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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.


2016 Odyssey Award Audiobook

CD Cover: The War that Saved My LifeListening Library, an imprint of the Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group, producer of the audiobook The War that Saved My Life, has won the 2016 Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production. The War that Saved My Life is written by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley and narrated by Jayne Entwistle. 
 
Hoping to escape an abusive parent, a lame but determined girl follows her younger brother when he is sent to safety during WWII. The children find that leaving the city may not only have saved them from a bomb, but also changed their lives forever. 
 
“Entwistle effectively captures the emotions of Ada, Jamie and reclusive Susan in this powerful story filled with quiet moments, intense feelings and the struggle for self-acceptance and love,” said Odyssey Award Committee Chair Cindy Lombardo.

2016 Honor Audiobook

CD Cover: EchoEcho, written by Pam Muñoz Ryan, narrated by Mark Bramhall, David de Vries, MacLeod Andrews and Rebecca Soler, with music by Corky Siegel and produced by Scholastic Audio / Paul R. Gagne.
 
In Echo, an enchanted harmonica travels the globe spanning time to change the lives of three children in haunting and unimaginable ways. An ensemble cast and original score masterfully weave the various threads of the story into a compelling whole.

 
Members of the 2016 Odyssey Award Committee are: Chair Cindy Lombardo, Cleveland Public Library; Sue Abrahamson, Waupaca (Wis.) Public Library; Krista Britton, Prince William County (Va.) Schools; Stephanie Charlefour, Wixom (Mich.) Public Library; Chris Durr, Sacramento (Calif.) Public Library; Maren Ostergard, King County (Wash.) Library System; Joella Peterson, Provo City (Utah) Library; Katie Richert, Bloomingdale (Ill.) Public Library; and Heather Stout, Lewiston City (Idaho) Library.