January is just around the corner and the Listening Library team is excited to celebrate a new year of ALA Award Winners! While the official announcement won’t come out until January 27, 2014, we’ve gathered our own Mock Newbery picks—already winners in our (audio)book! Have you added these special titles to your shelves?
And click here to find details about our ALA Midwinter audiobook buzz and booth giveaways.
DOLL BONES by Holly Black
Read by Nick Podehl
Beloved bestselling author, Holly Black, delivers a winning combination of terrifically creepy thriller, epic adventure, and a tale of lifelong friendship. Perfect for middle grade guys or girls, or anyone desiring a good old ghost story, DOLL BONES is popping up on many 2014 prediction lists. Listen with the lights on!
FLORA & ULYSSES by Kate DiCamillo
Read by Tara Sands
Squirrels! Superheroes! Holy unanticipated occurrences! Kate DiCamillo is back in a big way and her “Illuminated Adventures” are lighting up many listeners’ and readers’ lists. Plus, the audio is a unique achievement in its own right; DiCamillo created captions to describe her print book’s comic-style illustrations that are adorably read by narrator Sands. Listeners won’t miss a beat.
PAPERBOY by Vince Vawter
Read by Lincoln Hoppe
For fans of To Kill a Mockingbird, The King’s Speech, and The Help. A boy who stutters comes-of-age in the segregated South, during the summer that changes his life. Memorable and affecting, this book and audio will truly inspire young patrons to find their voices, and is the perfect way for parents or teachers to start a discussion about how to face a challenge and overcome difficult struggles in life.
NAVIGATING EARLY by Clare Vanderpool
Read by Robbie Daymond, Mark Bramhall,
& Cassandra Campbell
Vanderpool is no stranger to the Newbery, having won for Moon Over Manifest in 2011. Her poignant fiction beautifully brings history to life once again, this time introducing young readers to post-World War II America, where two boys begin an incredible quest on the Appalachian Trail where they deal with pirates, buried secrets, and extraordinary encounters.
FAR FAR AWAY by Tom McNeal
Read by W. Morgan Sheppard
A rich contribution to any YA audio collection, National Book Award Finalist FAR FAR AWAY is a new kind of fairy tale—a dark, contemporary story in the tradition of Neil Gaiman, that’s at once grim(m) and hopeful, and full of twists. Jeremy Johnson Johnson hears voices. Or, specifically, one voice: the ghost of Jacob Grimm, one half of The Brothers Grimm. While not all fairy tales have happy endings, we’re sure all patrons will be happy to know this book and audio ends up on your shelves.
ESCAPE FROM MR. LEMONCELLO’S LIBRARY
By Chris Grabenstein, read by Jesse Bernstein
In this cross between Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and A Night in the Museum, Agatha Award winner Chris Grabenstein uses rib-tickling humor to create the perfect tale for his quirky characters. Listeners will become enthralled with the crafty twists and turns of this ultimate library experience on audio—a New York Times bestseller.
Click here to visit the American Library Association’s official Youth Media Awards page .