This summer, SYNC will be providing two free teen audiobooks each week from April 26th to July 25th. Each week will focus on a specific theme, pairing a classic YA title with a more modern YA title. These two titles will be available to download for free this week only (from 6/7 to 6/13) at the SYNC website. The seventh week will start on Thursday, June 13th with Everland . The theme for the seventh week is “dangerous judgments.”
This steampunk homage to PETER PAN pits German marauders against young survivors of war and a deadly virus that decimated the adult population. On the run in Everland (postwar London), Gwen may be “the immune”—the key to the world’s survival. Fiona Hardingham and Steve West narrate chapters, alternating between the points of view of Gwen and Hook, the German captain. West, as Hook, slowly reveals a depth of feeling below Hook’s icy and villainous exterior, waiting for the narrative to reveal clues first. Hardingham’s excellent character voices and variety of accents help the listener differentiate the large cast of youthful characters including Gwen and her siblings; Gwen’s love interest, Pete; the Lost Boys; and Pete’s young sidekick, Bella. Hardingham handles the few sentimental scenes with aplomb. The library owns this in book format.
Bill Homewood narrates this classic tale of mystery and suspense with a pace like a marching army. He uses emphasis and pauses to build tension in this world of danger and intrigue. His expertise in performing accents and creating characters with sublime ease makes the story come alive. The tension in his voice matches the growing conflict between the hunted and the hunters. Weaving the descriptive details with ever growing tension, Homewood makes listening to this tale a delightfully chilling experience.
This summer, SYNC will be providing two free teen audiobooks each week from April 27th to August 16th. Each week will focus on a specific theme, pairing a classic YA title with a more modern YA title. These two titles will be available to download for free this week only (from 6/29 to 7/06) at the SYNC website. The tenth week will start on Thursday, June 29th with My Name is Not Easy and American Night: The Ballad of Juan José . The theme for the tenth week is “American Independence Day (July 4).”
Nick Podehl and Amy Rubinate share the narration of this National Book Award finalist, a fictional account—based on true events—of five Alaskans who attend a Catholic boarding school in the 1960s. The characters experience forced separation from family members and eradication of their language as they become illegal test subjects in a military experiment and suffer other injustices. Podehl’s and Rubinate’s dual narration of emotional adolescent voices creates a connection between today’s listeners and these historical events, which are little known outside of Alaska. Since neither narrator is a native Alaskan, it’s perhaps to their credit that neither attempts an Inupiak, Yupik, or other Alaskan accent. Both add levity when warranted to break the gravitas of this important story. The Library owns this in both book and Kindle/PDF formats.
Laughter and applause fill this theatrical look at American history from the perspective of a Mexican who is cramming for his citizenship test. Policeman Juan José, who fled on foot to the U.S. to escape corruption and drug wars, is haunted by Teddy Roosevelt, Sacajawea, Bob Dylan, Jackie Robinson, Violet Pettus (an African-American nurse during the 1928 flu pandemic), Emmett Till, and union leader Harry Bridges, all played with over-the-top accents and comedy by cast members of Culture Clash. Pop references from musicals like THE BOOK OF MORMON, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, and WICKED, as well as anachronisms like Roosevelt texting, add to the hilarity. The historical selections are sharp, pointed, and thought-provoking. The musical selections, news bites, and delivery make for a performance that simply gets better with each listen.
If you are the type of person who likes racing, cars and maybe snails, then this movie is for you. This movie packed with action and speed. It is about a snail who is obsessed with speed. Then later on he gets into an accident that makes him into a motoring mollusk. His dream is to race in the Indianapolis 500. I would rate this movie a 5 out of 5.
The Library owns this movie in both DVD and Blu-ray formats.
Reviewed by Hriteesh Haridas
You know those squashed marble things that you find at craft stores? Well you can use those, plus some glue, magnets, and cut out pictures that match the size of the marbles (either from magazines, your computer, or drawn yourself), to make these awesome marble magnets.
Want to find out how? Click the links below for instructions and/or a YouTube video. Have fun!