Written by Michele Cobb on Tuesday, March 10, 2015
The SYNC: YA Literature Into Your Earbuds program, sponsored by AudioFile Magazine and powered by OverDrive, kicks off its sixth year with an exciting lineup that includes bestselling authors such as Walter Dean Myers, Louisa May Alcott, Terry Pratchett and Melissa de la Cruz.
SYNC gives away two FREE audiobook downloads every week each summer. In 2015, 28 titles will be given away over 14 weeks starting May 7. Students, librarians and educators may sign up for email or text alerts and learn more at www.audiobooksync.com.
SYNC pairs Young Adult-focused titles with thematically appropriate classics, required reading or award-winning titles to encourage literacy and listening. During the summer of 2014, the SYNC program gave away more than 139,000 downloads and increased its number of participants by 92 percent.
Any individual may participate by downloading the OverDrive Media Console to their device of choice and returning to the SYNC website each week to download the audiobooks. The program is starting earlier in 2015 to help teachers and school librarians get their students in the habit of taking advantage of SYNC before they head out for summer break. Public librarians have also successfully utilized SYNC as part of their summer reading programs.
“We are seeing more recognition of how important audiobooks are to encouraging literacy in teens, and know this year’s selections will entice more teens to try, and ultimately return repeatedly to, the audiobook experience,” said AudioFile Magazine Founder Robin Whitten, creator of the SYNC program.
SUMMER 2015 SYNC TITLE LINEUP
May 7 – May 13
BEAUTIFUL CREATURES by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl Narrated by Kevin T. Collins with Eve Bianco (Hachette Audio)
REBECCA by Daphne du Maurier Narrated by Anna Massey (Hachette Audio)
May 14 – May 20
DODGER by Terry Pratchett Narrated by Stephen Briggs (HarperAudio)
GREAT EXPECTATIONS by Charles Dickens Narrated by Anton Lesser (Naxos AudioBooks)
May 21 – May 27
X: A NOVEL by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon Narrated by Dion Graham with Ilyasah Shabazz (Brilliance Audio)
HERE IN HARLEM by Walter Dean Myers Narrated by Muhammad Cunningham, Michael Early, Patricia R. Floyd, Kevin R. Free, Arthur French, Dion Graham, Nathan Hinton, Ezra Knight, Robin Miles, Lizan Mitchell, Gail Nelson, Monica Patton, Charles Turner (Live Oak Media)
May 28 – June 3
THE RING AND THE CROWN by Melissa de la Cruz Narrated by Jennifer Ikeda (Recorded Books, Inc.)
SEA HEARTS by Margo Lanagan Narrated by Eloise Oxer & Paul English (Bolinda Publishing)
June 4 – June 10
A CORNER OF WHITE by Jaclyn Moriarty Narrated by Fiona Hardingham, Andrew Eiden, Kate Reinders & Peter McGowan (Scholastic Audiobooks)
DRACULA by Bram Stoker Narrated by David Horovitch, Jamie Parker, Joseph Kloska and a full cast (Naxos AudioBooks)
June 11 – June 17
THE LIVING by Matt de la Pena Narrated by Henry Leyva (Brilliance Audio)
THE PERFECT STORM: A TRUE STORY OF MEN AGAINST THE SEA by Sebastian Junger Narrated by Richard Davidson (Recorded Books, Inc.)
June 18 – June 24
ROSE UNDER FIRE by Elizabeth Wein Narrated by Sasha Pick (Bolinda Publishing)
ANNE FRANK REMEMBERED by Miep Gies & Alison Leslie Gold Narrated by Barbara Rosenblat (Oasis Audio)
June 25 – July 1
MONSTER by Walter Dean Myers Narrated by a Full Cast; Afterword read by the author (Listening Library)
LORD OF THE FLIES Written and Narrated by William Golding (Listening Library)
July 2 – July 8
ECHOES OF AN ANGEL by Aquanetta Gordon with Chris Macias Narrated by Robin Miles (christianaudio)
BUDDHA BOY by Kathe Koja Narrated by Spencer Murphy & The Full Cast Family (Full Cast Audio)
July 9 – July 15
THE EXPLORERS CLUB by Nell Benjamin Performed by Jack Cutmore-Scott, Carson Elrod, David Furr, John Getz, Martin Jarvis, David Krumholtz, Lorenzo Pisoni, Jennifer Westfeldt & Matthew Wolf (L.A. Theatre Works)
AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS by Jules Verne Narrated by Michael Prichard (Tantor Audio)
July 16 – July 22
CROWS & CARDS by Joseph Helgerson Narrated by MacLeod Andrews (Brilliance Audio)
THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN by Mark Twain Narrated by Robin Field (Mission Audio)
July 23 – July 29
MARCH by Geraldine Brooks Narrated by Richard Easton (Penguin Audio)
LITTLE WOMEN by Louisa May Alcott Narrated by Kate Reading (Listening Library)
July 30 – August 5
Narrated by J.D. Jackson (Brilliance Audio)
Performed by Ryan Vincent Anderson, Michael Hammond, Kalen Harriman, Travis Johns, James Morrison, Darren Richardson & Tom Virtue (L.A. Theatre Works)
August 6 – August 13
UNDER A WAR-TORN SKY by L.M. Elliott Narrated by Elizabeth Wiley (Tantor Audio)
THE OLD BROWN SUITCASE by Lillian Boraks-Nemetz Narrated by Sofia Newman (Post Hypnotic Press)
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