About the Odyssesy Award
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.
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2024 Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production for Children
Produced by Matie Argiropoulos, Listening Library, an imprint of Penguin Random House Audio
Written by Cece Bell and narrated by a full cast.
Young Cece Bell contracts meningitis and loses her hearing. As she begins to use listening devices, her insecurity and frustration lead her to develop a superhero personality, El Deafo, instilling the confidence she needs. This production features a dynamic full-cast narration and a unique array of sound effects.
2024 Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production for Young Adults
Written by Nick Brooks and narrated by a full cast.
When Principal Moore, head of Urban Promise Prep, is found dead, students J. B., Ramón and Trey become suspects. The trio joins forces to prove their innocence in a system that seeks to bury them. This twisting mystery will keep listeners guessing until the end. “Boasting a cast whose performances will captivate teen audiences, ‘Promise Boys’ combines talented voice work with impressive sound design to produce an immersive mystery,” said McCurtis.
2024 Odyssey Honor Audiobooks
“Chinese Menu: The History, Myths, and Legends Behind Your Favorite Foods,”
Written by Grace Lin
Narrated by Lisa Ling and produced by Hachette Audio.
“Chinese Menu” provides a culinary buffet for the budding epicurean. Each dish is introduced with a folktale leading into the history and evolution of the dish as seen in American Chinese restaurants today. Ling adds a taste of Chinese language to this nonfiction title, creating an unforgettable listening experience.
“Mexikid: A Graphic Memoir”
Written by Pedro Martín
Narrated by a full cast
Produced by Diane McKiernan and Olivia Langen for Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group.
Shipoopi! When the Martins pile into their Winnebago to trek down to Mexico and pick up Abuelito, can they avoid total disaster? Join Pedro and a dynamic cast of characters on a laugh-out- loud family road trip punctuated by a soundtrack of lively music, mishaps and heartwarming moments.
“Sisters of the Lost Marsh”
Written and narrated by Lucy Strange
Produced by Paul R. Gagne for Scholastic Audio.
A spellbinding narrative from Lucy Strange, “Sisters of the Lost Marsh” features a full cast of characters narrated exquisitely by the author. Strange’s crisp recitation and lilting melodies brings Willa’s quest to life as she searches for her sister Grace, following her mysterious disappearance from the Full Moon Fayre.
Written by Elizabeth Wein
Narrated by Moira Quirk
Produced by Elece Green and Dennis Kao for Hachette Audiobooks.
Stella North, the lone female pilot in a cross-country air race, witnesses a murder in this thrilling historical mystery set in late 1930’s Europe. Elizabeth Wein’s breathtaking aero-adventure is skillfully narrated by Moira Quirk, whose panoply of accents brings a diverse authenticity to Wein’s detailed and intense narrative.
Members of the 2024 Odyssey Award Committee: Chair Kirby McCurtis, Multnomah County Library, Portland, Oregon; Ariel Birdoff, Mosaic Preparatory Academy, New York; Cassie Chenoweth, Cobb County Public Library System, Marietta, Georgia; Claire Covington, Old Dominion University, Staunton, Virginia; Loren Hinton, Pioneer Library System, Norman, Oklahoma; Joe Prince, Central Rappahannock Regional Library, Fredericksburg, Virginia; Josie Snow, Ruby Sisson Memorial Library, Pagosa Springs, Colorado; Raychelle J. Steele, Westerville Public Library, Ohio; Eva Thaler-Sroussi, Wellesley Free Library, Norwood, Massachusetts; Leigh Verburg, Kent District Library, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Kristin Williamson, Metropolitan Library System, Oklahoma City; and Jean M. Jansen, Villa Park Public Library, Illinois (award administrative assistant).