Final Week of SYNC 2016

Update: SYNC 2016 has ended. SYNC will return in May 2017!

Our final week of this year’s SYNC Audiobook program is here. Thanks for participating in SYNC all summer long!  We hope you’ve enjoyed the pairings.

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Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. After all, it wasn’t the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O’Sullivan on their own. Just a few years ago, their mother hightailed it to Oregon for a brand-new guy, a brand-new life. Finn knows what really happened to Roza. He knows she was kidnapped by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember. But the searches turn up nothing, and no one believes him anymore. Not even Sean, who has more reason to find Roza than anyone and every reason to blame Finn for letting her go.

2016 Printz Award Winner, National Book Award Finalist

Classic American Short Stories

A special bundclassic-american-short-stories-09696-sync2016-2400x2400le just for SYNC listeners. Sixteen short stories by seven great 19th and 20th century American writers including Mark Twain and Jack London. These stories are classics, and are frequently assigned reading. In fact, it’s possible that you will meet every story here throughout high school or college, so download them now to have them at the ready!

 

 Although this week finishes up the SYNC 2016 season, the listening doesn’t stop here! Listen all year round with East Central Regional Library.  We offer downloadable eAudiobooks from both Oneclickdigital and Overdrive, as well as Books on CD at all of our branch locations.

We want to hear from you!  What was your favorite title of SYNC 2016?


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Remember — grab these titles before they expire on  8/18/2016! 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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Thank you to HarperAudio and Naxos AudioBooks for providing this week’s titles.

SYNC Week 14

This week’s pairing highlights just a few of the many ways of being American.

 

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Cristina Henríquez’s novel The Book of Unknown Americans takes us inside a community of whom many Americans have little awareness. This book unfolds with an ensemble of Latino neighbors from a variety of cultures, with different personal histories, and with diverse prospects. For now, though, they live in a Delaware apartment complex, going out each day to work or to school. There’s an unusual teen love story here, as well as finely detailed and realized characters of all ages.

Steve Sheinkin’s Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War holds a very different kind of revelation about America. This history of government deception and the journalist who exposed the subterfuge won the Young Adult Library Services Association’s 2016 Excellence in Nonfiction Award and was a finalist for a National Book Award. Sheinkin brings a complex episode from recent American history into focus with such clarity that listeners can understand how and why so many Americans of today hold an underlying skepticism about our government.

(Adapted from American Revelations by Francesca Goldsmith)

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Remember — grab these titles before they are replaced by our final pairing of 2016 on 8/11/2016! 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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Thank you to Penguin Random House Audio for providing this week’s titles.

SYNC Audiobooks Week 13

Alternate views on growing up on the outside

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No matter the genre, good fiction has the capacity to present truths more directly and accessibly than any other word-based communication. We tell and listen to stories for entertainment—yet, just as significant to us is that these entertainments reveal reality compactly and with memorable coherence. Week 13 gives us a pair of historical fiction novels that breathe life back into times past.

Jackie French’s Pennies for HItler provides us a way to understand what happened, and how it felt, to be shipped thousands of miles from home to be kept in relative safety during World War II. Georg is an English boy who has been raised in Germany…until World War II’s eruption has his parents packing him off to safety. When his first stopping off place, London, clearly isn’t safe, he’s sent even further—to Australia.

Juba!, Walter Dean Myers’ last novel, published posthumously, brings back to life a figure from the 19th century. In the Antebellum free North, William Henry Lane discovered dancing and then Charles Dickens, on a visit to America, discovered him. Traveling to England, Juba, as Lane had renamed himself, became a celebrity. Slavery had been abolished in England, while the United States was unraveling under the pressures of dueling economies that relied upon slaves (the South) and eschewed that institution (the North). Should Juba return home to the chaos that, for him, a black man, was also a personal threat?

Both of Week 13’s SYNC titles tell great stories. And both shine lights on how events in history have affected the individuals who lived through them, while also giving contemporary listeners vivid opportunities to ask themselves: “What if I were in this situation?”

(Adapted from Truthful Historical Fiction by Francesca Goldsmith)

Available for a Limited Time
Remember — grab these titles before they are replaced by a new pairing on 8/4/2016! While the download time is limited, your listening time is not. Once you have downloaded the MP3 files, the audiobook is yours to keep.

New to SYNC? Learn more to get you started!

Thank you to Bolinda Audio and HarperAudio for providing this week’s titles.