Every summer SYNC provides 2 free audiobooks for teens connected by a weekly theme. This year the program runs from Thursday, April 29 to Wednesday, August 4. Each set of titles is available for one week, with new titles appearing every Thursday. Once downloaded the books never expire.
Audiobooks are available through the Sora by OverDrive app. Register for SYNC with an email address and follow the instructions provided.
Week 1, April 29 - May 5: After Crossing the Border
Come On In: 15 Stories about Immigration and Finding by Adi Alsaid
This exceptional and powerful anthology explores the joys, heartbreaks and triumphs of immigration, with stories by critically acclaimed and bestselling YA authors who are shaped by the journeys they and their families have taken from home—and to find home. The works are written by YA authors who are immigrants or the children of immigrants.
Illegal: Disappeared #2 by Francisco X. Stork
Having escaped the cartel in Mexico and illegally entered the United States, Sara has applied for asylum and awaits in a detention facility for a decision on her status while her brother Emilliano, who entered illegally, and has difficulty finding belonging. Book 1, Disappeared is available at the library.
Week 2, May 6 - 12: Confronting Justice
They Went Left by Monica Hesse
The soldiers who liberated the Gross-Rosen concentration camp said the war was over, but nothing feels over to eighteen-year-old Zofia Lederman. Her body has barely begun to heal, her mind feels broken. And her life is completely shattered: Three years ago, she and her younger brother, Abek, were the only members of their family to be sent to the right, away from the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Everyone else—her parents, her grandmother, radiant Aunt Maja—they went left.
Trell by Dick Lehr
On a hot summer night in Boston in the late 1980s, a twelve-year-old African-American girl was sitting on a mailbox talking with her friends when she became the innocent victim of gang-related gunfire. An immediate manhunt was on to catch the murderer, and a young African-American man was quickly apprehended, charged, and — wrongly — convicted of the crime. Dick Lehr now turns this true story into a page-turning novel about the daughter of an imprisoned man who persuades a reporter and a lawyer to help her prove her father’s innocence.
Week 3, May 13-19: Rooted in China
Descendant of the Crane by Joan He
Princess Hesina of Yan has always been eager to shirk the responsibilities of the crown, but when her beloved father is murdered, she's thrust into power, suddenly the queen of an unstable kingdom. Determined to find her father's killer, Hesina does something desperate: she enlists the aid of a soothsayer―a treasonous act, punishable by death… because in Yan, magic was outlawed centuries ago.
Monkey by Wu Ch'eng-en and translated by Arthur Waley
Probably the most popular book in the history of the Far East, this classic sixteenth century novel is a combination of picaresque novel and folk epic that mixes satire, allegory, and history into a rollicking adventure. It is the story of the roguish Monkey and his encounters with major and minor spirits, gods, demigods, demons, ogres, monsters, and fairies.
Week 4, May 20-26: How to Be Human
Alive: Generation Trilogy, Book 1 by Scott Sigler
A teenage girl awakens to find herself trapped in a coffin. She has no idea who she is, where she is, or how she got there. Fighting her way free brings little relief - she discovers only a room lined with caskets and a handful of equally mystified survivors. Beyond their room lies a corridor filled with bones and dust but no people and no answers.
What Makes Us by Rafi Mittlefehldt
Eran Sharon knows nothing of his father except that he left when Eran was a baby. Now a senior in high school and living with his protective but tight-lipped mother, Eran is a passionate young man deeply interested in social justice and equality. When he learns that the Houston police have launched a program to increase traffic stops, Eran organizes a peaceful protest. But a heated moment at the protest goes viral, and a reporter connects the Sharon family to a tragedy fifteen years earlier - and asks if Eran is anything like his father, a supposed terrorist.