Ears on the Odyssey

2021 Snap Picks

Well it is 2021 and the Youth Media Awards are oh gosh *checks notes* this Monday, January 25! They really snuck up on us this year. As in years past, we want to share our thoughts on the best of the year. So here are our snap picks – a quick mix of our favorites, predictions and hopefuls that could win the big prize. What do you think will win?

  • Alice’s Farm, by Maryrose Wood, narrated by Dion Graham. 11 hours, 8 minutes. Macmillan Audio, 2020.
  • Cemetery Boys, by Aiden Thomas, narrated by Avi Roque. 13 hours, 47 minutes. Macmillan Audio, 2020.
  • Clap when you Land, by Elizabeth Acevedo, narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo and Melania-Luisa Marte. 5 hours, 32 minutes. Harper Audio, 2020.
  • Everything Sad Is Untrue: A True Story, by Daniel Nayeri, narrated by the author. 7 hours, 48 minutes. Listening Library, 2020.
  • Furious Thing, by Jenny Downham, narrated by the author. 9 hours 16 minutes. Scholastic Audio, 2020. 
  • Genesis Begins Again, by Alicia D. Williams, narrated by the author. 8 hours 48 minutes. Simon & Schuster Audio, 2020
  • Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, by Holly Jackson, narrated by Bailey Carr, Marisa Calin, Michael Crouch, Gopal Divan, Robert Fass, Kevin R. Free, Sean Patrick Hopkins, Carol Monda, Patricia Santomasso, Shezi Sardar, Amanda Thickpenny and a full cast. 10 hours, 53 minutes. Listening Library, 2020.
  • I Killed Zoe Spanos, by Kit Frick, narrated by Dan Bittner, Inés del Castillo, Jonathan Davis, Gibson Frazier, Madeleine Maby, Soneela Nankani, Jackie Sanders, Candace Thaxton & Jesse Vilinsky. 10 hours 41 minutes. Simon & Schuster Audio, 2020. 
  • Isaiah Dunn is My Hero, by Kelly J. Baptist, narrated by Adam Lazarre-White. 4 hours, 58 minutes. Listening Library, 2020.
  • K-Pop Confidential, by Stephen Lee, narrated by Joy Osmanski. 10 hours, 5 minutes. Scholastic Audio, 2020. 
  • Loretta Little Looks Back, by Andrea Davis Pinkney, narrated by Dashawn Barnes, Deborah Wilson and Ralph Harris. 4 hours, 52 minutes. Little Brown Young Readers, 2020.
  • Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds, narrated by Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi. 4 hours 11 minutes. Hachette Audio
  • Stand Upm Yumi Chung!, by Jessica Kim, narrated by Greta Jung. 6 hours 4 minutes. Listening Library, 2020. 
  • The Black Flamingo, by Dean Atta, narrated by the author. 3 hours 40 minutes. Harper Audio, 2020. 
  • We Are Not Free. By Traci Chee. Narrated by full cast.10 hours and 26 minutes. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Audio.
  • When Stars Are Scattered, by Omar Mohamed and Victoria Jamieson, narrated by Faysal Ahmed, Barkhad Abdi, Robin Miles, Ifrah Mansour, Bahni Turpin, Hakeemshady Mohamed, Sadeeq Ali, Dominic Hoffman, Christine Avila, Dion Graham, and a Full Cast. 3 hours and 42 minutes. Listening Library, 2020.

We will be live tweeting the Youth Media Awards again this year over at @EarsontheOdyssey. Hope you will join us!

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