Brilliance Audio wins 2013 Odyssey Award for The Fault in Our Stars

For Immediate Release
Mon, 01/28/2013

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SEATTLE — Brilliance Audio, producer of the audiobook, “The Fault in Our Stars” won the 2013 Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production. The award announcement was made today during the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting held Jan. 25 – 29 in Seattle.

The Odyssey Award is given to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States. The award is jointly administered by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), divisions of the ALA, and is sponsored by Booklist magazine.

“The Fault in Our Stars” written by John Green and narrated by Kate Rudd, perfectly captures the mercurial characters of Hazel Grace and Augustus, teens whose chance meeting in a cancer support group, surprises them both as they embark on an emotional roller coaster of a journey.

 “Late in the Midwinter of our deliberations, this exquisitely understated performance by Kate Rudd, captured the magic of John Green’s words and our hearts,said Odyssey Award Committee Chair Teri S. Lesesne.

 The Odyssey Committee selected three Honor Audiobooks.

 “Artemis Fowl:  The Last Guardian” written by Eoin Colfer, narrated by Nathaniel Parker and produced by Listening Library, immerses listeners in a world populated with fairies, trolls, and Opal Koboi—Artemis Fowl’s archenemy.  Nathaniel Parker’s energetic performance conveys the rollicking adventures listeners have come to expect from Artemis Fowl. 

“Ghost Knight” written by Cornelia Funke, narrated by Elliot Hill and produced by Listening Library, gives voice to a pack of apparitions, who endanger the life of Jon Whitcroft, a boy miserably confined to a boarding school.  As Jon and his new friend Ella seek to solve a century-old mystery, danger threatens their every move.  Elliot Hill’s narration ably balances the real and ghostly worlds.

 “Monstrous Beauty” written by Elizabeth Fama, narrated by Katherine Kellgren and produced by Macmillan Audio, intertwines two stories set generations apart, as Hester learns about her ancestor, a mermaid named Syrenka, who left her sea family to pursue her true love on land.  Katherine Kellgren brings to life the voice of mermaids, seagulls, ghosts, and contemporary teens in this romance with supernatural overtones.

 Audiobooks constitute a fast growing area of usage in libraries. The award is named after the epic poem titled, “The Odyssey,” that was told and retold in the oral tradition and eventually ascribed by the poet Homer on the tales of Ulysses as he returns to his kingdom after the Trojan War.  The Odyssey Award allows us to return to the ancient roots of storytelling, while living in our modern world.

Members of the 2013 Odyssey Award Committee are: Chair Dr. Teri S. Lesesne, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas;  Joanna L. Axelrod, Escondido (Calif.) Public Library; Bruce Farrar, Harris County Public Library, Houston, Texas; Dana Folkerts, Thomas Ford Memorial Library, Western Springs, Ill.; Deborah Kaplan, Tufts University, Medford, Mass.; Nichole King, Morgan Hill (Calif.) Public Library; Karen M. Perry, North Carolina Association of School Librarians, High Point, N.C.; Janet Raelene Weber, Tigard (Ore.) Public Library; Patsy L. Weeks, Howard Payne University Heart of Texas Literature Center, Brownwood, Texas; and  Sue-Ellen Beauregard, Consultant, Booklist magazine, Chicago.

ALSC is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. With a network of more than 4,000 children’s and youth librarians, literature experts, publishers and educational faculty, ALSC is committed to creating a better future for children through libraries. To learn more about ALSC, visit their website at www.ala.org/alsc.

YALSA’s portfolio of book and media awards helps strengthen library services for and with teens by identifying quality, age appropriate resources for librarians and library workers to share with the teens in their communities.  For more information about YALSA or for lists of recommended reading, viewing and listening, go to http://www.ala.org/yalsa/booklistsawards/bookawards.

For information on the Odyssey Award and other ALA Youth Media Awards, please visit www.ala.org/yma.

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