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Chapter One with HPL

By Houston Library
Join us for first chapter reads from awesome titles for tweens and teens. All titles are available from our collection so visit www.houstonlibrary.org today! Publisher permission obtained for all readings.
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"Anna Dressed in Blood" by Kendare Blake, Read by Rebecca
Cas sees dead people. More accurately, Cas hunts dead people using his father's powerful and deadly athame. People like Anna Dressed in Blood, ghost of a murdered girl, who has killed anyone who enters the home she haunts. Everyone that is except Cas. This title is intended for teens, however, it may contain language or themes that some readers may find offensive. Recorded with permission of Tor Teen, an imprint of Macmillan. Click here to see this title in the Houston Public Library catalog.
10:15
October 29, 2020
"Stanley Will Probably Be Fine" by Sally J. Pla, Read by Jon
Stanley wishes he was one of his favorite superheroes. Instead, he uses comics to help him cope with the world around him. But when Stanley joins Trivia Quest, the city-wide comics based treasure hunt, he soon discovers that just knowing comics isn't enough. This title is intended for tweens and is suitable for most audiences. Recorded with permission of HarperCollins. Click here to see this title in the Houston Public Library catalog.
05:16
October 27, 2020
"Dread Nation" by Justina Ireland, Read by Monique
Trained for both etiquette and combat at Miss Preston’s School of Combat for Negro Girls, Jane McKeene is set for a career protecting the wealthy from the dangers of the walking dead. But when Jane uncovers a conspiracy, she'll be fighting more than the undead and it will take all of her training and resourcefulness to survive. This title is intended for teens, however, it may contain language or themes that some readers may find offensive. Recorded with permission of Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins. Click here to see this title in the Houston Public Library catalog.
04:25
October 22, 2020
"A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting" by Joe Ballarini, Read by Mary
When middle schooler Kelly's plans are coopted by babysitting duty, she thinks Halloween is going to be a bust. But the frights are real when Baby Jacob is kidnapped by the Boogieman! Who know monster fighting was part of babysitting? This title is intended for tweens and is suitable for most audiences. Recording made with permission of Katherine Tegan Books, an imprint of HarperCollins. Click here to see this title in the Houston Public Library catalog.
08:18
October 20, 2020
"Dont Turn Around" by Michelle Gagnon; Read by Gregory
Noa, teen hacker extraordinaire, has been on her own since her parents died and thinks she has it made.  But when she wakes up in a warehouse with no memory of how she got there, things start to get dangerous. Peter is the secret leader of a hacker alliance that takes on corrupt businesses and he's just stumbled across a secret worth killing to keep. This title is intended for teens, however, it may contain language or themes that some readers may find offensive. Recorded with permission of HarperCollins. Click here to see this title in the Houston Public Library catalog.
18:46
October 15, 2020
"The Night Gardener" by Jonathan Auxier, Read by Andleeb
Fleeing famine, Irish siblings, Molly and Kip travel to England hoping to find work and a home at the Windsor estate. They arrive to find the estate is a creepy, crumbling manor - but the house and its family are not what they seem. Soon they find out about an ancient curse and a mysterious spectre that may threaten their very lives! This title is intended for tweens and is suitable for most audiences. Recording made with permission of Amulet, an imprint of Abrams. Click here to see this title in the Houston Public Library catalog.
17:05
October 13, 2020
"Pan's Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun" by Guillermo del Toro & Cornelia Funke, Read by Maegen
This novelization of Guillermo Del Toro's critically acclaimed film takes readers deeper into the sinister, magical world of Pan's Labyrinth. A dark, richly detailed fairytale set on the brink of war, this title is recommended for fans of The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert and The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. This title is intended for teens; however, it may contain language or themes that some readers may find offensive. Recorded with permission of Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins. Click here to see this title in the Houston Public Library catalog.
