January 18, 2011
REVOLUTION Wins Odyssey Honor
I am so, so pleased to be able to tell you that the audio version of my newest novel, Revolution, has been named an Odyssey Honor pick!
To give you a little background, the Odyssey is an annual award given to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States. It is a joint award from two ALA divisions, the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), and the award will be bestowed on the producer, Orli Moscowitz of Random House’s Listening Library, at the ALA Annual meeting this summer. It’s a fairly new award -- instituted in 2008 – and is helping to bring more attention to creative excellence in the growing field of audio books.
The two actors who read the audio book are Emily Janice Card (Andi), and Emma Bering (Alex).
It took me some time to actually sit down and listen to the book. I could tell you that the reason for that was because I was touring for the better part of two months, and then got home just in time for the holiday madness to start – and that would all be true – but the real reason was because I was terrified. I kept worrying and wondering a million awful things – Did they do a good job? How did they sound? What if I don’t like it?
Revolution was the hardest book I’ve written. It means a great deal to me, and so it was very important that Andi and Alex be portrayed convincingly, by actors with heart and smarts and soul.
I listened to the book for the first time a few days ago, and I was absolutely blown away. I was in my car, headed to a museum in Massachussets. In the first fifteen minutes alone, I missed two turns and almost drove off the road. I was so captivated and amazed, and I became so emotional. Emily and Emma are astonishingly talented. I felt that I was actually hearing my characters – Andi and Alex – speak to me. I can’t really describe what that feels like other than to say that it’s unreal and wonderful and thrilling and wrenching – but I can say that only true artists could pull it off, and for me, that’s what Emily and Emma are, and it’s the highest praise I know how to give.
To hear an excerpt for yourself, click here for a free sample.
I really hope you enjoy it!
With best wishes,