Picks of the Week-Dec 21

The holiday season is here! Let’s celebrate with discovering new audiobooks. We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, but don’t worry. Our acquirers have selected some of their top picks for you.

Olive Bright, Pigeoneer

Set in a charming British village during World War II, Stephanie Graves’s new charming historical mystery introduces Olive Bright, a spirited young pigeon fancier who finds herself at the heart of a baffling murder.

Note:  A historical whodunnit set in a charming English village during the middle of World War II.  Olive Bright is our sharp and resourceful heroine who must get to the bottom of a murder while training pigeons for the war effort on the sly.  This one will appeal to anyone in search of a classic mystery in the style of Agatha Christie sprinkled with a bit of espionage and romance.-  Dan Totten

Publishing Date: 12/29/2020

Written by: Stephanie Graves

Read by: Rachel Beresford

Caged Magic

Sadie Jacks presents Book 1 in the Iron Serpent Chronicles. Contains mature themes.

Note: Heroine Kiema Feuer’s gift of healing magic is also the cause of her imprisonment – overwhelmed by the subjugation of her parents’ selfish will, Kiema is desperate to escape. Author Sadie Jacks presents to readers Caged Magic, an exciting start to the enchanting paranormal romance series Iron Serpent Chronicles. -Desiree Lynch

Publishing Date: 12/29/2020

Written by: Sadie Jacks

Read by: Heather Costa, Jeffrey Kafer

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies explores the raw and tender places where Black women and girls dare to follow their desires and pursue a momentary reprieve from being good.

Note: The Secret Lives of Church Ladies features stories from four generations of Black women and girls caught between who they want to be and how they are supposed to behave. Community expectations and the double standards of the church leave their own needs and desires at odds with each other. Deesha Philyaw beautifully captures the vulnerability and strength of their struggles to push themselves to boldly follow their hearts and live their own lives, if only to live for a moment. -Kim Budnick

Publishing Date: 12/29/2020

Written by: Deesha Philyaw

Read by: Janina Edwards

Stella Diaz Has Something to Say

Angela Dominguez presents Book 1 in the Stella Diaz series.

Note: A fun and entertaining listen to introduce kids to a new culture. Award-winning picture book author and illustrator Angela Dominguez tells a story based on her experience growing up Mexican-American in her first middle-grade novel. You can even learn some simple Spanish vocabulary while enjoying Stella’s story of overcoming her fear of speaking in front of the class. -Jannah McCowan

Publishing Date: 12/29/2020

Written by: Angela Dominguez

Read by: Kyla García

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