Who doesn’t love a good audiobook? What if I told you that you could download (and keep forever!) two audiobooks a week between April 27th and August 16th?!? SYNC is an audiobook literacy program geared towards teenagers. Their mission is to “develop the audience of teen audiobook listeners by providing free audiobook downloads. Two complete audiobooks—thematically paired—are available each week for listeners.”
This program has been going on for several years, and there is a great selection again this spring and summer. Most of the titles are young adult fiction, but there are a few nonfiction titles and classics mixed in as well, with a variety of stories being told. Here are a few of the titles I’m most excited about downloading.
by Donna Jo Napoli
With the recent release of “Beauty and the Beast” starring Emma Watson, I’m certain this book is going to be a popular download. This novel elaborates on the original by telling the story from the beast’s perspective, only it is set in Persia instead of France.
THE WITCHES: SALEM, 1692
by Stacy Schiff
The Salem Witch Trials have always been fascinating to me. I visited Salem, Massachusetts a few years ago and loved learning even more about that interesting time in history. This nonfiction title explores the role of women in the events leading up to the Salem Witch Trials and explains how these tragedies came to be.
THE DORITO EFFECT: THE SURPRISING NEW TRUTH ABOUT FOOD AND FLAVOR
by Mark Schatzker
This book looks like the perfect fit for me! I’ve written a few times about my interest in foodie books on this blog (see here and here). Check it out if you too are interested in books featuring food.
In this title we’ll learn how, as a nation, we have been led away from nutritious natural foods towards the delicious manufactured flavored chemicals so much of our “food” now contains. Read a review of this book on our Staff Review blog.
BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY
by Ruta Sepetys
I read this book in 2014 and gave it 4 stars on my Goodreads review, which means I really liked it! This is the story of 15-year-old Lina, her mother, and her brother as they are thrust out of their Lithuanian home by the Soviets and sent to Siberia. Lina doesn’t know why her father disappeared or why her family is being deported. Her family faces starvation and many other horrors during this time period, yet they also find ways to feel hopeful for their future.
Although I recall feeling the cold, harsh winter while reading this book and the importance of the story, I don’t remember many of the details. Good thing I can refresh my memory by downloading this title! I know what I’ll be doing the first week in August. Read a review of this book on our Staff Review blog.
Visit the Teen Corner for the complete schedule. In addition you can go to www.audiobookSYNC.com to listen to a clip of each title. Happy listening!