10:50
October 8, 2020
"Deep and Dark and Dangerous: A Ghost Story" by Mary Downing Hahn, Read by Kay
Summer at a lake house in Maine should be a treat but family secrets haunt the Ali's family in this spine chilling tale. This title is intended for tweens and is suitable for most audiences. Recording made with permission of Clarion, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Click here to see this title in the Houston Public Library catalog.
12:44
October 6, 2020
"In the Hall with the Knife" by Diana Peterfreund, Read by Claire
Inspired by the Clue board game and movie, Diana Peterfreund has created a brand new "who done it" sure to entertain. An unexpected storm traps a motley group of students, left alone at an elite boarding school with only the headmaster as chaperone. Hours later, the headmaster's body is found - clearly the victim of foul play. Each of the students have motive and secrets and nothing is quite what it seems at Blackbrook Academy. Will the murderer be revealed in time? This title is intended for teens; however, it may contain language or themes that some readers may find offensive. Recorded with permission of Amulet, an imprint of Abrams. Click here to see this title in the Houston Public Library catalog.
22:50
October 1, 2020
"After Zero" by Christina Collins, Read by Jasmine
Elise carries a notebook every day and uses it to track the number of words she says each day. The goal is zero. Zero words means no wrong answers, no secrets, no conversations she will agonize about while trying to fall asleep. But silence isn't golden, and Elise soon discovers that words may be the only way to get everything she's ever hoped for. This title is intended for tweens and is suitable for most audiences. Recording made with permission of Sourcebooks. Click here to see this title in the Houston Public Library catalog.
11:48
September 29, 2020
"Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Read by Cassandra
This Printz Honor Book explores family, friendship, and identity; when two teen boys who couldn't be more different meet at the swimming pool their lives are changed forever. This title is intended for teens; however, it may contain language or themes that some readers may find offensive. Recording made with permission of Simon & Schuster. Click here to see this title in the Houston Public Library catalog.
03:34
September 24, 2020
"Charlie Hernández and the League of Shadows" by Ryan Calejo, Read by Marisa
Charlie Hernández grew up on tales of fantastic beings from Latin American folklore thanks to his abuela’s stories. Despite his love of myth and legend, Charlie is firmly rooted in reality. Stories are just stories. Right? This title is intended for tweens and is suitable for most audiences. Recording made with permission of Simon & Schuster. Click here to see this title in the Houston Public Library catalog.
02:49
September 22, 2020
"Iron Cast" by Destiny Soria, Read by Maegen
Filled with danger and intrigue, Iron Cast follows Ada and Corrine, two hemopaths (a type of magic) who use their abilities to perform at gangster Johnny Dervish's infamous Cast Iron Club by night and to con the Boston's wealthy elite by day. Everything is going wonderfully until Ada is arrested, staff at the club start dying, and Johnny Dervish disappears. Can Ada and Corrine stay ahead of the law long enough to figure out what is happening and how to escape? This title is intended for teens; however, it may contain language or themes that some readers may find offensive. Recording made with permission of Amulet Books and imprint of Abrams. Click here to see this title in the Houston Public Library catalog.
23:09
September 17, 2020
"Saving Lucas Biggs" by Marisa de los Santos & David Teague, Read by Yadira
Thirteen-year-old Margaret's life has just been shattered; her father, who she knows is innocent, has just been sentenced to death by the cruel Judge Biggs. To save her father, Margaret will journey through time and, possibly, save another life along the way.  This title is intended for tweens and is suitable for most audiences. Recording is made with permission of HarperCollins. Click here to see this title in the Houston Public Library catalog.
12:11
September 15, 2020
"Con Academy" by Joe Schreiber, Read by Monique
It’s senior year and Will’s future is bright after conning his way into one of the most elite prep schools in the country. But that future is put in jeopardy when he’s recognized by another con artist. This title is intended for teens; however, it may contain language or themes that some readers may find offensive. Recorded with permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Click here to see this title in the Houston Public Library catalog.
