LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE FINALIST NAACP IMAGE AWARD NOMINEE A powerful and devastating (The Washington Post) call to free those buried alive by Americas legal system, and an inspiring true story about unwavering belief in humanity - from a gifted young lawyer and important new voice in the movement to transform the system. An essential book for our time.... Brittany K. Barnett is a star. (Van Jones, CEO of REFORM Alliance, CNN Host, and New York Times best-selling author) Brittany K. Barnett was only a law student when she came across the case that would change her life forever - that of Sharanda Jones, single mother, business owner, and, like Brittany, Black daughter of the rural South. A victim of Americas devastating war on drugs, Sharanda had been torn away from her young daughter and was serving a life sentence without parole - for a first-time drug offense. In Sharanda, Brittany saw haunting echoes of her own life, as the daughter of a formerly incarcerated mother. As she studied this case, a system came into focus in which widespread racial injustice forms the core of Americas addiction to incarceration. Moved by Sharandas plight, Brittany set to work to gain her freedom. This had never been the plan. Bright and ambitious, Brittany was a successful accountant on her way to a high-powered future in corporate law. But Sharandas case opened the door to a harrowing journey through the criminal justice system. By day she moved billion-dollar deals, and by night she worked pro bono to free clients in near hopeless legal battles. Ultimately, her path transformed her understanding of injustice in the courts, of genius languishing behind bars, and the very definition of freedom itself. Brittanys riveting memoir is at once a coming-of-age story and a powerful evocation of what it takes to bring hope and justice to a system built to resist them both. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY KIRKUS REVIEWS
©2020 Brittany K. Barnett (P)2020 Random House Audio
Three women - two sisters and their aunt - and the cliff house on the Northern California coast that served as a beacon to them all.... After the death of their mother, sisters Daisy and Beatriz Davenport found a home with their aunt Stella in the beautiful and welcoming town of Cape Sanctuary. They never knew all the dreams that Stella sacrificed to ensure they had everything theyd ever need. Now, with Daisy and Bea grown, its time for Stella to reveal the secret shes been keeping from them - a secret that will change their family forever. Bea thought shed sown all her wild oats when she got pregnant far too young. The marriage that followed was rocky and not destined to last, but it gave Bea her wonderful, mature, now 11-year-old daughter, Marisol. But just as shes beginning to pursue a new love with an old friend, Beas ex-husband resurfaces and turns their lives completely upside down. Then theres Daisy - sensible, rational, financially prudent Daisy. Shes never taken a risk in her life - until she meets a man who makes her question everything she thought she knew about life, love, and the power of taking chances. In this heartwarming story, Stella, Bea, and Daisy will discover that the path to true happiness is filled with twists and turns, but love always leads them back home. Don't miss Thayne's next release, The Path to Sunshine Cove: three love stories in one with the emotional pull of Debbie Macomber, Barbara Delinsky, and Susan Wiggs!
©2019 RaeAnne Thayne (P)2019 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited
From the New York Times bestselling author comes a breathtaking fantasy of a cursed kingdom, warring clans, and unexpected salvation. Bayr of Saylok, bastard son of a powerful and jealous chieftain, is haunted by the curse once leveled by his dying mother. Bartered, abandoned, and rarely loved, she plagued the land with her words: From this day forward, there will be no daughters in Saylok. Raised among the Keepers at Temple Hill, Bayr is gifted with inhuman strength. But hes also blessed with an all-too-human heart that beats with one purpose: to protect Alba, the first girl child born in nearly two decades and the salvation for a country at risk. Now the fate of Saylok lies with Alba and Bayr, whose bond grows deeper with every whisper of coming chaos. Charged with battling the enemies of their people, both within and without, Bayr is fueled further by the love of a girl who has defied the scourge of Saylok. What Bayr and Alba dont know is that they each threaten the king, a greedy man who built his throne on lies, murder, and betrayal. There is only one way to defend their land from the corruption that has overtaken it. By breaking the curse, they could defeat the king
but they could also destroy themselves.
©2019 Amy Harmon (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
A chance encounter sparks an unrelenting web of lies in this stunning new psychological thriller from national best-selling author Mary Kubica. Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman: She works for a nonprofit and takes in stray cats. Still, her husband and daughter are horrified when Heidi returns home one day with a young woman named Willow and her four-month-old baby in tow. Disheveled and apparently homeless, this girl could be a criminal - or worse. But despite her family's objections, Heidi invites Willow and the baby to take refuge in their home. Heidi spends the next few days helping Willow get back on her feet, but as clues into Willow's past begin to surface, Heidi is forced to decide how far she's willing to go to help a stranger. What begins as an act of kindness quickly spirals into a story far more twisted than anyone could have anticipated.
©2015 Mary Kubica (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
An essential guide to building transformative movements to address the challenges of our time, from one of the countrys leading organizers and a co-creator of Black Lives Matter. In a year when a long overdue reckoning with racism is once again in the spotlight, Garzas call to action...is urgent and critically necessary. (Time) Named One of the Best Books of the Year by Time Marie Claire Kirkus Reviews In 2013, Alicia Garza wrote what she called a love letter to Black people on Facebook, in the aftermath of the acquittal of the man who murdered 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Garza wrote: Black people. I love you. I love us. Our lives matter. With the speed and networking capacities of social media, #BlackLivesMatter became the hashtag heard round the world. But Garza knew even then that hashtags dont start movements - people do. Long before #BlackLivesMatter became a rallying cry for this generation, Garza had spent the better part of two decades learning and unlearning some hard lessons about organizing. The lessons she offers are different from the rules for radicals that animated earlier generations of activists and diverge from the charismatic, patriarchal model of the American civil rights movement. She reflects instead on how making room among the woke for those who are still awakening can inspire and activate more people to fight for the world we all deserve. This is the story of one womans lessons through years of bringing people together to create change. Most of all, it is a new paradigm for change for a new generation of changemakers, from the mind and heart behind one of the most important movements of our time.
©2020 Alicia Garza (P)2020 Random House Audio
From featured "next-generation thought leader" on Oprah Winfrey's Super Soul 100 and number one New York Times best-selling author Gabrielle Bernstein comes a clear, proactive, step-by-step program to rid yourself of the tendency to judge yourself and others and to find your way back to true healing and oneness. Judgment - both being judged and judging others - is the core of our discomfort. While it's powerful, judgment isn't complicated. It's simply the separation from oneness. The moment we see ourselves as separate, we detour into a false belief system that is out of alignment with our true nature. That separation, often a reflection of our own insecurities projected onto others, keeps us feeling alienated and alone. The Judgment Detox is an interactive process that calls on spiritual principles from the text A Course in Miracles, Kundalini yoga, meditation, EFT, and metaphysical teachings, allowing us to release the beliefs that hold us back from living a better life. Gabby has demystified these principles to make them easy to apply and commit to. The six steps include: Witness your judgment without judgment Honor the wound Put love on the altar See for the first time Cut the cords Bring your shadows to light This step-by-step process offers a path to true healing, oneness, and a deeper connection to the universe and those around us.
©2018 Gabrielle Bernstein (P)2018 Simon & Schuster, Inc.
The award-winning author of Minor Characters writes with delicious transparency about a love that cannot be harnessed and a woman who refuses to be deceived. In the great wave of husband-leaving ushered in by the Sexual Revolution, Molly Held frees herself from her cold, flagrantly unfaithful husband after their final quarrel turns violent. With her five-year-old son, she lights out for an Upper West Side apartment and the new life she hopes to find with Conrad Schwartzberg - the charismatic radical lawyer who has recently become her lover. Having escaped from a desert, she lands in a swamp. While Conrad radiates positive energy, he is unable to tell Molly - or anyone who loves him - the truth. No longer the wronged wife, Molly now finds herself the Other Woman. She is sharing Conrad with Roberta, another refugee from marriage - with Conrads movements between the two of them disguised by his suspiciously frequent out-of-town engagements. Roberta either knows nothing or prefers to look the other way, but Mollys maddening capacity for double vision takes over her mind. What saves her from herself is her well-developed sense of irony, which never fails her - or the listener.
©1977, 1978 Joyce Johnson (P)2014 Audible Inc.
Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She had everything an educated, ambitious American woman was supposed to want: a husband, a house, a successful career. But instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she was consumed with panic, grief, and confusion. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be. To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. In order to give herself the time and space to find out who she really was and what she really wanted, she got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world, all alone. Eat, Pray, Love is the absorbing chronicle of that year. Her aim was to visit three places where she could examine one aspect of her own nature set against the backdrop of a culture that has traditionally done that one thing very well. In Rome, she studied the art of pleasure, learning to speak Italian and gaining the 23 happiest pounds of her life. India was for the art of devotion, and with the help of a native guru and a surprisingly wise cowboy from Texas, she embarked on four uninterrupted months of spiritual exploration. In Bali, she studied the art of balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence. She became the pupil of an elderly medicine man and also fell in love the best way, unexpectedly. An intensely articulate and moving memoir of self-discovery, Eat, Pray, Love is about what can happen when you claim responsibility for your own contentment and stop trying to live in imitation of society's ideals. It is certain to touch anyone who has ever woken up to the unrelenting need for change.
©2006 Elizabeth Gilbert (P)2006 Penguin Audio, a division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., and Books on Tape. All rights reserved.
The study of twins and the genetics of aggression totally consumes research scientist Jeannie Ferrami. An accomplished and headstrong researcher, Jeannie has developed a sophisticated software program to identify identical twins reared apart. But Jeannie's breakthrough project is threatened by the appearance of a sudden impossibility - identical twins born weeks apart to different mothers at separate locations. When Jeannie's research assistant, Lisa, is raped, Steve Logan, a young law student who is one of Jeannie's research subjects, is identified in a police lineup as Lisa's attacker. Logan's genetic tests reveal no violent behavior patterns. Then Jeannie stumbles upon the beginnings of a stunning revelation. Logan is unaware of the existence of a criminal twin brother in jail. Jeannie is convinced of Steve's innocence, yet her judgment may be clouded by her growing emotional attachment to him. By now Jeannie's problems are mounting. Berrington Jones, Jeannie's arrogant and intimidating boss, is a world-renowned authority on biotechnical engineering. He and his partners are involved in devious but lucrative negotiations to sell Genetco, their biogenetic research company. Jeannie's research poses a major threat to their impending millions. Jones arranges to have Jeannie fired. Stunned and feeling helpless, Jeannie doesn't understand why this has happened to her. With Steve and his brother in jail, who is committing these sex crimes? While acting on a hunch that might solve the mystery surrounding Steve and his brother's birth, Jeannie is violently attacked by yet another twin who looks exactly like Steve. Determined to protect her research program, and convinced her former boss has something important to hide, a terrified Jeannie has no other choice but to find out why Jones and his partners will stop at nothing to discredit her work.
©2010 Ken Follett (P)2017 Penguin Audio
Alice begins her fantastic journey by following an unprecedented White Rabbit with a pocket watch. While in the topsy turvy world of Wonderland, Alice takes advice from a caterpillar and attends a mad tea party. She meets the Mock Turtle and the Gryphon, and participates in a ludicrous courtroom scene. Each character has its own charming voice, as B. J. Harrison delivers one of his most whimsical performances.
Public Domain (P)2009 B. J. Harrison
Please note: This is a summary and analysis of the book and not the original book. In this thought-provoking and incisive book, Robin DiAngelo tackles the issue of racism in America by challenging white supremacy. She asks white people to examine their culture and socialization in order to understand and disrupt racism as a system and structure. Download to own your copy today! What does this ZIP Reads Summary include? Synopsis of the original book Chapter-by-chapter summaries Key takeaways from each chapter How racism is pervasive in American society How to identify common, yet subtle racist behaviors Advice to help fight systemic racism on a personal level Editorial review Background on the author About the Original Book: In White Fragility: Why Its so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, Robin DiAngelo explains how white people misunderstand the concept of racism and therefore, refuse to talk about it openly. She uses her experience as a diversity trainer to explain how America is inherently racist and that all white people must be courageous enough to see their complicity in the racist system. White Fragility digs deep into white culture and history to reveal some hidden facets of white society that many wouldnt openly expose. DiAngelos goal is to teach white people how racism works at an individual level so that they can understand just how damaging it is to society as a whole - and hopefully, so they can fix it. DISCLAIMER: This book is intended as a companion to, not a replacement for, White Fragility. ZIP Reads is wholly responsible for this content and is not associated with the original author in any way.
©2018 ZIP Reads (P)2018 ZIP Reads
Join Pooh and Piglet as they make a new friend, Tigger, who bounces his way into the Hundred Acre wood, performed by an amazing all-star cast. Performed by incredible talent including Finty Williams, Stephen Fry, Sandi Toksvig, Robert Daws, Jane Horrocks, Geoffrey Palmer and Judi Dench, this classic Winnie the Pooh audiobook is perfect for keeping little ones entertained. Contains the following stories: In which a house is built at Pooh Corner for Eeyore In which Tigger comes to the forest and has breakfast In which Tigger is unbounced In which Eeyore finds the Wolery and Owl moves into it In which Christopher Robin and Pooh come to an enchanted place For more amazing audio books featuring Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore and other favourite friends, try: Winnie the Pooh: House at Pooh Corner Winnie the Pooh: Piglet Meets a Heffalump Winnie the Pooh: Pooh Invents a New Game and Other Stories
©1999 Trustees of Pooh Properties (P)1999 Hodder Children's Books
A powerhouse trio of science fiction greats has united to further explore the planet Avalon, first introduced in their classic novel The Legacy of Heorot. "Once upon a long, long time ago, our parents and grandparents left a place called Earth. They traveled across the stars in a ship called Geographic to find paradise." A new generation is growing up on the island paradise of Camelot, ignorant of the Great Grendel Wars fought when their parents and grandparents first arrived on Earth. Setting out to explore the mainland, this group of young rebels feels ready to fight any grendels that get in their way. On Avalon, however, there are monsters that dwarf the ones their parents fought, and as the group will soon learn, monsters also dwell in the human heart. Avalon does not give up her secrets easily, and some of those mysteries are wicked as sin and blacker than the grave.
©1995 Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, and Steven Barnes (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
In this captivating dual narrative novel, a modern-day woman finds inspiration in hidden notes left by her homes previous owner, a quintessential 1950s housewife. As she discovers remarkable parallels between this womans life and her own, it causes her to question the foundation of her own relationship with her husband - and what it means to be a wife fighting for her place in a patriarchal society. When Alice Hale leaves a career in publicity to become a writer and follows her husband to the New York suburbs, she is unaccustomed to filling her days alone in a big, empty house. But when she finds a vintage cookbook buried in a box in the old home's basement, she becomes captivated by the cookbooks previous owner - 1950s housewife Nellie Murdoch. As Alice cooks her way through the past, she realizes that within the cookbooks pages, Nellie left clues about her life - including a mysterious series of unsent letters penned to her mother. Soon, Alice learns that while baked Alaska and meatloaf five ways may seem harmless, Nellie's secrets may have been anything but. When Alice uncovers a more sinister - even dangerous - side to Nellies marriage, and has become increasingly dissatisfied with the mounting pressures in her own relationship, she begins to take control of her life and protect herself with a few secrets of her own.
©2020 Karma Brown (P)2020 Penguin Audio
The New York Times best-selling authors of The Home Edit and stars of the upcoming Netflix series Get Organized with The Home Edit teach you how to apply their genius, holistic approach to your work life, on-the-go necessities, and technology. At home or on the go, you don't have to live like a minimalist to feel happy and calm. The Home Edit mentality is all about embracing your life - whether you're a busy mom, a roommate living with three, or someone who's always traveling for work. You just need to know how to set up a system that works for you. In the next phase of the home-organizing craze, Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin go beyond the pantry and bookshelf to show you how to contain the chaos in all aspects of your life, from office space and holiday storage to luggage and pet supplies. Get to know your organizing style, tailor it to your family's lifestyle, and lead the low-guilt life as you apply more genius ideas to every aspect of your life. Clea and Joanna are here to remind you that "it's okay to own things" in the quest for pretty and smart spaces. With The Home Edit Life, you'll soon be corralling phone cords, archiving old photos, arranging your phone apps by color, and packing your suitcase like a pro. This audiobook includes a downloadable PDF of handy packing lists from the book. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.
©2020 Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin (P)2020 Random House Audio
From the author of the New York Times best-seller All the Bright Places comes a heart-wrenching story about what it means to see someone - and love someone - for who they truly are. Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed "America's Fattest Teen". But no one's taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom's death, she's been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now Libby's ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer. In that moment I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything. Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he's got swagger, but he's also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: He can't recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He's the guy who can reengineer and rebuild anything in new and badass ways, but he can't understand what's going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don't get too close to anyone. Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game - which lands them in group counseling and community service - Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours. Jennifer Niven delivers another poignant, exhilarating love story about finding that person who sees you for who you are - and seeing them right back.
©2016 Jennifer Niven (P)2016 Listening Library
Nancy finds herself a Christmas mystery in this super special 18th book of the Nancy Drew Diaries series, a fresh approach to the classic mystery series. Nancy Drews dad surprises her with a trip to a beautiful New England ski resort for Christmas break. Nancy is so excited. What could be better than a whole week of skiing and five-star dining? But no vacation can go smoothly when Nancy is involved. On her very first run down the slopes, Nancy hits a bad patch of ice and takes a serious tumble. A doctor sends her back to the hotel in a cast and mandates 12 days of bed rest. That means no long car trips back to River Heights and 12 days of sitting around. Luckily, theres still the five-star dining and beautiful views. Just hours into her convalescence, Nancy witnesses something very suspicious through another hotel room window. And when she presses the concierge, she learns there have been mysterious break-ins throughout the hotel. Its clear someone has been going into guests' rooms but, as far as anyone can tell, nothing has been taken. Nancy cant resist - she has to investigate. Only trouble is, shes still bed-bound. Taking some cues from Home Alones Kevin McCallister, Nancy devises some clever schemes to get her investigating done from her bed. But for all her plans, Nancy still cant find the source of the break-ins. Or the purpose. Whats worse the mood of the hotel has turned decidedly un-merry. People are leaving in droves, and the jolly hotel owner is worried about the hotels success. With all the odds stacked against her, can Nancy solve this crime in time to save Christmas? Or is this one Yuletide shell wish to forget?
©2018 Carolyn Keene (P)2018 Oasis Audio
A showrunner and her assistant give the world something to talk about when they accidentally fuel a ridiculous rumor in this debut romance. Hollywood powerhouse Jo is photographed making her assistant Emma laugh on the red carpet, and just like that, the tabloids declare them a couple. The so-called scandal couldn't come at a worse time - threatening Emma's promotion and Jo's new movie. As the gossip spreads, it starts to affect all areas of their lives. Paparazzi are following them outside the office, coworkers are treating them differently, and a source is feeding information to the media. But their only comment is "no comment". With the launch of Jos film project fast approaching, the two women begin to spend even more time together, getting along famously. Emma seems to have a sixth sense for knowing what Jo needs. And Jo, known for being aloof and outwardly cold, opens up to Emma in a way neither of them expects. They begin to realize the rumor might not be so off base after all...but is acting on the spark between them worth fanning the gossip flames?
©2020 Meryl Wilsner (P)2020 Penguin Audio
Winner of the 2018 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction From the best-selling author of Echo Mountain and Newbery Honor-winner Wolf Hollow, Beyond the Bright Sea is an acclaimed best book of the year. An NPR Best Book of the Year A Parents Magazine Best Book of the Year A Booklist Editors' Choice selection A BookPage Best Book of the Year A Horn Book Fanfare Selection A Kirkus Best Book of the Year A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year A Charlotte Observer Best Book of the Year A Southern Living Best Book of the Year A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year The sight of a campfire on a distant island...proves the catalyst for a series of discoveries and events - some poignant, some frightening - that Ms. Wolk unfolds with uncommon grace. (The Wall Street Journal) Crow is a determined and dynamic heroine. (Publishers Weekly) Beautiful, evocative. (Kirkus) The moving story of an orphan, determined to know her own history, who discovers the true meaning of family. Twelve-year-old Crow has lived her entire life on a tiny, isolated piece of the starkly beautiful Elizabeth Islands in Massachusetts. Abandoned and set adrift in a small boat when she was just hours old, Crows only companions are Osh, the man who rescued and raised her, and Miss Maggie, their fierce and affectionate neighbor across the sandbar. Crow has always been curious about the world around her, but it isnt until the night a mysterious fire appears across the water that the unspoken question of her own history forms in her heart. Soon, an unstoppable chain of events is triggered, leading Crow down a path of discovery and danger. Vivid and heart-wrenching, Lauren Wolks Beyond the Bright Sea is a gorgeously crafted and tensely paced tale that explores questions of identity, belonging, and the true meaning of family.
©2017 Lauren Wolk (P)2017 Listening Library
An addictive, irresistible YA novel about two teens from different worlds who fall for each other after a voter registration call turns into a long-distance romance - from Katie Cotugno, the New York Times best-selling author of 99 Days. Perfect for fans of Mary H.K. Choi, Robin Benway, and Nicola Yoon. One conversation can change everything. Meg has her entire life set up perfectly: She and her best friend, Emily, plan to head to Cornell together in the fall, and she works at a voter registration call center in her Philadelphia suburb. But everything changes when one of those calls connects her to a stranger from small-town Ohio. Colby is stuck in a rut, reeling from a family tragedy and working a dead-end job. The last thing he has time for is some privileged rich girl preaching the sanctity of the political process. So he says the worst thing he can think of and hangs up. But things don't end there....That night on the phone winds up being the first in a series of candid, sometimes heated, always surprising conversations that lead to a long-distance friendship and then - slowly - to something more. Across state lines and phone lines, Meg and Colby form a once-in-a-lifetime connection. But in the end, are they just too different to make it work? You Say It First is a propulsive, layered novel about how sometimes the person who has the least in common with us can be the one who changes us most.
©2020 Katie Cotugno (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers
Two victims of the infamous Cleveland kidnapper share the story of their abductions, their decade in captivity, and their final, dramatic rescue. On May 6, 2013, Amanda Berry made headlines around the world when she fled a Cleveland area home and called 911, saying: "Help me, I'm Amanda Berry.... I've been kidnapped, and I've been missing for 10 years." A horrifying story rapidly unfolded. Ariel Castro, a local school bus driver, had separately lured Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight to his home, where he kept them chained in the basement. In the decade that followed, the three were raped, psychologically abused, and threatened with death. Berry bore a child - Jocelyn - by their captor. Drawing upon their recollections and the diaries they kept, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus describe a tale of unimaginable torment, and Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporters Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan interweave the events within Castro's house with the ongoing efforts to find the missing girls. The full story behind the headlines - including shocking information never previously released - Hope is a harrowing yet inspiring chronicle of three women whose courage, ingenuity, and resourcefulness ultimately delivered them back to their lives and families. Read by Jorjeana Marie, Marisol Ramirez, and Arthur Morey.
©2015 Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, Mary Jordan, Kevin Sullivan (P)2015 Penguin Audio
Piper Griffiths wants one thing in life: To become a Consul, a keeper of the peace between humans and daemons. There are precisely three obstacles in her way. The first is Lyre. Incubus. Hotter than hell and with a wicked streak to match. His greatest mission in life is to get Piper into bed and otherwise annoy the crap out of her. The second is Ash. Draconian. Powerful. Dangerous. He knows too much and reveals nothing. Also, disturbingly attractive - and scary. Did she mention scary? The third is the Sahar Stone. Top secret magical weapon of mass destruction. Previously hidden in her Consulate until thieves broke in, went on a murder spree, and disappeared with the weapon. And they left Piper to take the fall for their crimes .Now she's on the run, her dreams of becoming a Consul shattered and every daemon in the city gunning to kill her. She's dead on her own, but there's no one she can trust - no one except two entirely untrustworthy daemons...see problems one and two.
©2014 Annette Marie (P)2015 Tantor
The most important rule for an Apprentice Consul is simple: Don't get involved with daemons. Well, Piper is planning to break that rule - big time. After a near-deadly scandal with the Sahar Stone, she has the chance to return to the only life she's ever wanted. All she has to do to keep her Apprenticeship is forget about Ash and Lyre. Ash might be enigmatic and notoriously lethal, and Lyre might be as sinfully irresistible as he is irritating, but they're not bad for a couple of daemons. There's just one problem: Ash is missing. Really, she shouldn't risk her future for him. He lied. He betrayed her. But he also saved her life, damn it. Wherever he is, he's in trouble, and if she doesn't save his sorry butt, who will? But with every dangerous secret she unravels, each one darker than the last, she slips deeper into Ash's world - a world with no escape for either of them.
©2015 Annette Marie (P)2015 Tantor
A beautiful and provocative love story between two unlikely people and the hard-won relationship that elevates them above the Midwestern meth lab backdrop of their lives. As the daughter of a drug dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. It's safer to keep her mouth shut and stay out of sight. Struggling to raise her little brother, Donal, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible adult around. Obsessed with the constellations, she finds peace in the starry night sky above the fields behind her house until one night her stargazing causes an accident. After witnessing his motorcycle wreck, she forms an unusual friendship with one of her father's thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold. By the time Wavy is a teenager, her relationship with Kellen is the only tender thing in a brutal world of addicts and debauchery. When tragedy rips Wavy's family apart, a well-meaning aunt steps in, and what is beautiful to Wavy looks ugly under the scrutiny of the outside world. A powerful novel you won't soon forget, Bryn Greenwood's All the Ugly and Wonderful Things challenges all we know and believe about love.
©2016 Bryn Greenwood (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
Veronica Mars meets William Shakespeare in E. K. Johnston's latest brave and unforgettable heroine. Hermione Winters is captain of her cheerleading team, and in tiny Palermo Heights, this doesn't mean what you think it means. At PHHS, the cheerleaders don't cheer for the sports teams; they are the sports team - the pride and joy of a tiny town. The team's summer training camp is Hermione's last and marks the beginning of the end of...she's not sure what. She does know this season could make her a legend. But during a camp party, someone slips something in her drink. And it all goes black. In every class there's a star cheerleader and a pariah pregnant girl. They're never supposed to be the same person. Hermione struggles to regain the control she's always had and faces a wrenching decision about how to move on. The assault wasn't the beginning of Hermione Winter's story, and she's not going to let it be the end. She won't be anyone's cautionary tale.
©2016 E. K. Johnston (P)2016 Listening Library
Challenging perceptions of discrimination and prejudice, this emotionally resonant drama for listeners of Lisa Wingate and Jodi Picoult explores three different women navigating challenges in a changing school district - and in their lives. Winner of the Christy Award. When an impoverished school district loses its accreditation and the affluent community of Crystal Ridge has no choice but to open their school doors, the lives of three very different women converge: Camille Gray - the wife of an executive, mother of three, long-standing PTA chairwoman, and champion fund-raiser - faced with a shocking discovery that threatens to tear her picture-perfect world apart at the seams; Jen Covington, the career nurse whose long, painful journey to motherhood finally resulted in adoption, but she is struggling with a happily ever after so much harder than she anticipated. Twenty-two-year-old Anaya Jones - the first woman in her family to graduate college and a brand-new teacher at Crystal Ridge's top elementary school, unprepared for the powder-keg situation she's stepped into. Tensions rise within and without, culminating in an unforeseen event that impacts them all. This story explores the implicit biases impacting American society and asks the ultimate question: What does it mean to be human? Why are we so quick to put labels on each other and categorize people as "this" or "that" when such complexity exists in each person?
©2018 Katie Ganshert (P)2018 Random House Audio
From the award-winning author of Hold Still comes an achingly beautiful novel about grief and the enduring power of friendship. You go through life thinking there's so much you need.... Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother. Marin hasn't spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she's tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit, and Marin will be forced to face everything that's been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart. An intimate whisper that packs an indelible punch, We Are Okay is Nina LaCour at her finest. This gorgeously crafted and achingly honest portrayal of grief will leave you urgent to reach across any distance to reconnect with the people you love.
©2017 Nina LaCour (P)2017 Listening Library
"I want you to do something with the place. Something epic." After being entrusted with her brother's Los Angeles apartment for the summer as a graduation gift, Emi Price isn't sure how to fulfill his one condition: that something great take place there while he's gone. Emi may be a talented young production designer, already beginning to thrive in the competitive film industry, but she still feels like an average teen, floundering when it comes to romance. But when she and her best friend, Charlotte, discover a mysterious letter at the estate sale of a Hollywood film legend, Emi must move beyond the walls of her carefully crafted world to chase down the loose ends of a movie icons hidden life, leading her to uncover a decades old secret and the potential for something truly epic: love.
©2014 Nina LaCour (P)2018 Listening Library
New York Times best seller! "Masterfully crafted." (The Wall Street Journal) Winner, 2017 APA Audie Awards - Young Adult For fans of Between Shades of Gray and All the Light We Cannot See, international best-selling author Ruta Sepetys returns to WWII in this epic novel that shines a light on one of the war's most devastating - yet unknown - tragedies. In 1945, World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia, and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer to safety. Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country nor culture nor status matters as all 10,000 people aboard must fight for the same thing: survival. Told in alternating points of view and perfect for fans of Anthony Doerr's Pulitzer Prize-winning All the Light We Cannot See, Erik Larson's critically acclaimed number-one New York Times best seller Dead Wake, and Elizabeth Wein's Printz Honor Book Code Name Verity, this masterful work of historical fiction is inspired by the real-life tragedy that was the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff - the greatest maritime disaster in history. As she did in Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys unearths a shockingly little-known casualty of a gruesome war and proves that humanity can prevail, even in the darkest of hours. Jorjeana Marie, Will Damron, Cassandra Morris, and Michael Crouch perform mesmerizing narration worthy of Sepetyss spectacular novel. Verdict: Libraries with even the most limited audio budgets will want to invest. (School Library Journal, starred review) The talented narrators excel in capturing the tone of their characters.... [They] work together to create a vivid and well-rounded reading experience, [and] bring forth the truth of the wartime experience. (Booklist, starred review) The four narrators (Jorjeana Marie, Will Damron, Cassandra Morris and Michael Crouch) are superbly cast.... The storys plot and pacing translate beautifully to the audio medium. (Publishers Weekly) Featured on NPR's Morning Edition
©2016 Ruta Sepetys (P)2016 Listening Library
From the acclaimed author of The Last Year of the War comes a novel set during the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, telling the story of a family reborn through loss and love. In 1918, Philadelphia was a city teeming with promise. Even as its young men went off to fight in the Great War, there were opportunities for a fresh start on its cobblestone streets. Into this bustling town came Pauline Bright and her husband, filled with hope that they could now give their three daughters - Evelyn, Maggie, and Willa - a chance at a better life. But just months after they arrive, the Spanish Flu reaches the shores of America. As the pandemic claims more than 12,000 victims in their adopted city, they find their lives left with a world that looks nothing like the one they knew. But even as they lose loved ones, they take in a baby orphaned by the disease who becomes their single source of hope. Amid the tragedy and challenges, they learn what they cannot live without - and what they are willing to do about it. As Bright as Heaven is the compelling story of a mother and her daughters who find themselves in a harsh world not of their making, which will either crush their resolve to survive or purify it.
©2018 Susan Meissner (P)2018 Penguin Audio
She's fae. He's human. He should never have followed her into the magic realm... Violet has one job: protect humans from dangerous magical creatures. It's a job she's good at - until the cute human guy whose life she just saved follows her into the fae world. Now she's broken faerie law, risking her future at the Guild of Guardians. She needs to get Nate home and make him forget everything he's discovered. If only someone wasn't intent on hunting him down. Vi and Nate are pulled into the darker side of the fae world, where deadly magic and long-forgotten secrets exist. Vi might be one of the best, but can she get them out alive?
©2015 Rachel Morgan (P)2020 Tantor
After surviving a round-trip to hell, Piper figures that she can survive anything. After all, she just lived through the devastating loss of her consul apprenticeship and a torturous stint at boarding school. How much worse could it get? Well, she wasn't expecting a group of crazy radicals to burn her home to the ground and take her prisoner. The Gaians, aka the crazy radicals, plan to rid Earth of daemons, and they need Piper's help. In exchange for her cooperation, they promise her the answer to all her problems: magic. With her own magic, she could reclaim her apprenticeship, the only future she's ever wanted. But her magic comes at price- it could kill her. With the only life she's ever known crumbling around her and her future slipping from her grasp, she needs Ash's help one more time. But the greatest danger of all lies within her, and no matter what she does, she may lose everything - including him.
©2015 Annette Marie (P)2015 Tantor
For fans of Dave Eggers and Kelly Link, an exhilarating collection of stories that explores the mysterious, often dangerous forces that shape our lives - from censorship and terrorism to technology and online dating. Spanning centuries, continents, and a diverse set of characters, these alluringly strange stories are united by each character's struggle with fate. In a secret, subterranean world beneath the prairie of the Old West, a homesteader risks her life in search of a safe haven. A workman in Andrew Carnegie's steel mills is turned into a medical oddity by the brutal power of the furnaces - and is eventually revitalized by his condition. A young woman created through genetic manipulation is destroyed by the same force that gave her life. With her distinctive blend of magical realism, science, and poetic prose, Anjali Sachdeva demonstrates a preternatural ability to laser in on our fears, our hopes, and our longings in order to point out intrinsic truths about society and humanity. "Killer of Kings" starts with John Milton writing Paradise Lost and questions the very nature of power - and the ability to see any hero as a tyrant with just a change in perspective. The title story presents a stirring imagining of the aftermath of the kidnapping of Nigerian schoolgirls by Boko Haram that leaves us pondering what is lost when we survive the unsurvivable. Like many of us, the characters in this collection are in pursuit of the sublime, and find themselves looking not just to divinity but to science, nature, psychology, and industry, forgetting that their new, logical deities are no more trustworthy than the tempestuous gods of the olden days. Along the way, they walk the knife-edge between wonder and terror, salvation and destruction. All the Names They Used for God is an entrancing work of speculative fiction that heralds Anjali Sachdeva as an invigorating, incomparable new voice. Audiobook Table of Contents: "The World by Night", read by Cassandra Campbell "Glass-Lung", read by Cassandra Campbell "Logging Lake", read by Cassandra Campbell "Killer of Kings", read by Cassandra Campbell "All the Names for God", read by Zainab Jah "Robert Greenman and the Mermaid", read by Cassandra Campbell "Anything You Might Want", read by Cassandra Campbell "Manus", read by Will Damron "Pleiades", read by Jorjeana Marie and MacLeod Andrews
©2018 Anjali Sachdeva (P)2018 Random House Audio
Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers learned early that the rich are not to be trusted. And after years of studying them from behind the cash register of her mom's porcelain-doll shop, she has seen nothing to prove otherwise. Enter Xander Spence - he's tall, handsome, and oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and the fact that he seems to be one of the first people who actually gets her, she's smart enough to know that his interest won't last. Because if there's one thing she's learned from her mother's warnings, it's that the rich have a short attention span. But just when Xander's loyalty and attentiveness are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn't a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she'd ever realized. With so many obstacles standing in their way, can she close the distance between them?
©2013 Kasie West (P)2014 Tantor
A poignant new novel that combines humour and heartache, from the brilliant mind of Governor Generals Award finalist Claudia Dey. Seventeen years after falling from a stolen car into a remote northern town, Billie Jean Fontaine is still an outsider. She may follow the stifling rules of this odd place, but no one will forget that she came from elsewhere. When Billie Jean vanishes one cold October night in her bare feet and track suit with only her truck keys, those closest to her begin a frantic search. Her daughter, Pony, a girl struggling against being a teen in the middle of nowhere; her killer dog to whom she cannot tell a lie; her husband, The Heavy, a man haunted by his past; and the charismatic Supernatural, a teenage boy longing only to be average. Each holding a different piece of the puzzle, they must come together to understand the darkest secrets of their beloved, and lay bare the mysteries of the human heart. With her luminous prose, wry humour and dead-on cultural observations, Claudia Dey has created a storytelling tour de force about what it means to love, no matter the consequences.
©2018 Claudia Dey (P)2018 Penguin Random House
BFFs Ari and Kaylan make a new bucket list as they set out for different summer camps in the fourth and final Friendship List novel. The perfect summer listen for fans of Lauren Myracle and Rachel Renee Russo's Dork Diaries! Ari and Kaylan aren't sure how they're going to survive their first summer apart. No pool. No sleepovers. No emergency late-night chats on the porch. So as Ari returns to Camp Silver and Kaylan heads off to comedy camp, they come up with a new list of 13 and 3/4 ways to keep their friendship strong as they tackle everything from bias to batik and moping to matchmaking. Told in alternating perspectives, the fourth book in the popular Friendship List series is sure to make listeners cry, laugh, and start plotting their own friendship lists.
©2020 Lisa Greenwald (P)2020 Katherine Tegen Books
Eve Collins starts her freshman year at college blissfully unaware that one revelation will challenge everything she's believed to be true about her family, life, and future, and right in the midst of it all is Asher St. Michael. Mysterious and aloof, Asher is appointed to protect Eve at all costs. Bound by his oath of loyalty to mankind, loving her is forbidden. Dark and enigmatic, Gage Gallagher may be even more dangerous to Eve than the demonic army that hunts her. Caught in the middle of a centuries-old war, Eve must choose sides knowing that the wrong choice will cost more than just her life. Can Asher and Eve fulfill their destinies, or will their love destroy everything?
©2014 Randi Cooley Wilson (P)2016 Tantor
True stories inspired by one of the most iconic, beloved, best-selling books of our time. In the 10 years since its electrifying debut, Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat Pray Love has become a worldwide phenomenon, empowering millions of readers and listeners to set out on paths they never thought possible, in search of their own best selves. Here, in this candid and captivating collection, nearly 50 of those readers and listeners - people as diverse in their experiences as they are in age and background - share their stories. The journeys they recount are transformative - sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, but always deeply inspiring. Eat Pray Love helped one writer to embrace motherhood, another to come to terms with the loss of her mother, and yet another to find peace with not wanting to become a mother at all. One writer, reeling from a difficult divorce, finds new love overseas; another, a lifelong caregiver, is inspired to take an annual road trip - solo. A man leaves seminary, embraces his sexual identity, and forges a new relationship with God. A woman goes to divinity school and grapples with doubt and belief. One writer's search for the perfect pizza leads her to New Zealand and off-the-grid homesteading while another, in overcoming an eating disorder, redefines her relationship not only with food but with herself. Some writers face down devastating illness and crippling fears and others step out of their old lives to fulfill long-held dreams of singing, acting, writing, teaching, and learning. Entertaining and enlightening, Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It is a celebration for fans old and new. What will Eat Pray Love make you do? Introduction written and read by Elizabeth Gilbert. Read by Cassandra Campbell, Marc Cashman, Robbie Daymond, Mark Deakins, Ariana Delawari, Jorjeana Marie, and Emily Rankin. Full author list includes: Alexandria Hodge, Amy B. Scher, Linsi Broom, Melissa Bergstrom, Kahla Kiker, Sandra Roussy, James Belmont, Annmarie Kostyk, Nosipho Kota, Nicole Massaro, Regan Spencer, Chelsey Everest, Theressa Real, Crystal Gasser, Lisann Valentin, Karstee Davis, Laurie Granieri, Leslie Patrick Moore, Sondra Imperati, Elizabeth Duffy, Amanda Whitten, Billy Rosa, Theresa Thornton, Cara Bradshaw, Robin Murphy, Kitty Taylor, Danielle Rhinehart, Elizabeth Veras Holland, Susan Krakoff, Tracie Cornell, Lettie Stratton, Jen Flick, Peggy Bresnick, Eran Sudds, Laurna Strikwerda, Aimee Halfpenny, Jan Haag, Shannon Sykes Westgate, Eduardo Martinez, Emily Shaules, Rebecca Asher, Victoria Russell, Mallory Kotzman, Lisa Becker, Peter Richmond, April Schmidt, and Tina Donvito.
©2016 Elizabeth Gilbert, et al (P)2016 Penguin Audio
Protecting humans from dangerous magical creatures is all in a day's work for a faerie training to be a guardian. Seventeen-year-old Violet Fairdale knows this better than anyone - she's about to become the best guardian the Guild has seen in years. That is until a cute human boy who can somehow see through her faerie glamour follows her into the fae realm. Now she's broken Guild Law, a crime that could lead to her expulsion. The last thing Vi wants to do is spend any more time with the boy who got her into this mess, but the Guild requires that she return Nate to his home and make him forget everything he's discovered of the fae realm. Easy, right? Not when you factor in evil faeries, long-lost family members, and inconvenient feelings of the romantic kind. Vi is about to find herself tangled up in a dangerous plot - and it'll take all her training to get out of it alive.
©2015 Rachel Morgan (P)2015 Tantor
Award-winning author Susin Nielsen has created two narrators who will steal your heart and make you laugh out loud.
Thirteen-year-old Stewart is academically brilliant but socially clueless.
Fourteen-year-old Ashley is the undisputed "it" girl in her class, but her grades stink.
Their worlds are about to collide when Stewart and his dad move in with Ashley and her mom. Stewart is trying to be 89.9 percent happy about it, but Ashley is 110 percent horrified. She already has to hide the real reason her dad moved out; "Spewart" could further threaten her position at the top of the social ladder.
They are complete opposites. And yet they have one thing in common: They - like everyone else - are made of molecules.
©2015 Susin Nielsen (P)2015 Listening Library
We Were Liars meets Speak in this haunting, mesmerizing psychological thriller - a gender-flipped YA Great Gatsby - that will linger long after the final line On wealthy Commodore Island, Fern is watching and waiting - for summer, for college, for her childhood best friend to decide he loves her. Then Ivy Avila lands on the island like a falling star. When Ivy shines on her, Fern feels seen. When they're together, Fern has purpose. She glimpses the secrets Ivy hides behind her fame, her fortune, the lavish parties she throws at her great glass house, and understands that Ivy hurts in ways Fern can't fathom. And soon, it's clear Ivy wants someone Fern can help her get. But as the two pull closer, Fern's cozy life on Commodore unravels: drought descends, fires burn, and a reckless night spins out of control. Everything Fern thought she understood - about her home, herself, the boy she loved, about Ivy Avila - twists and bends into something new. And Fern won't emerge the same person she was. An enthralling, mind-altering psychological thriller, Tell Me My Name is about the cost of being a girl in a world that takes so much, and the enormity of what is regained when we take it back. *This audiobook includes a downloadable PDF of the resource section of the book, containing helpful resources if you or someone you know is in crisis. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.
©2021 Amy Reed (P)2021 Listening Library
This Sky Brooks bundle includes books one through four. Moon Tortured: The Midwest Pack has three goals: Protect the pack. Protect the pack. And yeah, protect the pack. I have my own goal: Live a simple life and hope no one ever discovers that the quiet young woman next door turns into a wolf. Darkness Unchained: Just survive. That's been my goal since uncovering a dangerous secret: I died at birth and became host to a very powerful spirit shade. Now I have the rare ability to manipulate magic - an ability some would kill for. Midnight Falls: My life will never be simple again. As a werewolf who is a host to a powerful spirit shade, I possess the ability to manipulate magic, among other things - and that means I have many enemies. In need of allies, I join the Midwest Pack. Lunar Marked: The Midwest Pack used the Clostra to perform a powerful and dangerous spell to save me. Now the pack is dealing with the aftermath and doing damage control. But they can't hide how the magic has changed the dynamics of the otherworld - or that they are responsible.
©2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 McKenzie Hunter (P)2020 Tantor
Piper thought she could handle the Sahar, the most powerful magical weapon in existence. She thought she could protect her loved ones and stop a war. She thought she could make a difference. She was wrong, and her mistakes were paid for in blood. Leaving her world - and her failures - behind, she retreats to the Underworld with Ash and the other draconians. They forge deep into long abandoned mountains, the first draconians to fly the valleys and passes in centuries - or so they think. Until now, Ash's mysterious heritage has been nothing but a name, but his presence does not go unnoticed. A new danger stalks him - one that may be even greater than what they escaped. Cut off from the power she'd come to rely on and lost in a world where she doesn't belong, Piper has never felt so hopeless. But she must find her strength, and find it quickly, before she loses Ash to an ancient power he can't fight, before her home is devastated by the daemon war, and before her mind, body, and soul are consumed by the Sahar's insidious magic.
