Audiofile Magazine Earphones Award, September 2018
The full cast that presents this anthology, published in partnership with We Need Diverse Books, does a remarkable job of bringing to life stories by some of today's best-known YA authors. These slice-of-life pieces provide not only mirrors but also windows on issues of race, sexuality, and urban life. Listeners will be intrigued by Gene Luen Yang's comic "Paladin/Samurai," which is brought to life by four voices and sound effects. Schuyler Bailar, the first "out" transgender swimmer in NCAA Division 1, brings empathy and meaning to his reading of his semiautobiographical story, "Catch, Pull, Drive." And the story titled "Super Human" will leave listeners as torn as narrator Bahni Turpin sounds as she delivers the story's dilemma. Each narration and production reflects care and attention. E.J.F. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine .