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The First Helping (Lunch Lady Books 1 & 2) by Jarrett J. Krosoczka has been named a 2023 Odyssey Honor Audiobook.

These graphic novels have been reimagined by author Jarrett J. Krosoczka into a full cast audio production. The larger-than-life voices and sound effects set a perfect tone for retelling a beloved series, allowing it to be enjoyed in a new way.

Narrated by Kate Flannery, the author, and a full cast, including Carol Monda, Cary Hite, Zoe Krosoczka, Trey Murphy, Kyan Samuels, Fred Berman, Janina Edwards, Sean Patrick Hopkins, Lauren Fortgang, Sean Kenin Elias-Reyes, and Johnny Heller. Produced by Jarrett J. Krosoczka and Lauren Klein, Executive Producer Nick Martorelli for Listening Library.

The Odyssey Awards are given to the producer of the best audiobooks produced for children (0-14) and young adults (12-18) available in English in the United States during the preceding eligibility year. One winner may be selected for each age category with a single honor list comprised of titles for both age categories. The award is jointly administered by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), divisions of the ALA, and is sponsored by Booklist magazine.

See the full press release at the American Library Association (ALA).




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