Stories with Histories

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, April 26, 2018


Week 1 of our 2018 season is here! Both titles of our first week’s audiobook pair offer fiction rooted in history with which teens are familiar and arrive with author and narrator names many will recognize. What better way to introduce the new season?


THE GREAT WAR, from Candlewick on Brilliance, is a collection of short stories by a group of award-winning young adult authors, including Printz-winning David Almond and multi-award-winning Michael Morpugo, whose novels have also won acclaim on stage and screen. Each story in this collection was inspired by one or another artifact found from World War I, or the Great War, as it was called when it ended in the 1918 Armistice. Bringing these stories from page to ear is a full cast of equally acclaimed narrators, including JD Jackson, Sarah Coomes, and Nick Podehl. Short stories are an excellent way for new listeners to discover audiobooks, so share the news of this title with teens you know who may be new to listening, as well as young writers who will enjoy discovering how a single artifact can give rise to a good story.

Paired with this is the first in a trilogy by Brittany Cavallaro, who has borrowed her main characters from Arthur Conan Doyle. In A STUDY IN CHARLOTTE, from HarperAudio, we meet Sherlock Holmes’s 21st century descendant and the schoolmate who happens to be the descendant of Dr. Watson. These two new characters come to life thanks to a joint narration by Graham Halstead and Julia Whelan. Here’s a mystery, a boarding school setting, and a pair of teenagers whose family histories, albeit fictional, are themselves fascinating.

Happy SYNC season to all! Now download this first pair and start listening!

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