Discovering the Present in the Past

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, January 4, 2018


Thanks to Brilliance Publishing, we are able to offer several of their productions this summer during SYNC's 2018 season. Among them is a detective story likely to surprise both teen listeners and those who might remember way back to the mid-20th century.


Author John Ball wrote a series of police detective mysteries back in the 1960's and 1970's. A couple of years ago, they were performed and released in audio format and they sound astonishingly contemporary. We're pleased to be able to offer JOHNNY GET YOUR GUN from this collection.

With Dion Graham narrating a wide variety of characters and a tale of bullying, uneasy cross-racial interactions, and a detective who is both smart and deeply caring, there's a lot of opportunity for teens with many outlooks and world experiences to discover empathy. While part of a series, this novel can stand on its own readily, although many listeners meeting Virgil Tibbs, the detective here, for the first time, will find themselves seeking others in Ball's series and Graham's performance of it.

For those who participated in SYNC 2016, you might remember having met Virgil Tibbs as a character then, although in a different genre. If you've kept that download, you'll have the opportunity to contrast the two. For those who might want to use this audiobook in a discussion program and need to think about planning that ahead of time, here's more about John Ball, Dion Graham, and the Virgil Tibbs audiobooks.

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