Free Audiobooks: Week 9 – SYNC 2017

Get two free 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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the Witch's Vacuum Cleaner

The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner & Other Stories by Terry Pratchett

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 is the second fabulously funny short-story collection from the late acclaimed storyteller Terry Pratchett. A follow-up to Dragons at Crumbling Castle, this second batch of storytelling gems features stories written when Sir Terry was just 17 years old and working as a junior reporter. In these pages, new Pratchett fans will find wonder, mayhem, sorcery and delight — and loyal readers will recognize the seeds of ideas that went on to influence his most beloved tales later in life.

As Neil Gaiman says, “a Terry Pratchett book is a small miracle” — and The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner proves to be another miracle taking its place alongside Pratchett’s astounding and cherished body of work. – Goodreads.com

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The Witches

The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff

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 accused 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. Along with suffrage and Prohibition, the Salem witch trials represent one of the few moments when women played the central role in American history. Drawing masterfully on the archives, Stacy Schiff introduces us to the strains on a Puritan adolescent’s life and to the authorities whose delicate agendas were at risk. She illuminates the demands of a rigorous faith, the vulnerability of settlements adrift from the mother country, perched — at a politically tumultuous time — on the edge of what a visitor termed a “remote, rocky, barren, bushy, wild-woody wilderness.”

With devastating clarity, the textures and tensions of colonial life emerge; hidden patterns subtly, startlingly detach themselves from the darkness. Schiff brings early American anxieties to the fore to align them brilliantly with our own. In an era of religious provocations, crowdsourcing, and invisible enemies, this enthralling story makes more sense than ever.

The Witches is Schiff’s riveting account of a seminal episode, a primal American mystery unveiled — in crackling detail and lyrical prose — by one of our most acclaimed historians. – Goodreads.com

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Free Audiobooks: Week 8 – SYNC 2017

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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the red umbrella

The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez

The Red Umbrella is the moving tale of a 14-year-old girl’s journey from Cuba to America as part of Operation Pedro Pan — an organized exodus of more than 14,000 unaccompanied children, whose parents sent them away to escape Fidel Castro’s revolution.

In 1961, two years after the communist revolution, Lucía Álvarez still leads a carefree life, dreaming of parties and her first crush. But when the soldiers come to her sleepy Cuban town, everything begins to change. Freedoms are stripped away. Neighbors disappear. Her friends feel like strangers. And her family is being watched.

As the revolution’s impact becomes more oppressive, Lucía’s parents make the heart-wrenching decision to send her and her little brother to the United States — on their own.

Suddenly plunked down in Nebraska with well-meaning strangers, Lucía struggles to adapt to a new country, a new language, a new way of life. But what of her old life? Will she ever see her home or her parents again? And if she does, will she still be the same girl?

The Red Umbrella is a moving story of country, culture, family, and the true meaning of home. – Goodreads.com

the souls of black folk

 

The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois

William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (1868-1963) is the greatest of African-American intellectuals — a sociologist, historian, novelist and activist whose astounding career spanned the nation’s history from Reconstruction to the civil rights movement. Born in Massachusetts and educated at Fisk, Harvard and the University of Berlin, Du Bois penned his epochal masterpiece, The Souls of Black Folk, in 1903. It remains his most studied and popular work; its insights into life at the turn of the 20th century still ring true.– Goodreads.com

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New Releases in June

These are some of the most anticipated YA releases in June. Make sure you have these hot, new books on hold.

Our Dark Duet

by Victoria Schwab

Release Date: June 13

The sequel to This Savage Song examines what makes a monster and what makes a human. It takes place six months after the first book, and Kate and August don’t know what could possibly throw their world more out of sync.

Now I Rise

by Kiersten White

Release Date: June 27

In this second book in the And I Darken series, Lada and her brother must decide what is worth sacrificing in order to achieve their destinies as the world crumbles around them.

Dividing Eden

by Joelle Charbonneau

Release Date: June 6

When the monarch is assassinated, a Trial of Succession is the only way to determine a new ruler. Twins Carys and Andreus have always protected each other, until the throne comes between them.

Midnight Jewel

by Richelle Mead

Release Date: June 27

Set in the same world as The Glittering Court, Richelle Mead delves into the underbelly. Mira has a questionable past but seizes the opportunity to join the Glittering Court, though her secrets may impede her success more than she could have ever imagined.

The Possible

by Tara Altebrando

Release Date: June 6

Kaylee’s mother is serving a life sentence for murdering Kaylee’s little brother. All she has tried to do is escape her mother’s infamous past. But when Kaylee gets the offer to investigate the supernatural rumors surrounding her mom, she might have to confront not only her mother’s secrets, but also her own.

