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

As awards excitement continues to build, these YA titles are topping many ‘best of’ lists and have proven to be library favorites. Listen to clips and hear why the audiobook editions of each of these terrific YA reads makes for a very special listening experience. And be sure to add audio to your library’s Mock Printz displays! Audiobooks are the perfect way for teens to catch up with all of last 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, check out these amazing titles…

Blood Water Paint
Author: Joy McCullough
Read by: Xe Sands
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“McCullough’s revelatory historical fiction, set in the early 17th century, is enhanced by narrator Xe Sands, whose portrait of an artist as a young woman is sensitively modulated to be deliberate and controlled, hesitant and unsure, resigned and determined…Libraries everywhere should have McCullough’s astonishing debut readily accessible in all formats.”—School Library Journal, starred review
Darius the Great Is Not Okay
Author: Adib Khorram
Read by: Michael Levi Harris
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“In this moving audiobook, narrator Michael Levi Harris takes us into high schooler Darius Kellner’s head…Harris brings out all of Sohrab’s earnest sweetness, and his sensitive narration emphasizes the connection between the boys as well as Darius’s yearning to recapture the relationship he had with his father when he was younger.”—AudioFile
HEAR MORE FROM THE AUTHOR: Adib Khorram essay on Language and Identity
We Say #NeverAgain: Reporting by the Parkland Student Journalists
Author: Melissa Falkowski and Eric Garner
Read By: Various, David Hogg and Delaney Tarr
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“Perhaps it is because I am myself a journalist that the parts that had me taking off my headphones and hiding my eyes so that no one would see me tearing up had to do with these kids’ almost quixotic clarity about what journalism is actually for…In their direct actions, their certitude and their honesty, the journalism students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas are a case study in what to do when things fall apart.”—The New York Times
Odd One Out
Author: Nic Stone
Read By: Kim Mai Guest, Dion Graham and Nic Stone
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“Narrator Dion Graham’s portrayal of Courtney “Coop” Cooper pulls listeners into this portrayal of three teens and their complicated relationship dynamics…[Stone’s] story’s ending and author’s note will satisfy listeners.”—AudioFile
HEAR MORE FROM THE AUTHOR: Nic Stone on This is the Author podcast
Tess of the Road
Author: Rachel Hartman
Read by: Katharine McEwan
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“Hartman has masterfully built her world, and narrator Katharine McEwan does an excellent job portraying those who live in it. McEwan has a personality for each character, capturing the emotionlessness of the dragons, Tess’s doubt, and the colorful people Tess meets on the road. The created languages and unique sayings of the story really lend themselves to the audio format.”—School Library Journal, starred review
Bridge of Clay
Author: Markus Zusak
Read by: Markus Zusak
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“Author Zusak narrates his long-awaited novel as if he has spent time with his characters in real life. In his gentle Australian accent, Zusak lingers over his well-chosen words, accenting their rhythms. His quiet tone belies the power of his story…imagery that will make listeners stop, rewind, and listen again.”—AudioFile
HEAR MORE FROM THE AUTHOR: Markus Zusak on This is the Author podcast
Tradition
Author: Brendan Kiely
Read By: Robbie Daymond and Alex McKenna
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“Kiely bravely explores rape culture and how it intersects with class and privilege, along the way making his characters speak to those in privileged positions ‘in a language they cannot ignore.'”—Booklist
Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful
“This collection of six short science fiction stories is wonderfully imaginative and disturbingly taps into a future that is very possible…The author expertly creates a vivid world and fleshed-out characters.”—School Library Journal, starred review
I Have Lost My Way
Author: Gayle Forman
Read By: Sunil Malhotra, Michael Crouch and Nicole Lewis
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“The narrators give individual strength to three characters who are all lost on their life paths. The narrators’ intense deliveries project the characters’ shared sense of isolation and the bonding that occurs after a freak accident.”—AudioFile Earphones Award
HEAR MORE FROM THE AUTHOR: Gayle Forman on This is the Author podcast
Neverworld Wake
Author: Marisha Pessl
Read by: Phoebe Strole
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“Strole is a perfect reader for Beatrice’s story, which begins with her grief…Give this to listeners who enjoyed Before I Fall or mysteries where characters must find the truth in order to break free.”—Booklist
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