Awards & Recognition 2014 National Book Award Finalists

Listening Library is proud to have three titles as finalists on the 2014 National Book Award in Young People’s Literature! This year’s list is packed with stories that will take listeners on a journey they’ll never forget. Hear why critics and fans are raving about these outstanding stories:

Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights
By Steve Sheinkin
Read by Dominic Hoffman
Hardcover available from Roaring Brook Press/ Macmillan Publishers


“[Dominic Hoffman’s] delivery and timing is spot-on as the tale of discrimination and segregation unfolds. The story and the reading are so well done that this work of nonfiction reads just like fiction and will hold the interest of younger listeners as they learn about this chapter in the struggle for civil rights.”—Booklist

“Narrator Dominic Hoffman serves as an outstanding educator while also capturing the voices of many of the victims of this tragedy…This audiobook offers young listeners a splendid opportunity to hear a trial in action and learn about the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement.”–AudioFile

The Sixties Trilogy, Book Two
By Deborah Wiles
Read by Stacey Aswad, Francois Battiste, J.D. Jackson and Robin Miles
Hardcover available from Scholastic Press


★ “A full cast brings to life the excerpts from speeches, song lyrics, KKK leaflets, and gospel music that establish the setting as Greenwood, Mississippi, in the summer of 1964. The audio production adds value to this documentary novel because hearing the words and music of the time connects listeners emotionally…Wiles’s REVOLUTION belongs in every library.”—School Library Journal, starred review

★ “Wiles once again blends a coming-of-age story with pulsating documentary history. Fifty years later, 1960s words and images still sound and resound…”—Kirkus, starred review

★ “Accessible and moving, and it will open many eyes to the brutal, not-so-distant past out of which a new standard of fairness and equality arose.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

By Jacqueline Woodson
Read by the Author
Hardcover available from Nancy Paulsen Books/ Penguin Group (USA)


For more information on this touching memoir check out our blog post.

“[Woodson’s] voice is wistful and dreamy as she savors rich sensory memories…Her narration is a testament to the emotional power of words and how, even as a child, she knew she possessed that power.”–AudioFile, Earphones Award winner

★ “Woodson’s passion for stories and storytelling permeates the memoir, explicitly addressed in her early attempts to write books and implicitly conveyed through her sharp images and poignant observations seen through the eyes of a child.”—Publisher’s Weekly, starred review

★ “A marvel…both elegant and eloquent, a haunting book about memory that is itself altogether memorable.”—Booklist, starred review

★ “With exquisite metaphorical verse Woodson weaves a patchwork of her life experience…This should be on every library shelf.”—School Library Journal, starred review

★ “Woodson cherishes her memories and shares them with a graceful lyricism; her lovingly wrought vignettes of country and city streets will linger…For every dreaming girl (and boy) with a pencil in hand (or keyboard) and a story to share.”—Kirkus, starred review


The winner of the National Book Award will be announced Nov 19, 2014.

View the full list of nominees here.

Click here to learn more about National Book Award Fiction Finalist, STATION ELEVEN.

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