It’s Week 4 of AudiobookSYNC’s free eAudiobook program! This week, the pair of audiobooks invites listeners to consider what might be happening around them. Stepping away from attending to our own self-interest to notice how others are affected by circumstances and events is a big step toward developing empathy.
First, Dan Poblocki’s suspenseful The Gathering keeps listeners holding our breath. What would you do if you were one of the five kids trapped inside this menacing house?
In the nonfiction title In Our Backyard: Human Trafficking in America and What We Can Do to Stop It by Nita Belle, listeners discover that slavery in America is not a thing of the past. Immigrants, abused women and children, and other vulnerable people can and do fall prey to imprisonment and servitude in homes and small businesses. While that reality may be difficult to acknowledge, this eAudiobook takes us a productive step further by discussing how to approach and respond to this evil.
Empathy, we know, empowers youth to lead positive civic lives. We also know that experiences with reading about others’ lives—including reading with our ears—goes far to build the empathy muscles we need to engage with the larger world.
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Remember — grab these titles before they are replaced by a new pairing on 5/25/2017! While the download time is limited, your listening time is not. Once you have downloaded the MP3 files, the audiobook is yours to keep.
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