant place. Martin was lucky to even receive a pen-pal letter. There were only ten letters, and forty kids in his class. But he was the top student, so he got the first one. That letter was the beginning of a correspondence that spanned six years and changed two lives.
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
BR 18565; 2 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2.
Read by Margaret Strom. Reading time: 5 hours, 36 minutes.
Cellist and Juilliard hopeful Mia clings to life after a car accident kills her family. While observing herself during an out-of-body experience, Mia flashes through her past to determine whether to fight for survival or die. Some strong language. Gateway Book Award nominee, 2011-2012.
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman
Read by Olivia Taylor Dudley. Reading time: 11 hours, 43 minutes.
When planet Kerenza is attacked, Kady and Ezra — former girlfriend and boyfriend — find themselves together on a spaceship fleeing the enemy. Meanwhile, their ship's artificial intelligence system and a deadly plague outbreak may be the end of them all. Illuminae Files series, book 1.
Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
BR 18228; 3 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3.
Read by Aimee Jolson. Reading time: 9 hours, 38 minutes.
Sixteen-year-old Miranda keeps a journal describing her family's struggle to survive after an asteroid hits the moon and causes disastrous climate change on earth. She records her feelings about losing contact with friends and the outside world, locating food, and keeping hope alive. Life as We Knew It series, book 1. Gateway Book Award nominee, 2008-2009. 2006.
The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer
BR 18229; 2 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2.
Read by Aimee Jolson. Reading time: 9 hours, 11 minutes.
After a meteor hits the moon causing a series of horrific climate changes, seventeen-year-old Alex Morales must take care of his younger sisters alone in the chaos of New York City. Life as We Knew It series, book 2. 2008.
This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer
BR 19054; 2 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2.
Read by Kristin Allison. Reading time: 5 hours, 45 minutes.
In the shadow of the asteroid's aftermath, teenager Miranda and her family struggle to survive. When Alex Morales arrives at her house, Miranda harbors romantic feelings for him. But continuing disasters disrupt their relationship. Life as We Knew It series, book 3. 2010.
The Shade of the Moon by Susan Beth Pfeffer
BR 20216; 3 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3.
Read by Erik Sandvold. Reading time: 9 hours, 49 minutes.
Miranda's seventeen-year-old brother Jon lives in Sexton, an enclave that is well-protected but has a rigid class-stratification system. Jon struggles to do what is right without endangering his loved ones. Life as We Knew It series, book 4. 2013.
Miles Morales: Spider-Man by Jason Reynolds
Read by Guy Lockard. Reading time: 6 hours, 55 minutes.
Brooklyn Visions Academy student Miles Morales may not always want to be a superhero, but he must come to terms with his identity — and deal with a villainous teacher — as the new Spider Man. Unrated. 2017.
Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card
Read by Jack Fox. Reading time: 16 hours, 28 minutes.
LP002137; 801 p.
Thirteen-year-old Rigg has a secret ability to trace the path of any living being. After his father dies, Rigg sets off on a dangerous quest — facing threats along the way from those who would either control his destiny or kill him. 2010.
Regeneration series by Linda Joy Singleton
Regeneration by Linda Joy Singleton
LP001102; 215 p.
The mastermind of an experiment in DNA enhancement decides that the experiment is a failure and that the resulting cloned children should be terminated. Regeneration series; book 1. 2000.
Regeneration: The Search by Linda Joy Singleton
LP000929; 203 p.
Two strangers in town looking for Eric may be the evil scientists that set out to destroy him and four other clones they developed 15 years earlier, and he must contact the others before it is too late. Regeneration series; book 2. 2000.
Regeneration: The Truth by Linda Joy Singleton
LP001103; 261 p.
As five young people frantically search for one of the doctors who helped clone them, Allison unexpectedly meets the fashion model from whom she gets her DNA. Regeneration series; book 3. 2000.
Rocket Raccoon & Groot: Steal the Galaxy! by Dan Abnett
Read by John Haag. Reading time: 10 hours, 14 minutes.
During a spaceport brawl, Rocket Raccoon and Groot rescue an android Recorder from a pack of alien Badoons. Everyone in the galaxy, however, including the ruthless Kree Empire and the stalwart Nova Corps, seems to want that Recorder. A Marvel Universe book. 2014.
Sabriel by Garth Nix
Read by Martha Harmon Pardee. Reading time: 10 hours, 5 minutes.
