Odyssey Award

What is the Odyssey Award?odyssey award logo

This annual award will be given to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States. The selection committee may also select honor titles.

 For more information, check out the website:

http://www.ala.org/yalsa/odyssey-award

 

2015 Winner

H.O.R.S.E. A Game of Basketball and Imagination written by Christopher Myers and narrated by Dion Graham and Christopher Myers.

horse a game

One day at the basketball court, two kids, a familiar challenge–H.O.R.S.E.?

But this isn’t your grandmother’s game of hoops. 

Not when a layup
        from the other side of the court
                     standing on one foot
                               with your eyes closed  is just the warm-up.

Around the neighborhood, around the world, off Saturn’s rings, the pair goes back and forth. 

The game is as much about skill as it is about imagination.” 

2015 Honor Books

Five, Six, Seven, Nate! written and narrated by Tim Federle

nate audiobook

“Armed with a one-way ticket to New York City, small-town theater geek Nate is off to start rehearsals for E.T.: The Broadway Musical. It’s everything he ever practiced his autograph for! But as thrilling as Broadway is, rehearsals are nothing like Nate expects: full of intimidating child stars, cut-throat understudies, and a director who can’t even remember Nate’s name.

Now, as the countdown to opening night is starting to feel more like a time bomb, Nate is going to need more than his lucky rabbit’s foot if he ever wants to see his name in lights. He may even need a showbiz miracle.”

The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place written by Julie Berry and narrated by Jayne Entwistle

scandalous sisterhood

“There’s a murderer on the loose–but that doesn’t stop the girls of St. Etheldreda’s from attempting to hide the death of their headmistress in this rollicking farce. 

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.”

A Snicker of Magic written by Natalie Lloyd and narrated by Cassandra Morris.

a sincker of magic

“Midnight Gulch used to be a magical place, a town where people could sing up thunderstorms and dance up sunflowers. But that was long ago, before a curse drove the magic away. Twelve-year-old Felicity knows all about things like that; her nomadic mother is cursed with a wandering heart.

But when she arrives in Midnight Gulch, Felicity thinks her luck’s about to change. A “word collector,” Felicity sees words everywhere—shining above strangers, tucked into church eves, and tangled up her dog’s floppy ears—but Midnight Gulch is the first place she’s ever seen the word “home.” And then there’s Jonah, a mysterious, spiky-haired do-gooder who shimmers with words Felicity’s never seen before, words that make Felicity’s heart beat a little faster.

Felicity wants to stay in Midnight Gulch more than anything, but first, she’ll need to figure out how to bring back the magic, breaking the spell that’s been cast over the town . . . and her mother’s broken heart.”