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SYNC 2017 – Week 4

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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Shadow House

The Gathering: Shadow House by Dan Poblocki

Dash, Dylan, Poppy, Marcus and Azumi don’t know this at first. They each think they’ve been summoned to Shadow House for innocent reasons. But there’s nothing innocent about Shadow House.

Something within its walls is wickedly wrong. Nothing — and nobody —can be trusted. Hallways move. Doors vanish. Ghosts appear. Children disappear.

And the way out? That’s disappeared, too. Enter Shadow House … if you dare.

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In Our BackyardIn Our Backyard: Human Trafficking in America & What We Can Do to Stop It by Nita Belles

In recent years, Americans have woken up to the reality that human trafficking is not just something that happens in other countries. But what most still do not understand is that it isn’t something that just happens to “other people,” such as runaways or the disenfranchised. The human trafficker is no respecter of faith, education or socioeconomic status, and even kids who are raised in solid families in middle- and upper-class suburbs can fall victim. Likewise, labor trafficking happens in our cities, neighborhoods and rural areas. – Goodreads.com

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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


Douglas County Libraries Staff Recommendations

Here are a few staff favorites you might enjoy — two are contemporary YA fiction and one is an autobiography.

boysdontknitBoys Don’t Knit (In Public)

by T.S. Easton

Ben Fletcher must get a grip on his more “feminine” side following an unfortunate incident with a lollipop lady and a stolen bottle of Martini Rosso from Waitrose. It was all a big misunderstanding, of course.

To avoid the Young Offenders unit, Ben is ordered to give something back to the community and develop his sense of social alignment. Take up a hobby and keep on the straight and narrow. The hot teacher he likes runs a knitting group, so Ben, reluctantly at first, gets “stuck in.” Not easy when your dad is a sports fan and thinks Jeremy Clarkson is a god. To his surprise, Ben finds that he likes knitting and that he has a mean competitive streak. If he can just keep it all a secret from his mates, and notice that the girl of his dreams, girl-next-door Megan Hooper, has a bit of a thing for him.

Symptoms of Being Humansymptoms

by Jeff Garvin

The first thing you’re going to want to know about me is: Am I a boy, or am I a girl?

Riley Cavanaugh is many things: punk rock, snarky, rebellious, and gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. The thing is, Riley isn’t exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for re-election in uber-conservative Orange County, the pressure — media and otherwise — is building up in Riley’s so-called “normal” life.

On the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog to tell the truth of what it’s really like to be a gender-fluid teenager. But just as Riley’s starting to settle in at school, the blog goes viral and an unnamed commenter discovers Riley’s real identity, threatening exposure. Riley must make a choice: Walk away from what the blog has created — a lifeline, new friends, a cause to believe in — or stand up, come out, and risk everything.


We Should Hang Out Sometime (Embarrassingly, a True Story)

by Josh Sundquist
Why was (Paralympic ski racer and cancer survivor) Josh still single? To find out, he tracked down the girls he had tried to date and asked them straight up: What went wrong? The results of Josh’s semiscientific, wholly hilarious investigation are captured here. From a disastrous putt-putt date involving a backward prosthetic foot, to his introduction to CFD (close fast dancing), to a misguided “grand gesture” at a Miss America pageant, this story is about looking for love — or at least a girlfriend — in all the wrong places.

Awesome Audiobooks, Vol. 2

DCL audiobook lovers: Here are the award-winning YA audiobooks for 2016. They cover various genres, so challenge yourself and give one a try!

2016 Audie Award Winner:

lairofdreamsLair of Dreams (Diviners #2) by Libba Bray

The longing of dreams draws the dead, and this city holds many dreams.

After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O’Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. With her uncanny ability to read people’s secrets, she’s become a media darling, earning the title “America’s Sweetheart Seer.” Everyone’s in love with the city’s newest It Girl … everyone except the other Diviners.

Piano-playing Henry DuBois and Chinatown resident Ling Chan are two Diviners struggling to keep their powers a secret — for they can walk in dreams. And while Evie is living the high life, victims of a mysterious sleeping sickness are turning up across New York City.

As Henry searches for a lost love and Ling strives to succeed in a world that shuns her, a malevolent force infects their dreams. And at the edges of it all lurks a man in a stovepipe hat who has plans that extend further than anyone can guess. As the sickness spreads, can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld to save the city? Continue reading “Awesome Audiobooks, Vol. 2”

Great Reads Published the Year You Were Born: 1999

Check out these four great books published in 1999.

endersshadowEnder’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card

Resisting the temptation to rewrite his successful 1985 child-warrior saga, Ender’s Game, Card instead offers a parallel yarn, told from the point of view of Ender Wiggin’s lieutenant, Bean. As a 2-year-old starving on the streets of Rotterdam, supergenius Bean survives by civilizing the merciless street gangs and bullies around him, but he can’t prevent his greatest enemy, Achilles, from murdering his only friend, Poke. Recognizing Bean’s extraordinary abilities, recruiter Sister Carlotta sends him to Battle School. There, aboard an orbiting space station, exceptional children like Bean learn the military skills necessary to fight the insect-like alien Buggers. Though handicapped by his doll-like stature, Bean nevertheless excels in war games, but he doesn’t understand the legendary Ender Wiggin’s ability to inspire loyalty and devotion. Bean puts together his own team of rejects and misfits, and commanded by Ender, they’re invincible. But the pressure steadily increases on the children, with ever more frequent battle games and increasingly complex scenarios. Bean alone figures out that these battles aren’t computer simulations but the real thing, conducted by instantaneous communicator. If they lose, the human species will perish.


chinesecinderellaChinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah

This riveting memoir details a girl’s painful coming-of-age in a wealthy Chinese family during the 1940s. A Chinese proverb says, “Falling leaves return to their roots.” In Chinese Cinderella, Adeline Yen Mah returns to her roots to tell the story of her painful childhood and her ultimate triumph and courage in the face of despair. Adeline’s affluent, powerful family considers her bad luck after her mother dies giving birth to her. Life does not get any easier when her father remarries. She and her siblings are subjected to the disdain of her stepmother, while her stepbrother and stepsister are spoiled. Although Adeline wins prizes at school, the prizes are not enough to compensate for what she really yearns for — the love and understanding of her family.



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