Listen to our 2022 National Book Award Young People’s Literature Semi-Finalists on Audio

By Jennifer Rubins | September 14 2022 | Audiobook News

We are thrilled to celebrate these extraordinary books that have been recognized by the National Book Foundation (NBF)! As shared by The New Yorker: “The titles on the longlist for this year’s National Book Award for Young People’s Literature address gender and sexuality, racism and xenophobia, and self-esteem and self-acceptance.” Announced on September 14, the shortlist will be revealed on October 4, and the awards ceremony will take place on November 16.

Be sure to add these impactful stories to your collection in all formats. Listen to audiobook clips from Penguin Random House’s three nominees by clicking on the covers below:

The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen

Read by Josh Bloomberg

The Chosen meets Adam Silvera in this irreverent and timely story of worlds colliding in friendship, betrayal, and hatred.

Age 12 and up

All My Rage
A Novel

Read by Deepti Gupta, Kamran R. Khan and Kausar Mohammed


From #1 New York Times  bestselling author Sabaa Tahir comes a brilliant, unforgettable, and heart-wrenching contemporary novel about family and forgiveness, love and loss, in a sweeping story that crosses generations and continents.


Audio Praise: “A stellar trio of narrators delivers the alternating viewpoints in this superb contemporary debut.”—AudioFile Earphones Award

“The cast delivers performances true to the full emotional journey of each.”—Booklist

Age 14 and up

Maizy Chen's Last Chance
(Newbery Honor Award Winner)

Read by Yu-Li Alice Shen

Packed with surprises, heart, and stories within stories, this irresistible novel from an award-winning author celebrates food, fortune, and family.


Audio Praise: “Narrator Yu-Li Alice Shen brings multiple facets to her portrayal of 11-year-old Maizy Chen…Shen’s character depth is necessary as Maizy has much to understand.”—AudioFile

Age 8-12 years