©2016 Annette Marie (P)2016 Tantor
When Sky decided not to join our pack, I thought that would be the end of our dealings with the enigmatic wolf. But she's pulled back into pack business when Sky's the first one on the scene of a murder attempt of one of our pack members. At first, I mark it off as a coincidence but I'm proven wrong. After more attacks are made on the pack and assassins go after the vampires, Chris, my ex, discovers a link between Sky and the person behind the attacks. I knew there was more to Sky than meets the eye, that she's a magnet for trouble and a danger to my pack and herself, but I'm not convinced she's the person we are looking for. When it comes to eliminating threats, the pack and the vampires believe in no mercy. Now, I have to find the mastermind behind the attacks and prove that Sky isn't involved to protect her from the vampires.
©2015 McKenzie Hunter (P)2017 Tantor
One revelation changed everything, turning Eve Collins' world upside down with grief and questions of identity and allegiance. Now, as she flees enemies that refuse to give up, Eve must also face the mounting attraction between herself and her gargoyle protector. Will she ever truly be safe? How much will she sacrifice to survive, and who will she become?
©2014 Randi Cooley Wilson (P)2016 Tantor
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes a remarkable new novel about the choices we make and the heartbreak and hope they can bring. "Thought-provoking and powerful." Erin Watt, #1 New York Times bestselling author Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She's ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be epicone of opportunities and chances. Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything. Now Lena isn't looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian might never forgive her for what happened. For what she let happen. With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when her and her friends' entire existences have been redefined? How can she move on when tomorrow isn't even guaranteed?
©2017 Jennifer L. Armentrout (P)2017 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited.
One woman is about to discover everything she believes - knows - to be true about her life...isnt. After hitting her head, Lucy Sparks awakens in the hospital to a shocking revelation: the man shes known and loved for years - the man she recently married - is not actually her husband. In fact, they havent even spoken since their breakup four years earlier. The happily-ever-after she remembers in vivid detail - right down to the dress she wore to their wedding - is only one example of what her doctors call a false memory: recollections Lucys mind made up to fill in the blanks from the coma. Her psychologist explains the condition as honest lying, because while Lucys memories are false, they still feel incredibly real. Now she has no idea which memories she can trust - a devastating experience not only for Lucy, but also for her family, friends, and especially her devoted boyfriend, Matt, whom Lucy remembers merely as a work colleague. When the life Lucy believes she had slams against the reality shes been living for the past four years, she must make a difficult choice about which life she wants to lead, and who she really is.
©2018 Karma Brown (P)2018 Audible, Inc.
For fans of We Were Liars, Gone Girl, and The Girl on the Train comes a powerful psychological thriller with a gripping pace and Hitchcockian twists. Set against the backdrop of New York City, this compelling novel delves into the dysfunctional yet mesmerizing world of the mega-wealthy elite and will keep listeners guessing until the very last moment. The Haves. The Have-Nots. Kate O'Brien appears to be a Have-Not. Her whole life has been a series of setbacks she's had to snake her way out of - some more sinister than others. But she's determined to change that. She's book-smart. She's street-smart. And she's also a masterful liar. As the scholarship student at the elite Waverly School in NYC, Kate has her work cut out for her: Her plan is to climb the social ranks and land a spot at Yale. She's already found her "people" among the senior-class "it" girls - specifically in the cosseted, mega-wealthy, yet deeply damaged Olivia Sumner. As for Olivia, she considers Kate the best friend she's always needed, the sister she never had. When the handsome and whip-smart Mark Redkin joins the Waverly administration as head of fundraising, he immediately charms his way into the faculty's and students' lives - becoming especially close to Olivia, a fact she's intent on keeping to herself. It becomes increasingly obvious that Redkin poses a threat to Kate, too, in a way she can't reveal - and can't afford to ignore. Mark has his own plan for a bright future and never doubts that he can pull it off. How close can Kate and Olivia get to him without having to share their dark pasts? "Combines a Gossip Girl milieu with the unsettled psychological terrain of Gone Girl." (Publishers Weekly) Its smart, dark, entertaining, and unpredictable. (Quill & Quire, starred)
©2016 Teresa Toten (P)2016 Listening Library
New York Times best-selling author Margaret Peterson Haddix takes listeners on a thrilling adventure filled with mysteries and plot twists aplenty in this absorbing series about family and friendships. Perfect for fans of A Wrinkle in Time and The City of Ember! What makes you you? The Greystone kids thought they knew. Chess has always been the protector over his younger siblings, Emma loves math, and Finn does what Finn does best - acting silly and being adored. Theyve been a happy family, just the three of them and their mom. But everything changes when reports of three kidnapped children reach the Greystone kids, and theyre shocked by the startling similarities between themselves and these complete strangers. The other kids share their same first and middle names. Theyre the same ages. They even have identical birthdays. Who, exactly, are these strangers? Before Chess, Emma, and Finn can question their mom about it, she takes off on a sudden work trip and leaves them in the care of Ms. Morales and her daughter, Natalie. But puzzling clues left behind lead to complex codes, hidden rooms, and a dangerous secret that will turn their world upside down. Praise for The Strangers: "A secret-stacked, thrilling series opener about perception, personal memories, and the idiosyncrasies that form individual identities." (Publishers Weekly) Winter 2018-2019 Kids' Indie Next List Pick Indie Best Seller Time for Kids Book Club: Top 10 Summer Reads PW Best Books 2019 Texas Bluebonnet Award List 2020-2021 2020 LITA Excellence in Childrens and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable Book: The Eleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books List
©2019 Margaret Peterson Haddix (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers
Amy Purdy, who inspired a nation on Dancing with the Stars and has been called a hero by Oprah Winfrey, reveals the intimate details of her triumphant comeback from the brink of death to making history as a Paralympic snowboarder In this poignant and uplifting memoir, Dancing With the Stars sensation Amy Purdy reveals the story of how losing her legs led her to find a spiritual path. When the Las Vegas native was just 19, she came down with bacterial meningitis and was given less than a two percent chance of survival. In a near-death experience, she saw three figures who told her: "You can come with us, or you can stay. No matter what happens in your life, it's all going to make sense in the end. In that moment, Amy chose to live. Her glimpse of the afterlife - coupled with a mysterious premonition she'd had a month before - became the defining experiences that put Amy's life on a new trajectory after her legs had to be amputated. She wouldn't just beat meningitis and walk again; she would go on to create a life filled with bold adventures, big dreams, and boundless vitality - and share that spirit with the world. In 2014, Amy - the only competitor, male or female, with two prosthetic legs - claimed a bronze medal for the US Paralympic team in adaptive snowboarding. She then became a contestant on season 18 of Dancing With the Stars, and viewers were captivated as the girl with bionic legs managed to out-dance her competitors all the way to the finale. Amy's journey is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the capacity we all have to dream bigger, defy expectations, and rewrite our stories. Amy was given a second chance for a reason - to use her life to inspire others. Her powerful memoir urges us to live life to the fullest, because we are all a lot more capable than we could ever imagine.
©2014 Amy Purdy and Michelle Burford (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers
When Clio conned her way into the Underworld, her job was to steal magic that could protect her homeland. Instead, she escaped with the rebel son of a notorious spell weaver family. And in the process, she exposed his most calamitous spell, putting her people - and all magic - in peril. Now she and Lyre face two impossible feats: Recover his creation, and do it before his family catches up to them. But when the spell is unleashed with devastating results, caution is no longer an option. Clio and Lyre's only chance lies in combining their strength, but to make it out alive, they'll need magic more dangerous than they've ever wielded before. And if they fail, the realms will pay the price.
©2018 Annette Marie (P)2018 Tantor
A brilliantly funny novel about ambition and marriage from the best-selling author of Girls in White Dresses, The Hopefuls tells the story of a young wife who follows her husband and his political dreams to Washington, DC, a city of idealism, gossip, and complicated friendships among the young aspiring elite. When Beth arrives in DC, she hates everything about it: the confusing traffic circles, the ubiquitous Ann Taylor suits, the humidity that descends each summer. At dinner parties, guests compare their security clearance levels. They leave their BlackBerrys on the table. They speak in acronyms. And once they realize Beth doesn't work in politics, they smile blandly and turn away. Soon Beth and her husband, Matt, meet a charismatic White House staffer named Jimmy, and his wife, Ashleigh, and the four become inseparable, coordinating brunches, birthdays, and long weekends away. But as Jimmy's star rises higher and higher, the couples' friendship - and Beth's relationship with Matt - is threatened by jealousy, competition, and rumors. A glorious send-up of young DC and a blazingly honest portrait of a marriage, this is the finest work yet by one of our most beloved writers.
©2016 Jennifer Close (P)2016 Random House Audio
You know that group of people in school that everyone fears? Popular. Beautiful. The in-crowd? That was my family. Kind of. We were above that group. We held court over everyone else. We were the best looking. We were the mysterious and elusive ones. Most of the girls wanted to (and did) date the guys, but they didn't want to be one of us. They couldn't be. They were our prey. We were the feared. But like every family, nothing is as it seems. That was my truth. Kellan was in his own league. He was our leader and he was the one no one messed with. No one dared. He was ruthless, powerful, and no one could match him. Except for me. I was about to find out just how different I was from my family.
©2016 Tijan (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
A wry and astute debut about a young Manhattanite whose embezzlement scam turns her into an unlikely advocate for the leagues of overeducated and underpaid assistants across the city. Tina Fontana is the hapless but brazen 30-year-old executive assistant to Robert Barlow, the all-powerful and commanding CEO of Titan Corp., a multinational media conglomerate. She's excellent at her job and beloved by her famous boss - but after six years of making his reservations for restaurants she'd never get into on her own and pouring his drinks from bottles that cost more than her rent, she's bored, broke, and just a bit over it all. When a technical error with Robert's travel-and-expenses report presents Tina with the opportunity to pay off the entire balance of her student loan debt with what would essentially be pocket change for her boss, she struggles with the decision: She's always played by the rules. But it's such a relatively small amount of money for the Titan Corporation - and for her it would be a life changer
. The Assistants speaks directly to a new generation of women who feel stuck and unable to get ahead playing by the rules. It will appeal to all of those who have ever asked themselves, "How is it that after all these years, we are still assistants?"
©2016 Camille Perri (P)2016 Penguin Audio
Dear Diary.... "Magic is a mystery that doesn't need solving." That's what illusionist Drake Lonestar told me when I saw him perform. I was skeptical that the famous magician could really make the River Heights courthouse disappear, but I was wrong. It turns out that the courthouse wasn't the only thing that vanished. So did important evidence relating to a jewel heist - and all signs point to Lonestar as the thief! Now the magician himself has disappeared into thin air - and all of River Heights is looking at me to track him down. I just hope I can do it soon, because I have a feeling Lonestar has one last trick up his sleeve....
©2015 Aladdin (P)2015 Oasis Audio
Cassie Palmer, chief seer of the supernatural world, faces her biggest challenge yet - her own allies! Everything's on the line in the latest thrilling entry in the New York Times best-selling urban fantasy series. Cassie Palmer has been chief seer of the supernatural world for a little over four months. In that time, she's battled two gods, fallen in love with two men, and confronted the two sides of her own nature, both god and human. So it's not surprising that she currently finds herself facing two adversaries, although they have a single purpose: to wipe out the supernatural community's newest fighting force, leaving it vulnerable to enemies in this world and beyond. To prevent catastrophe, the vamps, mages, and demons will have to do the one thing they've never managed before and come together as allies. Cassie has the difficult task of keeping the uneasy coalition intact, and of persuading her own two opposing forces, a powerful mage with a secret and a master vampire with a growing obsession, to fight at her side. She just hopes they can do it without tearing each other apart. Contains mature themes.
©2019 Karen Chance (P)2019 Tantor
From the critically acclaimed author of The List comes a stunning new novel about a girl who must say good-bye to everything she knows after a storm wreaks havoc on her hometown. What if your town was sliding underwater, and everyone was ordered to pack up and leave? How would you and your friends spend your last days together? While the adults plan for the future, box up their possessions, and find new places to live, Keeley Hewitt and her friends decide to go out with a bang. There are parties in abandoned houses. Canoe races down Main Street. The goal is to make the most of every minute they still have together. And for Keeley that means taking one last shot at the boy she's loved forever. There's a weird sort of bravery that comes from knowing there's nothing left to lose. You might do things you normally wouldn't. Or say things you shouldn't. The reward almost always outweighs the risk. Almost. It's the end of Aberdeen but the beginning of Keeley's first love story. It just might not turn out the way she thought. Because it's not always clear what's worth fighting for and what you should let become a memory.
©2016 Siobhan Vivian (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Dear Diary... All I wanted to do was buy a new book, read, and relax. But when Bess, George, and I visited the local bookstore in Avondale, we found it in flames, and before we knew it, we were in the middle of another mystery. Or was it the middle of one of the best-selling author Lacey O'Brien's books? I know it sounds really strange, but it seemed like mysteries in her books were coming alive: first the fire; next a sinking boat; and then a missing statue. Were these innocent coincidences or chilling crimes?
©2015 Aladdin (P)2015 Oasis Audio
Don't Tell A Soul. . .In a remote, heavily wooded area near the Berkshires of Massachusetts, Rachel Lorant died on her birthday. But she didn't die alone. That night, her four sorority sisters make a solemn, trembling pledge. They will never reveal what has just happened in those woods - ever. Instead, they will take their terrible secret to their graves. Don't Think About The Past. . . Now, ten years later, their secret is coming back to haunt them as each receives a card in the mail from Rachel: "Happy Birthday to Me. xoxo R." It's clear that someone knows what happened that night. Someone is stalking them and sending mysterious, chilling gifts that only they can understand - deadly warnings of what is to come. For the sins of the past have come back with a vengeance, and a killer will see that they all pay in blood. And Whatever You Do - Don't Scream. . .Brynn Costello has never felt such pure fear. She didn't want any part in what happened so long ago, but now, the mother of two will do anything to stay alive and protect her family - even if it means matching wits with a killer she can't see...a twisted psychopath who is closer than she thinks and who is saving her death for last.
©2007 Wendy Corsi Staub (P)2013 Audible Inc.
Nancy, Bess, and George must find the truth behind a photographic mystery in this 19th book of the Nancy Drew Diaries, a fresh approach to the classic mystery series. Nancy and her friends are spending the weekend in a small mountainside town called Shady Oaks. The local museum is displaying a never-before-seen collection from famous nature photographer, Christopher DeSantos. So the usually sleepy town is now filled with tourists. But it's not just the dramatic lighting of the old black and white photographs that people have come to see. Newspapers all over the country have picked up the story of two visitors who went missing in Shady Oaks only to turn up in the old DeSantos photographs, seemingly frozen in time. What's more, there was a rumor that DeSantos was cursed by his former partner after a disagreement. Now everyone is wondering if the legend is real. Nancy, Bess, and George are convinced that there is another explanation to be found. But it quickly becomes clear that someone is making sure they don't find it. Can these three teenage sleuths solve this mystery before it's too late?
©2020 Carolyn Keene (P)2020 Oasis Audio
Parker Shelton pretty much has the perfect life. She's on her way to becoming valedictorian at Hundred Oaks High, she's made the all-star softball team, and she has plenty of friends. Then her mother's scandal rocks their small town and suddenly no one will talk to her. Now Parker wants a new life. So she quits softball. Drops twenty pounds. And she figures why kiss one guy when she can kiss three. Or four. Why limit herself to high school boys when the majorly cute new baseball coach seems especially flirty? But how far is too far before she loses herself completely?
©2012 Miranda Kenneally (P)2014 Audible Inc.
This Sky Brooks Box Set includes books five through seven. Moon Cursed: Our secrets have been exposed and now we have to deal with the consequences: Friends of the Midwest Pack are missing. Alliances are forming between enemies whose sole intent is to destroy the pack. And a mysterious group is trying to make a power grab using any means possible. Darkness Unleashed: We've always kept our existence hidden from humans, but when a video of a were-animal in a violent confrontation goes viral, the other denizens take drastic measures to protect themselves from exposure. Alliances are broken and friendships strained as the vampires, witches, and elves all work to protect their own interests. Midnight Sky: My life has never been simple - and it only keeps getting more complicated. The Alphas, Ethan, and several key players in the otherworld go missing, thrusting me into the position of Elite Alpha and tasking me with finding them. The list of suspects grows as I realize that mating with Ethan has caused allies to become enemies. Will I locate the missing in time or will I be the last Alpha standing?
©2016, 2017, 2018 McKenzie Hunter (P)2020 Tantor
Ever since being stuck with the job of pythia, the chief seer of the supernatural world, Cassie Palmer has been playing catch up. Catch up to the lifetime's worth of training she missed being raised by a psychotic vampire instead of at the fabled pythian court. Catch up to the powerful, and sometimes seductive, forces trying to mold her to their will. It's been a trial by fire that has left her more than a little burned. But now she realizes that all that was just the warm up for the real race. Ancient forces that once terrorized the world are trying to return, and Cassie is the only one who can stop them....
©2017 Karen Chance (P)2017 Tantor
Ironically for the time-traveling chief seer of the supernatural world, time has never been on Cassie Palmer's side. There has always seemed to be too much to learn, too much to master, and never enough hours in a day. But the tables have now turned, and the fluctuating timelines of Earth and Faerie are diverging, slowing time in Faerie relative to Earth, and giving humans an advantage for the first time in their war with the fey. It is one they desperately need, for a literal war of the worlds is about to take place. To win, or even to survive, Cassie and her allies, the powerful vampire senator Mircea Basarab and the formidable war mage John Pritkin, will have to pull off their greatest feat yet. And find a way to become more than the sum of their parts. Contains mature themes.
©2020 Karen Chance (P)2020 Tantor
For Eve Collins, darkness has descended after her love vanished into the night sky. A new protector has been appointed, one who challenges everything she's believed to be true. In this third installment of the Revelation series, Eve will become aware of dangers and worlds that exist only in her nightmares and bloodline secrets that will trigger a centuries-old war.
©2014 Randi Cooley Wilson (P)2016 Tantor
Dear Diary.... Bess and I were thrilled to bump into our old buddy, Maggie Rogers, a promising young dancer who is in River Heights to perform a lead role in Sleeping Beauty. But someone's out to get Maggie. First, her phone was tampered with, making her late for rehearsal. Then her face was violently scratched out on the show's posters, and her dressing room was trashed beyond belief. I'm determined to find out who's trying to sabotage my friend's career. But I have to crack this case before the big show - or it could wind up being Maggie's last dance!
©2015 Aladdin (P)2015 Oasis Audio
Life has never been easy for the three Campbell sisters. Jess, Courtney, and Dani live on a remote ranch in Western Canada where they work hard and try to stay out of the way of their father's fists. One night a fight gets out of hand, and the sisters are forced to go on the run, only to get caught in an even worse nightmare when their truck breaks down in a small town. Events spiral out of control, and a chance encounter with the wrong people leaves them in a horrific and desperate situation. They are left with no choice but to change their names and create new lives.
Eighteen years later they are still trying to forget what happened that summer when one of the sisters goes missing, and they are pulled back into their past. But this time there's nowhere left to run.
As much a thriller as it is a deep exploration of the bonds among sisters, Those Girls is an unforgettable portrait of desperation, loyalty, and evil.
©2015 Chevy Stevens (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Twelve-year-old Mattie wrestles with her crush on Gemma as they participate in their school production of Romeo and Juliet in this Goodreads Choice Finalist that made the 2018 ALA Rainbow List Top 10. Twelve-year-old Mattie is thrilled when she learns the eighth-grade play will be Romeo and Juliet. In particular, she can't wait to share the stage with Gemma Braithwaite, who has been cast as Juliet. Gemma is brilliant, pretty - and British! - and Mattie starts to see her as more than just a friend. But Mattie has also had an on/off crush on her classmate Elijah since, well, forever. Is it possible to have a crush on both boys and girls? If that wasn't enough to deal with, things offstage are beginning to resemble their own Shakespearean drama: The cast is fighting, and the boy playing Romeo may not be up to the challenge of the role. And due to a last-minute emergency, Mattie is asked to step up and take over the leading role - opposite Gemma's Juliet - just as Mattie's secret crush starts to become not-so-secret in her group of friends. In this funny, sweet, and clever look at the complicated nature of middle school romance, Mattie learns how to become a lead player in her own life.
©2017 Barbara Dee (P)2020 Listening Library
Reminiscent of the best sellers of Laura Lippman and Harlan Coben - with a Serial-esque podcast twist - an absorbing, addictive tale of psychological suspense from the author of the highly acclaimed and Edgar Award-nominated What Remains of Me and the USA Today best-selling and Shamus Award-winning Brenna Spector series. For 13 days in 1976, teenage murderers April Cooper and Gabriel LeRoy terrorized Southern California's Inland Empire, killing a dozen victims before perishing themselves in a fire...or did they? More than 40 years later, 20-something podcast producer Quentin Garrison blames his troubled upbringing on the murders. And after a shocking message from a source, he has reason to believe April Cooper may still be alive. Meanwhile, New York City film columnist Robin Diamond is coping with rising doubts about her husband and terrifying threats from internet trolls. But that's nothing compared to the outrageous phone call she gets from Quentin...and a brutal home invasion that makes her question everything she ever believed in. Is Robin's beloved mother a mass murderer? Is there anyone she can trust? Told through the eyes of those destroyed by the Inland Empire Killings - including Robin, Quentin, and a 15-year-old April Cooper - Never Look Back asks the question: How well do we really know our parents, our partners - and ourselves?
©2019 Alison Gaylin (P)2019 HarperAudio
The beautiful struggle of a girl desperate for the one relationship that has caused her the most pain. Cassie O'Malley has spent the past two and a half years in a mental institution - dumped there by her mother, against her will. Now, at 18, Cassie emancipates herself, determined to start over. She attends college, forms new friendships, and even attempts to start fresh with her mother. But before long, their unhealthy relationship threatens to pull Cassie under once again. As Cassie struggles to reclaim her life, childhood memories persist and confuse, and Cassie must consider whose version of history is real, and, more important, whose life she must save. A bold, literary story about the fragile complexities of mothers and daughters and learning to love oneself, The First Time She Drowned reminds us that we must dive deep into our pasts if we are ever to move forward.
