On the Run

Two boys on the run face danger — and struggle with mistrusting everyone around them.  

Week 3 of SYNC 2018 is here!

Johnny Get Your Gun by John Ball
On Two Feet and Wings by Abbas Kazerooni

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To Be American

With Independence Day right around the corner, it seems right that AudiobookSYNC’s 10 week consists of two eAudiobooks in which possible meanings of being American lies at the core.

My Name is Not Easy, by Debby Dahl Edwardson, is accurate historical fiction, in which we meet three Inupiak (Eskimo) youth sent to a boarding school where they’re estranged from their native culture and used as illegal test subjects.

American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose, a play by Richard Montoya, features the dreams of the title character, a Mexican immigrant, during the night before his U.S. citizenship exam.

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Adapted from To Be American

Young and Powerful

Week 9 of AudiobookSYNC includes the audiobook debut of the earliest published stories from a teen who later became a prolific fantasy author, and a second that delves into the true history of the teens and women on whom Colonial America’s witch hysteria focused.

Do you believe in magic? Can you imagine a war between wizards? An exciting journey in an airship or down in a submarine? Would you like to meet the fastest truncheon in the Wild West?

The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner and Other Stories is the fabulously funny short-story collection from the late acclaimed storyteller Terry Pratchett, featuring stories written when Terry was just 17 years old and working as a junior reporter. Listeners will find wonder, mayhem, sorcery, and delight—as well as seeds of ideas that went on to influence his most beloved tales later in life.

 

The Witches: Salem, 1692 provides an electrifying, fresh view of the Salem witch trials. The panic began early in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister’s niece began to writhe and roar. It spread quickly, confounding the most educated men and prominent politicians in the colony. Neighbors accused neighbors, husbands accused wives, parents and children one another. It ended less than a year later, but not before 19 men and women had been hanged and an elderly man crushed to death.

Speaking loudly and emphatically, adolescent girls stood at the center of the crisis, one of the few moments when women played the central role in American history.  Author Stacy Schiff aligns early American anxieties brilliantly with our own. In an era of religious provocations, crowdsourcing, and invisible enemies, this enthralling story makes more sense than ever.

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Crossing the Line

AudiobookSYNC’s seventh week of the 2017 season brings you a pair of eAudiobooks in which invisible and highly significant lines are crossed by daring characters.

Plus One by Elizabeth Fama takes listeners into an alternate world where people are divided between “rays,” who live by day, and “smudges,” who live by night. Crossing from one of these spheres to the other goes beyond impacting the individual who dares to do so; her action also brings political turmoil to all. 
If I Run, by Terri Blackstock is the first in a series featuring a young runaway woman implicated in a murder and the investigator hired to find her.  What would you do if you were either of these characters, the runner or the pursuer?

This week’s pair of suspenseful stories are nearly compulsive listening.

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Adapted from Crossing the Line

Looking Outward

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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Adapted from Looking Outward