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Awards & Recognition And the Odyssey Award goes to…

SCOWLER by Daniel Kraus! The dream team of star narrator Kirby Heyborne and producer Kelly Gildea previously won the Odyssey Award in 2012 for Kraus’ Rotters. Listeners who loved that complex and creepy family drama, will get a thrill out of Kraus’ latest bone-chilling story. Leave the lights on for this listen!

2014 Odyssey Award

Sponsored by Booklist and administered by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), this annual award is given to the producer of the best English-language audiobook produced for children and/or young adults. Find out more about the Odyssey Award and see past winners here.

SCOWLER by Daniel Kraus
Read by Kirby Heyborne

More Praise for SCOWLER:
★ “Growling, yelling, and whispering his way through this disturbing and unsettling story, Heyborne pulls off another winning performance.”—Booklist Editors’ Choice: Audio for Youth 2013

★ “Listeners are treated to a stellar performance by Kirby Heyborne, whose pacing is impressive. He has an incredible ability to convey so much about a character through his choice of voice… In the end, what truly stands out is his nuanced portrayal of Ry, whose deteriorating mental state is at the heart of this harrowing, disturbing, and yet completely absorbing story.”—School Library Journal, starred review

“Heyborne pushes the envelope in making Ry’s father a monstrous force that even the author may have never imagined. The result is a truly chilling, blood-drenched tale.”—Publishers Weekly

Go Behind The Scenes: Step into the recording studio with narrator Kirby Heyborne.

Q&A with author Daniel Kraus: Master of horror Daniel Kraus answers five questions about his inspirations, writing for teens (especially boys) and audiobooks.
 

2014 Odyssey Honor

If you’ve been following our Best of 2013 lists, then it should come as no surprise that Rainbow Rowell’s ELEANOR & PARK was awarded an Odyssey Honor this year. Listeners will fall in love with two star-crossed misfits in this compelling coming-of-age story.

ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
Read by Rebecca Lowman amd Sunil Malhotra

Narrator Rebecca Lowman spoke with AudioFile about working on this outstanding audiobook: “Honestly, I just love Rainbow Rowell’s voice so much, and I feel such a connection to it, that it’s a pure pleasure to read her work… No matter who I’m playing, how tough they are—vulnerability is a part of them. Everyone who’s a human being is afraid, killable, and in some place feels very small.’”

Praise for ELEANOR & PARK:

“A misfit girl from an abusive home and a Korean-American boy from a happy one bond over music and comics on the school bus in this novel, which our reviewer, John Green, said ‘reminded me not just what it’s like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it’s like to be young and in love with a book.’”—New York Times Notable Children’s Book

“The actors excel at differentiating the multiple shifting viewpoints within each chapter of the story. More importantly, they give full voice to the inner feelings and outer expressions of Eleanor and Park and the interplay that depicts their tender relationship.”—AudioFile Best Audiobook for Young Adults, Winner of the Earphones Award

★ “Narrators Rebecca Lowman and Sunil Malhotra turn in superb performances in their portrayal of Eleanor and Park…Listeners of all ages will be able to enjoy this audio edition.”—Publishers Weekly Listen Up Awards

Odyssey Honor now available from Penguin Audio:

MATILDA by Roald Dahl
Read by Kate Winslet

Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she’s just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It’ll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!

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