©2016 Kerry Kletter (P)2016 Listening Library
In this sexy debut novel, a high-stakes deal pitches the power of Wall Street against the savvy of Silicon Valley - until a young woman's death threatens to topple it all. The Social Network meets The Wolf of Wall Street in The Underwriting, as it takes you behind closed doors into a postrecession world of sex scandals, power plays, and underhanded dealings. Todd Kent is young, hot, and on his way to the top of Wall Street when the eccentric founder of Hook, the popular new dating app, handpicks him to lead its IPO. Given just two months to pull it off, Todd and his investment banking team - brainy Neha, party-boy Beau, and old college flame Tara Taylor - race to close the $14 billion deal of the decade. It's the chance of a lifetime for Tara, too, who sees her opportunity to break through the glass ceiling and justify six years of sacrifices for her career. But nothing is what it seems in Silicon Valley, and when tragedy strikes Stanford University's campus, there's no telling where the sparks will fly. Read by MacLeod Andrews, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, Lincoln Hoppe, Jorjeana Marie, Ozzie Rodriguez, and Tara Sands.
©2015 Michelle Miller (P)2015 Penguin Audio
Dear Diary, When Bess asked George and me to be counselors at her old camp, I thought I was in for a relaxing week. But trouble always finds me. I heard about a camper who had drowned in the lake years ago and dismissed it as a ghost story. But then something pulled me under during a swim lesson. And then our cabin's sleeping bags disappeared! You would think after solving so many cases involving ghosts, I wouldn't believe in them. But these scary events are making it hard not to. All I know is that I have to make sure my campers are safe at Camp Cedarbark.
©2016 Aladdin (P)2016 Oasis Audio
Cody and Meg were inseparable. Two peas in a pod. Until... they weren't anymore. When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything - so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg's college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there's a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, and some secrets of his own. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can't open - until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend's death gets thrown into question. I Was Here is Gayle Forman at her finest, a taut, emotional, and ultimately redemptive story about redefining the meaning of family and finding a way to move forward even in the face of unspeakable loss.
©2014 Gayle Forman (P)2014 Random House Audio
In the best-selling tradition of The Secret Life of Bees, Liar's Bench is an atmospheric, compulsively listenable tale full of heart and history, set in 1970s Kentucky and exploring civil rights and family secrets. In 1972 on Mudas Summers's 17th birthday, her beloved mama Ella is found hanging from the rafters of their home. Most people in Peckinpaw, Kentucky, assume that Ella's no-good husband did the deed. Others think Ella grew tired of his abuse and did it herself. Muddy is determined to find out for sure either way, especially once she finds strange papers hidden among her mama's possessions. But Peckinpaw keeps its secrets buried deep. Muddy's almost-more-than-friend Bobby Marshall knows that better than most. Though he passes for white, one of his ancestors was Frannie Crow, a slave hanged a century ago on nearby Hark Hill Plantation. Adorning the town square is a seat built from Frannie's gallows; a tribute, a relic - and a caution - it's known as Liar's Bench. The answers Muddy seeks soon lead back to Hark Hill, to hatred and corruption that have echoed through the years, and to lies she must be brave enough to confront at last. Kim Michele Richardson's lush, beautifully written debut is set against a southern backdrop passing uneasily from bigotry and brutality to hope. With its compelling mystery and complex yet relatable heroine, Liar's Bench is a story of first love, raw courage, and truths that won't be denied.
©2015 Kim Michele Richardson (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Nancy and her friends are on an epic quest to discover the identity of a treacherous Greek scholar in this 15th book of the Nancy Drew Diaries, a fresh approach to the classic mystery series. Nancy, Bess, and George are excited to attend Oracle College's annual Greek mythology-themed gala. But the festive sprit turns troubled when a student falls from the balcony mid-speech. Nancy's investigations quickly reveal this was a case of collegiate sabotage. Can she find the campus menace before someone else gets hurt?
©2017 Aladdin (P)2017 Oasis Audio
Eve Collins has set in motion a chain of events that could destroy everything she's ever loved. Surrounded by dangerous creatures, dark worlds, and the struggle to become who she was meant to be, Eve must complete her ascension and accept her destiny. War has begun. Losing is not an option. With dangers lurking around each corner and everything against her, will Eve sacrifice her own happiness in order to tip the scale of balance? Which side will rise to power, and which will fall to fate? In this fourth installment in the Revelation series, Eve must risk everything she loves in order to prevent a centuries-old war.
©2015 Randi Cooley Wilson (P)2016 Tantor
Equal parts Dexter and Fifty Shades, this is the eagerly awaited follow-up to the daring erotic thriller The Girl in 6E by A.R. Torre. 1. Don't leave the apartment. 2. Never let anyone in. 3. Don't kill anyone. The rules were simple, and I broke them. Now I must face the consequences. Everyone else must face me.
©2015 A. R. Torre (P)2015 Hachette Audio
Violet Fairdale is in big trouble. Her home is gone, her beloved forest lies in ruins, the guy she gave her heart to has deserted her - and she doesn't remember any of it. The powerful Lord Draven is taking over, brainwashing guardians into fighting for him. No one is safe from the evil spreading throughout the fae world. As alliances are forged between the remaining free fae, Vi struggles to reclaim her identity and figure out where she belongs in this new world. When someone from her past shows up, life gets even more complicated. He brings with him a long-forgotten weapon and an ancient prophecy that places Vi at the center of the fight against Draven. With the future of the fae world at stake, can Vi carry out the prophecy's instructions before it's too late?
©2015 Rachel Morgan (P)2015 Tantor
The Midwest Pack stands together - and they might fall together. We've always kept our existence hidden from humans, but when a video of a were-animal in a violent confrontation goes viral, the other denizens take drastic measures to protect themselves from exposure. Alliances are broken and friendships strained as the vampires, witches, and elves all work to protect their own interests. Staying hidden becomes impossible when humans, backed by an old enemy, set out to expose the pack's existence. Ethan and I have more than us being werewolves to hide. Our long-hidden secrets have drawn the attention of someone who poses a greater threat than exposure. As the world around me unravels, Ethan and I must confront the dangerous consequences of the secrets we worked so hard to protect. When all our secrets are revealed, will any of us survive?
©2016 McKenzie Hunter (P)2017 Tantor
Being part of the Midwest Pack isn't easy - especially now. My life has never been simple - and it only keeps getting more complicated. The Alphas, Ethan, and several key players in the otherworld go missing, thrusting me into the position of Elite Alpha and tasking me with finding them. The list of suspects grows as I realize that mating with Ethan has caused allies to become enemies. Will I locate the missing in time or will I be the last Alpha standing? I don't know who I can trust. Too many people want me dead, including a new group of witches who want to rid the world of were-animals, especially those who can wield magic like me and Ethan. Adding to the problems is a new group of vampires, who would do anything necessary to gain control of the Northern Seethe and the power it holds over the Midwest, including hurting the people I love. There's no way I'm going to let that happen. But will my life be the cost for their protection?
©2013 McKenzie Hunter (P)2017 Tantor
A surprising, utterly romantic companion to My Life Next Door - great for fans of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han. Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely to find the liquor cabinet blindfolded, need a liver transplant, and drive his car into a house. Alice Garrett was The Girl Most Likely to...well, not date her little brother's baggage-burdened best friend, for starters. For Tim, it wouldn't be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if the "smart" choice is always the right one. When these two crash into each other, they crash hard. Then the unexpected consequences of Tim's wild days come back to shock him. He finds himself in a situation that isn't all it appears to be, that he never could have predicted...but maybe should have. And Alice is caught in the middle. Told in Tim's and Alice's distinctive, disarming, entirely compelling voices, this novel is for fans of The Spectacular Now, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, and Paper Towns.
©2015 Huntley Fitzpatrick (P)2015 Listening Library
Dear Diary... Who knew a sports field could cause so much drama? That's what Bess, George, and I are investigating. Ever since George's cousin, Carrie Kim, announced her candidacy for city council, along with her platform of building a new football field and a state-of-the-art sports complex, someone has been trying to sabotage the campaign! I think the Green Club may be behind this. I understand being concerned about the environment, but someone is taking it too far. Carrie has been getting threatening notes and even some more...sinister warnings. I need to figure out how to stop this before someone gets hurt.
©2015 Aladdin (P)2015 Oasis Audio
Revisiting once again the world of Raymie Nightingale, two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo turns her focus to the tough-talking, inescapably tenderhearted Beverly. Beverly put her foot down on the gas. They went faster still. This was what Beverly wanted - what she always wanted. To get away. To get away as fast as she could. To stay away. Beverly Tapinski has run away from home plenty of times, but that was when she was just a kid. By now, she figures, it's not running away. It's leaving. Determined to make it on her own, Beverly finds a job and a place to live and tries to forget about her dog, Buddy, now buried underneath the orange trees back home; her friend Raymie, whom she left without a word; and her mom, Rhonda, who has never cared about anyone but herself. Beverly doesn't want to depend on anyone, and she definitely doesn't want anyone to depend on her. But despite her best efforts, she can't help forming connections with the people around her - and gradually, she learns to see herself through their eyes. In a touching, funny, and fearless conclusion to her sequence of novels about the beloved Three Rancheros, number one New York Times best-selling author Kate DiCamillo tells the story of a character who will break your heart and put it back together again.
©2019 Kate DiCamillo (P)2019 Listening Library
In her previous career as a nurse, Mattie Winston's job was to keep death at bay. Now, as a medicolegal investigator, she's required to study death intimately - to figure out causes and timing, and help deduce whether it was natural or suspicious. In the case of Montgomery "Monty" Dixon, a well-to-do Realtor, there can be little doubt: Broken pool cues do not embed themselves. Monty's body is found in the game room of his lavish house, the walls adorned with photos of Monty and various celebrities. But as Mattie and husband Steve Hurley, a homicide detective, both know, money and connections can't protect anyone from a killer. The first suspect is Monty's wife, Summer, who claims to have been at a cooking class at the time. When that alibi is served up as a fake, Summer moves to the top of the suspects list, but is soon joined by Monty's ne'er-do-well son, Sawyer, who has racked up gambling debts he hoped his dad would pay off. Monty's twin brother is engaging in shady financial deals. An affair, a Ponzi scheme, a disputed inheritance...there are as many motives as suspects, and soon Mattie and Hurley have turned up other, possibly related deaths.
©2021 Beth Amos (P)2021 Tantor
Guardian trainee Violet Fairdale is just weeks away from one of the most important occasions of her life: graduation. After messing up big time by bringing a human into the fae realm, Vi needs to step up her game and forget about Nate if she hopes to graduate as the top guardian of her year. Everything would be fine if she wasn't forced to partner with Ryn, her ex-friend, ex-enemy, and current "sort-of friend". They might be trying to patch up their relationship, but does she really want to spend a week undercover with him for their final assignment? On top of that, the possibly insane Unseelie Prince is still on the loose, free to "collect" as many specially talented faeries as he can find - and Vi is still at the top of his list. Add in faerie queens, enchanted storms, complicated not-just-friends feelings, and a murder within the Guild itself, and graduation is about to become the least of Vi's problems.
©2015 Rachel Morgan (P)2015 Tantor
An insightful, achingly funny coming-of-age story, as well as a brilliant dissection of class, race, and gender in a hothouse of adolescent angst and ambition. Lee Fiora is an intelligent, observant 14-year-old when her father drops her off in front of her dorm at the prestigious Ault School in Massachusetts. She leaves her animated, affectionate family in South Bend, Indiana, at least in part because of the boarding schools glossy brochure, in which boys in sweaters chat in front of old brick buildings, girls in kilts hold lacrosse sticks on pristinely mown athletic fields, and everyone sings hymns in chapel. As Lee soon learns, Ault is a cloistered world of jaded, attractive teenagers who spend summers on Nantucket and speak in their own clever shorthand. Both intimidated and fascinated by her classmates, Lee becomes a shrewd observer of - and, ultimately, a participant in - their rituals and mores. As a scholarship student, she constantly feels like an outsider and is both drawn to and repelled by other loners. By the time shes a senior, Lee has created a hard-won place for herself at Ault. But when her behavior takes a self-destructive and highly public turn, her carefully crafted identity within the community is shattered. Ultimately, Lees experiences - complicated relationships with teachers; intense friendships with other girls; an all-consuming preoccupation with a classmate who is less than a boyfriend and more than a crush; conflicts with her parents, from whom Lee feels increasingly distant - coalesce into a singular portrait of the painful and thrilling adolescence universal to us all.
©2005 Curtis Sittenfeld (P)2019 Random House Audio
Suffering is real. But so is hope. Kristen and Sarah have walked through, and are walking in, difficult times. So these 30 biblical reflections are full of realism about the hurts of life yet overwhelmingly full of hope about the God who gives life. This book will gently encourage and greatly help any woman who is struggling with suffering, whether physical, emotional, or psychological and whether for a season or for longer. It is a book to buy for yourself or to buy for a member of your church or friend. For anyone who is hurting, this book will give hope, not just for life beyond the suffering, but for life in the suffering. Each chapter contains a biblical reflection, with questions and prayers.
©2019 eChristian (P)2019 eChristian
A lyrical story of star-crossed love perfect for readers of The Hate U Give, by national ambassador for childrens literature Jacqueline Woodson - now celebrating its 20th anniversary, and including a new preface by the author Jeremiah feels good inside his own skin. That is, when he's in his own Brooklyn neighborhood. But now he's going to be attending a fancy prep school in Manhattan, and black teenage boys don't exactly fit in there. So it's a surprise when he meets Ellie the first week of school. In one frozen moment their eyes lock, and after that they know they fit together - even though she's Jewish and he's black. Their worlds are so different, but to them that's not what matters. Too bad the rest of the world has to get in their way. Jacqueline Woodson's work has been called moving and resonant (Wall Street Journal) and gorgeous (Vanity Fair). If You Come Softly is a powerful story of interracial love that leaves readers wondering "why" and "if only..."
©2006 Jacqueline Woodson (P)2018 Listening Library
If Katie Bonner's late husband hadn't invested all their savings in the craft fair Artisans Alley - which Katie is now responsible for keeping in the black - the Webster mansion could have been hers to remodel. For years she dreamed of renovating the old place on Victoria Square into a bed and breakfast. Now that dream belongs to another young couple. But their dream becomes a nightmare when a skeleton is discovered, sealed in one of the walls of the mansion. The bones belong to Heather Winston, who went missing 22 years ago. Her aunt is Rose Nash, a jewelry vendor at Artisans Alley, who is determined to find her niece's murderer and asks for Katie's help to do it. The case may be cold, but the killer is very much alive - and ready to go to any lengths to keep past secrets buried...
©2012 Lorraine Bartlett (P)2015 Tantor
"Mix in one part Diane Mott Davidsons delightful culinary adventures with several tablespoons of Jan Karons country living and quirky characters, bake at 350 degrees for one rich and warm romance." (Library Journal) A full-hearted novel about a big-city baker who discovers the true meaning of home - and that sometimes the best things are found when you didn't even know you were looking When Olivia Rawlings - pastry chef extraordinaire for an exclusive Boston dinner club - sets not just her flambéed dessert but the entire building alight, she escapes to the most comforting place she can think of - the idyllic town of Guthrie, Vermont, home of Bag Balm, the country's longest-running contra dance, and her best friend Hannah. But the getaway turns into something more lasting when Margaret Hurley, the cantankerous, sweater-set-wearing owner of the Sugar Maple Inn, offers Livvy a job. Broke and knowing that her days at the club are numbered, Livvy accepts. Livvy moves with her larger-than-life, uberenthusiastic dog, Salty, into a sugarhouse on the inn's property and begins creating her mouthwatering desserts for the residents of Guthrie. She soon uncovers the real reason she has been hired - to help Margaret reclaim the inn's blue ribbon status at the annual county fair apple pie contest. With the joys of a fragrant kitchen, the sound of banjos and fiddles being tuned in a barn, and the crisp scent of the orchard just outside the front door, Livvy soon finds herself immersed in small town life. And when she meets Martin McCracken, the Guthrie native who has returned from Seattle to tend his ailing father, Livvy comes to understand that she may not be as alone in this world as she once thought. But then another new arrival takes the community by surprise, and Livvy must decide whether to do what she does best and flee - or stay and finally discover what it means to belong. Olivia Rawlings may finally find out that the life you want may not be the one you expected - it could be even better.
©2016 Louise Miller (P)2016 Penguin Audio
The last thing Katie Bonner wanted was to become the manager of Artisans Alley. But when her business partner, Ezra Hilton, is found bludgeoned to death, she has no other choice. Business under Ezra had been faltering - but was it enough to provoke someone to murder? Only Katie can find the answer. While the cops are proceeding by the book, Katie is investigating by the booths - for the answer to the killer's identity lies in the hidden secrets of Artisans Alley itself.
©2011 Lorraine Bartlett (P)2015 Tantor
Nancy and her friends are out to find a comedians saboteur in this 17th book of the Nancy Drew Diaries, a fresh approach to the classic mystery series. Nancys boyfriend, Ned, has recently started his own podcast called NedTalks, and he just got his big break. Up and coming comedian Brady Owens has agreed to sit down for an interview. And this isnt just any interview; its the first interview Brady has given since a video of him lashing out at an audience member went viral. Now people are protesting his shows and calling him violent. Nancy agrees to help out with the technical stuff, so Ned can focus on the hard-hitting questions. But when they go to meet the interviewee, they find Bradys hotel room trashed - and no comedian in sight. Luckily, they find Brady unhurt, and nothing of monetary value is missing from the room. Only his notebook of new material is gone. Brady says he knows its the people whove seen the video of him yelling. They think hes dangerous and doesnt deserve a platform. He wishes it would all blow over. Nancy disagrees with Brady. She thinks he should apologize to the crowd and admit that he crossed a line. But she recognizes a person in need of help when she sees one and agrees to get to the bottom of this sabotage anyway. Complex social media charts, undercover outfits, and intense button study send Nancy, Bess, George, and Ned on a wild ride through River Heights to uncover the truth. But nothing is what it seems in this game of comedic timing. Can Nancy find the culprit before its too late?
©2019 Carolyn Keene (P)2019 Oasis Audio
A new murder victim with an old MO puts Mattie Winston on the trail of a killer who gives a grim new meaning to flower power.... Spring is beginning to brighten Sorenson, Wisconsin, for Mattie and Steve Hurley and their family. While their son Matthew may be in his terrible twos and Steve's daughter Emily a moody teenager, the kids bring light to their lives when their work is dark by its nature - Steve is a homicide detective and Mattie is a medicolegal death investigator, a.k.a. medical examiner. They deal in corpses. The latest corpse, a Jane Doe, was clearly an addict, but drugs didn't kill her, at least not directly. She's been stabbed multiple times in a pattern that is disturbingly familiar to Mattie. When she discovers flower petals from yellow carnations stuffed into the stab wounds, she recognizes a very specific MO - belonging to a convicted serial killer who's currently serving a life sentence. The details of the flower petals were never made public in the last case, so it can't be a copycat crime. It looks like the wrong man is in prison, and the murderer is still at large. Now it's up to Mattie and Steve to get the case reopened - and catch the real carnation killer....
©2008 Mary Burton (P)2020 Tantor
A Christmas crime shocks the merchants of a quaint shopping district in this latest installment of the New York Times best-selling Victoria Square series. It's Christmastime, but not everyone is jolly - especially not Vonne Barnett. Her dead body has been found in Victoria Square. Katie Bonner, the manager of Artisan's Alley, happens to be at the tea shop Vonne's mother, Francine, owns when the news is delivered. Vonne left a trail of men behind her so the suspects are many - but the clues are few. A broken teacup leads Katie to one of the suspects, but before she can investigate, she's attacked. Katie may be closing in on a murderer, but time is ticking because the murderer is definitely closing in on her.
©2018 Lorraine Bartlett (P)2018 Tantor
When a squad of federal agents burst through her parents' front door, Victoria Fedden felt ill-prepared to meet them: She was weeks away from her due date, and her T-shirt wasn't long enough to hide her maternity undies. As for the question of how to raise a child when you've just discovered that your mother and stepfather have allegedly masterminded a pump-and-dump scheme? She was pretty sure that wasn't covered in What to Expect When You're Expecting - and she really hoped that Bradford Cohen, the noted criminal defense attorney who famously waived his exemption on The Apprentice, would prove them innocent. This Is Not My Beautiful Life is the story of how Victoria lost her parents to prison and nearly lost her mind. No one ever said motherhood would be easy, but as she struggles to change diapers, install car seats, and find the right drop-off line at preschool - no easy task when each one is named for a stage in the life cycle of a butterfly - she's also forced to ask herself whether a jumpsuit might actually complement her mom's platinum-blonde extensions and fend off the cast of shady, stranger-than-fiction characters who populated her parents' world.
©2016 Victoria Fedden (P)2016 Tantor
Dear diary... Who would want to harm a horse? I kept asking myself that question while watching the beautiful jumpers at the annual River Heights Horse Show. The top riders from all over the country are here, and one of them, Payton Evans, is a close friend of Ned's family. She's been training for years, and Ned said she might even make the Olympic team. But just when Payton was supposed to compete in this show, everything went horribly wrong: Her horse, Midnight, tested positive for drugs! What kind of person would ever give drugs to a horse? And why?
©2015 Aladdin (P)2015 Oasis Audio
A feisty small-town girl and the Hollywood star who broke her heart. An all-consuming love threatened by fame. One last chance at forever. Keri Ann Butler's life changed on the night she met movie star Jack Eversea. She thought she knew a Jack that was very different from the man adored by fans the world over. In the wake of his betrayal and abandonment, Keri Ann has had to pick up and move forward with the life she was supposed to live and has put off far too long. Suddenly Jack is back, and his explanations for why he left seem more and more plausible - and his declarations more seductive. But being Jack's latest tabloid accessory isn't on Keri Ann's career agenda, no matter how much she is attracted to him. And how can she ever trust him again? Jack knows he let slip through his fingers the only real thing that ever happened to him. And his hands have been tied to try to stop it - until now. Jack is now fighting to save his relationship with Keri Ann, even as his crazy life threatens to tear them apart once again. The question is, can he convince her that she can have it all, that she can have him, and that she can have him forever?