Sabriel was sent to school outside the Old Kingdom for her safety. Now in her last year of study, she receives her father's necromancy tools, indicating that he is dead. Determined to find his body, Sabriel reenters the Old Kingdom and confronts the evil forces of life and death. Old Kingdom series, book 1. Some violence.
The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld
Read by Mary Kane. Reading time: 6 hours, 55 minutes.
LP001898; 371 p.
Upon moving to Bixby, Oklahoma, fifteen-year-old Jessica Day learns that she is one of a group of people who have special abilities that help them fight ancient creatures living in an hour hidden at midnight. These creatures seem determined to destroy Jess. Midnighters series, book 1. 2004.
Superman versus the Ku Klux Klan by Rick Browers
BR 19518; 1 volume of braille.
Read by Bill Delaney. Reading time: 4 hours.
Discusses creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster's Jewish upbringing during the Great Depression and its influence on the development of their superhero, Superman. Covers the rise of the KKK and the emergence of the radio show, The Adventures of Superman. 2012.
Turnabout by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Read by Jill Fox. Reading time: 5 hours, 35 minutes.
LP000817; 261 p.
Melly and Anny Beth both lived normal lives throughout the 20th century. But in 2000, when they are old and ready to die, they are selected to participate in Project Turnabout. Given an injection to make them grow younger, the participants are to receive another injection which will stop the "unaging" process, but everyone who receives the second shot dies. 2000.
Women in Space: Twenty-Three Stories of First Flights, Scientific Missions, and Gravity-Breaking Adventures by Karen Bush Gibson
Read by Kurt Elftmann. Reading time: 6 hours, 38 minutes.
History of space exploration highlighting the contributions of female astronauts. Includes profiles of Russian Valentina Tereshkova, who became the first woman in space in 1963, and Sally Ride, the first American female astronaut, who boarded the Challenger twenty years later. 2014.
The Worlds of Galileo: The Inside Story of NASA's Mission to Jupiter by Michael Hanlon
Read by Dan Willems. Reading time: 7 hours, 56 minutes.
Behind-the-scenes look at the American spacecraft Galileo, its engineering and design team, and its prolonged interplanetary journey beginning October 18, 1989. Details the probe's two dozen orbits of Jupiter and data it transmitted concerning the moon Europa's ice and Io's volcanoes. 2001.
Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O'Brien
BR 08837; 2 volumes of press braille.
BR 17663; 2 volumes of press braille. Volume 1. Volume 2.
Read by Mare Trevathan. Reading time: 5 hours, 37 minutes.
LP000399; 325 p.
LP001674; 265 p.
The diary of Ann Burden, who thinks she is the only survivor of nuclear war until a man with a radiation-proof suit comes into the valley. Though John Loomis seems pleasant enough at first, his arrival soon brings disaster, uncertainty, loneliness, and terror for Anne. 2002.
Senior High and Older
The 100 by Kass Morgan
Read by Phoebe Strole. Reading time: 7 hours, 18 minutes.
Years after humanity abandoned toxic Earth, a high-stakes mission sends one hundred juvenile delinquents to recolonize the planet. A brutal crash landing leaves the teens fighting to survive — and to learn to trust and even love again. The 100 series, book 1. Unrated.
Across the Universe Trilogy by Beth Revis
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Read by J.P. Linton. Reading time: 11 hours, 49 minutes.
After Amy and her parents agree to be cryogenically frozen for three hundred years aboard the spaceship Godspeed, Amy is shocked to awaken early — and to learn that someone is trying to kill her. Across the Universe trilogy, book 1. Some descriptions of sex.
A Million Suns by Beth Revis
Read by Erin Jones. Reading time: 10 hours, 14 minutes.
Three months after Elder woke Amy from cryogenic suspension, Elder tries to discover the truth about life on their ship, Godspeed. Meanwhile, Amy is torn between waking up her parents and her growing feelings toward Elder. Across the Universe trilogy, book 2.
Shades of Earth by Beth Revis
Read by Jill Fox. Reading time: 11 hours, 57 minutes.
Probes sent to Centauri-Earth indicate that the planet is fit for colonists — but is also inhabited by monsters. Amy and Elder decide to take the risk, escape Godspeed, and give their new home a chance. Across the Universe trilogy, book 3.
Are We There Yet? by David Levithan
BR 16397; 2 volumes of press braille. Volume 1. Volume 2.
Tricked by their parents into taking a trip to Italy together, high school student Elijah Silver and his twenty-three-year-old workaholic brother Danny have plenty of time to get to know each other again. But then they both fall for the beautiful Julia.
Ash by Malinda Lo
Read by Gabriella Cavallero. Reading time: 6 hours, 51 minutes.
Retelling of Cinderella. The death of her father leaves Ash at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Seeking temporary refuge in the woods, Ash falls in love with the royal huntress Kaisa. But the dangerous fairy Sidhean has a prior claim on Ash.
Black Hole Sun by David Macinnis Gill
Read by Andy Pyle. Reading time: 9 hours, 42 minutes.
On the planet Mars, sixteen-year-old Durango and his crew of mercenaries are hired by the settlers of a mining community to protect the outpost's most valuable resource from a feral band of marauders. Some violence and some strong language.
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
BR 21373; 3 volumes of braille in UEB. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3.
Read by Erik Sandvold. Reading time: 10 hours, 25 minutes.
Eighteen-year-old Finn, an outsider in his quiet Midwestern town, is the only witness to the abduction of town favorite, Roza. His inability to distinguish between faces, however, makes it difficult for him to help with the investigation. Some strong language. Printz Award.
Bull by David Elliott
A modern twist on the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur, told in verse. Unrated.
The Cemetery Boys by Heather Brewer
Read by Andy Pyle. Reading time: 7 hours, 45 minutes.
When Stephen reluctantly moves to the Hitchcock-like town where his father grew up, he is sure he's not going to like it. When his new friends haunt the local cemetery, Stephen realizes he may be in over his head. Violence and strong language.
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
Read by Don Feldheim. Reading time: 9 hours, 49 minutes.
Once Caden Bosch starts to behave oddly, spending more time absorbed with the thoughts in his head, his friends grow concerned. As Caden struggles with reality and fantasy, paranoia begins to take over. National Book Award Winner, 2015.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Read by Christine Lakin. Reading time: 12 hours, 8 minutes.
In walled cities called coldtowns, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. A massacre has Tana racing to enter a coldtown to save her ex-boyfriend and a mysterious boy. Violence and some strong language.
Cruel Beauty; Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
Read by Kristin Allison. Reading time: 17 hours, 44 minutes.
Two novels, written between 2014 and 2015, inspired by classic fairy tales. In Cruel Beauty, Nyx resigns herself to her fate and marries the demon Gentle Lord, who has cursed her people. Includes Crimson Bound. Some violence and some descriptions of sex.
Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray
Read by Nate Begle. Reading time: 11 hours, 23 minutes.
Teenage soldier Noemi and enemy robot Abel, who is programmed to obey Noemi's commands, set out on an interstellar quest to save Noemi's home planet, Genesis. Defy the Stars series, book 1.
Don't Turn Around Trilogy by Michelle Gagnon
Read by Abigail Maupin. Reading time: 25 hours, 59 minutes.
Trilogy written between 2012 and 2014 includes Don't Turn Around, Don't Look Now, and Don't Let Go. In Don't Turn Around, Noa wakes up on an operating table with no memory of how she got there and learns the truth behind a sinister corporation. Gateway Book Award nominee, 2014-2015.
Dove Arising by Karen Bao
BR 20784; 4 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4.
Read by Mai Kim Guest. Reading time: 9 hours, 46 minutes.
On a lunar colony, fifteen-year-old introvert Phaet Theta does the unthinkable and joins the militia when her mother is quarantined and imprisoned by the Moon's oppressive government. Some violence. 2015.
The Duff: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger
BR 20836; 3 volumes of press braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3.
Read by Anne Hancock. Reading time: 7 hours, 26 minutes.
Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper sleeps with Wesley Rush, a notorious womanizer who disgusts her, in order to distract herself from her personal problems. To Bianca's surprise, the two of them find they have a lot in common. Strong language and descriptions of sex.
Earth Girl; Earth Star; Earth Flight by Janet Edwards
Read by Margaret Strom. Reading time: 39 hours, 55 minutes.
Abandoned and stuck on Earth because of her inability to survive on other planets, Jarra crafts a fake background for herself to join a class of otherworld students who are excavating the dangerous ruins of the old cities. Earth Girl series, books 1-3. Violence.