18:24
September 10, 2020
"Island of Thieves" by Josh Lacey; Read by Karen
Tom is bored. So bored that he accidentally burns down the shed. When he's shipped off to live with his uncle, Tom soon discovers that a sure-fire way to beat boredom is to secretly follow your uncle to South America for a treasure hunt! This title is intended for tweens and is suitable for most audiences. Recorded with permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Click here to see this title in the Houston Public Library catalog.
10:29
September 8, 2020
"Loveboat, Taipei" by Abigail Hing Wen, Read by Marisa
Eighteen-year-old Ever Wong's summer in Taiwan to study becomes complicated when the strict program she was expecting turns out to be more like the Loveboat! High achieving teens, plus no supervision - what could go wrong? This title is intended for teens; however, it may contain language or themes that some readers may find offensive. Recorded with permission of HarperCollins. Click here to see this title in the Houston Public Library catalog.
06:33
September 3, 2020
'The Lost Girl' by Anne Ursu, Read by Kristin
Twins Iris and Lark are very different: Iris is confident and rational, while Lark is creative and brilliant. They have always been together, that is until 5th Grade begins and they are separated into different classrooms. Suddenly everything feels different - Iris feels unsure of herself and Lark becomes withdrawn. Added to the struggle, things around town are going missing at an alarming rate. What is happening and how can the girls stop it? This title is intended for tweens and is suitable for most audiences. Recording made with permission of Walden Pond Press, an imprint of HarperCollins. Click here to see this title in our catalog.
19:11
September 1, 2020
"The Perfectionists" by Sara Shepard; Read by Holly
Ava, Caitlin, Mackenzie, Julie, and Parker only have one thing in common - they hate Nolan Hotchkiss; in fact, they hate him so much they even joke about killing him. Then Nolan is found dead. Exactly how they "planned". They didn't kill Nolan, so who did? This title is intended for teens; however, it may contain language or themes that some readers may find offensive. Recorded with permission of HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins. Click here to see this title in the Houston Public Library catalog.
14:25
August 27, 2020
"The Thickety: A Path Begins" by J.A. White, Read by Andleeb
Kara knows more than most how dangerous magic is - her mother was killed for being a witch. But when she discovers her mother's grimoire that's just the beginning of her story. This title is intended for tweens and is suitable for most audiences. Recorded with permission of Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins. Click here to see to see this title in the Houston Public Library catalog.
14:06
August 25, 2020
"Death Prefers Blondes" by Caleb Roehrig; Read by Jasmine
Margo Manning isn't the teenage socialite everyone thinks - by night, she and a band of flamboyant young men are cat burglars supreme. But when a high stakes job puts her and her crew in deadly peril, they must draw on all their special skills to survive. This title is intended for teens, however, it may contain language or themes that some readers may find offensive. Recorded with permission of Macmillan. Click here to see this title in the Houston Public Library catalog.
09:09
August 20, 2020
"Coraline" by Neil Gaiman; Read by Diane
Coraline's new home and new neighbors are... boring. But when she steps through a secret door, she discovers another house, other parents, and other neighbors who are much better than the ones she left behind. But something sinister as at play in this other land and it will take all of Coraline's wit and courage to save herself. This title is intended for tweens and is suitable for most audiences. Recorded with permission of HarperCollins. Click here to see this title in the Houston Public Library catalog.
15:36
August 18, 2020
"Eleanor and Park" by Rainbow Rowell; Read by Sara
New school year, new student, new challenges. When Eleanor meets Park, she discovers that even though first loves might not last, it’s worth the risk. This title is intended for teens; however, it may contain language or themes that some readers may find offensive. Recorded with permission of St. Martins Griffin, an imprint of Macmillan. Click here to see this title in the Houston Public Library catalog.
07:20
August 13, 2020
"The Library of Ever" by Zeno Alexander; Read by Laura
Lenora's life is changed forever when she discovers a secret door to the library where every book and fact ever written is gathered. Adventures are just a page turn away, but a dark nothingness seeks to destroy the library. Can Lenora save the library? This title is intended for tweens and is suitable for most audiences. Recorded with permission of Square Fish Books, and imprint of Macmillan. Click here to see this title in the Houston Public Library catalog.
