YALSA announces 2006 Selected Audiobooks for Young Adults

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For Immediate Release

January 24, 2006

YALSA announces 2006 Selected Audiobooks for Young Adults

CHICAGO - The Selected Audiobooks Committee of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), is proud to announce its Selected List of Audiobooks for Young Adults.

The titles have been selected from the past two years of spoken word releases. They have been selected for their appeal to a teen audience, the quality of their recording, and their enhancement of an audience's appreciation of any written work on which they may be based. While the list as a whole addresses the interests and needs of young adults ranging in age from 12 to 18, individual titles may appeal to only parts of that age range.

“Acceleration,” by Graham McNamee, read by Scott Brick, Listening Library, 2005, 5.5 hours, 5 discs, 0-3072-0733-1, 4 cassettes, 0-3072-0732-3.

“Around the World in 80 Days,” by Jules Verne, read by Jim Dale, Listening Library, 2004, 7 hours, 53 minutes, 7 discs, 0-3072-0682-3, 5 cassettes, 0-3072-0628-9.

“Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception,” by Eoin Colfer, read by Nathaniel Parker, Listening Library, 2005, 7.5 hours, 6 discs, 0-3072-4333-8, 5 cassettes, 0-3072-4331-1.

“Bindi Babes,” by Narinder Dhami, read by Nina Wadia, Listening Library, 2004, 4 cassettes, 4 hours, 21 minutes, 1-4000-8538-1.

“Bird,” by Angela Johnson, read by Chantale Hosein, Kamahl Palmer, and Matthew Pavich, Listening Library, 2004, 2 hours, 10 minutes, 2 discs, 1-4000-9926-9, 2 cassettes,1-4000-9925-0.

“Bras & Broomsticks,” by Sarah Mlynowski, read by Arlene Meyers, Listening Library, 2005, 8 hours, 11 minutes, 7 discs, 0-3072-0684-X, 6 cassettes, 1400098793.

“Buddha Boy,” by Kathe Koja, read by Spencer Murphy and the Full Cast Family, Full Cast Audio, 2004, 2.75 hours, 3 discs, 1932076530.

“Colibrí,” by Ann Cameron, read by Jacqueline Kim, Listening Library, 2004, 3 cassettes, 4.75 hours, 1-4000-8536-5, 5 discs, 1-4000-8993-X.

“Cruise Control,” by Terry Trueman, read by Andy Paris, Recorded Books, 2005, 3.5 hours, 3 cassettes, 1-4193-3109-4.

“Dear Zoe, A Novel,” by Philip Beard, read by Cassandra Morris, HighBridge, 2005, 4.75 hours, 5 Discs, 1-56511-942-8.

“Fish,” L. S. Matthews, read by J. Lamia, Listening Library, 2004, 3 hours, 13 minutes, 2 cassettes, 1-4000-8521-7, 3 Discs, 1400089883.

“Flush,” by Carl Hiaasen, read by Michael Welch, Listening Library, 2005, 5 hours, 23 minutes, 5 discs, 0-307-28290-2, 4 cassettes, 0-307-28289-9.

“Inventing Elliot,” by Graham Gardner, read by Dominic Taylor, Listening Library, 2004, 4.75 hours, 4 cassettes, 1-8072-2320-4.

“Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy,” by Gary D. Schmidt, read by Sam Freed, Listening Library, 2005, 6 hours, 49 minutes, 6 discs, 0-307-28183-3.

“Norman Tuttle on the Last Frontier: A Novel in Stories,” by Tom Bodett, read by the author, Listening Library 2004, 4 hours, 40 minutes, 4 discs, 1-4000-9495-X, 3 cassettes 1-4000-9057-1.

“Pendragon, Book 1, The Merchant of Death,” by D.J. MacHale, read by William Dufris, Brilliance, 2005, 12 hours, 10 Discs, 1-59737-238-2.

“Princess in Training,” by Meg Cabot, read by Clea Lewis, Listening Library, 2005 6 hours, 17 minutes, 6 discs, 0-307-20670-X, 4 cassettes, 1-4000-9876-9.

“Prom,” by Laurie Halse Anderson, read by Katherine Kellgren, Recorded Books, 2005, 5.75 hours, 5 discs, 1-4193-5610-0, 4 cassettes, 1-419-35097-8.

“The Sea of Trolls,” by Nancy Farmer, read by Gerard Doyle, Recorded Books, 2004, 14 hours, 12 discs, 1-419-3082-03, 10 cassettes, 1-419-3209-04.

“The Teacher's Funeral: A Comedy in Three Parts,” by Richard Peck, read by Dylan Baker, Listening Library 2004, 4 hours, 42 minutes, 5 discs, 1400094968, 4 cassettes, 1-4000-9103-9.

“Tiger, Tiger,” by Lynne Reid Banks, read by Jan Francis, Listening Library, 2005, 5 hours 3 minutes, 4 discs, 0-3072-4638-0, 3 cassettes, 0-3072-4546-2.

“Truth About Forever,” by Sara Dessen, read by Stina Nielsen, Recorded Books, 2005. 12 hours, 30 minutes, 8 discs, 1-419-3387-9X , 9 cassettes, 1-4193-2648-1.

“The Truth About Sparrows,” by Marian Hale, read by Emily Janice Card, Listening Library, 2005, 5 hours, 36 minutes, 4 cassettes, 0-3072-0720-X.

“Whale Rider,” by Witi Ihimaera, read by Jay Laga'aia, Bolinda Audio, 2005, 3 hours, 40 minutes, 4 Discs, 1-7409-3558-6.

“The Young Man and the Sea,” by Rodman Philbrick, read by Kirby Heyborne, Listening Library, 2004, 3 hours, 48 minutes, 3 cassettes, 1-400-9460-7.

Acknowledging the impact of the audio format on both literacy development and recreational listening for teens, YALSA has recently approved renaming the committee and a change of focus. The committee, formerly named Audiobooks and Media Exploration Committee, recently became an official selection committee, Selected Audiobooks.

Members of the 2006 Audiobooks and Media Exploration Committee are: Carly M. Wiggins, Chair, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Ind.; Josephine Caisse, Deschutes Public Library System, Bend, Ore.; Lynn Piper Carpenter, State Library & Archives of Florida, Tallahassee, Fla.; Shari Fesko, Southfield Public Library, Southfield, Mich.; LeNee K. Gatton, King County Library System, North Bend and Sammamish, Wash.; Sharon Grover, Arlington Public Library, Arlington, Va.; Gay Ann Loesch, Sun Valley Middle School, Indian Trail, N.C.; Sarah McCarville, Grand Rapids Public Library, Grand Rapids, Mich.; Drue Wagner-Mees, Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles.

For more information, please visit the YALSA Web site at
www.ala.org/yalsa; contact the YALSA office at 312-280-4387; or e-mail,