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Read by Jill Fox. Reading time: 8 hours, 54 minutes.
LP002645; 475 p.
After socially painful circumstances toss Eleanor and Park together, they form an unlikely — and extraordinary — romance. Although the two sixteen-year-olds know that the odds of remaining together forever are slim, they find the courage to try. Strong language. Gateway Book Award nominee, 2015-2016.
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Read by Jill Fox. Reading time: 9 hours, 2 minutes.
Eliza Mirk, anonymous creator of a popular webcomic Monstrous Sea, prefers her isolated fictional world to the real one. But when Wallace, a fan and writer of fan fiction, transfers to her school, she begins to connect — and then her secret is exposed. Strong language.
Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger
Read by Moira Quirk. Reading time: 8 hours, 57 minutes.
Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her fourteen-year-old daughter Sophronia to become a proper lady and enrolls her in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality — where Sophronia also learns the arts of deceit, espionage, and modern weaponry.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
LP002644; 639 p.
Read by Abigail Maupin. Reading time: 11 hours, 55 minutes.
Eighteen-year-old Cath's adoration of fantasy character Simon Snow leads to her penning a fanfiction story that is popular online. Offline, shy Cath is out of her comfort zone at her new college — until romance finds her. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex.
The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks by Sam Maggs
BR 20937; 2 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2.
Read by Jessica Almasy. Reading time: 5 hours, 6 minutes.
Associate editor for the pop-culture website "The Mary Sue" discusses what it means to be a fan of things that tend to presume a white and male orientation. Provides tips for those beginning to explore fandoms, and examines the intersection of feminism and fandom. Some strong language.
Feed by M.T. Anderson
Read by Christopher Walker. Reading time: 5 hours, 18 minutes.
In the future, most people have computer implants in their heads streaming information. Titus has had his since birth, while home-schooled Violet received hers later. When the "feed" is attacked by a hacker, Titus's system shortly recovers but Violet's continues to malfunction. Strong language. National Book Award finalist.
The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash
Read by Doug Tisdale. Reading time: 5 hours, 29 minutes.
Graham Posner tries to get his best friend and fellow comic-book collaborator, Roxana, to fall in love with him by planning the perfect weekend for her at New York Comic Con. Some strong language.
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Read by Kristin Allison. Reading time: 10 hours, 41 minutes.
In a world where some people are born with an extreme and often-feared skill, Katsa struggles with hers — the "grace" of killing. When she first encounters Prince Po, whose grace is incompatible with hers, she doesn't foresee the bond that will form between them. Seven Kingdoms series, book 1. Some violence. Gateway Book Award nominee, 2010-2011.
Grasshopper Jungle: A History by Andrew Smith
BR 20682; 5 volumes of press braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4. Volume 5.
Read by Philip Church. Reading time: 9 hours, 22 minutes.
Austin Szerba and his best friend Robby accidentally unleash an army of giant, unstoppable bugs and uncover the secrets of a decades-old experiment gone terribly wrong. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex.
Interworld Trilogy by Neil Gaiman
Read by Doug Tisdale. Reading time: 16 hours, 19 minutes.
Trilogy, written between 2007 and 2015, featuring the adventures of Joey Harker, a multidimensional traveler. In Interworld, Joey joins a team of different versions of himself. They hope to stop evil forces plotting to destroy the Multiverse. Includes The Silver Dream and Eternity's Wheel. Interworld Trilogy, books 1-3.
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
BR 20971; 4 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4.
Read by Grace Blewer. Reading time: 8 hours, 39 minutes.
Isla has had a crush on classmate Josh since their freshman year at the School of America in Paris, but after a chance encounter over the summer in Manhattan they return to France for their senior year, where they are forced to confront challenges every young couple in love must face. Descriptions of sex and some strong language.
Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky
Read by Barrett Wilbert Weed. Reading time: 6 hours, 56 minutes.
Four fan-girls follow the Ruperts, a British boy band, everywhere. But when one of them literally drags Rupert Pierpont to their New York City hotel room and ties him up, things go from hilariously complicated to deadly. Strong language and some violence.
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Read by Nick Podehl. Reading time: 11 hours, 57 minutes.
Todd is the only child in Prentisstown, where all the women are dead and the men can hear each other's thoughts. When he finds Viola, a young girl, the two flee in search of answers. Some violence and some strong language. Chaos Walking series, book 1.
Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight by Margaret Lazarus Dean
BR 20928; 5 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4. Volume 5.
Read by Kerry Dukin. Reading Time: 13 hours, 20 minutes.
Dean recounts the history of American spaceflight, NASA, and Florida's Space Coast and reflects on what has been achieved. She interviews NASA workers, astronauts, and space fans alike, exploring the ramifications of the end of the American space shuttle program. Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize. 2015.
The Lines we Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattah
Read by Tim Pocock. Reading time: 8 hours, 16 minutes.
Michael's parents are leaders of a new anti-immigrant political party called Aussie Values, which is trying to halt the flood of refugees. Mina fled Afghanistan with her family ten years ago. Their blossoming mutual attraction causes problems for both families. Unrated.
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
BR 18708; 3 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3.
Read by Erik Sandvold. Reading time: 12 hours, 37 minutes.
After a terrorist attack on San Francisco's Bay Bridge, the Department of Homeland Security detains high school senior Marcus and his friends without cause. When Marcus is released, he lashes out at the authorities by hacking into the city's universal electronic surveillance system. Little Brother series, book 1.
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James
Read by Lauren Ezzo. Reading time: 7 hours, 41 minutes.
LP003526, 421 p.
Romy, the only surviving crew member of a spaceship traveling to a new planet, is on a mission to establish a second home for humanity. Alone in space, Romy communicates with a lone passenger from a new ship, a boy called J. Unrated. 2017.
Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
BR 21348; 4 volumes of braille in UEB. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4.
Read by Mare Trevathan. Reading time: 9 hours, 20 minutes.
Cinder, a teen cyborg and the best mechanic in New Beijing, labors to support her stepmother — and owner — Adri and Adri's two daughters. But after Cinder's only human friend, her stepsister Peony, is infected with the plague letumosis, Adri volunteers Cinder's body for plague research. Lunar Chronicles, book 1. Truman Award nominee, 2014-2015. 2012.
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
BR 21380; 4 volumes of braille in UEB. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4.
Read by Mare Trevathan. Reading time: 10 hours, 11 minutes.
As cyborg mechanic Cinder plots a prison break, Scarlet Benoit encounters Wolf, a street fighter, who may have information about her missing grandmother, a former military pilot. Meanwhile, vicious Queen Levana is determined to have Prince Kai at any cost. Lunar Chronicles, book 2. 2013.
Cress by Marissa Meyer
BR 21426; 6 volumes of braille in UEB. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4. Volume 5. Volume 6.
Read by Mare Trevathan. Reading time: 13 hours, 42 minutes.
Imprisoned on an orbiting satellite, hacker Cress learns she unwittingly helped Lunar queen Levana commit a massacre. Cinder, Scarlet, Thorne, and Wolf, plot to rescue Cress and overthrow the queen, but things don't go as planned. Lunar Chronicles, book 3. Some violence. 2014.
Winter by Marissa Meyer
BR 21487; 9 volumes of braille in UEB. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4. Volume 5. Volume 6. Volume 7. Volume 8. Volume 9.
Read by Mare Trevathan. Reading time: 21 hours, 9 minutes.
Princess Winter, admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, teams up with the cyborg mechanic Cinder and her allies to defeat Queen Levana and find their happily-ever-afters. Lunar Chronicles, book 4. Some violence. 2015.
Fairest: Levana's Story by Marissa Meyer
BR 21469; 2 volumes of braille in UEB. Volume 1. Volume 2.
Read by Mare Trevathan. Reading time: 4 hours, 47 minutes.
Events are revealed from Queen Levana's youth that have caused her truly evil nature to emerge and thrive in adulthood. Companion to The Lunar Chronicles series. 2015.
Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
BR 21534; 4 volumes of braille in UEB. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4.
Read by Mare Trevathan. Reading time: 8 hours, 10 minutes.
Collection of nine short stories from the universe of the Lunar Chronicles series, featuring Cinder's early years in New Beijing and Wolf's transformation from a young man to a dangerous soldier. A Lunar Chronicles Collection. Some violence. 2016.
The Madman's Daughter Trilogy by Megan Shepherd
Read by Colleen Delany. Reading time: 31 hours, 29 minutes.
Trilogy written between 2013 and 2015 features Dr. Moreau's daughter, Juliet, and the discoveries she makes on her father's remote island. In The Madman's Daughter, Juliet witnesses the horrors of her father's experiments. Includes Her Dark Curiosity and A Cold Legacy. Inspired by H.G. Wells's classic The Island of Dr. Moreau. Madman's Daughter Trilogy, books 1-3. Some violence.
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
BR 19938; 2 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2.
Standish Treadwill, who lives in the oppressive Motherland, is bullied and dismissed because of his dyslexia. But when hype of the impending moon landing hits the news, Standish discovers the depth of Motherland's deception. Some strong language.
Mirror in the Sky by Aditi Khorana
Read by Erin Jones. Reading time: 8 hours, 39 minutes.
Tara, a junior at Brierly prep school, feels her world dramatically change when a mirror planet to Earth is discovered and she, in this new era of scientific history, reconsiders herself and other possible selves. Strong language.
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn
BR 16896; 2 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2.
Strangers Nick and Norah meet at a punk-rock club and experience a night of adventure. Nick, a musician, has just had a painful breakup with his girlfriend, and brokenhearted Norah also needs reassurance. The two romp through Manhattan and fall in love. Strong language.
Of Jenny and the Aliens by Ryan Gebhart
Eighteen-year-old Derek ignores the anticipated alien invasion that could mean the end of the world until he imagines a future with Jenny — a future for which she has other plans. Some strong language and descriptions of sex. 2017.
On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis
Read by Mare Trevathan. Reading time: 10 hours, 24 minutes.
In 2035, a comet hits Earth, and life on our planet struggles to survive the event. Sixteen-year-old Denise, who is autistic, tries to find her missing sister and also help her neglectful, undependable mother as the disasters begin. Some strong language.
Panic by Lauren Oliver
Read by Emily Maixner. Reading time: 9 hours, 5 minutes.
In the poor town of Carp, New York, graduating high school seniors enter a high-stakes game called Panic. Contestants work through deadly challenges all summer, hoping to win the grand prize of more than $50,000 — and to start a new life. Some strong language.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
BR 12551; 2 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2.
In 1991 Charlie is a high school freshman, reeling from his only friend's recent suicide. In a series of letters, the overly sensitive and intelligent Charlie describes making friends with two seniors, who are step-siblings, and growing up with their help.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
BR 19571; 4 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4.
Read by Mare Trevathan. Reading time: 10 hours, 32 minutes
Blue Sargent, the only non-clairvoyant in her family, is cursed with the knowledge that her kiss will cause her first true love to die. But on Saint Mark's Eve, Blue's future becomes much more complicated. Some violence and some strong language. Raven Cycle series, book 1. 2012.
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
Read by Jill Fox. Reading time: 12 hours, 33 minutes.
In a future world where natural death has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed or gleaned by professional reapers known as scythes. Teens Citra and Rowan are chosen for a scythe apprenticeship — a position neither of them wants.
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
BR 19821; 5 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4. Volume 5.
Read by Colleen Delany. Reading time: 13 hours, 4 minutes.
In a world where dragons and humans coexist in an uneasy truce and dragons can assume human form, Seraphina, whose dragon mother died giving birth to her, grapples with her identity amid magical secrets and royal scandals. William C. Morris Award. 2012.
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
Read by Kristin Allison. Reading time: 7 hours, 8 minutes.
Teenaged Nailer scavenges precious copper wiring from grounded oil tankers with his crewmates, but when he finds a beached clipper ship and a beautiful girl trapped inside, he must decide whether to strip the materials or rescue the girl. Ship Breaker series, book 1. Printz Award 2011. Some strong language. Gateway Book Award nominee, 2013-2014.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
BR 21328; 3 volumes of braille in UEB. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3.
Read by Jordan Leigh. Reading time: 6 hours, 21 minutes.
Not-so-openly-gay Simon Spier is blackmailed into playing wingman for his high school classmate with the threat that his sexual identity — and that of his secret pen pal Blue — will be revealed. Strong language. William C. Morris Award.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Read by David Ledoux. Reading time: 15 hours, 23 minutes.
Thief Kaz Brekker leads a crew of outcasts to break into an impenetrable prison and retrieve a person of importance to the Merchant Council. However, mayhem ensues when nothing goes according to plan. Companion to Ruin and Rising (DB 79844). Six of Crows series, book 1. Violence and some strong language. Gateway Award Nominee, 2017-2018.