©2013 Natasha Boyd (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
The New York Times best-selling author of Dead with the Wind and Bless Her Dead Little Heart is back with more of those sleuthing Southern belles, the Ducote sisters. An'gel and Dickce Ducote, busy with plans for the Athena Garden Club's spring tour of grand old homes, are having trouble getting the other club members to help. The rest of the group is all aflutter now that dashing and still-eligible Hadley Partridge is back to restore his family mansion. But the idle chatter soon turns deadly serious when a body turns up on the Partridge estate after a storm. The remains might belong to Hadley's long-lost sister-in-law, Callie, whom everyone thought ran off with Hadley years ago. And if it's not Callie, who could it be? As the Ducotes begin uncovering secrets, they discover that more than one person in Athena would kill to be Mrs. Partridge. Now An'gel and Dickce will need to get their hands dirty if they hope to reveal a killer's deep-buried motives before someone else's name is mud.
©2016 Dean James (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
A New York Times best seller What if the person you need the most is someone youve never met? Funny and romantic, this tug-at-your-heartstrings contemporary YA debut is perfect for listeners of Rainbow Rowell, Jennifer Niven, and E. Lockhart. Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, thats what it feels like during her first week as a junior at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. Its been barely two years since her mothers death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son. Just when shes thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help? In a leap of faith - or an act of complete desperation - Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie cant help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved? Three Things about this novel: (1) I loved it. (2) No, really, I LOVED it. (3) I wish I could tell every teen to read it. Buxbaums book sounds, reads, breathes, worries, and soars like real adolescents do. (Jodi Picoult, New York Times best-selling author of Leaving Time and Off the Page)
©2016 Julie Buxbaum (P)2016 Listening Library
It's Christmas Day in the sleepy town of Sorenson, Wisconsin, but instead of unwrapping presents, deputy coroner Mattie Winston is at the burnt remains of a house where a charred body has been found. The victim is none other than Jack Allen - a paraplegic who recently won a huge casino jackpot. Upon closer inspection, Mattie and detective Steve Hurley are convinced Jack was murdered to steal his winnings, giving the phrase blackjack a whole new meaning.... But as Mattie investigates, even her cutting-edge forensic skills keep coming up short in a case with as many suspects as twists. After her odds-on-favorite turns up dead, Mattie and Hurley must race to find a killer before another victim cashes in his chips.
©2013 Beth Amos (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
For fans of Gillian Flynn's Dark Places and Sara Shepard's Pretty Little Liars, The Darkest Corners is a psychological thriller about the lies little girls tell - and the deadly truths those lies become. There are ghosts around every corner in Fayette, Pennsylvania. Tessa left when she was nine and has been trying ever since not to think about it after what happened there that last summer. Memories of things so dark will burn themselves into your mind if you let them. Callie never left. She moved to another house, so she doesn't have to walk those same halls, but then Callie always was the stronger one. She can handle staring into the faces of her demons - and if she parties hard enough, maybe one day they'll disappear for good. Tessa and Callie have never talked about what they saw that night. After the trial Callie drifted, and Tessa moved, and childhood friends just have a way of losing touch. But ever since she left, Tessa has had questions. Things have never quite added up. And now she has to go back to Fayette - to Wyatt Stokes, sitting on death row; to Lori Cawley, Callie's dead cousin; and to the one other person who may be hiding the truth. Only the closer Tessa gets to the truth, the closer she gets to a killer - and this time it won't be so easy to run away.
©2016 Kara Thomas (P)2016 Listening Library
From The New York Times best-selling author of Girl in Pieces comes a novel about love and loss and learning how to continue when it feels like you're surrounded by darkness that Karen M. McManus, The New York Times best-selling author of One of Us Is Lying, calls "rare and powerful". Here is what happens when your mother dies. It's the brightest day of summer, and it's dark outside. It's dark in your house, dark in your room, and dark in your heart. You feel like the darkness is going to split you apart That's how it feels for Tiger. It's always been Tiger and her mother against the world. Then, on a day like any other, Tiger's mother dies. And now it's Tiger, alone. Here is how you learn to make friends with the dark. "Stunning and beautifully written." (HelloGiggles) "A rare and powerful novel, How to Make Friends with the Dark dives deep into the heart of grief and healing with honesty, empathy, and grace." (Karen M. McManus, New York Times best-selling author of One of Us Is Lying and Two Can Keep a Secret) "Breathtaking and heartbreaking, and I loved it with all my heart." (Jennifer Niven, New York Times best-selling author of All the Bright Places and Holding Up the Universe)
©2019 Kathleen Glasgow (P)2019 Listening Library
Dear Diary... Imagine my surprise when I heard that my old friend, Alex Burgess, was finally making his first movie - right here in River Heights! And he was sweet enough to invite George, Bess, and me for an inside glimpse behind the scenes. Of course George wants to get a closer look at the cameras, and Bess is dying for a peek at the film's leading man. But since the moment Alex yelled "action", some strange things have been happening: explosions in catering, costumes streaked with blood, and threatening notes scrawled on scripts. I've always thought it would be exciting to visit a movie set, but I never imagined that the real drama would be behind the camera....
©2015 Aladdin (P)2015 Oasis Audio
A tattoo parlor on Victoria Square? Some of the merchants get hot under the collar at the proposal, but could they be driven to kill to stop it? That's what the sheriff's office and Katie Bonner want to know when the building's owner is electrocuted with his own saw. Meanwhile, tensions rise when a hot chef takes over the square's tea shop. Will Katie have three men vying for her affections, or will her rival take the tea cake?
©2019 Lorraine Bartlett (P)2020 Tantor
Dear Diary...Bess, George, and I are actually in Alaska! Everywhere you look, there are massive mountains and sparkling, deep-blue waters. We're on the maiden voyage of the Arctic Star luxury cruise ship, and my old friend, Becca Wright, the assistant cruise director, needs our help. She received threatening emails before even setting sail; then a bloody body turned up in the swimming pool. And when a chandelier came crashing down in the dining room, we thought the Arctic Star may be cursed! There are so many passengers onboard, I don't know where to begin. But I'd better hurry; if I don't act fast, this might be everyone's final - and fatal - voyage!
©2015 Aladdin (P)2015 Oasis Audio
Eve Collins will do anything to save those she loves, especially her gargoyle protector and mate, Asher St. Michael. With the world crumbling down around them, Eve and Asher must face the final battle between darkness and light, one that will end in great sacrifice. When the skies darken and love in its truest form is tested, would you run? When death becomes silence and battle lines are drawn, would you fight? If you had to sacrifice to save the one you loved, would you fall to fate? Would you dare to let it go?
©2015 Randi Cooley Wilson (P)2016 Tantor
An acclaimed "5 Under 35" fiction writer's much-anticipated first novel In 2012 Claire Vaye Watkins' story collection, Battleborn, swept nearly every award for short fiction. Now this young writer, widely heralded as a once-in-a-generation talent, returns with a first novel that will more than meet listeners' hopes, harnessing the sweeping vision and deep heart that made her debut so arresting to a love story set in a devastatingly imagined near future. In a parched Southern California of the near future, Luz, once the poster child for the country's conservation movement, and Ray, an army deserter turned surfer, are squatting in a starlet's abandoned mansion. Most "Mojavs", prevented by armed vigilantes from freely crossing borders to lusher regions, have allowed themselves to be evacuated to encampments in the east. Holdouts like Ray and Luz subsist on rationed cola and water and whatever they can loot, scavenge, and improvise. For the moment, the couple's fragile love, which somehow blooms in this arid place, seems enough. But when they cross paths with a mysterious child, the thirst for a better future begins. Heading east, they are waylaid in the desert by a charming and manipulative dowser - a diviner for water - and his cultlike followers, who have formed a colony in a mysterious sea of dunes. Immensely moving, profoundly disquieting, and mind-blowingly original, Watkins' novel explores the myths we believe about others and tell about ourselves, the double-edged power of our most cherished relationships, and the shape of hope in a precarious future that may be our own.
©2015 Claire Vaye Watkins (P)2015 Penguin Audio
Dear Diary.... To celebrate her birthday, George invited Bess and me on her dream trip: a three-day bike tour around the beautiful Mystic Lake Park. I'm not exactly outdoorsy, but I was excited to explore the gorgeous landscape by day and camp under the stars at night. But the tour has been nothing short of a nightmare! First someone stole our tents. Then our trip leader, Caitlin, vanished overnight. Now we can't find the way back to civilization, and no one in our group can agree on the next move. I'm starting to think someone is out to sabotage this trip. Could it be one of our fellow cyclists?
©2015 Aladdin (P)2015 Oasis Audio
It felt like only minutes had passed when I woke up with a start. I glanced over at the digital clock I had placed on the nightstand; it read 3:19 a.m. I had been fast asleep for hours - what had woken me up? I raised my head to look around the room, and my heart leaped into my throat. There, standing at the foot of my bed, was a figure, looming in the darkness.
©2017 Aladdin (P)2017 Oasis Audio
PW Best Books of 2018 Winter 2018-2019 Kids' Indie Next List JLG Selection The Breakfast Club meets middle school with a prank twist in this hilarious and heartwarming story about six very different seventh graders who are forced to band together after a vandalism incident. When Theo's photography project is mysteriously vandalized at school, there are five suspected students who all say, "It wasn't me." Theo just wants to forget about the humiliating incident, but his favorite teacher is determined to get to the bottom of it and has the six of them come into school over vacation to talk. She calls it "Justice Circle". The six students - the Nerd, the Princess, the Jock, the Screw Up, the Weirdo, and the Nobody - think of it as detention. A.k.a. their worst nightmare. That is until they realize they might get along after all, despite their differences. But what is everyone hiding, and will school ever be the same? Audiobook cast of narrators: Theo Gustav, read by Robbie Daymond Questions read by Adenrele Ojo Molly, read by Jorjeana Marie Andre, read by Caz Harleaux Erik, read by Ramon de Ocampo Alice, read by Emily Woo Zeller Jax, read by JB Adkins And with an author's note read by the author
©2018 Dana Alison Levy (P)2018 Listening Library
Nothing is ever what it seems - including me. The Midwest Pack has three goals: Protect the pack. Protect the pack. And yeah, protect the pack. I have my own goal: Live a simple life and hope no one ever discovers that the quiet young woman next door turns into a wolf. All my efforts go up in flames when a vampire attack draws the attention of the Midwest Pack. The next thing I know, I'm staring down Ethan, a handsome and alluring alpha, as he demands to know what I am. Not who. What. The pack was warned that I'm not just a werewolf but a weapon - one that could be used against them. A weapon? Me? I'd love to dismiss it as a case of mistaken identity, but I've become the supernaturals' Most Wanted overnight. The vampires have put a bounty on my head. A necromancer attempts to kill me in a room full of people. And a mysterious witch is watching me far too closely for comfort. The only thing standing between me and certain death is the pack, but we're definitely not on the same page. I want to lie low, go back to my typical life, and live to fight another day, while their MO is "seek, confront, and destroy." And depending on the answers we find, the enemy they destroy...might be me.
©2018 McKenzie Hunter (P)2019 Tantor
You'd think that being chief seer for the supernatural world would come with a few perks. But as Cassie Palmer has learned, being Pythia doesn't mean that you don't have to do things the hard way. That's why she finds herself on a rescue mission skipping through time - even though she doesn't entirely understand her dimension-bending new power. Rescuing her friend, John Pritkin, should have been an in-and-out kind of deal, but with the near-immortal mage's soul lost in time, Cassie has to hunt for it through the ages - with Pritkin's demon dad in tow. He's the only one who can reverse Pritkin's curse, but with the guardians of the timeline dead set on stopping anyone from mucking about, Cassie will have to figure out how to get her friend back without ruffling too many feathers - or causing a world-ending paradox or two.
©2015 Karen Chance (P)2015 Tantor
A searing debut novel from the award-winning author of You Know When the Men Are Gone, about jealousy, the unpredictable path of friendship, and the secrets kept in marriage, all set within the US expat community of the Middle East during the rise of the Arab Spring. Both Cassie Hugo and Margaret Brickshaw dutifully followed their soldier husbands to the US embassy in Jordan, but that's about all the women have in common. After two years Cassie's become an expert on the rules, but newly arrived Margaret sees only her chance to explore. So when a fender bender sends Margaret to the local police station, Cassie reluctantly agrees to watch Margaret's toddler son. But as the hours pass, Cassie's boredom and frustration turn to fear: Why isn't Margaret answering her phone, and why is it taking so long to sort out a routine accident? Snooping around Margaret's apartment, Cassie begins to question not only her friend's whereabouts but also her own role in Margaret's disappearance. With achingly honest prose and riveting characters, The Confusion of Languages plunges listeners into a shattering collision between two women and two worlds, affirming Siobhan Fallon as a powerful voice in American fiction and a storyteller not to be missed.
©2017 Siobhan Fallon (P)2017 Penguin Audio
With nearly 50 percent of marriages ending in divorce, a growing percentage of women over age 40 choosing not to have children, and more than 3 percent of the population identifying as LGBT, modern life is clearly in need of some modern relationship advice. Sex from Scratch analyzes the facets of contemporary relationships through the struggles, opinions, and experiences of a diverse group of individuals living in nontraditional relationships. Rather than telling listeners how to snag partners and find true love, it gleans real-life knowledge from people of all sexualities and genders--from individuals trying to make open relationships work to those who have opted against having children--distilling their hard-earned wisdom. Contributions from Andi Zeisler, Stu Rasmussen, Betty Dodson, and others make this love and dating guidebook an essential, fun, and insightful resource for anyone in any type of relationship.
©2014 Sarah Mirk (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Dear diary... I'm not exactly a farm girl, but even I was excited to meet farmers Sam and Abby Heyworth. Through their CSA (that's community supported agriculture), they supply most of River Heights with fresh fruits and veggies. But lately Black Creek's food has been making people sick. Really sick. In fact tests revealed that their fruits and vegetables are crawling with deadly bacteria! The Heyworths swear that someone is contaminating their food on purpose. I can't imagine why anyone would want to sabotage a farm...but I'm going to find out!
©2015 Aladdin (P)2015 Oasis Audio
An unexpected journey leads one woman to discover that life after loss is possible if only you can find the courage to let go. One minute Tegan Lawson has everything she could hope for: an adoring husband, Gabe; and a baby on the way. The next a patch of black ice causes a devastating accident that will change her life in ways she never could have imagined. Tegan is consumed by grief - not to mention her anger toward Gabe, who was driving on the night of the crash. But just when she thinks she's hit rock bottom, Gabe reminds her of their Jar of Spontaneity, a collection of their dream destinations and experiences, and so begins an adventure of a lifetime. From the bustling markets of Thailand to the flavors of Italy to the ocean waves in Hawaii, Tegan and Gabe embark on a journey to escape the tragedy and search for forgiveness. But they soon learn that grief follows you no matter how far away you run and that acceptance comes when you least expect it. Heartbreaking, hopeful, and utterly transporting, Come Away with Me is an unforgettable debut and a luminous celebration of the strength of the human spirit.
©2015 Karma Brown (P)2015 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited.
Deputy coroner Mattie Winston knows everyone in the charmingly small town of Sorenson, Wisconsin - except the latest body discovered in a desolate field. If a woman this attractive had moved into town, the news would have surely hit the gossip mill in record time. So who was the murdered femme fatale? Whose knife was left planted in her chest? The mystery deepens when detective Steven Hurley takes one look at the body and turns as white as the newly fallen snow...and excuses himself from the case. It'll take all of Mattie's forensic skills to unravel the increasingly bizarre clues and find the killer...before she herself becomes just another cold case in a frigid Midwest winter!
©2011 Beth Amos (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
From the New York Times best-selling author of All the Missing Girls and The Perfect Stranger comes a captivating thriller about two teens who connect when each discovers a mysterious radio frequency that suggests their family tragedies are mysteriously connected. After surviving an infamous family tragedy, 16-year-old Kennedy Jones has made it her mission to keep her brother's search through the cosmos alive. But then something disturbs the frequency on his radio telescope - a pattern registering where no signal should transmit. In a neighboring county, 17-year-old Nolan Chandler is determined to find out what really happened to his brother, who disappeared the day after Nolan had an eerie premonition. There hasn't been a single lead for two years, until Nolan picks up an odd signal - a pattern coming from his brother's bedroom. Drawn together by these strange signals - and their family tragedies - Kennedy and Nolan search for the origin of the mysterious frequency. But the more they uncover, the more they believe everything's connected - even their pasts - as it appears the signal is meant for them alone, sharing a message only they can understand. Is something coming for them? Or is the frequency warning them about something that's already here?
©2019 Megan Miranda (P)2019 Listening Library
Property Of is the book that launched a major literary career. In it, New York Times best-selling author Alice Hoffman introduces a lonely outsider who wants desperately to belong. She deeply envies the tough, sultry girls who wear mascara and black leather and hang with the local gang known as the Orphans. As the unnamed narrator determinedly tries to become the property of the gang's brooding leader, McKay, she will discover what can and cannot be possessed - and what can happen when you hand your heart over to a man who claims to care nothing about love.
©1977 Alice Hoffman (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
I'm losing control. Past choices are coming back to haunt me, and an old curse threatens to drive me from the pack. Sky is the only person who can help me with the curse. To do so, she'll have to perform forbidden magic that will draw the attention of the witches. They've been vying for a reason to kill Sky, and performing forbidden magic will give them one. In the past, I haven't given Sky a reason to trust me, let alone the desire to save me. Now I need her to do both. Will she risk her life to save mine?
©2014 McKenzie Hunter (P)2017 Tantor
A modern ghost story about trauma and survival, Watch Over Me is the much-anticipated new novel from the Printz Award-winning author of We Are Okay Gripping; an emotion-packed must-read. (Kirkus, starred review) A painfully compelling gem from a masterful creator. (Booklist, starred review) Moving, unsettling, and full of atmospheric beauty. (SLJ, starred review) Mila is used to being alone. Maybe thats why she said yes. Yes to a second chance in this remote place, among the flowers and the fog and the crash of waves far below. But she hadnt known about the ghosts. Newly graduated from high school, Mila has aged out of the foster care system. So when shes offered a teaching job and a place to live on an isolated part of the Northern California coast, she immediately accepts. Maybe she will finally find a new home a real home. The farm is a refuge, but its also haunted by the past. And Milas own memories are starting to rise to the surface. Nina LaCour, the Printz Award - winning author of We Are Okay, delivers another emotional knockout with Watch Over Me about trauma and survival, chosen family and rebirth.
©2020 Nina LaCour (P)2020 Listening Library
Angel and Dickce Ducote tend to stay put in Athena, Mississippi, but a wedding is a good reason to say a temporary farewell to Charlie Harris' cat, Diesel, and go visit relatives. But while their stay in Louisiana is scorching hot, the atmosphere at the wedding is downright cold, with bride-to-be Sondra Delevan putting her trust fund above little things like love and loyalty. When a violent storm supposedly sweeps Sondra off a balcony to her death, the sisters discover that many of the guests attending the wedding had major reasons to object to Sondras marriage. Now its up to Angel and Dickce to use their down-home instincts to expose dubious alibis, silver-plated secrets, and one relentless murderer who lives for till death do us part.
©2015 Dean James (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
"I do have an idea. The most important thing, though," I said to Margot, Mrs. Marvin, and Catherine, "is for you to act completely normal. Our big advantage is that the thief doesn't think that anyone will check the safe until we're already back in River Heights and he or she is off the boat. The culprit has no idea that we're looking for him or her." Margot, Mrs. Marvin, and Catherine all nodded. I turned to Buddy. "What time are we due back at the dock?" "Ten thirty on the dot," he said. I checked my watch. "Just under three hours," I said. I'd never solved a case that fast before, but the dogs and cats of River Heights were counting on me!
©2017 Aladdin (P)2017 Oasis Audio
Nancy, Bess, and George must find a stolen statue in this 20th book of the Nancy Drew Diaries, a fresh approach to the classic mystery series. Nancy is beyond excited when she receives an invitation to an elite celebration of the arts hosted by the Duchess Strickland, a woman once renowned for her collection who hasn't been seen in years. With Bess and George at her side, Nancy's certain it will be an evening she'll never forget. Then just days before the party, a priceless sculpture is stolen! Still, the Duchess vows the party will go on as planned - and Nancy is determined to use the opportunity to sniff out the thief. But on the big night, as creatives, collectors, and connoisseurs - all with their own motives - converge, it quickly becomes clear that crime, like art, is all about the illusion, and a stolen statue may be the least of Nancys troubles.
©2020 Carolyn Keene (P)2020 Oasis Audio
I protect my pack at all costs - and I never fail. The vampires have broken our tentative truce and are threatening to destroy my pack. At the center of their scheme is Sky, an enigmatic lone wolf, who they believe is a weapon that can be used against us. Nothing about the quiet, doe-eyed brunette screams "danger" or "ruthless weapon". And that's the problem. My wolf's instinct says to protect her, especially after a necromancer tries to kill her, the vampires repeatedly attempt to abduct her, and we receive a dire warning about her. But as more is discovered about the elusive lone wolf, I quickly realize she's more dangerous than she looks. Can I neutralize the situation and protect her life, or do what I do best - protect the pack at all costs?
©2016 McKenzie Hunter (P)2017 Tantor
"Ali Greenleaf's story is complex and beautifully told; full of fury, heartbreak, and hope." (Kathleen Glasgow, New York Times best-selling author of Girl in Pieces and How to Make Friends with the Dark) Ali Greenleaf and Blythe Jensen couldn't be more different. Ali is sweet, bitingly funny, and just a little naive. Blythe is beautiful, terrifying, and the most popular girl in school. They've never even talked to each other, until a party when Ali decides she'll finally make her move on Sean Nessel, her longtime crush and the soccer team's superstar. But Sean pushes Ali farther than she wants to go. When she resists - he rapes her. Blythe sees Ali when she runs from the party; everyone sees her. And Blythe knows something happened with Sean; she knows how he treats girls. Even so, she's his best friend, his confidant. When he tells her it was a misunderstanding, she decides to help him make things right. So Blythe befriends Ali, bringing her into a circle of ruthless popular girls and sharing her own dark secrets. Despite the betrayal at the heart of their relationship, they see each other in a way no one ever has before. In her searing, empowering debut novel, Hayley Krischer tells the story of what happened that night and how it shaped Ali and Blythe forever. Both girls are survivors in their own ways, and while their friendship might not be built to last, it's one that empowers each of them to find justice on their own terms. This audiobook includes a downloadable PDF that contains help resources if you or someone you know is in crisis. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.
