Monday, November 19, 2012

Happy Trails

Traveling this week for the Thanksgiving break? Visiting relatives far-away in December? When you're a teen, these trips can be, well, a little boring. May I suggest you pick up an audiobook for the road? Get lost in an awesome book with an amazing narrator? (Jim Dale, the narrator of all Harry Potter audiobooks as well as one of the titles I suggest below [The Night Circus], well... let's just say I could listen to that man read the phone book or the nutritional label on a Twinkie and still be completely enthralled.)


Whether you're playing a disc in your car stereo or listening to your iPod on a long flight, audiobooks are THE BEST (in this librarian's humble opinion). Here are just a few YA audio titles that I've really loved lately:

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline* (dystopian video game awesomeness)
Hold Me Closer Necromancer by Lish McBride (hilarious paranormal cleverness)
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern* (magic in our world a la later, darker Harry Potter)
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (magic in our world + all-boy boarding school = yay)
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (a thrilling horse book... but the horses live in the ocean and eat whatever raw flesh they can get their teeth on)
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak (fascinating WWII historical fiction, narrated by Death himself)

Intrigued a bit? Remember that you can pick up a physical audiobook here at the library, OR you can download free audiobooks for your iPod or MP3 player at OWWL2go. You don't even have to come to the library to download audiobooks from OWWL2go - all you need is your PLS library card and (compatible) device of choice. You can listen to audio samples on OWWL2go, and check items out from home or as far away as Kalamazoo. Plus, that little owl with the headphones is just so dang cute:

*You'll find these titles filed under "Adult Fiction", but they're both Alex Award winners, indicating "adult books with teen appeal"

-Kelley, (your) Teen Services Librarian

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