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AWARD WINNERS: Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production

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The war that saved my life

Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker, author.

eAUDIO OVERDRI

Hoping to escape an abusive parent, a lame but determined girl follows her younger brother when he is sent to safety during WWII. The children find that leaving the city may not only have saved them from a bomb, but also changed their lives forever.

2016 Winner


Echo

Ryan, Pam Muñoz, performer. author

eAUDIO OVERDRI

In “Echo,” an enchanted harmonica travels the globe spanning time to change the lives of three children in haunting and unimaginable ways. An ensemble cast and original score masterfully weave the various threads of the story into a compelling whole.

2016 Honor


Five, six, seven, Nate!

Federle, Tim.

J CD FIC FEDERLE

Nate Foster, the musical theater-loving teen is back, cast in the Broadway production “E.T.: The Musical!” However, a multitude of unforeseen disasters threaten to thwart his dreams of shining in the spotlight. A standing ovation for Federle’s pitch perfect narration capturing the humor and poignancy of Nate's dramatic journey.

2015 Honor


The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place

Berry, Julie.

The students of St. Etheldreda's School for Girls face a bothersome dilemma. Their irascible headmistress, Mrs. Plackett, and her surly brother, Mr. Godding, have been most inconveniently poisoned at Sunday dinner. Now the school will almost certainly be closed and the girls sent home, unless these seven very proper young ladies can hide the murders and convince their neighbors that nothing is wrong.

2015 Honor


Scowler

Kraus, Daniel, 1975-

TEEN CD FIC KRA2020

When Ry’s abusive father escapes from prison, Ry summons The Unnamed Three from his childhood, including the hellish Scowler, in order to protect his family. In this gripping and horrific tale, Kirby Heyborne’s flawless narration features humming, clicks, and sounds that are not of this world.

2014 Winner


Eleanor & Park

Rowell, Rainbow.

TEEN CD FIC ROWELL

Despite coming from disparate backgrounds, two teens find they have much in common as they explore music, comics, and acceptance in this story of first love. Narrators Rebecca Lowman and Sunil Malhotra deliver poignant performances that touch the heart.

2014 Honor Recording


Better Nate than ever

Federle, Tim.

J CD FIC FEDERLE

Broadway wannabe Nate Foster ventures solo to the unknown territory of New York City on a quest for stardom. First-time novelist and Broadway veteran Tim Federle narrates his own work in a laugh-out-loud performance full of heart and self-discovery.

2014 Honor Recording


A snicker of magic

Lloyd, Natalie.

J CD FIC LLOYD

“A Snicker of Magic” was written by Natalie Lloyd, narrated by Cassandra Morris and produced by Scholastic Audiobooks. The once magical town of Midnight Gulch is cursed. Felicity Pickle, a natural born poet who literally sees words everywhere, rallies the townsfolk to bring the magic back. Morris positively glows as Felicity, enveloping listeners in the spindiddly magic of language, music, family, and ice cream.

2015 Honor


The fault in our stars

Green, John, 1977-

TEEN CD FIC GRE9749

The Fault in Our Stars written by John Green and narrated by Kate Rudd, perfectly captures the mercurial characters of Hazel Grace and Augustus, teens whose chance meeting in a cancer support group, surprises them both as they embark on an emotional roller coaster of a journey.

2013 Winner


Ghost knight

Funke, Cornelia Caroline.

J CD FIC FUN1963

Ghost Knight written by Cornelia Funke, narrated by Elliot Hill and produced by Listening Library, gives voice to a pack of apparitions, who endanger the life of Jon Whitcroft, a boy miserably confined to a boarding school. As Jon and his new friend Ella seek to solve a century-old mystery, danger threatens their every move. Elliot Hill’s narration ably balances the real and ghostly worlds.

2013 Honor Recording


The last guardian

Colfer, Eoin.

TEEN CD FIC COL1987

Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian written by Eoin Colfer, narrated by Nathaniel Parker and produced by Listening Library, immerses listeners in a world populated with fairies, trolls, and Opal Koboi—Artemis Fowl’s archenemy. Nathaniel Parker’s energetic performance conveys the rollicking adventures listeners have come to expect from Artemis Fowl.

2013 Honor Recording


Rotters

Kraus, Daniel, 1975-

TEEN CD FIC KRA1814

In Rotters, written by Daniel Kraus, narrated by Kirby Heyborne and produced by Listening Library, an imprint of Random House Audio Publishing Group, Random House, Inc, Heyborne’s versatile character voicing animates the strange tale of Joey, a 16-year-old whose mother has died. His struggle begins as he is dropped into the isolated world of his father, a grave robber. The exquisite timing pulls us through the chilling story of the destruction and rebuilding of Joey’s personality.