Sorta like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick
Read by Jill Fox. Reading time: 6 hours, 49 minutes.
Read by Laramie Thompson. Reading time: 7 hours, 5 minutes.
Though seventeen-year-old Amber Appleton is homeless and lives with her unfit mother in a school bus, she remains a relentless optimist and spends her time helping others. But Amber experiences one burden too many and eventually slips into depression. Some strong language. Gateway Book Award nominee, 2013-2014.
The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood
Read by Pilar Witherspoon. Reading time: 9 hours, 25 minutes.
Gottie Oppenheimer, a seventeen-year-old physics prodigy, navigates grief, love, and disruptions in the space-time continuum in one very eventful summer. Some strong language.
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
BR 20664; 5 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4. Volume 5.
Read by Graham Halstead. Reading time: 13 hours, 17 minutes.
When David was eight, his father was killed by Steelheart, a human-turned-supervillain, otherwise known as an Epic. Ten years later David joins the Reckoners, ordinary humans determined to kill the Epics and end their tyranny. Violence. Gateway Book Award nominee, 2015-2016.
They both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
Read by Doug Tisdale Jr. Reading time: 6 hours, 53 minutes.
Death-Cast sends alerts to people on the day they will die. Recently notified teenagers Mateo and Rufus meet using the Last Friend app and face the challenge of living a lifetime on their End Day. Strong language and some violence.
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Read by Patricia Kilgarriff. Reading time: 10 hours.
Triplets Mirabella, Katharine, and Arsinoe, equal heirs to the crown, possess unique magical abilities, but only one has a chance of becoming the crowned queen. Once they turn sixteen, the sisters must battle each other for the throne. Three Dark Crowns series, book 1.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
BR 19817; 5 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3. Volume 4. Volume 5.
Read by Theresa Conkin. Reading time: 13 hours, 34 minutes.
After serving a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, assassin Celaena Sardothien receives an offer from Crown Prince Dorian. She will be freed — if she acts as his champion in a new royal assassin competition. Throne of Glass series, book 1. Violence.
Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci
Read by Erin Jones. Reading time: 6 hours, 20 minutes.
When fourteen-year-old Tula Bane witnesses something she shouldn't while her colony ship is docked at the space station Yertina Feray, the ship's leader beats her and leaves her for dead. Alone except for unfriendly aliens, Tula fights for survival — and revenge. Violence.
Troy by Adèle Geras
Read by Jill Fox. Reading time: 10 hours, 6 minutes.
Told from the point of view of the women of Troy, the tale recounts the last weeks of the Trojan War, when women are sick of tending the wounded, men are tired of fighting, and bored gods and goddesses find ways to stir things up. Some violence.
Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman
Read by George Holmes. Reading time: 10 hours, 44 minutes.
Presents the complex and enduring sibling relationship between Vincent and Theo van Gogh. Throughout his life, Theo supported his artistic but troubled older brother, Vincent, as a painter and as a man. The two remained close, even as hardships and health issues plagued them.
Warcross by Marie Lu.
Read by Nancy Wu. Reading time: 11 hours, 48 minutes.
LP003350; 513 p.
When coder Emika Chen hacks her way into the opening tournament of the Warcross Championships, she accidently glitches herself into the game and becomes an overnight sensation. Instead of ordering her arrest, the game's creator offers her a job — as a spy. Unrated. 2017.
We Were Liars by E Lockhart
BR 20594; 3 volumes of braille. Volume 1. Volume 2. Volume 3.
Read by Ari Meyers. Reading time: 6 hours, 28 minutes.
Spending the summers on her family's private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Gateway Book Award nominee, 2016-2017.
Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block
Read by Jennifer Mendenhall. Reading time: 1 hour, 42 minutes.
When Weetzie discovers that her best friend Dirk is gay, she declares that now they "can Duck hunt together" — search for true love. Soon Dirk has his Duck and Weetzie has My Secret Agent Lover Man, and they all live together in Hollywood, making underground movies, frequenting sushi joints, and taking care of their two little girls — Cherokee and the adopted Witch Baby. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex.
X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz
Read by Cary Hite. Reading time: 10 hours, 30 minutes.
Fictionalized biography of a young Malcolm Little before he became known as human-rights leader Malcolm X. Malcolm struggles to deal with the tragedy surrounding his parents and his turbulent youth until a life-changing moment in prison. Violence and strong language.