Awards & Recognition Listen to clips from School Library Journal’s Best Audio Picks 2018

School Library Journal‘s editors have selected their top audiobooks for the year because they “tell fascinating stories that are enhanced by exceptional narration.” Congratulations to our two phenomenal Listening Library titles that made the list and hear why they should be in your audio collection for kids and teens:

The Night Diary
Author: Veera Hiranandani
Read by: Priya Ayyar
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“When 12-year-old Nisha’s family is forced to flee from what becomes Pakistan to ‘the new India,’ she faces a complicated future not of her making. 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—in which she reveals her father’s family’s 1947 exodus along Nisha’s family’s route from Mirpur Khas to Jodhpur—proves especially gratifying.”—School Library Journal
Blood Water Paint
Author: Joy McCullough
Read by: Xe Sands
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“At 12, Artemisia Gentileschi loses her mother and by 17 is her father’s assistant, although she’s clearly the better artist. When she is raped by her teacher, Artemisia goes to court, where she’s subjected to further brutality, yet she stalwartly demands justice. Written in free verse (as Artemisia) and prose (as Artemisia’s mother), 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.”—School Library Journal

A William C. Morris Debut Award Finalist
2018 National Book Award Longlist

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