Once and for All

by Sarah Dessen

Release Date: June 6

Louna is the daughter of a wedding planner and she has seen it all: the good, the bad, and the ugly. It’s made her skeptical about love and the point of it all. But when serial dater Ambrose enters her life, it’s all Louna can do to keep him at arm’s length.

Obsidian & Stars

by Julie Eshbaugh

Release Date: June 13

It’s Mya’s turn in this anticipated sequel to Ivory and Bone. While she may be planning her life with Kol, Mya learns of a surprise proposal between her younger sister and abusive Morsk. The only way to avoid this tragedy is for Mya to marry Morsk herself. Set in prehistoric times, it is a classic tale of love versus duty as Mya must decide between her future and the future of her loved ones.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice & Virtue

by Mackenzi Lee

Release Date: June 27

Set in 18th century Europe, best friends Monty and Percy stumble upon a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice. Along the way they face pirates, become the center of a dangerous manhunt, and must confront their more-than-friends feelings for each other.

 

What are you looking forward to reading in June? Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

Free Audiobooks: Week 7 – SYNC 2017 Program

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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Plus One

Plus One by Elizabeth Fama

A dying wish. A family divided. A love that defies the law.

Sol Le Coeur is a Smudge — a night dweller in an America rigidly divided between people who wake, live and work during the hours of darkness and those known as Rays, who live and work during daylight. Impulsive, passionate and brave Sol concocts a plan to kidnap her newborn niece — a Ray — in order to bring the baby to visit her dying grandfather. Sol’s violation of the day/night curfew is already a serious crime, but when her kidnap attempt goes awry, she stumbles on a government conspiracy to manipulate the Smudge population. Sol escapes the authorities with an unexpected ally: a Ray who gets in her way, a boy she might have hated if fate hadn’t forced them on the run together — a boy the world now tells her she can’t love.

Set in a vivid alternate reality and peopled with complex, deeply human characters on both sides of the day/night divide, the story is a brilliantly imagined drama of individual liberty and civil rights, and a fast-paced romantic adventure.

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If I runIf I Run by Terri Blackstock

Casey knows the truth. But it won’t set her free.

Casey Cox’s DNA is all over the crime scene. There’s no use talking to police; they have failed her abysmally before. She has to flee before she’s arrested … or worse. The truth doesn’t matter anymore.

But what is the truth? That’s the question haunting Dylan Roberts, the war-weary veteran hired to find Casey. PTSD has marked him damaged goods, but bringing Casey back can redeem him. Though the crime scene seems to tell the whole story, details of the murder aren’t adding up. Casey Cox doesn’t fit the profile of a killer. But are Dylan’s skewed perceptions keeping him from being objective? If she isn’t guilty, why did she run?

Unraveling her past and the evidence that condemns her will take more time than Dylan has, but as his damaged soul intersects with hers, he is faced with two theories: The girl who occupies his every thought is a psychopathic killer … or a selfless hero. And the truth could be the most deadly weapon yet.

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SYNC 2017 – Week 6

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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Of Beast and Beauty

Of Beast & Beauty by Stacey Jay

In the beginning was the darkness, and in the darkness was a girl, and in the girl was a secret…

In the domed city of Yuan, the blind Princess Isra, a Smooth Skin, is raised to be a human sacrifice whose death will ensure her city’s vitality. In the desert outside Yuan, Gem, a mutant beast, fights to save his people, the Monstrous, from starvation. Neither dreams that together they could return balance to both their worlds.

Isra wants to help the city’s Banished people, second-class citizens despised for possessing Monstrous traits. But after she enlists the aid of her prisoner, Gem, who has been captured while trying to steal Yuan’s enchanted roses, she begins to care for him — and to question everything she has been brought up to believe.

As secrets are revealed and Isra’s sight returns, Isra will have to choose between duty to her people and the beast she has come to love.

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Beast

Beast by Donna Jo Napoli

Meet the Beast, before there was Beauty…

Orasmyn is the prince of Persia and heir to the throne. His religion fills his heart and his mind, and he strives for the knowledge and leadership his father demonstrates. But on the day of the Feast of Sacrifices, Orasmyn makes a foolish choice that results in a fairy’s wretched punishment: He is turned into a beast, a curse to be undone only by the love of a woman.

Thus begins Orasmyn’s journey through the exotic Middle East and sensuous France as he struggles to learn the way of the beast, while also preserving the mind of the man. This is the story of his search, not only for a woman courageous enough to love him, but also for his own redemption.