The Jumbies by Tracy Baptiste

Robin Miles is one of my favorite audiobook narrators of all time, and I'll pretty much listen to anything she narrates. I stumbled upon this delightful middle garden novel, inspired by Caribbean folklore, when searching for audiobook books under 5 hours (though this one is just over), and I was not disappointed. Eleven year old... Continue Reading →

Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman

This was another great find courtesy of my short audiobooks project. In this middle grade novel, a diverse community in a Cleveland neighborhood comes together to transform a vacant lot into a thriving community garden. The book is told in thirteen short chapters, each one from the perceptive of a different character. In many ways,... Continue Reading →

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

We Are Okay is a slow, lush, sad, beautiful book. After her grandfather dies, Marin flees her home of San Francisco for college in upstate New York. She leaves everything behind: her home, her possessions, her best friend Mabel and her family. She is a young woman starting over in a new place, completely alone... Continue Reading →

The Mountain by Paul Yoon

I'm starting to think audio is just not the format for me for short stories, because this is the third story collection I've read on audio and been thoroughly underwhelmed by. I loved Paul Yoon's first story collection, Once the Shore, but I found this one hard to access. The stories in this collection range... Continue Reading →

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

I am so baffled by this book! I picked it up knowing absolutely nothing about it, because I'm on a short audiobooks kick, and have been listening to lots of books under 6 hours. I stumbled across this one while browsing around Hoopla and figured, why not? Then I discovered that it is apparently super... Continue Reading →

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Poet X is a quietly powerful, beautiful, and moving novel-in-verse. It's the story of Xiomara Batista, a Dominican American teenager, the child of immigrants, and a powerfully talented poet. She struggles to fit in, torn between her own desires and the desire to please her religious mother. She feels unseen by those around her, and... Continue Reading →

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