Awards & Recognition Booklist Editors’ Choice: Audio for Youth

The editors have spoken…and we know you’ll want to listen! Read on to find out which titles Booklist chose for this year’s best “Audios for Youth” and hear for yourself what makes these productions truly phenomenal. Click here to see the full list of titles.

THE FREEDOM MAZE by Delia Sherman
Read by Robin Miles

Booklist says “In authentic and historic Louisiana dialects and speech patterns, Miles offers a mellifluous reading of this engrossing time-travel story about a bored young girl transported back 100 years earlier.”

SCOWLER by Daniel Kraus
Read by Kirby Heyborne

Booklist says: “Heyborne masterfully reads Kraus’ latest, set in Iowa in 1981 and featuring a depraved father and his family. An expert at expressing emotions and reflecting textual clues, Heyborne creates a powerful performance of this disturbing and unsettling story.”

Read a Q&A with author Daniel Kraus here and step into the recording studio with narrator Kirby Heyborne in this great video.

THE SILENCE OF MURDER by Dandi Daley Mackall
Read by Emily Rankin

Booklist says: “This captivating, tension-filled mystery centers on autistic teen Jeremy Long, on trial for killing a beloved baseball coach. Rankin’s reading believably captures the range of characters, focusing on Hope’s emotional struggle, fear, and love for her brother as she struggles to solve the case.”

WILL SPARROW’S ROAD by Karen Cushman
Read by Katherine Kellgren

Booklist says: “Kellgren performs vocal magic on a wide cast of Elizabethan characters in this tale of a traveling troupe of misfit members. She reveals the personality of each player with changes in inflections, accents, and pacing. Proof of her skill is her lyrical singing of the Elizabethan folk songs in a variety of character voices.”

ZOMBIE BASEBALL BEATDOWN by Paolo Bacigalupi, Read by Sunil Malhotra

Booklist says: “Malhotra comfortably manages this bizarre but engaging novel, which morphs from a realistic story of bullying and the treatment of immigrants to a detective tale with zombies. Malhotra brings zest to the action scenes that mix queasy humor with satiric horror, intensifying the impact of the tale.”

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