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The Podcast Thickens — Teen Edition

Teen Fiction Featuring Podcasts and Podcasters


The Kids Are Gonna Ask / Gretchen Anthony

After their mother’s death, twins Thomas and Savannah McClair launch a podcast in an effort to find the biological father they never knew, only to get caught in a national debate as their show gains popularity.


The Headmaster’s List / Melissa De La Cruz

Unable to remember anything about the car crash that killed a fellow elite prep school student, 18-year-old Spencer Sandoval goes to dangerous lengths to uncover the truth about what really happened after a local true crime podcast takes an interest in the case.


I Killed Zoe Spanos / Kit Frick

Working as a nanny in the Hamptons before starting college, Anna learns of her weird connection to missing girl Zoe, but after Zoe’s body is found in a nearby lake and Anna is charged with manslaughter, a podcast producer helps reveal life-changing truths.


Good Girl, Bad Blood / Holly Jackson

After solving a murder case together, Ravi Singh helped Pip create a podcast that soon went viral, but then they both swear off sleuthing. When Jamie Reynolds goes missing, Pip feels it’s too big of a coincidence to ignore. With the spotlight on her, can she still follow the clues and uncover even more sinister depths to her hometown?


Missing Clarissa / Ripley Jones

High school juniors and best friends Blair and Cameron start a true crime podcast to investigate an unsolved murder in their hometown, and after making a startling discovery, they accuse a potentially innocent man of murder on one of their episodes.


Radio Silence / Alice Oseman

Finally able to be herself with Aled, the shy genius behind her favorite podcast, overachiever Frances finds their trust broken when Aled’s podcast goes viral, forcing her to finally live her truth by speaking up instead of staying silent. Also available as an ebook on hoopladigital.


Sadie / Courtney Summers

Told from the alternating perspectives of nineteen-year-old Sadie who runs away from her isolated small Colorado town to find her younger sister’s killer, and a true crime podcast exploring Sadie’s disappearance, this thriller considers the lengths we go to to protect the ones we love and the high price we pay when we can’t. Also available as an audiobook on CD and on Libby / OverDrive.


Listen to Your Heart / Kasie West

When Kate Bailey lets her best friend, Alana, talk her into joining their high school’s podcast she did not expect to find herself as the host, or to enjoy answering calls and giving advice on the air, but she is actually pretty good at it–but when she gets an anonymous call from a boy (possibly Diego Martinez) about his secret feelings for a girl (probably Alana) she is faced with a problem, because she is developing feelings for Diego herself. Also available as an audiobook on hoopladigital.