©2020 Hayley Krischer (P)2020 Listening Library
The New York Times best-selling author of Tell Me Three Things and What to Say Next delivers a poignant and hopeful novel about resilience and reinvention, first love and lifelong friendship, the legacies of loss, and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive. "A luminous, lovely story about a girl who builds a future from the ashes of her past." (KATHLEEN GLASGOW, New York Times best-selling author of Girl in Pieces) Sometimes, looking to the past helps you find your future. Abbi Hope Goldstein is like every other teenager, with a few smallish exceptions: Her famous alter ego, Baby Hope, is the subject of internet memes, she has asthma, and sometimes, people spontaneously burst into tears when they recognize her. Abbi has lived almost her entire life in the shadow of the terrorist attacks of September 11. On that fateful day, she was captured in what became an iconic photograph: In the picture, Abbi (aka "Baby Hope") wears a birthday crown and grasps a red balloon; just behind her, the South Tower of the World Trade Center is collapsing. Now, 15 years later, Abbi is desperate for anonymity and decides to spend the summer before her 17th birthday incognito as a counselor at Knights Day Camp two towns away. She's psyched for eight weeks in the company of four-year-olds, none of whom have ever heard of Baby Hope. Too bad Noah Stern, whose own world was irrevocably shattered on that terrible day, has a similar summer plan. Noah believes his meeting Baby Hope is fate. Abbi is sure it's a disaster. Soon, though, the two team up to ask difficult questions about the history behind the Baby Hope photo. But is either of them ready to hear the answers?
©2019 Julie Buxbaum (P)2019 Listening Library
A stunning breakout novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Still Missing in which a woman is convicted of her sister's murder.
Toni Murphy was eighteen when she and her boyfriend, Ryan, were wrongly convicted of the murder of her younger sister. Now she is thirty-four and back in her hometown, working every day to forge and adjust to a new life on the outside. She's doing everything in her power to avoid violating her parole and going back to prison. But nothing is making that easy not Ryan, who is convinced he can figure out the truth; not her mother, who clearly doubts Toni's innocence; and certainly not the group of women who made Toni's life miserable in high school and who may have darker secrets than anyone realizes. Before Toni can truly move on, she must risk everything to find out the truth and clear her name.
©2014 Chevy Stevens (P)2014 Blackstone Audio
The conclusion to Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, this Gothic thriller romance with shades of Stephen King and Daphne du Maurier is a must-listen for fans of Beautiful Creatures and Anna Dressed in Blood. Freddie once told me that the devil created all the fear in the world. But then, the devil once told me that it's easier to forgive someone for scaring you than for making you cry. The problem with River West Redding was that he'd done both to me. The crooked-smiling liar River West Redding, who drove into Violet's life one summer day and shook her world to pieces, is gone. Violet and Neely, River's other brother, are left to worry - until they catch a two a.m. radio program about strange events in a distant mountain town. They take off in search of River but are always a step behind, finding instead frenzied towns, witch hunts, and a wind-whipped island with the thrum of something strange and dangerous just under the surface. It isn't long before Violet begins to wonder if Neely, the one Redding brother she thought trustworthy, has been hiding a secret of his own....
©2014 April Genevieve Tucholke (P)2016 Listening Library
Fans of Lauren Myracle and Rachel Renee Russo's Dork Diaries will adore the third audiobook in this laugh-out-loud series about two BFFs who master middle school with a list of 13 goals they must achieve before their first summer apart. With winter break almost over and seventh grade spinning beyond their control, best friends Kaylan and Ari write a new list of 13 resolutions to make the New Year, middle school, and their friendship even more amazing before they go to separate camps next summer. But what happens when their bestie bucket list reveals issues in their friend group? Can they want totally different things and still be BFFs? Told in the alternating POVs of Ari and Kaylan - and with goals inspired by suggestions from fans - this contemporary coming-of-age story is bound to be the most heartbreaking and hilarious Friendship List yet.
©2019 Lisa Greenwald (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers
A riveting, suspenseful ride that tracks two romantic relationships that quickly turn controlling. The characters don't know it yet, but their paths are on a collision course, from which not everyone will make it out alive. Gabe lives in Austin, Texas, and he still can't believe Sasha, the stunning head cheerleader, is his girlfriend. But their relationship soon turns controlling; if she can't have Gabe, no one can.... Elyse lives in Portland, Oregon, and, as the shy best friend to their high school's theater star, is surprised to be cast as the lead in their production of Romeo and Juliet. It seems the new drama teacher, Mr. Hunter, has taken a liking to her - and as rehearsals wear on, Elyse can't stop thinking about him, either. Gabe and Elyse don't know it, but their paths are on a collision course. And when the dust settles, not everyone will make it out alive.
©2018 Jennifer Donaldson (P)2018 Listening Library
The New York Times best-selling author of the Cat in the Stacks Mysteries and Digging Up the Dirt returns with the latest Southern Ladies Mystery.... It's autumn down south, and An'gel and Dickce Ducote are in Natchez, Mississippi, at the request of Mary Turner Catlin, the granddaughter of an old friend. Mary and her husband, Henry Howard, live in Cliffwood, one of the beautiful antebellum homes for which Natchez is famous. Odd things have been happening in the house for years, and the French Room in particular has become the focal point for spooky sensations. The Ducotes suspect the ghostly goings-on are caused by the living, but when a relative of the Catlins is found dead in the room, An'gel and Dickce must sift through a haunted family history to catch a killer.
©2017 Dean James (P)2018 Audible, Inc.
Is your tween prepared for what's ahead? It used to be that middle school was the time to talk to kids about topics like modesty and body image. Unfortunately, the at-risk demographic for distorted views on the body is now girls ages 8-10. Fortunately, Dannah Gresh has provided a resource for this need. Secret Keeper Girl is geared toward helping tween girls understand their dignity in Christ. Here's what author Dannah Gresh has to say about the motivation behind the book: "My past 15 years of studying at-risk teen and tween behavior has over and over again led me to good news: girls who are exposed to an age-appropriate, Bible-based understanding of beauty and fashion between the ages of 8-12 tend to be less likely to engage in early sexual activity or have body image issues. They are also more likely to have healthy friendships, excel academically, and become positive social contributors in their communities, all while expressing their beauty and value appropriately. "It's not rocket science. It is social science paired with a whole lot of prayer and Bible study. We can change what tween girls see when they look in the mirror by changing what's inside their hearts." This is the heart behind Secret Keeper Girl: a desire to teach tween girls how valuable they are and how to honor their God-given dignity. Ultimately, it's about grounding girls in their identity in Christ so the tumultuous teen years don't uproot them.
©2017 eChristian (P)2017 eChristian
Dear diary... The good news: Bess, George, and I are on a train bound for Denali National Park, gazing at majestic Mount McKinley as we speed along. It's truly awesome! The bad news: Someone - a creepy passenger or a disgruntled employee? - is still causing major trouble on the Arctic Star cruise ship, and now that we're sightseeing on land, the danger has followed. Whoever it is has got even me in their sights - but I've been working undercover, so I have no idea how anyone discovered I'm a detective. With every step I take, I'm looking over my shoulder. The 49th state sure is proving to be treacherous territory.
©2015 Aladdin (P)2015 Oasis Audio
Dear Diary.... I thought a trip to Nantucket with Bess and George would be a simple vacation, but of course mysteries seem to follow me everywhere! We're on this fun, end-of-summer trip because our friend, Jenna, has an awesome exhibit opening at the local Nantucket Nautical Museum, and we want to support her. She was really excited about it until some creep vandalized her welcome banner. Now it's become clear that someone is out to sabotage the whole exhibit. I really need to find the culprit to help Jenna and to return some of the priceless artifacts that have gone missing from the museum. I'm pretty sure this is one beach vacation that won't be just fun in the sun.
©2015 Aladdin (P)2015 Oasis Audio
Katie Bonner feels like nothing can spoil her perfect day off, sailing Lake Ontario with her good friend, lawyer Seth Lander. Then she runs into her ex-boss, Jake, on the dock. It was never smooth sailing with Jake, and Katie is only too happy to get away from him as he makes a scene. Unfortunately, the next day her unpleasant former employer is found drowned in a bathtub at a bed and breakfast in Victoria Square. Who would pull the plug on Jake? When an autopsy reveals lake water - not bath water - in his lungs, Katie quickly finds herself in over her head. She'll need to race to find the killer before her business and her freedom both go down the drain.
©2016 Lorraine Bartlett (P)2016 Tantor
Nancy, Bess, and George race to catch an international jewel thief in this 18th book of the Nancy Drew Diaries, a fresh approach to the classic mystery series. Nancy is helping out her Dads friend, Louise Alain, and her dog, Marge, at an upcoming dog show in Montreal. Marge is a professional and needs someone she can trust to handle her at the biggest show of the season. Nancy is happy to oblige, especially since Louise invited Bess and George as well! Of course, the three friends are investigating a crime within hours of their arrival. One of the show dogs was drugged and a giant wad of gum was matted into its hair. Louise asks Nancy to investigate and gives her a useful tip: look at the dogs - their temperaments and styles are often a good window into the hearts and minds of their owners. But instead of solving a case of competitor sabotage, Nancy discovers jewel thieves have been using the dog show circuit as a smuggling operation. The thieves are not comfortable with the teenage sleuth whos asking too many questions. And when they make some serious threats, Nancy, Bess, and George quickly find themselves in dangerous territory. Can Nancy discover the thieves identity and take home the trophy? Or is this one case where the bite is worse than the bark?
©2019 Carolyn Keene (P)2019 Oasis Audio
Nancy and her friends must try to figure out why a girl is acting strangely after visiting a haunted house in this 16th book of the Nancy Drew Diaries, a fresh approach to the classic mystery series. Nancy's classmate, Willa, needs her help. Willa is convinced something is terribly wrong with her friend Izzy, but everyone has dismissed Willa's concerns, saying it's just teen angst. But Willa thinks it's more than that; she thinks Izzy is possessed. It all started when Willa and Izzy snuck into an abandoned house with some of their friends. After running around and exploring, Willa went in to the basement and found Izzy staring into space. Izzy was conscious, but she was acting weird - she wouldn't speak and she didn't seem to recognize Willa. And when Izzy finally woke up from her trance, she had no memory of the previous few hours. Since then, Izzy's continued to act strangely. She's usually funny and easygoing, but now she's high strung and has intense fits. Once she even threatened to hurt Willa. Nancy is sure there's a rational explanation for all of this and has a feeling she'll find it at the "haunted" house. But what she finds has her questioning her resolve. Could Willa be right? Is Izzy possessed by the ghost of Heliotrope Lane?
©2018 Aladdin (P)2018 Oasis Audio
Book two of the Austin Family Chronicles, an award-winning young adult series from Madeleine L'Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time, about a girl who experiences the difficulties and joys of growing up. "Everyone who remembers Meet the Austins as a delightful family story will want to read...this wise, beautifully written novel." (Chicago Tribune) As if simply being 14 years old wasn't bad enough - what with the usual teenage angst and uncertainty, Vicky Austin's always comforting and reliable home life is changing completely. Her brother John is going off to college in the fall. Maggy, an orphan taken in by the Austins two years ago, has gone to live with her legal guardian. And the rest of Vicky's family is moving from their quiet house in the country to the heart of New York City. But before the big move, the entire Austin family is taking a meandering trip across the country in their station wagon, stopping to camp along the way, with no set schedule and not a single night of camping experience among them. Wild animal attacks. Life-threatening natural disasters. Cute boys on the prowl. Anything can happen in the great outdoors.
©2008 Madeleine L'Engle (P)2019 Listening Library
Winner of the Amazon.ca First Novel Award Short-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize Longlisted for the 2017 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour Growing up in the suburban hell of Misery Saga (aka Mississauga), Lizzie has never liked the way she looks - even though her best friend, Mel, says she's the pretty one. She starts dating guys online, but she's afraid to send pictures, even when her skinny friend China does her makeup: She knows no one would want her if they could really see her. So she starts to lose. With punishing drive, she counts almonds consumed, miles logged, pounds dropped. She fights her way into coveted dresses. She grows up and gets thin, navigating double-edged validation from her mother, her friends, her husband, her reflection in the mirror. But no matter how much she loses, will she ever see herself as anything other than a fat girl? In her brilliant, hilarious, and at times shocking debut, Mona Awad simultaneously skewers the body image-obsessed culture that tells women they have no value outside their physical appearance and delivers a tender and moving depiction of a lovably difficult young woman whose life is hijacked by her struggle to conform. As caustically funny as it is heartbreaking, 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl introduces a vital new voice in fiction.
©2017 Mona Awad (P)2017 Penguin Random House Canada
With the discovery of her birth father, 12-year-old River has definite thoughts about how her life should turn out - and that certainly does not include any of the challenges that keep popping up! It's not easy to decide if she should live with Gram, who has been her family for the past 10 years, or with her father, who she's over-the-moon to have just met but knows little about. When River gets diagnosed with scoliosis, she fears it will impact her hopes and dreams. River decides to ask God for help. When River makes a new friend, Carlos, she realizes that having scoliosis isn't so bad when she learns what Carlos deals with every day. As this tender-sweet story unfolds, River learns to persevere and stay hopeful that soon she will be part of a real family. Yes, her dream does come true...but not in the way she had planned!
©2018 eChristian (P)2018 eChristian
Audiobook one of the Austin Family Chronicles, an award-winning young-adult series from Madeleine L'Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time, about a girl who experiences the difficulties and joys of growing up. "Beautifully written, with integrity and warmth, and young people are bound to identify with the characters, each a person in his own right, and to read absorbed from first page to last. Thoroughly recommended." (Chicago Tribune) For a family with four kids, two dogs, assorted cats, and a constant stream of family and friends dropping by, life in the Austin family home has always been remarkably steady and contented. When a family friend suddenly dies in a plane crash, the Austins open their home to an orphaned girl, Maggy Hamilton. The Austin children - Vicky, John, Suzy, and Rob - do their best to be generous and welcoming to Maggy. Vicky knows she should feel sorry for Maggy, but having sympathy for Maggy is no easy thing. Maggy is moody and spoiled; she breaks toys, wakes people in the middle of the night screaming, discourages homework, and generally causes chaos in the Austin household. How can one small child disrupt a family of six? Will life ever return to normal?
©2008 Madeleine L'Engle (P)2019 Listening Library
The honeymoon will have to wait for newlyweds Mattie Winston and Steve Hurley... As deputy medical examiner and homicide detective, respectively, the couple are dispatched to a grisly crime scene at the Grizzly Motel, a seedy joint for illicit liaisons on the outskirts of Sorenson, Wisconsin. A man and woman are found dead next to each other in bed in what initially appears to be a grim but straightforward murder-suicide. An affair gone sour? But as the forensic evidence is gathered and autopsies are performed, Mattie and Hurley realize the scene has been staged. They have a double murder on their hands. The spurned spouses of both victims top the list of suspects, but as more is revealed, the case becomes increasingly complex. Dividing their time and resources between the double homicide and an ongoing investigation involving Mattie's father, as well as caring for their toddler, Matthew, and Hurleys teenaged daughter, Emily, the two are stretched to their limits. After another victim turns up dead, there's no room for error as Mattie and Hurley stage a scene of their own to back the killer into a corner... Cover illustration by: Rob Wood (Wood Ronsaville Harlin, Inc.)
©2018 Beth Amos (P)2018 Audible, Inc.
For fans of Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Lois Duncan, and Daphne Du Maurier comes a powerhouse anthology featuring some of the best writers of YA thrillers and horror. A host of the smartest young adult authors come together in this collection of scary stories and psychological thrillers curated by Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea's April Genevieve Tucholke. Each story draws from a classic tale or two - sometimes of the horror genre, sometimes not - to inspire something new and fresh and terrifying. There are no superficial scares here; these are stories that will make you think even as they keep you on the edge of your seat. From bloody horror to supernatural creatures to unsettling, all-too-possible realism, this collection has something for any listener looking for a thrill. Fans of TV's The Walking Dead, True Blood, and American Horror Story will tear through tales by these talented authors: Stefan Bachmann Leigh Bardugo Kendare Blake A. G. Howard Jay Kristoff Marie Lu Jonathan Maberry Danielle Paige Carrie Ryan Megan Shepherd Nova Ren Suma McCormick Templeman April Genevieve Tucholke Cat Winters
©2015 April Genevieve Tucholke (P)2015 Listening Library
New York Times best-selling author Margaret Peterson Haddix, the master of cliff-hangers, delivers a pulse-pounding mystery perfect for fans of Jacqueline West and Kat Yeh, full of secrets, surprises, and the power of family. One minute theyre there: laughing and having fun at the house next door. The next minute, the teens are gone. Like magic. Marin cant believe her eyes. Who are they? Can anyone else see them? What makes them so happy? Marin is lonely in this new town of hers and eager to figure out more. Then she meets Charley, who reveals that he knows about them, too. He calls them the Remarkables. Charley warns her to stay away from the Remarkables - and him. Charley and Marin both have painful secrets theyre holding on to, but could solving the mystery of the Remarkables help them both? In addition to building an intriguing world filled with mystery, Haddix also grounds the story with real issues that many children face. Characters deal with the complexities of bullying, the guilt children experience when parents have addiction issues, and the uplifting power found in strong families of all shapes and sizes.
©2019 Margaret Peterson Haddix (P)2019 HarperAudio
Piper is feeling a bit overwhelmed. With Seiya and Lyre missing, Ash recovering from near fatal injuries, and the Gaians picking fights with daemons all over the city, a girl can't help but think she might be in over her head. And this time she's on her own. Before she even has a chance to investigate the Gaians' new stockpile of mysterious, high-tech weaponry, an old enemy ambushes her: Samael's henchman, Raum. He wants Ash's help and won't take "get lost" for an answer. She doesn't know if she can trust Raum, but even more than that, she can't trust herself with Ash. Sooner or later he'll catch up to her, and she fears she won't be able to walk away from him a second time. Despite her feelings, it will take their combined strength to face a frightening discovery about the Gaians. She and Ash begin to realize that the daemon war is coming to Earth, and they might be the only ones who can stop it - if it's not already too late.
©2015 Annette Marie (P)2016 Tantor
When Deputy Coroner Mattie Winston and her boss/best friend, Izzy, are called to the home of waitress and part-time model Shannon Tolliver, they find the ghoulish Halloween decorations a bit too authentic. Among the fake blood and skeletons is the corpse of Shannon herself. Since the whole town knows Shannon recently had a very public spat with her estranged husband, Erik, he's suspect number one. But Mattie happens to know Erik truly loved his wife, and is simply incapable of the brutal act - even if he owns the exact same caliber handgun as the murder weapon.
Determined to unearth the truth, Mattie puts her scalpel-sharp medical skills to work, and digs a little deeper. What she uncovers is stranger than anyone could have imagined.
©2010 2010 Beth Amos (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
Fans of Lauren Myracle and Wendy Mass will adore the second audiobook in this hilarious series about two BFFs who master middle school with a list of 12 goals they must achieve before their 13th birthday. Inspired by the success of their first birthday bucket list, Ari and her BFF Kaylan set 12 new goals for the next school year. And number one is Keep our friendship strong. But after a life-changing summer at camp, Ari feels torn between Kaylan and her camp friends. And as she faces down everything from boys to bat mitzvahs, Ari needs to figure out how to be her best self - before her friends come together at her 13th birthday party. Or the big win she and Kaylan were hoping for may become an epic fail.
©2018 Lisa Greenwald (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers
Alaska, 1970. Being a teenager here isn't like being a teenager anywhere else. This deeply moving and authentic debut is for fans of Rainbow Rowell, Louise Erdrich, Sherman Alexie, and Benjamin Alire Saenz. Intertwining stories of love, tragedy, wild luck, and salvation on the edge of America's last frontier introduce a writer of rare talent. Ruth has a secret that she can't hide forever. Dora wonders if she can ever truly escape where she comes from, even when good luck strikes. Alyce is trying to reconcile her desire to dance with the life she's always known on her family's fishing boat. Hank and his brothers decide it's safer to run away than to stay home - until one of them ends up in terrible danger. Four very different lives are about to become entangled. This unforgettable book is about people who try to save each other - and how sometimes, when they least expect it, they succeed. Narrator cast list: Ruth read by Jorjeana Marie Dora read by Erin Tripp Alyce read by Karissa Vacker Hank read by Robbie Daymond
©2016 Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock (P)2016 Listening Library
When Leigh Stein received a call from an unknown number in July 2011, she let it go to voice mail, assuming it would be her ex-boyfriend, Jason. Instead the call was from his brother: Jason had been killed in a motorcycle accident. He was 23 years old. She had seen him alive just a few weeks earlier. Leigh first met Jason at an audition for a tragic play. He was 19 and troubled and intensely magnetic, a dead ringer for James Dean. Leigh was 22 and living at home with her parents, trying to figure out what to do with her young-adult life. Within months they had fallen in love and moved to New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment, a place neither of them had ever been. But what was supposed to be a romantic adventure quickly turned sinister, as Jason's behavior went from playful and spontaneous to controlling and erratic, eventually escalating to violence. Land of Enchantment lyrically explores the heartbreaking complexity of why the person hurting you the most can be impossible to leave. With searing honesty and cutting humor, Leigh wrestles with what made her fall in love with someone so destructive and how to grieve a man who wasn't always good to her.
