YALSA's 2011 Amazing Audiobooks for YA

The adults are nagging each other about driving. The kids are kicking each other in the back seat. The dog needs a rest stop. This is the family road trip.

If only you had picked up one of YALSA's 2011 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults! Check out the audiobooks that the AADL owns from this list by clicking here. YALSA also announced the Top Ten audiobooks, culled from the long list. The AADL owns several BOCDs from the Top Ten list, including the following recordings.

In The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had by Kristin Levine, it's 1917, and twelve-year-old Dit hopes the new postmaster will have a son his age, but instead he meets Emma, who is black, and their friendship challenges accepted ways of thinking and leads them to save the life of a condemned man.

Patrick Ness' Knife of Never Letting Go is the dark, violent tale of 13 year old Todd Hewitt, who is the last boy in Prentisstown, a secluded settlement on New World where all of the women have died. The town has a terrible, secret history that forces Todd into exile, pursued by a demonic preacher and a rapidly growing army hunting him down. New World is plagued by "the Noise," a germ-born cloud of thoughts -- audible to the world -- that projects out from each man, leaving no one's thoughts private.

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia, goes back to the summer of 1968, where eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters, after traveling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.


My family (including boys ages 8 to 14) would heartily endorse Jasper Dash And The Flame-Pits Of Delaware for entertaining road-trip listening! (Note: only for fans of silly and absurd. If you want serious, this is not the audiobook for you!)

Jasper Dash, as well as the rest of the Pals in Peril series sounds like a lot of fun, thanks for the suggestion. I highly recommend MT Anderson's 2002 sci-fi, Feed, on audiobook as well.