2008 Selected Audiobooks for Young Adults,

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest-growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), today announced its 2008 Selected Audiobooks list. The list for those ages 12-18 is drawn from the previous two years of spoken-word releases and presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting.

The 2008 Selected Audiobooks features a wide range of recordings, with 20 fiction titles and 1 nonfiction title representing diverse genres and styles, including fantasy, historical fiction and adventure. The annotated list is available to YALSA members only at www.ala.org/yalsa.

“People say teens don’t listen. But they listen to audiobooks,” said Sarah McCarville, committee chair. “After nearly 400 hours of listening, we know these are the ones teens will be clamoring for.”

Members of the Selected Audiobooks Committee are: Sarah McCarville, chair, Grand Rapids (Mich.) Public Library; Lee Catalano, Multnomah County Library, Portland, Ore.; Shari Fesko, Southfield (Mich.) Public Library; LeNee Gatton, Enterprise, Ala.; Julie Halpern-Cordell, Carleton Washburne School, Winnetka, Ill.; Kristin Brand Heathcock, Hillsborough Community College, Plant City, Fla.; Nichole King, Santa Clara County Library, Morgan Hill, Calif.; Emily Jones, Lynnwood, Wash.; Drue Anne Wagner-Mees, Los Angeles Public Library, Brentwood Branch; and Sue-Ellen Beauregard, consultant, Booklist, Chicago, Ill.


Mao's Last Dancer, by Li Cunxin, read by Paul English, Bolinda Audio, 2006, 8 hours, 55 minutes, 8 discs, ISBN: 1740938208, $64.


An Abundance of Katherines. John Green, read by Jeff Woodman. Brilliance Audio, 2006, 7 hours, 6 discs. ISBN: 142332451x or ISBN13: 9781423324515, $82.25.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

Before I Die. Jenny Downham, read by Charlotte Parry. Listening Library, 2007, 7 hours, 10 minutes. 6 discs, ISBN13: ISBN13: 9780739362884, $34.00.

The Black Tattoo. Sam Enthoven, read by John Lee, Listening Library, 2006, 13 hours, 57 minutes, 11 discs, ISBN: 0739336754 or ISBN13: 9780739336755, $50.00.

Bloody Jack, Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary “Jacky” Faber, Ship's Boy, by L.A. Meyer, read by Katherine Kellgren, Listen and Live Audio, Inc., 2007. 8 hours, 6 discs, ISBN:1593160941, $29.95.

Cupid, by Julius Lester, read by Stephen McKinley Henderson, Listening Library, 2007, 5 hours, 37 minutes, 5 discs, ISBN:0739348507 or ISBN13: 9780739348505, $45.00.

Evolution, Me and Other Freaks of Nature, by Robin Brande, read by Kaili Vernoff, Listening Library, 2007, 6 hours, 25 minutes, 5 discs, ISBN13: 9780739351435, $45.00.

Forever in Blue, by Ann Brashares, read by Angela Goethals, Listening Library, 2007, 9 hours, 3 minutes, 7 discs, ISBN: 0739348450 or ISBN13: 9780739348451, $55.00.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J. K. Rowling, read by Jim Dale, Listening Library, 2007, 21 hours, 40 minutes, 17 discs, ISBN13: 9780739360415; 12 cassettes, ISBN13: 9780739360408, $79.95.

I Am the Messenger, by Markus Zusak, read by Marc Aden Gray, Listening Library, 2006, 8 hours, 40 minutes, 7 discs, ISBN: 0739336924 or ISBN13: 9780739336922, $55.00.

Jazz. By Walter Dean Myers. Narrated by James “D-Train” Williams and Vaneese Thomas. 43min. Live Oak Media. CS, $25.95 (ISBN13: ISBN13: 9781430100195); CD, $28.95 (ISBN13: ISBN13: 9781430100225).

Life As We Knew It, by Susan Beth Pfeffer, read by Emily Bauer, Listening Library, 2006, 9 hours, 7 discs, ISBN: 0739336835 or ISBN13: 9780739336830, $45.00.

Mimus, by Lilli Thal, read by Maxwell Caulfield, Listening Library, 2007, 12 hours, 28 minutes, 10 discs, ISBN13: 9780739348659, $70.00.

The Off Season, by Catherine Gilbert Murdock, read by Natalie Moore, Listening Library, 2007, 6 hours, 5 discs, ISBN13: 9780739351062, $45.00.

Peak, by Roland Smith, read by Ramon de Ocampo, Recorded Books, 2007, 7 hours, 30 minutes, 6 discs, ISBN13: 9781428163560, $66.75; 6 cassettes. ISBN13: 9781428163515, $51.75.

The Rules of Survival, by Nancy Werlin, read by Daniel Passer, Listening Library, 2007, 9 hours, 8 minutes, 5 discs, ISBN13: 9780739351154, $30.

Samurai Shortstop, by Alan Gratz, ready by Arthur Morey, Listening Library, 2006, 7 hours, 21 minutes, 6 discs, ISBN: 073933624X, $50.00.

Skulduggery Pleasant. By Derek Landy. Narrated by Rupert Degas. 7.5hr. HarperChildren’s Audio. CD, $27.95 (ISBN13: 9780061341045).

Soul Eater: Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, Book 3, by Michelle Paver, read by Ian McKellen, Recorded Books, 2007, 6 hours, 45 minutes, 6 discs, ISBN: 1428146091 or ISBN13: 9781428146099, $66.75; 6 cassettes, 1428146040 or ISBN13: 9781428146044, $51.75.

Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher, read by Joel Johnstone and Debra Wiseman, Listening Library, 2007, 6 hours, 15 minutes, 5 discs, ISBN13: 9780739361221, $45.00.

<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Treasure Island. By Robert Louis Stevenson. Narrated by Alfred Molina. 7hr. Listening Library. CD, $55 (ISBN13: 9780739350836).

Wintersmith, by Terry Pratchett, read by Stephen Briggs, Harper Children's Audio, 2006, 8 hours, 30 minutes, 7 discs, ISBN: 0061233366 or ISBN13: 9780061233364 , $29.95.