Free Audiobooks: Final Week – SYNC 2017

Don’t miss out on downloading two free audiobooks through the SYNC 2017 program from AudioFile. You can download your audiobooks to the OverDrive app for free! This is the last week for the program, so be sure to download this week’s releases before the program ends on August 16, 2017.

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Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older

Cassandra Clare meets Caribbean legend in this action-packed urban fantasy from a bold new talent.

Sierra Santiago was looking forward to a fun summer of making art, hanging out with her friends, and skating around Brooklyn. But then a weird zombie guy crashes the first party of the season. Sierra’s near-comatose abuelo begins to say “Lo siento” over and over. And when the graffiti murals in Bed-Stuy start to weep, well, something stranger than the usual New York mayhem is going on.

Sierra soon discovers a supernatural order called the Shadowshapers, who connect with spirits via paintings, music and stories. Her grandfather once shared the order’s secrets with an anthropologist, Dr. Jonathan Wick, who turned the Caribbean magic to his own foul ends. Now Wick wants to become the ultimate Shadowshaper by killing all the others, one by one. With the help of her friends and the hot graffiti artist Robbie, Sierra must dodge Wick’s supernatural creations, harness her own Shadowshaping abilities, and save her family’s past, present and future. – Goodreads.com

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Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

“As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect. He was laying on his hard, as it were armor-plated, back and when he lifted his head a little he could see his domelike brown belly divided into stiff arched segments on top of which the bed quilt could hardly keep in position and was about to slide off completely. His numerous legs, which were pitifully thin compared to the rest of his bulk, waved helplessly before his eyes.”

With this startling, bizarre, yet surprisingly funny first opening, Kafka begins his masterpiece, The Metamorphosis. It is the story of a young man who, transformed overnight into a giant beetle-like insect, becomes an object of disgrace to his family, an outsider in his own home, a quintessentially alienated man. A harrowing — though absurdly comic — meditation on human feelings of inadequacy, guilt and isolation, The Metamorphosis has taken its place as one of the most widely read and influential works of 20th-century fiction. As W.H. Auden wrote, “Kafka is important to us because his predicament is the predicament of modern man.” – Goodreads.com

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Free Audiobooks: Week 15 – SYNC 2017

There’s still time to download two free audiobooks a week through the SYNC 2017 program from AudioFile. Download your audiobooks to the OverDrive app for free through August 16, 2017! Sign up for email or text alerts from AudioFile to learn about the weekly releases or check back on our blog for regular updates.

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Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Lina is just like any other 15-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys — until the night Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they’ve known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin’s orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.

Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously — and at great risk — documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father’s prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love and hope that Lina ultimately survives. – Goodreads.com

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In My Hands by Irene Gut Opdyke

The author was just 17 in 1939 when the Germans and Russians devoured her native Poland. She was just a girl, really; but a girl who saw evil and chose to defy it. This powerful Holocaust story is a must-read.

 

 

Free Audiobooks: Week 14 – SYNC 2017

There’s still time to download two free audiobooks a week through the SYNC 2017 program from AudioFile. Download your audiobooks to the OverDrive app for free through August 16, 2017! Sign up for email or text alerts from AudioFile to learn about the weekly releases or check back on our blog for regular updates.

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Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott

A powerful tale of magic, love and revenge with a strong female lead set in fairy-tale Japan, this is Cinderella meets Memoirs of a Geisha. Trained in the magical art of shadow-weaving, 16-year-old Suzume is able to recreate herself in any form — a fabulous gift for a girl desperate to escape her past. But who is she really? Is she a girl of noble birth living under the tyranny of her mother’s new husband, Lord Terayama, or a lowly drudge scraping a living in the ashes of Terayama’s kitchens, or Yue, the most beautiful courtesan in the Moonlit Lands? Whatever her true identity, Suzume is destined to capture the heart of a prince — and determined to use his power to destroy Terayama. And nothing will stop her, not even love. – Goodreads.com

 

