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On the Move

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, July 26, 2017
AudiobookSYNC participants with a yen for fantasy with historical twists are in for a treat with this week’s free audiobook downloads. This pair offers some steampunk, some alternative history, and a pair of protagonists who are clever and brave.

Tasting Reality

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, July 12, 2017
During Week 12 of AudiobookSYNC’s season, our pair of free audiobooks includes a nonfiction exploration of flavor and a teen novel in which food also plays a significant role.

Audiobook Group Discussion Guide [Week 10]

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Saturday, July 1, 2017
Each summer, the AudiobookSYNC program offers a library of downloadable audiobooks for teens to keep. The selections change each week and free downloading is limited to the week each title is featured. The free audiobooks are presented in pairs, sharing a theme.

To Be American

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, June 28, 2017
With American Independence Day falling during AudiobookSYNC’s tenth week, it seems right to turn to a pair of audiobooks in which the possible meanings of being American lies at the core.

When Others Define You

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, May 25, 2017
The pair of audiobooks offered by AudiobookSYNC this fifth week features characters who have been required to conform to identities chosen for them. Many teens have felt this put-upon sense that conflicts with self-identity, although usually they are caught in less extreme circumstances than the young adults we meet here. Listening to these audios, then, can awaken both empathy for others and insight about.the difference between relying on social pressures to conform and recognizing one's own identity as essentially one's own responsibility.

Young teens, middle teens, older teens--all listening

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, March 16, 2017
AudiobookSYNC is committed to offering teens all along the age spectrum some great summer listening. Since potential SYNC participants range from the early teens of middle school through graduating high school students, we work to include audiobooks that include some that speak to all, some skewing to the higher end of the teen range, and some to the lower.

American dreams

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, March 2, 2017
One of the unique strengths of listening to books is the seamless communication of verbal culture. How words are pronounced correctly, and inflections and emphases that communicate cultural specificity, arrive intact allowing the listener to engage more deeply with what lies beyond the words.

Groundhog's Day on SYNC 2017

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, February 2, 2017
On February 2, our eyes turn to the local groundhog as a prognosticator of Spring's arrival. In keeping with the day's theme of shadows, we're announcing some 2017 AudiobookSYNC titles in which shades and shadows occur.

Old friends, new friends greet 2017 list at ALA

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, January 26, 2017
A long weekend of award presentations and powerfully stated author addresses made for an exciting American Library Association Midwinter meeting. Adding to the buzz was the announcement of the AudiobookSYNC 2017 list in the Exhibits Hall.

Familiar voices, new stories

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, December 15, 2016
As our 2017 SYNC season continues to take shape, we're happy to welcome back some of your favorite narrators--performing books we think will be either new to you or to your teens.

The Art of Community Renewal

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Week 10’s pair of audiobooks both feature cities in the aftermath of devastation—and how picking up and starting over can be achieved even when the present seems to be a nightmare.

Stories in Two Voices

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, June 8, 2016
This week, our pair of teen audiobookss asks that we consider how our understanding of a story from the narrator’s point of view must expand when the story comes from two different narrators with two different viewpoints of their shared world.

Finding Her Own Voice

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, May 25, 2016
This week, AudiobookSYNC’s pair of free titles include a character-driven novel published less than a year ago, and another, built on folklore, that has won more than half a dozen youth book awards. One realistic fiction and the other fantasy, both give us stories about girls who seem to be nearly overcome by their situations, only to discover the power of their own voices.

Thank you, AudiobookSYNC sponsors

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, March 24, 2016
As we prepare to open our seventh AudiobookSYNC season, we know you are preparing programs and displays to help get out the word about a summer full of free audiobooks for teens.

The Russians are coming in 2016!

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Among the many highly praised titles we bring to listeners starting in May 2016, is EGG & SPOON, popular literary author Gregory Maguire's novel steeped in Russian folklore.

So many award-winners coming in 2016!

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Tuesday, January 12, 2016
With the most recent Youth Media Awards celebration at the American Library Association Midwinter meeting, we now have lots and lots of award-winning titles for AudiobookSYNC 2016!

A Prize Winningest Title

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Wow! Talk about award winning books coming your way for the 2016 AudiobookSYNC season! This one holds claim to the 2015 Printz Award, Best Book and/or Best Young Adult Book of the Year from numerous libraries and journals, and has been optioned by Warner Brothers.

Week 13: The heat of American history

Written by Michele Cobb on Wednesday, July 29, 2015

You'll hear powerful characters in the intense titles that are paired this week--as well as slices of the American experience that continue to resonate today.

Week 6: Mother Nature

Written by Michele Cobb on Wednesday, June 10, 2015

This week Mother Nature and the audiobook narrators Henry Leyva and Richard Davidson take us into dangers at sea and have us right where they want us--wrapped right up in the challenges faced by these books' protagonists.

Week 3 and the voices of Harlem

Written by Michele Cobb on Monday, May 18, 2015

You're invited to meet the people of Harlem in the 1930's and 1940's, and one very particular young man who would, from there, speak to the world.  Take the opportunity to accept this week's invitation to Harlem through these voices.

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