Tyler Johnson Was Here Audiobook, by Jay Coles Play Audiobook Sample

Download Tyler Johnson Was Here Audiobook

Tyler Johnson Was Here Audiobook, by Jay Coles Play Audiobook Sample
FlexPass™ Price: $13.95
$7.95 for new members!(Includes UNLIMITED podcast listening) Add to Cart learn more
Regular Price: $24.98 Add to Cart
Author: Jay Coles Narrator: JaQwan J. Kelly Publisher: Hachette Book Group Audio Length: Release Date: March 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781549167980

Publisher Description

A young man searches for answers after the death of his brother at the hands of police in this striking debut novel, for readers of The Hate U Give.

When Marvin Johnson’s twin, Tyler, goes to a party, Marvin decides to tag along to keep an eye on his brother. But what starts as harmless fun turns into a shooting, followed by a police raid.

The next day, Tyler has gone missing, and it’s up to Marvin to find him. But when Tyler is found dead, a video leaked online tells an even more chilling story: Tyler has been shot and killed by a police officer. Terrified as his mother unravels and mourning a brother who is now a hashtag, Marvin must learn what justice and freedom really mean.

Tyler Johnson Was Here is a powerful and moving portrait of youth and family that speaks to the serious issues of today—from gun control to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Download and start listening now!


  • “Exploring the current climate of police brutality and viral culture, this harrowing YA effort is based on its author’s own experiences with tragedy and loss, a personal touch felt across every page.”

    - Entertainment Weekly
  • “This well-written, fast-paced story eloquently addresses how to grieve, plan, and participate in the burial of a loved one…[A] standout debut.”

    - School Library Journal (starred review)
  • “Unforgettable…Coles’ exploration of brotherhood, grief, friendship, and familial ties is as moving and relevant as its exploration of racism.”

    - Booklist (starred review)
  • “An unflinching look at police brutality and systemic racism in America.”

    - Bustle
  • “JaQwan Kelly’s narration turns from lighthearted to fearful and he amps up tension when an aggressive white policeman draws a gun on the innocent black teens…He expresses Marvin’s many forms of vulnerability, which change as quickly as that first scene…Speedy emotional shifts mirror the story’s fast pace as Kelly recounts Marvin’s painful journey, marked by grief, outrage, and the realization of his true beliefs and needs.”

    - AudioFile
  • “A powerful story full of heart, packing a deep emotional punch.”

    - VOYA
  • “Coles’ powerful, anguished debut novel…garners worthy comparisons to 2017’s award-winning The Hate U Give."

    - BookPage


  • An Entertainment Weekly Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2018
  • A YALSA Amazing Audiobooks Selection for Young Adults

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review about this audiobook!

About the Author

Ron Butler is a Los Angeles–based actor, Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator, and voice artist with over a hundred film and television credits. Most kids will recognize him from the three seasons he spent on Nickelodeon’s True Jackson, VP. He works regularly as a commercial and animation voice-over artist and has voiced a wide variety of audiobooks. He is a member of the Atlantic Theater Company and an Independent Filmmaker Project Award winner for his work in the HBO film Everyday People.

About the Narrator

JaQwan J. Kelly is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.