YALSA’s Five Ultimate Teen Audiobooks


Click here for a printable list of 50 books, five magazines, and five audiobooks that make up the Ultimate Teen Bookshelf, named by the American Library Association’s Young Adult Library Services Association. Subscribers to the YALSA-BK electronic discussion list suggested titles for the Ultimate Teen Bookshelf, which were vetted by Pam Spencer Holley and Judy Sasges. Here are the five audiobooks that should be in every YA audiobook collection:

  1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (Recorded Books)
  2. Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer (Listen and Live)
  3. The Killer’s Cousin by Nancy Werlin (Brilliance)
  4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (Caedmon)
  5. Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett (HarperAudio)



About the Author:

Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees as well as the Audies. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

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