Awards & Recognition 2019 Mock Newbery Picks: Hear why these audios are not to be missed

As awards excitement builds for 2019, these titles are topping many ‘best of’ lists and have proven to be library favorites. Hear why the audiobook edition of each of these terrific middle grade reads makes for a very special listening experience. And be sure to add audio to your library’s Mock Newbery displays! Audiobooks are the perfect way for kids and adults to catch up with all of the year’s best titles. What are you rooting for to win? We look forward to celebrating with you at ALA Midwinter in Seattle at the big ALA Youth Media Awards Announcement. Until then, happy listening!

The Journey of Little Charlie
“Crouch gives his naive protagonist a youthful voice and navigates colloquial pronunciations (‘hesh’ for hush; ‘axed’ for asked) and period expressions (‘jib-jabbing’ for chitchatting) with a naturalness that transports listeners…The author’s own voice concludes the production, musing on his writing and research as well as on what it means to be a hero.”—Booklist
Front Desk
Author: Kelly Yang
Read by: Sunny Lu
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“Narrator Sunny Lu lives up to her first name in portraying Mia Tang. Lu captures the fifth grader’s qualities of cheer, ingenuity, and resilience.”—AudioFile Earphones Award
Bob
Author: Rebecca Stead and Wendy Mass
Read By: Nora Hunter and Rob Dircks
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“The story is told in alternating first-person points of view, with Hunter narrating Livy’s chapters and Dircks giving voice to Bob. Livy’s voice is quiet, contemplative, and often appropriately bewildered, while Bob is more animated and just this side of goofy…the dual narration is effective. Bob is a delightful story of making friends, growing up, and letting go, with a healthy dose of fantasy and magic.”—Booklist
The Night Diary
Author: Veera Hiranandani
Read by: Priya Ayyar
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“With pitch-perfect youthful delivery, Priya Ayyar is an ideal narrator for Nisha’s evolution from reluctant and reticent to bold and brave. The addition of Hiranandani’s reading of her author’s note proves especially gratifying.”—School Library Journal, starred review
Harbor Me
“The voices are genuine and the narration immersive from the beginning, fully transporting the listener to the ARTT room as the discussions take place. Accents are used authentically and only when needed to bring the listener further into the story. As a bonus to the listener, the author voices Ms. Laverne…Readers will want to listen all the way through to the end of the audio for an appended interview between Woodson and her son, Jackson-Leroi—it is charming.”—Booklist, starred review
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl
Author: Stacy McAnulty
Read by: Ana Isabel
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“Ana Isabel’s youthful narration creates a convincing picture of innocent 12-year-old Lucy…Listeners hear a tender tone when a situation involving an orphaned dog requires that Lucy overcome her emotional problems.”—AudioFile
The Season of Styx Malone
Author: Kekla Magoon
Read by: Sullivan Jones
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“Moving with ease among a memorable cast of characters, Sullivan Jones narrates a coming-of-age story that wrestles with friendship, belonging, and what it actually means to be ordinary…For the adult characters hovering outside the boys’ world, Jones switches to deeper tones, creating authentic exchanges.”—AudioFile
Louisiana's Way Home
Author: Kate DiCamillo
Read by: Cassandra Morris
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“Narrator Cassandra Morris embraces the dreamy quality of Louisiana Elefante, one of three friends who first appeared in Raymie Nightingale… Morris embodies the lost and lonely Louisiana who wonders where she will fit in the world. Morris’s wonderful narration gives voice to the loving forces around Louisiana and the lyrical voice DiCamillo has created for her character.”—AudioFile
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