The American Library Associationâ€™s Odyssey Award committee has named two Listening Library titles as Odyssey Honor audiobooks: Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, produced by Karen Dziekonski and narrated by Bahni Turpin; and When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson & Omar Mohamed, produced by Julie Wilson and Kelly Gildea and narrated by Faysal Ahmed, Barkhad Abdi, and a full cast.
The Odyssey Award and Honors recognizes excellence in childrenâ€™s and young adult audiobooks. Learn more about these remarkable audiobooks and listen to clips below.
Fighting Words is a candid and fierce middle grade audiobook about sisterhood and sexual abuse, by Newbery Honor winner and #1 New York Times best seller Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, author of The War that Saved My Life.
â€śThe strong writing gives Dellaâ€™s world both heartbreak and humor; Turpinâ€™s narration radiates the range of emotions. Acknowledging the difficulty of voicing hard things like sexual abuse, this book emphasizes the power of finding oneâ€™s fighting words to tell oneâ€™s own story. Della, as voiced by Turpin, masterfully shares hers.â€ť—Booklist, starred audio review
Heartbreak and hope exist together in When Stars Are Scattered, an audiobook about growing up in a refugee camp, as told by a Somali refugee to the Newbery Honor-winning creator of Roller Girl.
â€śThe audiobook edition of Omar Mohamed’s autobiography, originally a graphic novel account co-authored with Victoria Jamieson, offers listeners an experience of perfection in its storytelling, format shifting, and performance. The full cast includes many audiobook-narrating stars: Bahni Turpin, Robin Miles, J.D. Jackson, and Dion Graham. It also features fine performances by Somalian American actorsâ€”including Faysal Ahmed as Omarâ€”that make this truly an #OwnVoices experienceâ€¦ The story itself is one every American should hear, either to expose them to others’ lives or as an echo to elements of their own.â€ť—Booklist, starred audio review
Discover more in Meet the Cast: When Stars are Scattered.
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