This annual award is given to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States.
2019 Odyssey Award Audiobook
Sadie, produced by Macmillan Audio from Wednesday Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press, written by Courtney Summers, narrated by Rebecca Soler, Fred Berman, Dan Bittner, Gabra Zackman, and more.
Part true crime podcast part revenge road trip, Sadie is the story of a young girl as she seeks vengeance for her sister’s murder. The full ensemble cast brings together more than thirty voices, with Rebecca Soler authentically capturing Sadie’s stutter and angry, tortured emotions while Dan Bittner gives voice to radio journalist West McCray as he tries to piece together what has happened to Sadie.
“Sadie is the epitome of what an audiobook can do, elevating it to a whole new level. The two formats woven together should not be missed,” said Odyssey Award Committee Chair Stephanie R. Charlefour.
2019 Odyssey Honor Audiobooks
Du Iz Tak, produced by Weston Woods Studios, a division of Scholastic, written by Carson Ellis, and narrated by Eli and Sebastian D’Amico, Burton, Galen and Laura Fott, Sarah Hart, Bella Higginbotham, Evelyn Hipp and Brian Hull.
Adorable children’s voices and music brilliantly enhance this unique story of backyard insects who communicate in their own language. This production helps listeners decipher the plot while sound effects and evocative music spark the imagination. An original song written for this production is a wonderfully “scrivadelly” bonus.
Esquivel! Space-Age Sound Artist, produced by Live Oak Media, written by Susan Wood, and narrated by Brian Amador
The work of innovative composer Juan Garcia Esquivel is uniquely portrayed in this picture book biography by Susan Wood. Brian Amador’s narration, combined with tracks of space aged music and sound effects, presents a carefully orchestrated experience, with each element of the illustrations perfectly represented in stereo sound.
The Parker Inheritance, produced by Scholastic Audiobooks, written by Varian Johnson, and narrated by Cherise Boothe
In pursuit of the mysterious Parker inheritance, author Varian Johnson takes readers down a trail of clues spanning three generations of fear and discrimination in the American South. Narrator Cherise Boothe evokes an appropriate sense of time and place with her compelling cast of characters and authentic range of emotions.
The Poet X, produced by HarperAudio, an imprint of HarperCollins Publisher, written and narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo
Award-winning slam poet Elizabeth Acevado infuses her debut novel with palpable energy as she reads this coming-of-age tale. Acevado’s raw, rhythmic delivery is perfect for performing the novel’s free-verse poems, which describe Xiomara Barista’s transformation from an obedient young girl to a free-thinking young woman in Harlem.