©2016 Leigh Stein (P)2016 Tantor
A riveting literary debut about the cost of keeping quiet. Amy Jo Burns grew up in Mercury, Pennsylvania, an industrial town humbled by the steel collapse of the 1980s. Instead of the construction booms and twelve-hour shifts her parents' generation had known, the Mercury Amy Jo knew was marred by empty houses, old strip mines, and vacant lots. It wasn't quite a ghost town - only because many people had no choice but to stay. The year Burns turned ten, this sleepy town suddenly woke up. Howard Lotte, its beloved piano teacher, was accused of sexually assaulting his female students. Among the countless girls questioned, only seven came forward. For telling the truth, the town ostracized these girls and accused them of trying to smear a good man's reputation. As for the remaining girls - well, they were smarter. They lied. Burns was one of them. But such a lie has its own consequences. Against a backdrop of fire and steel, shame and redemption, Burns tells of the boys she ran from and toward, the friends she abandoned, and the endless performances she gave to please a town that never trusted girls in the first place. This is the story of growing up in a town that both worshipped and sacrificed its youth - a town that believed being a good girl meant being a quiet one - and the long road Burns took toward forgiving her ten-year-old self. Cinderland is an elegy to that young girl's innocence, as well as a praise song to the curative powers of breaking a long silence.
©2014 Amy Jo Burns (P)2014 Audible Inc.
It's 1983, and 12-year-old River Starling's life is anything but normal. She was adopted on a whim and came without a birth certificate. Her adoptive parents gave her up to her grandmother when she was only two, but River is certain her parents will come back. River's hopes fall apart when Gram uproots them from their farmhouse and decides to move to Birdsong, West Virginia, the most miserable town River has ever seen. There she makes an unlikely friendship with an unusual boy and learns about acceptance, hard work, forgiveness, and the love of Jesus. Discover the unforgettable story of one girl's search for a place to call home.
©2018 eChristian (P)2018 eChristian
The path to success is rarely easy or direct, and good mentors are hard to find. In Getting There, 30 leaders in diverse fields share their secrets to navigating the rocky road to the top. In an honest, direct, and engaging way, these role models describe the obstacles they faced, the setbacks they endured, and the vital lessons they learned. They dispense not only essential and practical career advice, but also priceless wisdom applicable to life in general. Getting There is for everyone - from students contemplating their futures to the vast majority of us facing challenges or seeking to reach our potential.
©2015 Gillian Zoe Segal (P)2017 Novel Audio Inc.
The second book in the Greystone Secrets series from the master of plot twists, Margaret Peterson Haddix - perfect for fans of A Wrinkle in Time and The City of Ember! Until their mother vanished, the Greystone kids - Chess, Emma, and Finn - knew nothing about the other world. Everything is different there. Its a mirror image, except things are wrong. Evil. Their mother tried to fix it, but she and an ally got trapped there along with Ms. Morales, their friend Natalies mom. Now the four kids - brave Chess, smart Emma, kind Finn, and savvy Natalie - are determined to rescue everyone. To do so, they have to go back: into the other world, where even telling the truth can be illegal. But in such a terrifying place, Chess doubts he can ever be brave enough. Despite all her brains, Emma cant seem to break the code. With everything spiraling out of control, Finn has to pretend hes okay. And for Natalie, the lies of the other world include some she wishes were actually true. What if shes gotten so used to lying, she no longer knows what to believe? The second book in the Greystone Secrets series, The Deceivers, by best-selling author Margaret Peterson Haddix, continues the twisty and suspenseful story of the Greystone kids and examines the power of the truth - or a lie - to alter lives, society, and even an entire reality. Praise for Greystone Secrets #1: The Strangers *Winter 2018-2019 Kids' Indie Next List Pick* A secret-stacked, thrilling series opener. (Publishers Weekly, starred review) An engrossing mystery with a cliff-hanger ending to raise the stakes and delight fans new and old. (Booklist) Maintains suspense from the beginning to the cliffhanger ending. A high-stakes adventure full of teamwork with a multifaceted mystery and complex themes. (Kirkus Reviews)
©2019 Margaret Peterson Haddix (P)2019 HarperAudio
"Unflinchingly irreverent, laugh-out-loud funny, and heartbreakingly honest." (Elizabeth Acevedo, National Book Award winner and New York Times best-selling author of The Poet X) In the vein of powerful stories like The Hate U Give and The Poet X comes poet Morgan Parker's pitch-perfect novel about a black teenage girl searching for her identity when the world around her views her depression as a lack of faith and blackness as something to be politely ignored. Trapped in sunny, stifling, small-town suburbia, 17-year-old Morgan knows why she's in therapy. She can't count the number of times she's been the only non-white person at the sleepover, been teased for her "weird" outfits, and been told she's not "really" black. Also, she's spent most of her summer crying in bed. So there's that, too. Lately, it feels like the whole world is listening to the same terrible track on repeat - and it's telling them how to feel, who to vote for, what to believe. Morgan wonders, when can she turn this song off and begin living for herself? Loosely based on her own teenage life and diaries, this incredible debut by award-winning poet Morgan Parker will make listeners stand up and cheer for a girl brave enough to live life on her own terms - and for themselves. "Morgan Parker put THIS song on - and I hope it never turns off." (Nic Stone, New York Times best-selling author of Dear Martin and Odd One Out) A triumphant first impression in the YA space. (Entertainment Weekly) An incredibly heartfelt, deep story about a girl's coming of age. (Refinery29)
©2019 Morgan Parker (P)2019 Listening Library
Every fall, hunting season in Sorenson, Wisconsin, leads to some accidental injuries. Deputy coroner Mattie Winston just hopes the hunters don't bring any more business to her office. But somebody seems to have declared open season on land developers. One real estate developer who's recently come to town has been found dead in the woods, with an arrow through his neck. Now it's up to Mattie to get to the bottom of the killing. That might be easier if she wasn't also hunting for Detective Hurley's teenage daughter, Emily, who has suddenly disappeared. With a homicidal William Tell out on the loose, Mattie is desperate to find Emily before the killer notches another arrow.
©2016 Beth Amos (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
In the dazzling conclusion to the Greystone Secrets series from New York Times best-selling author Margaret Peterson Haddix, the Greystones and their doubles, the Gustanos, must team up to save the alternate world - before both worlds are lost. All secrets are revealed in this addictive, suspenseful story that shows the importance of teamwork, telling your story, and taking action when it matters most. As book three of the Greystone Secrets series opens, the Greystone kids have their mother back from the evil alternate world, and so does their friend Natalie. But no one believes the danger is past. Then mysterious coins begin falling from unexpected places. They are inscribed with codes that look just like what the Greystones father was working on before he died. And with the right touch, those symbols transform into words: Please Listen. And Find Us, See Us, Help Us.... The coins are messengers, telling the Greystones and their allies that their friends in the alternate world are under attack - and that the cruel, mind-controlling forces are now invading the better world, too. After another spinning, sliding journey across worlds, the Greystone kids must solve mysteries that have haunted them since the beginning: what happened when the Gustanos were kidnapped, what created the alternate world, and how a group of mismatched kids can triumph once and for all against an evil force that seems to have total control.
©2021 Margaret Peterson Haddix (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers
The new series from the author of The Silence of the Library and Murder Past Due... New York Times best-selling author Miranda James returns to Athena, Mississippi, with an all-new mystery featuring Miss An'gel and Miss Dickce Ducote, two snoopy sisters who are always ready to lend a helping hand. But when a stressed socialite brings murder right to their doorstep, even they have trouble maintaining their Southern hospitality. With the Mississippi sun beating down, Angel and Dickce are taking a break to cool off and pet sit their friend Charlie Harriss cat, Diesel, when their former sorority sister, Rosabelle Sultan, shows up at their door unexpectedly, with her ne'er-do-well adult children not far behind. Rosabelle's selfish offspring are desperate to discover what's in her will, and it soon becomes clear that one of them would kill to get their hands on the inheritance. Suddenly caught up in a deadly tangle of duplicitous suspects and deep-fried motives, it will take all of the sisters' Southern charm to catch a decidedly ill-mannered killer....
©2014 Dean James (P)2014 Audible Inc.
Deputy coroner Mattie Winston knows a thing or two about dead bodies. That's why she's on the case of Derrick Ames, a high school math teacher stabbed to death with a barbecue fork straight to the heart. Sure, she's turned up some motives and a few suspects, but nothing adds up. Especially when the evidence points to Ames's teenage son. Newly pregnant Mattie can't believe it, even as her own long-estranged father may be following her. But one thing's certain: she'd better start figuring things out fast, or a deadly perpetrator could be subtracting two more victims from the population of Sorenson, Wisconsin.
©2015 Beth Amos (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
Fresh out of college, Hannah Brencher moved to New York and found a city full of people who knew where they were going and what they were doing. Lonely and depressed, she noticed a woman who looked like she felt the same way on the subway. Hannah did something strange - she wrote the woman a letter. When she realized that it made her feel better, she started writing and leaving love notes all over the city - in doctors' offices, in coat pockets, in library books, and in bathroom stalls. Feeling crushed within a culture that felt like connecting only on a screen, she poured her heart out to complete strangers. She found solace in the idea that her words might brighten someone's day. Hannah's project took on a life of its own when she made an offer on her blog: She would handwrite a note and mail it to anyone who wanted one. Overnight her inbox exploded with requests from people all over the world. Nearly 400 handwritten letters later, she started the website The World Needs More Love Letters, which quickly grew.
©2015 Hannah Brencher (P)2015 Tantor
Sorenson, Wisconsin's deputy coroner Mattie Winston is back on the job...in a nursing home examining the body of Bernie Chase - the now former president of the Twilight Home's board of directors - who is covered in a powder used to turn liquids to solids. The home's residents are certain Bernie was offing the patients who cost him too much...and the patient that found him can't remember a thing. Between her ongoing tug of war with Detective Hurley, fulfilling her new job requirement of seeing a shrink, and wrangling with the Twilight Home's board of directors, Mattie's got her scrubbed hands full. She'll need all of her outside-the-box forensic skills to crack a case that's turning out to be stranger - and more dangerous - than anything she's seen before!
©2014 Beth Amos (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
Best-selling author Karma Brown is back with a morally infused and emotionally riveting exploration of one woman's guilt over an unexpected - yet avoidable - tragedy. Meg Pepper has a fulfilling career and a happy family. Most days she's able to keep it all together and glide through life. But then, in one unalterable moment, everything changes. After school pickup one day, she stops her car to wave a teenage boy across the street...just as another car comes hurtling down the road and slams into him. Meg can't help but blame herself for her role in this horrific disaster. Full of remorse, she throws herself into helping the boy's family as he rehabs from his injuries. But the more Meg tries to absolve herself, the more she alienates her own family - and the more she finds herself being drawn to the boy's father. Soon Meg's picture-perfect life is unravelling before her eyes. As the painful secrets she's been burying bubble dangerously close to the surface, she will have to decide: Can she forgive herself, or will she risk losing everything she holds dear to her heart?
©2017 Karma Brown (P)2017 Audible, Inc.
Another laugh-out-loud love story from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shirley Jump's wickedly delightful Sweet and Savory Romances series. It's the Sweetest Mess to Date When Olivia Regan bids on a sexy Boston celebrity at a charity auction, her intentions are not what they seem. Plagued by a never-ending cycle of failed marketing plans for her pastry business, Olivia is sure that her newest ploy - with charming playboy Daniel Worth at the center - will succeed. Well, as long as she can resist his deep blue eyes and million-dollar smile. Daniel Worth has never felt like he had a purpose in life and wants a taste of the determined drive he sees in the fiery Olivia. He's intrigued by Olivia and her high-priced bid - as well as the fact that he can't buy her in return. Olivia's beauty and fight-to-the-end attitude drive Daniel to put his inheritance at risk and take a chance on the irresistible pastry chef, even if falling for her means treading on dangerous ground. Olivia is determined to protect her wounded heart, but soon realizes bidding on Daniel Worth has created a mess, not just in her business, but also in her heart!
©2006 Shirley Jump (P)2014 Audible Inc.
When Mattie Winston catches her husband Dr. David Winston receiving some very special loving care from R.N. Karen Owenby, she quits her job and moves out. Mattie's best friend Izzy offers her a place to stay and suggests she'd be a natural as deputy coroner. Now, instead of taking patients' pulses, Mattie's weighing their hearts and livers. But Mattie's first homicide call turns out to be for none other than Nurse Karen, and even though she saw her ex in a heated argument with the newly deceased the night before, she refuses to believe David could be a killer. Keeping mum about what she saw, Mattie is also left speechless by the sight of hunky Detective Steve Hurley... From learning the ropes on her new job to sorting out her feelings about her ex and dealing with her growing attraction to Detective Hurley, Mattie's in deep water and in danger of sinking quickly, especially when she places herself dead center in the path of a desperate - yet determined - killer...
©2009 Beth Amos (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
The second book in New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Shirley Jump's irresistible Sweet and Savory Romances. Maria Pagliano is a woman on a diet mission. Desperate to drop a dress size before her reunion, she joins the Chubby Chums. But waiting next door is sexy, tempting chef and restaurateur Dante Del Rosso. Dante is all wrong for Maria. He tastes and smells like all the foods she has stricken from her diet. But Maria's love for her singing grandfather, cantankerous grandmother, and matchmaking mother all fill a long-empty spot in Dante's heart. He sets out to win her, using every weapon he has, including his tortellini. He's offering her the very thing she's got no willpower to resist - desire on a plate. Special bonus material: Recipes written by the characters inside! The original version of this book was published in 2005, and titled as The Devil Served Tortellini.
©2012 Shirley Jump (P)2014 Audible Inc.
Following her best-selling debut novel Come Away with Me, Karma Brown returns with an unforgettable story that explores the intricate dynamics of friendship and parenthood. Hannah and Kate became friends in the fifth grade, when Hannah hit a boy for looking up Kate's skirt with a mirror. While they've been close as sisters ever since, Hannah can't help but feel envious of the little family Kate and her husband, David, have created - complete with two perfect little girls. She and Ben have been trying for years to have a baby, so when they receive the news that she will likely never get pregnant, Hannah's heartbreak is overwhelming. But just as they begin to tentatively explore the other options, it's Kate's turn to do the rescuing. Not only does she offer to be Hannah's surrogate, but Kate is willing to use her own eggs to do so. Full of renewed hope, excitement, and gratitude, these two families embark on an incredible journey toward parenthood...until a devastating tragedy puts everything these women have worked toward at risk of falling apart. Poignant and refreshingly honest, The Choices We Make is a powerful tale of an incredible friendship and the risks we take to make our dreams come true.
©2016 Karma Brown (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
The path to success is rarely easy or direct, and good mentors are hard to find. In Getting There, 30 leaders in diverse fields share their secrets to navigating the rocky road to the top. In an honest, direct, and engaging way, these role models describe the obstacles they faced, the setbacks they endured, and the vital lessons they learned. They dispense not only essential and practical career advice, but also priceless wisdom applicable to life in general. Getting There is for everyone - from students contemplating their futures to the vast majority of us facing challenges or seeking to reach our potential.
©2015 Gillian Zoe Segal (P)2017 Novel Audio Inc.
Geraldlynn is a lively, astute 14-year-old. Her family, displaced by Hurricane Katrina, returns home to find a radically altered public education system. Geraldlynn's parents hope their daughter's new school will prepare her for college - but the teenager has ideals and ambitions of her own. Aidan is a fresh-faced Harvard grad drawn to New Orleans by the possibility of bringing change to a flood-ravaged city. He teaches at an ambitious charter school with a group of newcomers determined to show the world they can use science, data, and hard work to build a model school. Mary Laurie is a veteran educator who becomes principal of one of the first public high schools to reopen after Katrina. Laurie and her staff find they must fight each day not only to educate the city's teenagers, but to keep the Walker community safe and whole. In this powerful narrative non-fiction debut, the lives of these three characters provide listeners with a vivid and sobering portrait of education in twenty-first-century America. Hope Against Hope works in the same tradition as Random Family and There Are No Children Here to capture the challenges of growing up and learning in a troubled world.
©2013 Sarah Carr (P)2013 Audible Inc.
Between life and death, there's magic. Our secrets have been exposed and now we have to deal with the consequences: Friends of the Midwest Pack are missing. Alliances are forming between enemies whose sole intent is to destroy the pack. And a mysterious group is trying to make a power grab using any means possible. With my pack and our allies in danger, I don't think things can possibly get any worse. I'm wrong. The spirit shade that I've hosted all my life awakens - vengeful and powerful - and uses me to cast a dark spell over all were-animals. If I can't find a way to reverse it, they will die.
©2017 McKenzie Hunter (P)2018 Tantor
Six Starred Reviews and a New York Public Library Best Book of 2017! New York Times best-selling author Jodi Lynn Anderson's epic tale - told through three unforgettable points of view - is a masterful exploration of how love, determination, and hope can change a person's fate. 2065: Adri has been handpicked to live on Mars. But weeks before launch, she discovers the journal of a girl who lived in her house more than a hundred years ago and is immediately drawn into the mystery surrounding her fate. 1934: Amid the fear and uncertainty of the Dust Bowl, Catherines familys situation is growing dire. She must find the courage to sacrifice everything she loves in order to save the one person she loves most. 1919: In the recovery following World War I, Lenore tries to come to terms with her grief for her brother, a fallen British soldier, and plans to sail from England to America. But can she make it that far? While their stories span thousands of miles and multiple generations, Lenore, Catherine, and Adris fates are entwined in ways both heartbreaking and hopeful. In Jodi Lynn Andersons signature haunting, lyrical prose, human connections spark spellbindingly to life, and a bright light shines on the small but crucial moments that determine ones fate. Deft, succinct, and ringing with emotion without ever dipping into sentimentality, Anderson's novel is both intriguing and deeply satisfying. (Kirkus, starred review) Each characters resilience and independence shines brightly, creating a thread that ties them together even before the intersections of their lives are fully revealed. Andersons piercing prose ensures that these remarkable women will leave a lasting mark on readers. (Publishers Weekly, starred review) With quietly evocative writing, compellingly drawn characters, and captivating secrets to unearth, this thought-provoking, lyrical novel explores the importance of pinning down the past before launching into the mystery of the future. (Booklist, starred review) Anderson...allows her characters to shine through, with each distinct, nuanced, and memorable. (BCCB, starred review) Anderson deftly tackles love, friendship, and grief in this touching exploration of resilience and hope. A must-have for all YA collections. (School Library Journal, starred review) "In Midnight at the Electric, Jodi Lynn Anderson weaves a shining tale of hope in the face of adversity. " (Shelf Awareness, starred review)
©2017 Jodi Lynn Anderson (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
Smart and inventive, an emotional and addictive novel that considers the elusive definition of happiness. Pearl's job is to make people happy. Every day, she provides customers with personalized recommendations for greater contentment. She's good at her job, her office manager tells her, successful. But how does one measure an emotion? Meanwhile, there's Pearl's teenage son, Rhett. A sensitive kid who has forged an unconventional path through adolescence, Rhett seems to find greater satisfaction in being unhappy. The very rejection of joy is his own kind of "pursuit of happiness". As his mother, Pearl wants nothing more than to help Rhett - but is it for his sake or for hers? Certainly it would make Pearl happier. Regardless, her son is one person whose emotional life does not fall under the parameters of her job - not as happiness technician, and not as mother, either. Told from an alternating cast of endearing characters from within Pearl and Rhett's world, Tell the Machine Goodnight delivers a smartly moving and entertaining story about relationships and the ways that they can most surprise and define us. Along the way, Katie Williams playfully illuminates our national obsession with positive psychology, and our reliance on quick fixes and technology. What happens when these obsessions begin to overlap? With warmth, humor, and a clever touch, Williams taps into our collective unease about the modern world and allows us see it a little more clearly.
©2018 Katie Williams (P)2018 Penguin Audio
A new home, a new marriage, a new family. It's a lot to sort out. But before medicolegal death investigator Mattie can smooth out the unexpected chaos of her new life, duty calls. At the local ER, a battered and bruised teenage girl has been brought in by a mysterious man who claimed she'd fallen out of a car. The staff is suspicious, but while they attend to the teenager, the unidentified man slips out. Then the girl dies, but not before informing social worker Hildy Schneider that the man had her little sister as well. Mattie's exam reveals forensic evidence of long-term IV drug use and physical abuse, findings consistent with Hildy's suspicion that the girl was a victim of human trafficking. They are able to confirm her identity as a teen who went missing six months ago, along with her sister - facts that are deeply unsettling to Mattie, who now shares a home with her husband's teenaged daughter. Working closely with Hildy and homicide detectives, including her husband Steve Hurley, Mattie must delve into a dark underworld to stop the ruthless trafficking of human lives - before it's too late for another young girl...
©2019 Beth Amos (P)2019 Tantor
Equal parts Dexter and 50 Shades, this is the eagerly awaited new novel from A. R. Torre, author of the award-winning erotic thriller The Girl in 6E. The rules are the same. I can't open the door. I can't leave. I can't kill anyone. The only difference is I don't set the rules anymore. Guards in gray uniforms do. It is everything I never wanted and everything I always deserved. I write to you now from a prison cell. My home for the next 20 to 30 years. That's the going term for murder.
©2015 A. R. Torre (P)2015 Hachette Audio
Book four of the Austin Family Chronicles, an award-winning young adult series from Madeleine L'Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time, about a girl who experiences the difficulties and joys of growing up. A Newbery Honor Book "L'Engle has the magic storytelling gift that makes it a pleasure to lose yourself in her spell." (Newsweek) After a tumultuous year in New York City, the Austins are spending the summer on the small island where their grandfather lives. He's very sick, and watching his condition deteriorate as the summer passes is almost more than Vicky can bear. To complicate matters, she finds herself as the center of attention for three very different boys. Zachary Grey, the troubled and reckless boy Vicky met last summer, wants her all to himself as he grieves the loss of his mother. Leo Rodney has been just a friend for years, but the tragic loss of his father causes him to turn to Vicky for comfort - and romance. And then there's Adam Eddington. Adam is only asking Vicky to help with his research on dolphins. But Adam - and the dolphins - may just be what Vicky needs to get through this heartbreaking summer.
