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: Natalie Lloyd
2015 Odyssey Award - Honor

The Pickles are new to Midnight Gulch, Tennessee, a town which legend says was once magic--but Felicity is convinced the magic is still there, and with the help of her new friend Jonah the Beedle she hopes to bring the magic back.

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Author: Daniel Kraus
2014 Odyssey Award - Winner

In the midst of a 1981 meteor shower in Iowa, a homicidal maniac escapes from prison and returns to the farm where his nineteen-year-old son, Ry, must summon three childhood toys, including one called Scowler,to protect himself, his eleven-year-old sister, Sarah, and their mother. Audiobook produced by Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group, written by Daniel Kraus and narrated by Kirby Heyborne.

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Author: Tim Federle
2014 Odyssey Award - Honor

An eighth-grader who dreams of performing in a Broadway musical concocts a plan to run away to New York and audition for the role of Elliot in the musical version of E.T. Audiobook produced by Simon and Schuster Audio, written and narrated by Tim Federle

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Author: Aaron Reynolds
2014 Odyssey Award - Honor

The carrots that grow in Crackenhopper Field are the fattest and crispiest around and Jasper Rabbit cannot resist pulling some to eat each time he passes by, until he begins hearing and seeing creepy carrots wherever he goes. Audiobook produced by Weston Woods Studios, Inc., and written by Aaron Reynolds

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Author: Rainbow Rowell
2014 Odyssey Award - Honor

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits--smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. Audiobook produced by Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group, written by Rainbow Rowell, and narrated by Rebecca Lowman and Sunil Malhotra

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Author: John Green
2013 Odyssey Award - Winner

Read by Kate Rudd.

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

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Author: Cornelia Caroline Funke
2013 Odyssey Award - Honor

Eleven-year-old Jon Whitcroft and new friend Ella summon the ghost of Sir William Longspee, who may be able to protect Jon from a group of ghosts that threatens him harm from the day he arrives at Salisbury Cathedral's boarding school. Includes historical notes.

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Author: Eoin Colfer
2013 Odyssey Award - Honor

Artemis's arch rival Opal Koboi has reanimated dead fairy warriors that take possession of Artemis's little brothers. Artemis has until sunrise to get the spirits to vacate his brothers and go back into the earth where they belong.

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Author: Daniel Kraus
2012 Odyssey Award - Winner

Narrated by Kirby Heyborne Sixteen-year-old Joey's life takes a very strange turn when his mother's tragic death forces him to move from Chicago to rural Iowa with the father he's never known, and who's the town pariah.

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Author: Gary D. Schmidt
2012 Odyssey Award - Honor

Narrated by Lincoln Hoppe As a fourteen-year-old who just moved to a new town, with no friends, an abusive father, and a louse for an older brother, Doug Swieteck has all the stats stacked against him until he finds an ally in Lil Spicer--a fiery young lady. Together, they find a safe haven in the local library, inspiration in learning about the plates of John James Audubon's birds, and a hilarious adventure on a Broadway stage.

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Author: Maggie Stiefvater
2012 Odyssey Award - Honor

Narrated by Steve West and Fiona Hardingham Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.

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Author: Cynthia Voigt
2012 Odyssey Award - Honor

Read by Wendy Carter.

Narrated by Wendy Carter Fredle, a young mouse cast out of his home, faces dangers and predators outside, makes some important discoveries and allies, and learns the meaning of freedom as he struggles to return home.

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Author: Adam Rex
2011 Odyssey Award - Winner

Read by Bahni Turpin

In the chaotic turmoil that follows the Boov invasion of Earth, eleven-year-old Gratuity Tucci finds herself driving her mother's car to Florida, where all of the humans are being relocated, with her cat and a renegade extraterrestiral named J. Lo as her copilots.

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Author: Karen Cushman
2011 Odyssey Award - Honor

In 1573, the crippled, scorned, and destitute Meggy Swann goes to London, where she meets her father, an impoverished alchemist, and eventually discovers that although her legs are bent and weak, she has many other strengths.

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Author: Patrick Ness
2011 Odyssey Award - Honor

Performed by Nick Podehl.

Pursued by power-hungry Prentiss and mad minister Aaron, young Todd and Viola set out across New World searching for answers about his colony's true past and seeking a way to warn the ship bringing hopeful settlers from Old World.