2012 Winner


Okay for now

Schmidt, Gary D.

TEEN CD FIC SCH1763

Doug’s miserable life includes a new town and a dysfunctional family until the works of Audubon help him see that his life might just be “okay.” Narrator Hoppe wears this audiobook like Doug’s beloved baseball jacket and his empathetic performance echoes long after the last word.

2012 Honor Recording


Ghetto cowboy

Neri, Greg.

J CD FIC NER1495

Twelve-year-old Cole grows from near-delinquent to responsible teen and passionate horseman as he helps his father and the cowboys save their endangered stables in inner-city Philadelphia. Neri’s captivating tale, inspired by real-life black urban cowboys, resonates in Jackson’s rich baritone performance.

2012 Honor Recording


The Scorpio Races

Stiefvater, Maggie, 1981-

TEEN CD FIC STI7029

The stakes are high for Sean and Puck in their islands’ annual race of savage water horses. Narrators West and Hardingham’s lyrical narration evokes the atmosphere of a rugged island culture forever bound to fearsome mythical creatures.

2012 Honor Recording


The true meaning of Smekday

Rex, Adam.

J CD FIC REX1591

Turpin gives an unforgettable performance, seamlessly slipping into the voices of wiseacre eighth-grader, Gratuity “Tip” Tucci, and her alien Boov companion as they embark on a rollicking road trip to track down Tip’s missing mother and save the planet. A laugh-out-loud presentation of Adam Rex’s popular satire.

2011 Winner


Revolution

Donnelly, Jennifer.

TEEN CD FIC DON1681

In a story told across continents and centuries, Card and Bering portray both an edgy Brooklyn teen mourning the death of her younger brother and an eighteenth-century Parisian girl, caregiver to the doomed dauphin. The narrators’ dramatic, forceful performances meld two emotional and wrenching plot lines.

2011 Honor Recording


Alchemy and Meggy Swann

Cushman, Karen.

J CD FIC CUS1592

Kellgren is well-matched to this historical novel about feisty heroine Meggy Swann. Through her ability to sing in character, honk like a goose and capture the voices of a variety of Londoners, Kellgren transports audiences to Meggy’s Elizabethan world.

2011 Honor Recording


Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Green, John, 1977-

TEEN CD FIC GRE2596

A Facebook misdirect and a poorly forged I.D. bring two teens with the same name together. What connects them is Tiny Cooper, a gay football player who explores his heartache by writing a fabulous musical. Podehl and Andrews take us from riotous moments to tearful revelations in this groundbreaking production.

2011 Honor Recording


The knife of never letting go

Ness, Patrick, 1971-

TEEN CD FIC NES2670

In a futuristic settlement on New World, the thoughts of men and animals can be heard by all. On the brink of manhood, Todd discovers a secret so dark he must flee for his life. Podehl’s gripping narration of this disquieting work of dystopian fiction is masterful.

2011 Honor Recording


Peace, Locomotion

Woodson, Jacqueline.

TEEN CD FIC WOO7984

Through Dion Graham's heartfelt performance, Lonnie Collins shares hopes for peace in letters to his beloved sister, heightening the lyrical narrative of Jacqueline Woodson's story.

2010 Honor Recording

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We are the ship [the story of Negro League Baseball]

Nelson, Kadir.

J CD 796.3576 NEL5364

Bluesy harmonica music introduces Dion Graham’s smooth baritone voice, eloquently returning listeners to the era of Negro League baseball in Kadir Nelson’s award-winning book.

2010 Honor Recording


In the belly of the bloodhound [being an account of a particularly peculiar adventure in the life of Jacky Faber]

Meyer, L. A. (Louis A.), 1942-

TEEN CD FIC MEY234

Katherine Kellgren pulls out all the vocal stops, singing and spinning yarns in her dynamic reading of L.A. Meyer’s fourth dramatic Bloody Jack escapade.

2010 Honor Recording


The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian

Alexie, Sherman, 1966-

TEEN CD FIC ALE318

With equal doses of humor and pathos, Sherman Alexie’s lilting narration places listeners squarely in 14-year-old Spokane Indian Arnold Spirit’s shoes as he expands his world beyond the reservation to attend a predominantly white high school. Alexie’s pitch-perfect voicing and dead-on pacing capture Arnold’s struggles.

2009 Winner


Elijah of Buxton

Curtis, Christopher Paul.

J CD FIC CUR334

Mirron Willis’ enthralling, richly authentic narration of Christopher Paul Curtis’ award-winning novel, transports listeners to a historic Canadian settlement of former slaves as 11-year-old Elijah Freeman confronts the realities of slavery.

2009 Honor Recording


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