Odyssey Award

Kids and/or Teens

best audiobook for children and/or young adults

This annual award is given to the producer of the best audiobook for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States.

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Author: Angie Thomas
2018 Odyssey Award - Winner

The Hate U Give follows 16 year-old Starr Carter as she grapples with the effects of systemic racism and the murder of her friend Khalil. Bahni Turpin’s narration immerses listeners in this powerful story compelling them to question, understand, and empathize. 

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Author: Matt Haig
2018 Odyssey Award - Honor

A Boy Called Christmas is a whimsical and charming origin story of Father Christmas. Stephen Fry’s narration of the story adds a delightful dimension to this adventurous tale. Fry’s reading is pitch perfect, deadpan in the quirkiest of times, and beautifully paced. 

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Author: Jason Reynolds
2018 Odyssey Award - Honor
Long Way Down is the story of a haunting 60-second elevator ride that changes the life of 15-year-old Will as he encounters people from his past. Jason Reynolds reads his riveting free verse novel with authority, authenticity, and emotion.
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Author: Philip Pullman
2018 Odyssey Award - Honor

When Malcolm finds a secret message inquiring about a dangerous substance called Dust, he finds himself embroiled in a tale of intrigue featuring enforcement agents from the Magisterium, a woman with an evil monkey daemon, and a baby named Lyra.

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Author: Cressida Cowell
2018 Odyssey Award - Honor

A wizard, a warrior princess, and a forbidden magical object come together in this rip-roaring adventure. David Tennant transports listeners to a faraway land with his clearly unique voices, along with sound effects and songs.

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Author: Troy Andrews
2018 Odyssey Award - Honor

A luminous performance from Dion Graham animates Trombone Shorty, capturing the joy and wonder of young Troy Andrews discovering his love for and talents with music. The soundbed that plays throughout gives the listener the added experience of hearing the ambiance of New Orleans and Trombone Shorty’s music. 

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Author: Gavriel Savit
2017 Odyssey Award - Winner

Narrated by: Allan Corduner

When her university professor father is sent by the Gestapo to a concentration camp, seven-year-old Anna travels the Polish countryside with the mysterious Swallow Man during World War II.

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Author: Emma Shevah
2017 Odyssey Award - Honor

Narrated by: Laura Kirman

Amber's Japanese father left when she was little, and her sister Bella was just a baby, so now she fills in the frustrating gap in her life with imagined conversations, and writes letters to Bella that seem to come from their father.

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Author: Jason Reynolds
2017 Odyssey Award - Honor

Narrated by: Guy Lockard

Ghost, a naturally talented runner and troublemaker, is recruited for an elite middle school track team. He must stay on track, literally and figuratively, to reach his full potential.
 

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Author: Noelle Stevenson
2017 Odyssey Award - Honor

Narrated by: Rebecca Soler, Jonathan Davis, Marc Thompson, January LaVoy, Natalie Gold, Peter Bradbury and David Pittu.

Lord Blackheart, a villain with a vendetta, and his sidekick, Nimona, an impulsive young shapeshifter, must prove to the kingdom that Sir Goldenloin and the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren't the heroes everyone thinks they are.

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Author: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
2016 Odyssey Award - Winner

Read by Jayne Entwistle

A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother.

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Author: Pam Muñoz, Ryan
2016 Odyssey Award - Honor

Read by Mark Bramhall, David de Vries, MacLeod Andrews, Rebecca Soler.

Lost and alone in the forbidden Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and suddenly finds himself entwined in a puzzling quest involving a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica.

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Author: Christopher Myers
2015 Odyssey Award - Winner

Read by Dion Graham and Christopher Myers.

Two friends try to outdo each other on the basketball court in an out-of-this-world game of H.O.R.S.E.

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Author: Time Federle
2015 Odyssey Award - Honor

The Audiobook is not available yet in InfoSoup. Now on Broadway as second understudy for E.T., Nate Foster keeps in close contact with his best friend, Libby, as he faces his nemesis, Jordan Rylance, and his own insecurities as the cast member with the least training and experience.

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Author: Julie Berry
2015 Odyssey Award - Honor

Read by Jayne Entwistle.

Seven very proper Victorian young ladies conspire to hide a murder from the authorities at their boarding school.