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This annual award is given to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States.
2009 Odyssey Award Audiobook
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, written and narrated by Sherman Alexie, produced by Recorded Books, LLC.
With equal doses of humor and pathos, Sherman Alexie’s lilting narration places listeners squarely in 14-year-old Spokane Indian Arnold Spirit’s shoes as he expands his world beyond the reservation to attend a predominantly white high school. Alexie’s pitch-perfect voicing and dead-on pacing capture Arnold’s struggles.
2009 Honor Audiobooks
Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady, written by L.A. Meyer, narrated by Katherine Kellgren, produced by Listen & Live Audio, Inc.
Versatile narrator Katherine Kellgren takes feisty, seafaring Mary “Jacky” Faber on an ill-fated voyage to become a lady as Jacky stretches her sea legs at an elite Boston finishing school in this humorous and melodramatic sequel to “Bloody Jack,”
Elijah of Buxton, written by Christopher Paul Curtis, narrated by Mirron Willis, produced by Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group.
Mirron Willis’ enthralling, richly authentic narration of Christopher Paul Curtis’ award-winning novel, transports listeners to a historic Canadian settlement of former slaves as 11-year-old Elijah Freeman confronts the realities of slavery.
I’m Dirty!, written by Kate & Jim McMullan, narrated by Steve Buscemi, produced by Weston Woods Studios, Inc./Scholastic.
Jaunty music, energetic background sounds, and Steve Buscemi’s rollicking narration enliven Kate and Jim McMullan’s vibrant picture book about a dirt-loving backhoe loader.
Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale, written and narrated by Carmen Agra Deedy, produced by Peachtree Publishers.
Storyteller Carmen Agra Deedy brings spirited wit and cultural touches to her retelling of the traditional Cuban tale of Martina’s quest to find a husband. Bonus tracks include a Spanish version and a storytelling performance.
Nation, written by Terry Pratchett, narrated by Stephen Briggs, produced by Harper Children’s Audio/HarperCollins Publishers.
Narrator Stephen Briggs’ crisp, precise British narration artfully enhances Terry Pratchett’s “Nation,”a survival story focusing on 13-year-old Mau and British teen Daphne, the sole survivors of a tsunami.