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Free Audiobooks for Teens!Posted by Sarah Hansen on 4/30/2020
SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens. Returning April 30, 2020, SYNC will give away two complete audiobooks a week - pairs of high-interest titles, based on weekly themes. SYNC introduces a variety of audiobook experiences to teens to demonstrate that reading can be completed by listening. Register for SYNC and sign up for email or text alerts at www.audiobooksync.com.
SYNC is sponsored by AudioFile Magazine and titles are delivered through Sora, the student reading app from OverDrive. In advance of accessing the program, download the app from Apple or Google, to the device you anticipate listening on and be ready to go!
Check out clips of all the 2020 titles in this Soundcloud playlist.
Setting up the Sora App
2. Open Sora and tap I have a setup code (at the bottom of the screen).
3. Enter this setup code: audiobooksync .
4. Enter the email address you used to register for SYNC.
5. Tap Explore (at the bottom of the screen) to see the week’s featured titles.
Click Borrow to listen to your new audiobooks (note: the books are yours to keep)
The first pair of books, available April 30, are Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany D Jackson (read by Imani Parks) and The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater (read by Robin Miles).
Monday's Not Coming
From the critically acclaimed author of Allegedly, Tiffany D. Jackson, comes a gripping new novel perfect for fans of E. Lockhart and Gillian Flynn about the mystery of one teenage girl’s disappearance and the traumatic effects of the truth.
Monday Charles is missing, and only Claudia seems to notice. Claudia and Monday have always been inseparable—more sisters than friends. So when Monday doesn’t turn up for the first day of school, Claudia’s worried.
When she doesn’t show for the second day, or second week, Claudia knows that something is wrong. Monday wouldn’t just leave her to endure tests and bullies alone. Not after last year’s rumors and not with her grades on the line. Now Claudia needs her best—and only—friend more than ever. But Monday’s mother refuses to give Claudia a straight answer, and Monday’s sister April is even less help.
As Claudia digs deeper into her friend’s disappearance, she discovers that no one seems to remember the last time they saw Monday. How can a teenage girl just vanish without anyone noticing that she’s gone?
The 57 Bus
This riveting nonfiction book for teens about race, class, gender, crime, and punishment tells the true story of an agender teen who was set on fire by another teen while riding a bus in Oakland, California. One teenager in a skirt. One teenager with a lighter. One moment that changes both of their lives forever. If it weren't for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But one afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment. The case garnered international attention, thrusting both teenagers into the spotlight.
New titles available each Thursday
eBooks to Support Distance LearningPosted by Sarah Hansen on 4/1/2020
Looking for something to read? Here are some of the options I've found for accessing free eBooks. I'll add more as I learn about them.Multnomah County LibraryAll students, regardless of county residence, can use MCL. They are currently doing online sign-ups and will send your library card number immediately so that you can begin using online resources including research databases, overdrive/libby, newspapers, magazines, and streaming media. No doubt MCL has an increased amount of traffic right now and eBooks may be on a waitlist. If you enjoy graphic novels, check out their streaming service Hoopla which allows you to view 15 items per month and includes lots of new release comics and graphic novels.Junior Library GuildJLG is offering free access with no sign up required to their online reading platform. The High School Stream has fiction, non-fiction, and biography titles including some great new releases. There is no limit to the number of books you can read. Titles enter and exit the digital stream regularly, so there are always new picks available. This is a good resource for students who just want something fun to read.ScribdFree for 30 days. Scribd is an online library with ebooks, sheet music, magazines, and more.