ALA honors audiobook of Tale writer’s work

Tue Jan 11, 2011.
By Ben Beagle, bbeagle@batavianews.com

The audio version of Jennifer Donnelly’s latest book, “Revolution,” was among the award winners announced Monday afternoon by the American Library Association.

“Revolution” was named an Odyssey Honor Recording. The audiobook is narrated by Emily Janice Card and Emma Bering. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group, produced the audiobook.

The Odyssey Award is given for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, in the United States. The 2011 winner was “The True Meaning of Smekday” by Adam Rex and narrated by Bahni Turpin,

The prize was announced by the ALA at its midwinter meeting in San Diego where the Association awarded the highest honors in children’s literature, including the John Newbery Medal, Randolph Caldecott Medal and the Michael L. Printz award, among others.

“Revolution” tells the story of two teen girls separated by centuries. When Andi, a contemporary teen visiting Paris with her scientist father, discovers an unknown diary by Alexandrine, a teen living during the French Revolution, Andi recognizes something in Alex’s words and becomes obsessed with the other girl’s harrowing story.

Donnelly, the 2006 Tale for Three Counties author, previously earned a Printz Honor award in 2004 for her Young Adult book “A Northern Light.” That title was the Tale selection.

“Revolution” was one of four Odyssey Honor Recordings. Also selected: “Alchemy and Meggy Swann,” produced by Listening Library, written by Karen Cushman and narrated by Katherine Kellgren; “The Knife of Never Letting Go,” produced by Candlewick on Brilliance Audio, an imprint of Brilliance Audio, written by Patrick Ness and narrated by Nick Podehl; and “will grayson, will grayson,” produced by Brilliance Audio, written by John Green and David Levithan, and narrated by MacLeod Andrews and Nick Podeh

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Courtesy of Batavia Newspapers Corporation

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