Listening Library’s 2017 ALA Award Winners

Listening Library is proud to celebrate this year’s ALA award winners on audio. Winners were announced on Monday, January 23 in Atlanta, GA at the Annual American Library Association Midwinter Conference.

Odyssey Award Winner
The Odyssey Award recognizes the best audiobooks produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States.

ANNA AND THE SWALLOW MAN
by Gavriel Savit
read by Allan Corduner
produced by Orli Moscowitz

“Narrator Allan Corduner masterfully voices the complex characters, erasing the boundary between listener and story in a virtuoso performance.”–Odyssey Award Committee Chair Lynn Piper Carpenter.

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Available in print from Knopf Books for Young Readers
 

John Newbery Honor
The John Newbery Medal recognizes the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature.

THE INQUISITOR’S TALE
by Adam Gidwitz
read by the Author and a Full Cast

 
Available in print from Dutton Books for Young Readers
 

WOLF HOLLOW
by Lauren Wolk
read by Emily Rankin

 
Available in print from Dutton Books for Young Readers
 

Printz Honor
The Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature annually honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit, each year.

THE PASSION OF DOLSSA
by Julie Berry
read by Jayne Entwistle, Fiona Hardingham, Allan Corduner and the Author

 
Available in print from Viking Books for Young Readers
 

THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR
by Nicola Yoon
Read by Bahni Turpin, Raymond Lee & Dominic Hoffman

 
Available in print from Delacorte Press
 

Robert F. Sibert Information Book Honor
The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is awarded annually to the author(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States.

UPROOTED
by Albert Marrin
read by Marc Cashman

 
Available in print from Knopf Books for Young Readers
 

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Finalist
YALSA’s Award for Excellence in Nonfiction honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18) during a Nov. 1 – Oct. 31 publishing year.

IN THE SHADOW OF LIBERTY
by Kenneth C. Davis
read by a Full Cast

 
Available in print from Henry Holt, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group
 

William C. Morris Winner
The William C. Morris Award recognizes a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens.

THE SERPENT KING
by Jeff Zentner
read by Michael Crouch, Ariadne Meyers and Ethan Sawyer

 
Available in print from Crown Books for Young Readers
 

William C. Morris Finalist

THE SMELL OF OTHER PEOPLE’S HOUSES
by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
read by Jorjeana Marie, Erin Tripp, Robbie Daymond and Karissa Vacker

 
Available in print from Wendy Lamb Books
 
 

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award Winner: Nicola Yoon
The John Steptoe New Talent Award is established to affirm new talent and to offer visibility to excellence in writing to an African American author.

THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR
by Nicola Yoon
Read by Bahni Turpin, Raymond Lee & Dominic Hoffman

 
 

Stonewall Book Award
The first and most enduring award for GLBT books is the Stonewall Book Awards, sponsored by the American Library Association’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table. Books are honored for exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience.

MAGNUS CHASE AND THE GODS OF ASGARD, BOOK 2 THE HAMMER OF THOR
by Rick Riordan
read by Kieran Culkin

 
Available in print from Disney-Hyperion
 

2017 Margaret A. Edwards Award Winner
Sarah Dessen is the recipient of the 2017 Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring her significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens. Click here for a list of titles available on audio.

Alex Awards
The Alex Awards are given to books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The award is sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust.

THE REGIONAL OFFICE IS UNDER ATTACK!
by Manuel Gonzales
read by Sarah Scott, Natasha Soudek, Susan Hanfield and Mike Chamberlain

 
Available in print from Riverhead Books
 
 

ARENA
by Holly Jennings
read by Erin Spencer

 
Available in print from Ace
 
 

ALSC NOTABLE CHILDREN’S RECORDINGS
The Notable Children’s Recordings list includes recordings for children 14 years of age and younger of especially commendable quality that demonstrate respect for young people’s intelligence and imagination; exhibit venturesome creativity; and reflect and encourage the interests of children and young adolescents in exemplary ways.

YALSA AMAZING AUDIOBOOKS
The 2017 Amazing Audiobooks list features recordings that cover a wide range of interests for young adults from historical fiction, to sci-fi, to realistic fiction. “After carefully inspecting hundreds of quality audiobook productions, we are excited to present our top picks from this year,” said Chair Emily Farmer. “The list includes a variety of genres and an impressive group of narrators who have a talent for excellent storytelling.”