10:43
August 11, 2020
"Ten" by Gretchen McNeil; Read by Gregory
10 teens + an adult-free island home = Death? Best friends Meg and Minnie sneak away for what is supposed to be an exclusive holiday weekend party only to find their lives in danger as a sinister killer stalks the attendees. This title is intended for teens, however, it may contain language or themes that some readers may find offensive. Recorded with permission of HarperCollins. Click here to see this title in the Houston Public Library catalog.
07:52
August 6, 2020
"The Terrible Two" by Mac Barnett and Jory John; Ready by Max
It's prankster vs prankster in the sleepy town of Yawnee Valley! But can competing pranksters unite to pull off the ultimate prank? This title is intended for tweens and is suitable for most audiences. Recorded with permission of Abrams. Click here to see this title in the Houston Public Library catalog.
01:50
August 4, 2020
"Moxie" by Jennifer Mathieu; Read by Sara
Vivian Carter is done. Done with machismo. Done with misogyny. Done with following the rules. Following in her Riot Grrrl mother's revolutionary footsteps, Viv anonymously creates a feminist zine inadvertently starting a revolution. This title is intended for teens, however, it may contain language or themes that some readers may find offensive. Recorded with permission of Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan. Click here to see this title in the Houston Public Library catalog.
08:47
July 30, 2020
"All the Impossible Things" by Lindsay Lackey; Ready by Mary
Ruby "Red" Byrd's mysterious power over wind has blown her from foster home to foster home. Most recently with the Grooves, who seem to have their own odd gifts, and who begin to feel like home. But when a storm closes in, Red's newfound peace is threatened. This title is intended for tweens and is suitable for most audiences. Recorded with permission of Roaring Books Press an imprint of Macmillan. Click here to see this title in the Houston Public Library catalog.
06:03
July 28, 2020
"Challenger Deep" by Neal Shusterman; Read by Karen
Caden is on Challenger Deep, the ship headed to the deepest point on Earth. Caden's friends are starting to notice his strange behavior. Caden is the ship's artist - tasked with documenting the journey in images. Caden spends his days walking for miles, thinking. Caden is torn between allegiance and mutiny.  This title is intended for teens, however, it may contain language or themes that some readers may find offensive. Recorded with permission of HarperCollins. Click here to see this title in the Houston Public Library catalog.
07:56
July 23, 2020
"A Good Kind of Trouble" by Lisa Moore Ramée; Read by Kendra
Twelve-year-old Shalya just wants to follow the rules, avoid trouble, and survive seventh grade but after experiencing a powerful protest, Shay is suddenly questioning if some trouble can be good. This title is intended for tweens and is suitable for most audiences. Recorded with permission of Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins. Click here  to see this title in the Houston Public Library catalog.
05:03
July 21, 2020
"The Hallowed Ones" by Laura Bickle; Read by Kay
Katie is on the verge of freedom, about to embark on Rumspringa and the freedom of experiencing the Outside world when everything changes. Something murderous is haunting the Outside world and the elders make a rule: No one out and no one in. But when Katie finds a gravely injured young man, she can't leave him to die and smuggles him into the barn leading to events she could not have predicted. This title is intended for teens, however, it may contain language or themes that some readers may find offensive. Recorded with permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Click here to see this title in the Houston Public Library catalog.
24:00
July 16, 2020
"The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane" by Julia Nobel, Read by Sara
Emmy lands at Wellsworth, an elite boarding school, certain she won't fit in. But she soon discovers the school's secret society the Order of Black Hollow Lane and her personal connection to the shadowy organization. Then things really get interesting. This title is intended for tweens and is suitable for most audiences. Recorded with permission of Sourcebooks. Click here to see this title in the Houston Public Library catalog.
10:27
July 14, 2020
"The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue" by Mackenzi Lee; Read by Cassandra
Henry "Monty" Montague is about to embark on the Grand Tour with his best friend (and secret crush) Percy and he's determined to use this year-long escapade to sample every pleasure and vice before returning home to take over the family estate. But when a reckless decision changes their trip from pleasurable to harrowing, Monty begins to question everything. This title is intended for teens, however, it may contain language or themes that some readers may find offensive. Recorded with permission of Katherine Tegen Books an imprint of HarperCollins. Click here to see this title in the Houston Public Library catalog.
11:10
July 9, 2020
"Spirit Hunters" by Ellen Oh; Read by Kristin
As if moving to a ramshackle "fixer upper" just before seventh grade wasn't bad enough, Harper gets a bad feeling about the home the moment she steps over the threshold. When her younger brother begins acting strangely and talking about friends that only he can see, Harper becomes convinced that the house is haunted by a ghost with malevolent intent. This title is intended for tweens and is suitable for most audiences. Recorded with permission of HarperCollins. Click here to see this title in the Houston Public Library catalog.
10:14
July 7, 2020
"The Distance Between Us" by Kasie West, Read by Holly
If Caymen Meyers has learned anything in her seventeen years, it's that the rich are not trustworthy. HXander is charming, handsome, rich and seems to get her when no one else does but will Caymen be able to overcome her fears and trust him? This title is intended for teens, however, it may contain language or themes that some readers may find offensive. Recorded with permission of HarperTeen, and imprint of HarperCollins. Click here to see this title in the Houston Public Library catalog.
11:27
July 2, 2020
"Swing" by Kwame Alexander & Mary Rand Hess; Read by Monique
Told in a combination of poetry and prose, Swing follows Noah and Walt's story about baseball, jazz, love, hope and courage. Walt is convinced that junior year is going to be "their year" but Noah is skeptical after failing to make the baseball team again and being firmly friend-zoned by his crush. Sometimes you just have to take a swing at life. This title is intended for teens, however, it may contain language or themes that some readers may find offensive. Recorded with permission of Blink, an imprint of HarperCollins. Click here to see this title in the Houston Public Library catalog.
12:49
June 30, 2020
"Birthday: A Novel" by Meredith Russo, Read by Lauren
Following your destiny and becoming who you are meant to be can change everything. Follow Eric and Morgan's journey from best friends, to acquaintances, to something more, as seen through vignettes of six birthdays. This title is intended for teens, however, it may contain language or themes that some readers may find offensive. Recorded with permission of Macmillan. Click here to see this title in the Houston Public Library catalog.
16:21
June 25, 2020
"Listen, Slowly" by Thanhhà Lai; Read by Leona
California girl Mai has no interest in "exploring her roots", but when her parents decide that she will spend the summer in Vietnam, she learns that culture, home, and family can all mean different things. This title is intended for tweens and is suitable for most audiences. Recording made with permission of HarperCollins. Click here to see this title in the Houston Public Library catalog.
13:43
June 23, 2020
"Symptoms of Being Human" by Jeff Garvin; Read by Cassandra
Starting a new school is hard and Riley plans to fly under the radar but when someone discovers that Riley is the anonymous author of a blog on what it's really like to be a gender fluid teen, Riley must decide if it's time to risk everything.  This title is intended for teens, however, it may contain language or themes that some readers may find offensive. Recorded with permission of Balzer + Bray, and imprint of HarperCollins. Click here to see this title in the Houston Public Library catalog.
08:18
June 18, 2020
"Winterhouse" by Ben Guterson; Read by Claire
Sent by her uncaring aunt and uncle to the mysterious Winterhouse Hotel, orphaned Elizabeth discovers a magic book and begins to uncover the dark secrets that linger in the hotel's walls. This title is intended for tweens and is suitable for most audiences. Recording made with permission of Amulet, an imprint of Abrams. Click here to see this title in the Houston Public Library catalog.
06:27
June 16, 2020
"On the Come Up" by Angie Thomas; Read by Jasmine
Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers in the world but when her first song becomes a viral hit, she finds herself at the center of controversy and portrayed as a menace rather than an artist. With eviction on the horizon, Bri feels she must do anything to make it - even if it means becoming what everybody thinks. This title is intended for teens, however, it may contain language or themes that some readers may find offensive. Recording is made with permission of HarperCollins. Click here to see this title in the Houston Public Library catalog.
