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 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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SYNC 2017 – Week 5

Get two free teen e-audiobook downloads 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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Freakling

Freakling by Lana Krumwiede

In 12-year-old Taemon’s city, everyone has a power called psi — the ability to move and manipulate objects with their minds. When Taemon loses his psi in a traumatic accident, he must hide his lack of power by any means possible. But a humiliating incident at a sports tournament exposes his disability, and Taemon is exiled to the powerless colony.

The “dud farm” is not what Taemon expected, though: People are kind and open, and they actually seem to enjoy using their hands to work and play and even comfort their children. Taemon adjusts to his new life quickly, making friends and finding unconditional acceptance.

But gradually he discovers that for all its openness, there are mysteries at the colony, too — dangerous secrets that would give unchecked power to psi wielders if discovered. When Taemon unwittingly leaks one of these secrets, will he have the courage to repair the damage — even if it means returning to the city and facing the very people who exiled him? – Goodreads.com

 

Boy

Boy by Anna Ziegler

Inspired by a true story, Anna Ziegler’s Boy explores the tricky terrain of finding love amidst the confusion of sexual identity, and the inextricable bond between a doctor and patient. In the 1960s, a well-intentioned doctor convinces the parents of a male infant to raise their son as a girl after a terrible accident. Two decades later, the repercussions of that choice continue to unfold. – Goodreads.com

 

SYNC 2017 – Week 3

Get two free teen e-audiobook downloads 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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Teenage Diaries Then and Now Bronx Masquerade

Teenage Diaries: Then & Now by Radio Diaries

Since 1996, the “Teenage Diaries” series has given tape recorders to young people around the country. They conduct interviews, keep audio journals, and record the sounds of daily life — usually collecting more than 30 hours of raw tape over the course of the year, edited into documentaries airing on NPR’s All Things Considered. – Goodreads.com

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Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes

When Wesley Boone writes a poem for his high school English class, some of his classmates clamor to read their poems aloud too. Soon they’re having weekly poetry sessions, and one by one, the 18 students are opening up and taking on the risky challenge of self-revelation. There’s Lupe Alvarin, desperate to have a baby so she will feel loved; Raynard Patterson, hiding a secret behind his silence; Porscha Johnson, needing an outlet for her anger after her mother overdoses. Through the poetry they share and narratives in which they reveal their most intimate thoughts about themselves and one another, their words and lives show what lies beneath the skin, behind the eyes, beyond the masquerade. – Amazon.com