And We’re Live in 2019!

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, April 25, 2019

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Welcome to SYNC’s 10th season of free audiobooks for teen listeners! We’re kicking off the collection with two titles about edgy friendships, both by well known authors whose characters will remind you of people you know—maybe even yourself.


Kwame Alexander narrates the latest novel in verse he’s written with Mary Rand Hess. SWING, published by Blink, includes baseball, knowing when  to seek advice (and from whom), and—as ever from this team of storytellers—authentic characters. You can find out more about how the co-authors work togetheron the We Need Diverse Books blog.

Paired with this we have BLINK & CAUTION, Canadian author Tim Wynne-Jones’s novel set in Toronto and featuring a couple of teens who, at first, seem about to collide rather than join forces. Master narrator MacLeod Andrews gives each of them an evocative voice, Blink’s deep and rough and Caution’s lighter. Secrets, guilt, and present danger make this a fast-paced thriller and the two viewpoints are easy to follow thanks to the combination of great writing and great voicing. Thanks to Candlewick on Brilliance for making this one available to 2019’s SYNC participants.

Got empathy? This first week’s pair is bound to stretch your capacity to connect with experiences of your friends, and even would-be friends as well.

Photo credits: Kwame Alexander by Portia Wiggins Photography; MacLeod Andrews courtesy of the narrator


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