This annual award will be given to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States. The selection committee may also select honor titles. The Odyssey Award is jointly given and administered by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), divisions of ALA, and is sponsored by Booklist.
The selection committee consists of nine members: four members appointed by ALSC; four members appointed by YALSA; a chair, whose appointment alternates between ALSC and YALSA divisions; and a consultant from the staff of Booklist magazine who works with audiobooks. The consultant may participate fully in all book discussions but may not participate in voting.
H.O.R.S.E. A Game of Basketball and Imagination was written by Christopher Myers and narrated by Dion Graham and Christopher Myers and produced by Live Oak Media. 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.
2015 Honor Recordings
“Five, Six, Seven, Nate!” was 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 the 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” was 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.