©2008 Madeleine L'Engle (P)2018 Listening Library
In this heartfelt and powerfully affecting coming of age story, a neurodivergent seventh grader is determined to find her missing best friend before it's too late. Things never seem to go as easily for 13-year-old Frankie as they do for her sister, Tess. Unlike Tess, Frankie is neurodivergent. In her case, that means she can't stand to be touched, loud noises bother her, she's easily distracted, she hates changes in her routine, and she has to go see a therapist while other kids get to hang out at the beach. It also means Frankie has trouble making friends. She did have one - Colette - but they're not friends anymore. It's complicated. Then, just weeks before the end of seventh grade, Colette unexpectedly shows up at Frankie's door. The next morning, Colette vanishes. Now, after losing Colette yet again, Frankie's convinced that her former best friend left clues behind that only she can decipher, so she persuades her reluctant sister to help her unravel the mystery of Colette's disappearance before it's too late. A powerful story of friendship, sisters, and forgiveness, Tornado Brain is an achingly honest portrait of a young girl trying to find space to be herself.
©2020 Cat Patrick (P)2020 Listening Library
Book three of the Austin Family Chronicles, an award-winning young adult series from Madeleine L'Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time, about a girl who experiences the difficulties and joys of growing up. "A first-rate suspense story." (The Washington Post Book World) The Austins are trying to settle into their new life in New York City, but their once close-knit family is pulling away from each other. Their father spends long hours alone in his study working on the research project that brought the family to the city. John is away at college. Rob is making friends with people in the neighborhood: newspaper vendors, dog walkers, even the local rabbi. Suzy is blossoming into a vivacious young woman. And Vicky has become closer to Emily Gregory, a blind and brilliant young musician, than to her sister Suzy. With the Austins going in different directions, they don't notice that something sinister is going on in their neighborhood - and it's centered around them. A mysterious genie appears before Rob and Emily. A stranger approaches Vicky in the park and calls her by name. Members of a local gang are following their father. The entire Austin family is in danger. If they don't start telling each other what's going on, someone just might get killed.
©2008 Madeleine L'Engle (P)2019 Listening Library
Images of comfortable kitchens and flower-filled gardens stir something deep within us - we instinctively long for home. In a world of chaos and conflict, we want a place of comfort and peace. In Placemaker, Christie Purifoy invites us to notice our soul's desire for beauty, our need to create and to be created again and again. As she reflects on the joys and sorrows of two decades as a placemaker and her recent years living in and restoring a Pennsylvania farmhouse, Christie shows us that we are all gardeners. No matter our vocation, we spend much of our lives tending, keeping, and caring. In each act of creation, we reflect the image of God. In each moment of making beauty, we realize that beauty is a mystery to receive. Weaving together her family's journey with stories of botanical marvels and the histories of the flawed yet inspiring placemakers who shaped the land generations ago, Christie calls us to cultivate orchards and communities, to clap our hands along with the trees of the fields. Placemaker is a timely yet timeless reminder that the cultivation of good and beautiful places is not a retreat from the real world but a holy pursuit of a world that is more real than we know. A call to tend the soul, the land, and the places we share with one another. A reminder that we are always headed home.
©2019 Christie Purifoy (P)2019 eChristian
Katie Bonner, the reluctant manager of Artisans Alley in the quaint shopping district of Victoria Square, is no stranger to ambivalence. Things have been going hot and heavy with pizza maker Andy Rust - so much so that Katie has moved in over his pizza parlor. But now that summer's ushered in a heat wave, an apartment above pizza ovens without an air conditioner is making Katie hot and bothered. At the height of the heat wave, a tragic fire strikes Victoria Square. Wood U, a small store selling wooden gifts and small furniture, is destroyed. But the fire may just be a smoke screen - for murder. A body is found among the charred wreckage, and the victim didn't die from smoke inhalation. He was shot. Now - despite making Detective Ray Davenport hot under the collar - Katie is determined to smoke out a cold-hearted killer....
©2013 Lorraine Bartlett (P)2015 Tantor
I haven't touched another person in three years. That seems like it would be a difficult task, but it's not. Not anymore, thanks to the internet. My anonymous clients spend thousands of dollars to watch me take my clothes off for the camera. What they want, I give. Their secrets, I keep. Everything I tell them is a lie. Open the door to this year's most shocking thriller.
©2014 A.R. Torre (P)2014 Hachette Audio
In book five of the award-winning Austin Family Chronicles young adult series from Madeleine L'Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time, a girl experiences the difficulties and joys of growing up. The Austins have settled back into their beloved home in the country after more than a year away. Though they had all missed the predictability and security of life in Thornhill, Vicky Austin is discovering that slipping back into her old life isn't easy. She's been changed by life in New York City and her travels around the country while her old friends seem to have stayed the same. So Vicky finds herself spending time with a new friend, Serena Eddington - the great-aunt of a boy Vicky met over the summer. Aunt Serena gives Vicky an incredible birthday gift - a month-long trip to Antarctica. It's the opportunity of a lifetime. But Vicky is nervous. She's never been away from her family before. Once she sets off though, she finds that's the least of her worries. She receives threatening letters. She's surrounded by suspicious characters. Vicky no longer knows who to trust. And she may not make it home alive.
©2008 Madeleine L'Engle (P)2019 Listening Library
Fed up with her moody teenage daughter, Meg Addams decides what they both need is a good dose of suburban wholesomeness. But when they leave Manhattan behind for Meg's humble blue-collar hometown, they find it crowded with wealthy strangers and upscale boutiques. Settling into a creaky fixer-upper, Meg finally spots a familiar face right next door - and it belongs to none other than Sam Rooney. The would-be love of Meg's high school life is now a single dad, her daughter's new soccer coach - and a neighborly ghost-buster whenever things go bump in the night. With three kids and an undeniable attraction between them, Meg and Sam are in for some heart-racing, wee-hour encounters that have nothing to do with spirits...but everything to do with hearts.
©2007 Wendy Markham (P)2013 Audible Inc.
He was the one you called when you needed rescuing. But who was Taft Bowman going to call when he needed help? Because 10 years ago Laura Pendleton, the love of his life, left town without a word, then or since. Now she was back, with a new last name - and two adorable, high-needs little ones in tow. Well, Taft had been stupid enough to let her go once before; he wasn't about to make the same mistake again. He'd never stopped loving her - and one look at those adorable little faces and he knew that he was meant to be with Laura and her kids forever. All he had to do was convince her that this time he was a man she could count on!
©2012 RaeAnne Thayne (P)2016 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited.
Home for the holidays Hope Nichols has never felt as if she belonged anywhere except her hometown of Pine Gulch. So when she hears that her family's property, Christmas Ranch, is set to be shut down forever, a determined Hope heads home. She refuses to let the Grinch steal her holiday - this will be the most memorable ranch Christmas ever! And, thanks to hunky former navy SEAL Rafe Santiago and his adorable nephew, she might just pull off that miracle. Rafe is undeniably drawn to Hope and her passion for rebuilding her family home. But he knows more about Hope's tragic past than even she herself could imagine. And though she doesn't know it, she owes him her life. And all he wants in return is for her to spend it with him....
©2014 RaeAnne Thayne (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Francis Ray turns up the heat in All that I Desire, a sizzling Grayson Friends romance about a woman's life, liberty - and pursuit of passion. Love is never picture-perfect.... Nothing can stop a woman like Skylar Dupree once she makes up her mind. Defying her family and leaving law school, she's landed her dream job as an event director at the prestigious Navarone Resorts and Spas in Arizona. It's all that Skylar's ever desired - until she sees Rio Sanchez, the resort's head of security and Blade Navarone's own personal bodyguard. He's the sexiest, most striking man she's ever met. Sometimes it's even better.... When Skylar starts planning a huge charity auction at the resort, it's Rio's job to keep an eye on the prized art she collects from donors. Though he's not blind to Skylar's beauty, Rio is nothing if not professional - and he refuses to make a move. But when a mysterious stranger enters the picture - and puts Skylar's life in danger - Rio attempts to protect her only to be told, in no uncertain terms, that Skylar is capable of taking care of herself. Her brazen independence is enough to drive Rio crazy - with desire. Could it be that the strong, hard-hearted Rio has finally met his match?
©2013 Francis Ray (P)2014 Audible Inc.
USA TODAY best-selling author RaeAnne Thayne brings listeners back to the ranch for an emotional holiday visit with The Cowboys of Cold Creek! Hardened rancher Ridge Bowman has long told himself he has no need for love - just work and his little girl are enough to get him through. But when his cleaning lady, Sarah Whitmore, gets injured on his staircase, well, of course he has to invite her to spend the holidays with him. It's only the responsible thing to do. Only, Sarah isn't really there to work on his house. She came bearing precious artwork belonging to Ridge's late mother, and possibly a secret that could devastate them both. But as Christmas draws closer, so does Ridge - and Sarah convinces herself that she will tell him what she knows as soon as the holiday is over. She might be the key to his past - if only he could be a part of her future
©2013 RaeAnne Thayne (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
Deputy Coroner Mattie Winston is starting to feel like she's in way over her head... As the single mom of an energetic toddler and an investigator working for the medical examiner's office in small-town Sorenson, Wisconsin, Mattie is used to her life being a juggling act. But now that she's moved in with Detective Steve Hurley and his teenaged daughter Emily, and has started planning their wedding, her home life is looking more like a three-ring circus. And with her boss and friend, Izzy, suddenly having a health crisis, she could not be more grateful for the newest staff member in the ME's office, Hal Dawson. All too quickly her gratitude turns to shock when a floating body found trapped against a dam turns out to be Hal, but the cause of death isn't drowning - his throat's been slashed. Hal was supposed to be fishing on his day off with his girlfriend. And when their empty boat is found in a nearby lake, the whereabouts of the woman becomes an even more urgent question. To find out what really happened to her coworker, Mattie may need to rock the boat. But a killer is just as determined to keep the truth from ever surfacing, even if that means making Mattie the next one to go under.
©2017 Beth Amos (P)2017 Audible, Inc.
In this companion novel to the critically acclaimed Some Quiet Place, Alex must choose between Revenge and Forgiveness. Seventeen-year-old Alexandra Tate sits outside Nate Foster's house, clutching a gun. After serving 10 years for the drunk driving accident that killed Alex's family, Nate has been released from prison. Every night, Alex waits out of sight, building up the courage to exact her own justice. There's just one problem: Forgiveness. Alex has been able to see personified Emotions for as long as she can remember, and Revenge is her best friend. But when Forgiveness suddenly appears, he offers Alex a choice - getting even or moving on. It's impossible to decide when Revenge whispers in one ear...and Forgiveness whispers in the other.
©2014 Kelsey Sutton (P)2014 Audible Inc.
Enter the sinfully delicious universe of New York Times bestselling author Shirley Jump's Sweet and Savory Romances with the USA Today and Amazon Top 20 bestseller - The Bride Wore Chocolate! Life couldn't be more perfect for Candace Woodrow. Her gourmet gift basket company is thriving, and she's set to marry steady, dependable Barry. There's just one wrench in the fairytale. Two weeks before her wedding she wakes up in the wrong man's bed. Candace thinks she'll be able to run out the door and forget all about Michael Vogler, but the Boston millionaire has other plans for the jittery bride.As the wedding approaches, Candace's life is further complicated by a thrill-seeking grandma and a meddlesome mother whose marriage track record rivals Elizabeth Taylor's. She attempts to drown her sorrows in chocolate, but with a sexy bachelor appearing on her doorstep at every turn - she finds herself wondering if there's enough of the sweet stuff in the world to stop her heart from racing every time he comes near.
©2012 Shirley Jump (P)2014 Audible Inc.
I can't feel sadness, anger, or fear. I can't feel anything. I've grown talented at pretending. Elizabeth Caldwell doesn't feel emotions... she sees them in human form. Longing hovers around the shy, adoring boy at school. Courage materializes beside her dying friend. Fury and Resentment visit her abusive home. They've all given up on Elizabeth because she doesn't succumb to their touch. All, that is, except beautiful Fear, who sometimes torments her and other times plays her compassionate savior. He's obsessed with finding the answer to one question: What happened to Elizabeth to make her this way? They both sense that the key to Elizabeth's condition is somehow connected to the paintings of her dreams, which show visions of death and grief that raise more questions than answers. But as a shadowy menace begins to stalk her, Elizabeth's very survival depends on discovering the truth about herself. When it matters most, she may not be able to rely on Fear to save her.
©2013 Kelsey Sutton (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
*A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2019* *A Booklist Editors' Choice for Books for Youth 2019* Perfect for fans of Sarah Mlynowski and Jenny Han, this heartfelt and humorous contemporary take on Sense and Sensibility follows two sisters - complete opposites - who discover the secrets theyve been keeping make them more alike than theyd realized. For siblings as different as Plum and Ginny, getting on each others nerves is par for the course. But when the familys finances hit a snag, sending chaos through the house in a way only characters from a Jane Austen novel could understand, a distance grows between them like never before. Plum, a self-described social outcast, finally has something in her life that doesnt revolve around her dramatic older sister. But what if coming into her own means Plum isnt there for Ginny when she, struggling with a hard secret of her own, needs her most?
©2019 Blair Thornburgh (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers
"Belongs alongside Holly Goldberg Sloan's Counting by 7s, Cindy Baldwin's Where the Watermelons Grow, and Ali Benjamin's The Thing about Jellyfish. Highly recommended." (School Library Journal, starred review) An emotional and uplifting debut about a girl named Jack and her gender-creative little brother, Birdie, searching for the place where they can be their true and best selves. After their mama dies, Jack and Birdie find themselves without a place to call home. And when Mama's two brothers each try to provide one - first sweet Uncle Carl, then gruff Uncle Patrick - the results are funny, tender, and tragic. They're also somehow...spectacular. With voices and characters that soar off the page, J. M. M. Nuanez's debut novel depicts an unlikely family caught in a situation none of them would have chosen, and the beautiful ways in which they finally come to understand one another. Perfect for fans of The Thing About Jellyfish and Counting by Sevens. "A luminous debut." (Ashley Herring Blake, author of Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World, Stonewall Honor book)
©2020 J. M. M. Nuanez (P)2020 Listening Library
New York Times best-selling author Shirley Jump takes a bow with the final novel in her addictive Sweet and Savory Romances series. Say Cheese! Blacklisted from every modeling venture in New York City, Madison Worth finds herself chasing a second-chance gig on a dairy farm in rural Massachusetts: spokesmodel for the Cheese Pleese Company. But nothing can prepare her for the handsome, six foot-two owner, Jack Pleeseman. With the death knell tolling for his 160-year-old family business, Jack is banking everything on his devastatingly beautiful top-model hire - but "everything" just took on a whole new meaning. His ex-wife wants to whisk their daughter off to Europe and he must fight for custody, all while trying to ignore Madison's mile-high legs. Determined to avoid the sizzling sparks and oh-so-hot kiss they shared, Madison and Jack work together to put Jack's business back on the map. That is, until a chance to redeem her career lures Madison back to New York City - at the cost of losing Jack forever. Now Jack is left to choose - everything he has worked for or the woman he has waited a lifetime to love.
©2007 Shirley Jump (P)2014 Audible Inc.
In this sparkling debut novel, Mary Ann Marlowe introduces a hapless scientist who's swept off her feet by a rock star - but is it love or just a chemical reaction? Biochemist Eden Sinclair has no idea that the scent she spritzed on herself before leaving the lab is designed to enhance pheromones. Or that the cute, grungy-looking guy she meets at a gig that evening is Adam Copeland. As in the Adam Copeland - international rock god and object of lust for a million women. Make that a million and one. By the time she learns the truth, she's already spent the (amazing, incredible) night in his bed. Suddenly Eden, who's more accustomed to being set up on disastrous dates by her mom, is going out with a gorgeous celebrity who loves how down-to-earth and honest she is. But for once Eden isn't being honest. She can't bear to reveal that this overpowering attraction could be nothing more than seduction by science. And the only way to know how Adam truly feels is to ditch the perfume - and risk being ditched in turn. Smart, witty, and sexy, Some Kind of Magic is an irresistibly engaging look at modern relationships - why we fall, how we connect, and the courage it takes to trust in something as mysterious and unpredictable as love.
©2017 Mary Ann Marlowe (P)2017 Listening Library
National Book Award winner Ann Arensberg brings listeners a modern horror story about evil descending on an insular Maine town. It begins with the theft of six candles from the church altar, a few herbs found strewn in the local graveyard. In the summer of 1974, the prosperous farming community of Dry Falls, Maine, is hit by a brutal heat wave. Crops fail. Drought blights once-verdant lawns. Men inexplicably lose all interest in sex, while women complain of erotic nocturnal visitations. Farm animals give birth to monstrosities. An unholy, unimaginable force is disrupting the natural order - and it seems to be specifically targeting Dry Falls. Narrated by the careful and practical Cora Whitman, wife of the town pastor, this tale of creeping strangeness quickly turns sinister. Incubus subtly builds to its shattering climax with Cora at its epicenter. Expertly interweaving themes of faith, religion, and marriage with that of the supernatural, this modern horror classic will enthrall fans of Ann Arensberg and attract a legion of new listeners.
©1999 Ann Eveleth Arensberg (P)2014 Audible Inc.
An orphaned, small-town Southern girl held hostage by responsibility and self-doubt. A Hollywood A-list megastar on the run from his latest scandal, with everything to lose. A chance encounter that leads to an unlikely arrangement and epic love affair that will change them both forever. When his costar and real-life girlfriend is caught cheating on him with her director, A-list hottie Jack Eversea heads to sleepy Butler Cove, South Carolina. He hopes the sultry Southern heat in this tiny coastal Lowcountry town will hide him from not only the tabloids and his cheating girlfriend but also his increasingly vapid life and the people who run it. He doesn't count on meeting Keri Ann Butler. Keri Ann has relied on herself so long, dealing with her family's death and keeping up her family's historic mansion, that beaus don't figure into her equation - especially with the meager offering of eligible bachelors in Butler Cove. But fate has other plans. Keri Ann, suddenly face-to-face with the man who played the movie role of her favorite fictional character, finds herself yearning for everything she has previously avoided. And Jack must decide whether this funny, sassy girl is worth changing his life for before his mistakes catch up to him.
©2013 Natasha Boyd (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Shirley Jump dishes up a red-hot romance in the third installment of her Sweet and Savory Romances series. Exotic food and a no-strings-attached hunk top Meredith Shordon's "I-Want" list when she leaves her life behind in Indiana and heads for Boston to experience big city life. At the top of her list? Losing her virginity to Mr. Right Now, without getting tangled up with Mr. Right. Reformed party animal Travis Campbell won't be tempted - until he meets the determined Indiana farm girl and realizes taking a bite of temptation only leaves him wanting more. He's just sworn off women for 30 days, but Meredith is doing her best to tempt him into her bed, before he captures her heart. Special bonus material: Recipes written by the characters inside! The original version of this book was published in 2005, and titled as The Angel Craved Lobster.
©2012 Shirley Jump (P)2014 Audible Inc.
If youre gonna run for your life, you gotta wear the right shoes. Riley Mae Hart loves sports and action - so when the Swiftriver Shoe Company offers her a contract to be the spokesperson for their new outdoor sport collection, she jumps at the chance. Soon shes appearing in commercials and magazine ads, and every girl in town wants to wear Riley Mae shoes. Well, except for Riley. Because walking in those shoes means missing out on softball season; making her best friend, TJ, mad; and embarrassing her new friend, Rusty. It also means sneaking around, hiding, and keeping secrets - because something isnt quite right at Swiftriver. But a contracts a contract, so Riley laces up her "Rock Shocker" hiking boots for a climb up Half Dome in Yosemite. Will they be the right shoes to get her back on solid ground?
©2014 Zondervan (P)2014 Oasis Audio
"Smart, timely and riveting." (The New York Times Book Review) Perfect for fans of Warcross and Black Mirror, Girl Gone Viral is the inventive and timely story of a 17-year-old coder's catapult to stardom. For 17-year-old Opal Hopper, code is magic. She builds entire worlds from scratch: Mars craters, shimmering lakes, any virtual experience her heart desires. But she can't code her dad back into her life. When he disappeared after her 10th birthday, leaving only a cryptic note, Opal tried desperately to find him. And when he never turned up, she enrolled at a boarding school for technical prodigies and tried to forget. Until now. Because WAVE, the world's biggest virtual reality platform, has announced a contest where the winner gets to meet its billionaire founder. The same billionaire who worked closely with Opal's dad. The one she always believed might know where he went. The one who maybe even murdered him. What begins as a small data hack to win the contest spirals out of control when Opal goes viral, digging her deeper into a hole of lies, hacks, and manipulation. How far will Opal go for the answers - or is it the attention - she's wanted for years?
©2019 Arvin Ahmadi (P)2019 Listening Library
If you're gonna run for your life, you gotta wear the right shoes. Pre-teen shoe model Riley Mae laces up her flaming orange Sole Fire running shoes for another ad campaign - this time in Kenya, Africa! Kenya is the perfect place for runners to train, with its high elevation and encouragement from Olympic athletes. It's also a great hiding place for Riley and her Swiftriver friends from so-called enemies back in the United States - but for how long? Adjusting to a new culture is difficult. Every chore is tiring, school is miles away, and theres always the threat of a lurking lion that can ruin everything. But after spending time with the children and Christian women in her friend Sundays remote village, Riley finds herself growing stronger and praying for God to use her to spread the good news. Her prayers are answered in exciting and startling ways when she meets an orphaned girl seeking answers at a childrens home, but also when an error in judgment causes her to stumble into a surprise meeting with the enemy.
©2014 Jill Osborne (P)2014 Oasis Audio
If youre gonna run for your life, you gotta wear the right shoes. Life is rapidly changing for pre-teen shoe spokesperson Riley Mae. After escaping near disaster at the top of Half Dome in Yosemite, Riley, her family, and her Swiftriver co-workers fly to a secret hideout in Northwest Montana. But when the planes malfunction leads to a rough landing, Riley wants nothing more than to return to friends, church, and home. Then she meets Sunday, a 10-year-old boy from Kenya who wrestles fish, battles bears, and tackles leukemia. While her rigorous raft training for the marketing campaign brings a few bumps and bruises, Riley now feels up for the challenge. Everything looks as bright as the glistening fools gold on her "Ready Eddy" river sandals, but everything is not as it seems. Riley soon learns that life is as unpredictable as the raging waters, which, if she is not careful, will sweep her away and into the hands of an enemy who is even closer than she thinks.
©2014 Zondervan (P)2014 Oasis Audio