20:24
June 11, 2020
"Hurricane Season" by Nicole Melleby, Read by Cassandra
Fig's father isn't like other dads and Fig is convinced it's up to her to solve her father's problems and protect her small family. But when an issue at school bring social services into the mix, Fig discovers that she has more allies than she knows. This title is intended for tweens and is suitable for most audiences. Recorded with permission of Algonquin Young Readers. Click here to see this title in the Houston Public Library catalog.
13:36
June 9, 2020
“They Both Die at the End” by Adam Silvera; Read by Jasmine
What would you do if you knew you had less than 24 hours to live? Mateo and Rufus are about to have one unforgettable day. This title is intended for teens and may contain language or themes that some readers may find offensive. Recording made with permission of HarperCollins. Click here to see this title in the Houston Public Library catalog.
15:26
June 4, 2020
"Nightbooks" by J.A. White; Read by Laura
Alex has loved scary stories his whole life, but now he is trapped in a real terrifying tale when he is tricked by a witch. Recorded with permission of Katherine Tegen Books, an Imprint of HarperCollins. This title is intended for tweens and is suitable for most audiences. Click here to see this title in the Houston Public Library catalog.
12:52
June 2, 2020
"Leah on the Offbeat" by Becky Albertalli; Read by Cassandra
This sequel to the Morris Award winning novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda follows Simon's BFF Leah as she faces a senior year filled with changing friendships, love, and high school angst. Recorded with permission of Balzer + Bray. This title is intended for teens, however, it may contain language or themes that some readers may find offensive. Click here to see this title in the Houston Public Library catalog.
16:25
May 28, 2020
"Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book" by Jennifer Donnelly, Read by Maegen
When Belle finds an enchanted book in Beast's library she is transported to the glittering world of Nevermore where nothing is quite as it seems. Recorded with permission of DisneyPress. This title is intended for tweens and is appropriate for most audiences. Click here to see this title in the Houston Public Library catalog.
02:52
May 21, 2020
"Arclight" by Josin L. McQuein, Read by Katie
The world is full of monsters and only the light holds the nightmares at bay in this post-apocalyptic thriller pitting the last surviving humans against the Fade. Recorded with permission of Greenwillow Books an imprint of HarperCollins. This title is intended for teens, however, it may contain language or themes that some readers may find offensive. Click here to see this title in the Houston Public Library catalog.
09:05
May 14, 2020
"Island of the Blue Dolphins" by Scott O'Dell; Read by Caitlin
This gripping story of survival follows Karana, a young Nicoleño girl left alone on an island for eighteen years. Recommended for Tweens.  This book was inspired by accounts of the Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island - to learn more visit the National Parks Service's website about the Island of the Blue Dolphins and this Smithsonian Magazine article. Recorded with permission from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Click here to see this title in the Houston Public Library catalog.
10:15
May 7, 2020
“In the Shadow of Blackbirds” by Cat Winters; Read by Rebecca
At the height of the deadly 1918 Flu Pandemic séances and Spiritualism are all the rage, but sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black believes in science not spirits. Then the ghost of her first love, killed in the battlefields of World War I, appears. Recommended for Teens. Recorded with permission of Abrams. Click here to see this title in the Houston Public Library catalog.
09:16
April 30, 2020
"The Strangers" by Margaret Peterson Haddix; Read by Maria
Life can change in the blink of an eye and what seems like a normal day can change everything. Recommended for Tweens. Recorded with permission from HarperCollins. Click here to see this title in the Houston Public Library catalog.
04:45
April 23, 2020
"Wayside School is Falling Down" by Louis Sachar; Read by Rebecca
Recommended for Tweens. Wayside School isn’t like other schools - check out chapter one to see just how wacky a school can be! Recorded with permission from HarperCollins.
07:01
April 7, 2020