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Broken Dreams

Read More Week 4’s free audiobooks bring listeners an #OwnVoices pair that include a stage play and a novel, each based on real events. Thank you L. A. Theatre Works and Scholastic Audio for these outstanding and free audiobooks.
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Dubious Partnerships

Read More This week’s pair of free audiobooks include a classic and a title that puts a real historical character into a work of fiction. In both cases, listening readers are plunged into the worlds of some nefarious characters.
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Living in the Shadows

Read More Week 2 of this year’s SYNC program provides participants with one #OwnVoices work of realistic fiction and another providing a journalistic account of factual events that are as compelling as anything a novelist might create.
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Beyond School Stories

Read More Our premier week of the 2020 SYNC season brings participants a pair of award winning audiobooks that have proven teen appeal. Thanks to Recorded Books and HarperAudio for getting us off to such a strong start.
Countdown and Time Check!

Countdown and Time Check!

Read More With just one week to go before SYNC 2020 opening day, it’s time to make a few last minute announcements to make sure listeners in your locale can access their free audiobooks.
The Key Word Is: Register

The Key Word Is: Register

Read More SYNC’s eleventh season opens with a pair of free downloads in just two weeks! To make sure you and everyone you know who wants to collect personal copies of any or all of the 26 audiobooks we’re featuring this year, it’s now time to register.
Answers to Access Questions for SYNC 2020

Answers to Access Questions for SYNC 2020

Read More Can you believe the annual SYNC Audiobooks for Teens program returns in just four weeks? Whether you are new to SYNC or have been with us across our past decade, you may have questions about how you and your teens will be accessing this year’s free audiobooks. We have answers!
Share Listening, Not IRL Social Space

Share Listening, Not IRL Social Space

Read More We are just over a month from the launch of our 11th season. For those new to SYNC, there are a few details that can being you up to speed quickly: SYNC Audiobooks for Teens provides free to keep downloads of excellent audiobooks. Only individuals, not libraries or other institutional collections, can access and keep these files. And when we say keep, we mean keep. Each title is available for one week only so even if you don’t plan to listen to that title during its week, make sure you grab it because when the week is gone it is, too.
Our 2020 Toolkit Has Landed!

Our 2020 Toolkit Has Landed!

Read More In this time of literal informational and emotional chaos, we are, like you, working under different conditions than we lived just weeks ago. We are hoping you will be as relieved as we are that some programs are developing right on schedule, including the rollout of SYNC Audiobooks for Teens in its 11th season.
Next Up!

Next Up!

Read More We have a lot of nearly-ready for prime time tools that will land across the next couple of weeks. Consider this a “be on the lookout for” notice.
Information about 2020 SYNC App

Information about 2020 SYNC App

Read More Earlier today you may have received a press release that includes initial information about this year’s method of access to SYNC titles. While the technology itself is fully developed, the use of Sora as the access platform for SYNC is new and is likely to occasion questions. Please read this post as the beginning point of receiving clear answers to many such questions.
Planning SYNC Tie-in Programs

Planning SYNC Tie-in Programs

Read More AudiobookSYNC has been a staple in a variety of teen summer reading programs where listening to books is (rightfully, we think) accepted as good summer reading engagement. We always work to get some titles onto the annual roster that reflect popularly assigned books from required summer reading lists, too.
Book Group Suggestions

Book Group Suggestions

Read More Have you started planning a book group or other media discussion program for summertime? Remember that SYNC can be a great resource for everyone in the group to have access to a selected title.
SYNC for Graduate Students in Education and Library Science

SYNC for Graduate Students in Education and Library Science

Read More As veteran participants know, our SYNC program targets the interests and some academic needs of teenagers. Each summer we offer free-to-keep audiobooks to individuals (not institutions) and takers may well fall outside that specific target age range. One such participant group we’ve heard about, and celebrate, are the graduate school instructors who share SYNC with their students as a way to encourage their broadening of their own reading tastes and preferred format choices to include new titles of high teen interest presented in authentic voices.
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Coming in 2020: New Nonfiction and Award-winning Fiction, Too

Read More We're continuing to thank all the publishers who make the AudiobookSYNC program possible with great listening selections for teens. One of our generous returning publishers is Brilliance Publishing, who again this year is providing audiobooks they’ve produced from a couple different book publishers, including Candlewick. Oasis Audio, another longtime SYNC supporter, is also returning for another summer of SYNC audiobook giveaways.
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A Round of Applause for Inspiring Listeners

Read More This week we are featuring three returning publishers who reliably provide AudiobookSYNC participants with unexpected gems. All four of these contributions to SYNC give listening readers opportunity to experience the importance of tones and accents in creating and maintaining characters as well as supplying mood information that conveys important plot points.  
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