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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.
2015 Odyssey Award Audiobook
Live Oak Media, producer of the audiobook, H.O.R.S.E. A Game of Basketball and Imagination has won the 2015 Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production.
H.O.R.S.E. A Game of Basketball and Imagination was written by Christopher Myers and narrated by Dion Graham and Christopher Myers. Two boasting kids try to outdo each other during a pick-up game with increasingly imaginative and absurd plays. Outstanding sound effects -- from hoop swishes to horse whinnies -- take this production to great heights. Graham's and Myers’ playful banter over a funky beat make this a slam dunk production.
“We are so pleased to celebrate audiobooks that are crafted with such care and love, paced to perfection, with great comic timing and memorable voices,” said Odyssey Award Committee Chair Dawn Rutherford.
2015 Honor Audiobooks
Five, Six, Seven, Nate!, written by Tim Federle, narrated by the author, and produced by Simon & Schuster Audio.
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.
The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place, written by Julie Berry, narrated by Jayne Entwistle and produced by Listening Library, an imprint of Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
In a very clever, very fun, very Victorian murder mystery, young boarding school ladies bury the dead while maintaining perfect manners. Jayne Entwistle makes death-by-poison a laugh riot with her dark, dry narration and amazingly lively characters in this delightfully macabre tale.
A Snicker of Magic, 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.
Members of the 2015 Odyssey Award Committee are: Chair Dawn Rutherford, Chair, Sno-Isle Regional Library, Marysville, Wash.; Catherine M. Andronik, Brien McMahon High School, Bridgeport, Conn.; Kathy L. Haug, San Pablo, Calif.; Sarah B. Hill, Lake Land College, Mattoon, Ill.; Karen Keys, Queens Borough Public Library Pomonok Branch, Flushing, N.Y.; Shannon Margaret Ozirny, West Vancouver Memorial Library, British Columbia, Canada; Sue Z. Rokos, Mohawk Valley Library System, Schenectady, N.Y.; Wendy Steadman Stephens, Cullman (Ala.) City Schools; and Brian E. Wilson, Evanston (Ill.) Public Library.