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel

Matt Cruse is a cabin boy on the Aurora, a huge airship that sails hundreds of feet above the ocean, ferrying wealthy passengers from city to city. It is the life Matt’s always wanted; convinced he’s lighter than air, he imagines himself as buoyant as the hydrium gas that powers his ship. One night he meets a dying balloonist who speaks of beautiful creatures drifting through the skies. It is only after Matt meets the balloonist’s granddaughter that he realizes that the man’s ravings may, in fact, be true, and that the creatures are completely real and utterly mysterious. – Goodreads.com

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Free Audiobooks: Week 13 – SYNC 2017

Get two free audiobooks a week through August 16, 2017, through the SYNC 2017 program from AudioFile. You can download your audiobooks to the OverDrive app for free! Sign up for email or text alerts from AudioFile to learn about the weekly releases or check back on our blog for regular updates.

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Gone by Michael Grant

In the blink of an eye, everyone disappears. Gone. Except for the young.

There are teens, but not one single adult. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what’s happened.

Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents — unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers — that grow stronger by the day. It’s a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your 15th birthday, you disappear just like everyone else. – Goodreads.com

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The One Safe Place by Tania Unsworth

In this near-future dystopia with echoes of The Giver and Among the Hidden, Tania Unsworth has created an unsettling page-turner — fast-paced, smooth, filled with dread that’s wholly satisfying and startlingly original.

Devin doesn’t remember life before the world got hot; he has grown up farming the scorched earth with his grandfather in their remote valley. When his grandfather dies, Devin heads for the city. Once there, among the stark glass buildings, he finds scores of children, just like him, living alone on the streets. They tell him rumors of a place for abandoned children, with unlimited food and toys and the hope of finding a new family. But only the luckiest get there.

An act of kindness earns Devin an invitation to the home, but it’s soon clear that it is no paradise. As Devin investigates the intimidating administrator and the zombie-like sickness that afflicts some children, he discovers the home’s horrific true mission. The only real hope is escape, but the place is as secure as a fortress.

Fans of dystopian fiction and spine-chilling adventure will devour The One Safe Place; its haunting themes will resonate long after readers have turned the final page. – Goodreads.com

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Free Audiobooks: Week 12 – SYNC 2017

There’s still time to download two free audiobooks a week through August 16, 2017, through the SYNC 2017 program from AudioFile. You can download your audiobooks to the OverDrive app for free! Sign up for email or text alerts from AudioFile to learn about the weekly releases or check back on our blog for regular updates.

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Sugar by Deirdre Riordan Hall

I’m the fat Puerto Rican-Polish girl who doesn’t feel like she belongs in her skin, or anywhere else for that matter. I’ve always been too much and yet not enough.

Sugar Legowski-Gracia wasn’t always fat, but fat is what she is now at age 17. Not as fat as her mama, who is so big she hasn’t gotten out of bed in months. Not as heavy as her brother, Skunk, who has more meanness in him than fat, which is saying something. But she’s large enough to be the object of ridicule wherever she is: at the grocery store, walking down the street, at school. Sugar’s life is dictated by taking care of Mama in their run-down home—cooking, shopping and, well, eating. A lot of eating, which Sugar hates as much as she loves.

When Sugar meets Even (not Evan—his nearly illiterate father misspelled his name on the birth certificate), she has the new experience of someone seeing her and not her body. As their unlikely friendship builds, Sugar allows herself to think about the future for the first time, a future not weighed down by her body or her mother.

Soon Sugar will have to decide whether to become the girl who Even helps her see within herself or to sink into the darkness of the skin-deep role her family and her life have created for her. – Goodreads.com

The Dorito Effect by Mark Schatzker

A lively and important argument from an award-winning journalist proving that the key to reversing America’s health crisis lies in the overlooked link between nutrition and flavor.

In The Dorito Effect, Schatzker shows us how our approach to the nation’s number-one public health crisis has gotten it wrong. The epidemics of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes are not tied to the overabundance of fat or carbs or any other specific nutrient. Instead, we have been led astray by the growing divide between flavor—the tastes we crave—and the underlying nutrition. – Goodreads.com

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