For the first time, I attended the 2012 Odyssey Awards while at ALA.
The Odyssey Award is for the best audiobook produced for children or teens. It is sponsored by Booklist and administered by ALSC and YALSA.
The 2012 Winner and Honor Books:
Rotters. Produced by Listening Library, an imprint of Random House Audio Publishing Group, Random House, Inc.; written by Daniel Kraus, narrated by Kirby Heyborne. My review of the print book.
2012 Honor Recordings
Ghetto Cowboy, written by G. Neri, narrated by JD Jackson and produced by Brilliance Audio.
Okay for Now, written by Gary D. Schmidt, narrated by Lincoln Hoppe and produced by Listening Library, an imprint of Random House Audio Publishing Group, Random House, Inc. My review of the print book.
The Scorpio Races, written by Maggie Stiefvater, narrated by Steve West and Fiona Hardingham and produced by Scholastic Inc., Scholastic Audiobooks. My review of the print book.
Young Fredle, written by Cynthia Voigt, narrated by Wendy Carter and produced by Listening Library, an imprint of Random House Audio Publishing Group, Random House, Inc.
For book annotations, including commentary on the performances, check out the YALSA website.
Because this is about the audiobook, the people who get the award and give speeches are the people from the audiobook producer and the narrator. In addition to hearing clips of the audiobooks, we also heard the narrators read a select passage from the books.
There were a couple laughs when the planned passage coincided with the passage used!
How good were the speeches? Let’s just say I’ve resolved to listen to each one, and am now half way through Ghetto Cowboy.
There was also a bonus: Kirby Heyborne wrote and performed a song for librarians. Luckily for all of us, someone recorded and put it on YouTube: “If you prick us, do we not read?”
A big thank you to the members of the 2012 Odyssey Award Committee: Chair Lizette D. Hannegan, Easton, Md.; Carrie Scott Banks, Brooklyn (N.Y.) Public Library; Kate Capps, Olathe (Kan.) Public Library – Indian Creek Branch; Viola Dyas, Oakland, Calif.; Cathy Lichtman, Plymouth (Mich.) District Library; Barbara Moon, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, N.Y.; Jennifer R. Sommer, Wright Memorial Public Library, Dayton, Ohio; Beatriz Pascual Wallace, Seattle Public Library; and Sue-Ellen Beauregard, consultant, Booklist Magazine, Chicago.