SYNC Audiobooks: Week 10

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 by Debby Dahl Edwardson and American Night: The Ballad of Juan José by Richard Montoya, Developed by Culture Clash and Jo Bonney. 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.

More New YA!

Continued Series Fiction

Firebrand by A.J. Hartley (Alternative Detective #2)

Anglet Sutonga, a former Steeplejack, must pose as a foreign princess to catch the thief who stole the government's plans for a secret weapon. Yet Ang has other things on her mind as well. Refugees from the north are trickling into the city, but an ambitious politician is proposing extreme measures to get rid of them, and when Ang discovers that one theft could spark a conflagration of conspiracy that will threaten the most vulnerable of Bar-Selehm, she decides she is the only one who can stop it.

Speculative Fiction

The Possible by Tara Altebrando

A podcaster stirs up seventeen-year-old Kaylee's memories of her birth mother, who is infamous for alleged telekinetic ability and for murdering her own son.

Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser (Song of the Current #1)

When Caroline Oresteia, seventeen, finally has a chance to be a wherryman, she gets caught in a web of politics and lies, with her father's life at stake.

Realistic Fiction

What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard

When sixteen-year-old Elizabeth is sent to the Wallingfield Psychiatric Facility's Residential Treatment Center, she encounters girls whose problems seem much greater than her own anorexia.

Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone

Sadie Sullivan's pre-senior year summer changes for the better when she and four other teens band together to right local wrongs, but the Unlikelies and their heady new friendships soon face obstacles that could tear them apart.

Wildman by J.C. Geiger

Lance Hendricks, eighteen, is an over-achiever headed to the last big party before graduation when his car breaks down in a remote Washington town, leading to life-changing experiences.

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee

Fame and success come at a cost for Natasha "Tash" Zelenka when she creates the web series "Unhappy Families," a modern adaptation of Anna Karenina--written by Tash's eternal love Leo Tolstoy.

Historical Fiction

Crossing Ebenezer Creek by Toyna Bolden

Freed from slavery, Mariah and her young brother Zeke join Sherman's march through Georgia, where Mariah meets a free black named Caleb and dares to imagine the possibility of true love, but hope can come at a cost.

Mystery & Thrillers

Breaking by Danielle Rollins

Charlotte, an outsider at prestigious Underhill Preparatory Institute, must decide if she is willing to risk her own safety and sanity to discover the truth about her two best friends' suicides.

Here Lies Daniel Tate by Cristin Terrill

A young runaway is welcomed into the arms of an affluent family after he takes on the identity of the family's missing son, Daniel, only to slowly realize that the family knows more about Daniel's disappearance than they are letting on.

And Then There Were Four by Nancy Werlin

When five high school students are brought together under mysterious circumstances, they begin to piece together a theory that their parents are working together to kill them all.

Romance

Romancing the Throne by Nadine Jolie Courtney

For the first time ever, the Weston sisters are at the same boarding school. After an administration scandal at Libby's all-girls school threatens her chances at a top university, she decides to join Charlotte at posh and picturesque Sussex Park. Social-climbing Charlotte considers it her sisterly duty to bring Libby into her circle: Britain's young elites, glamorous teens who vacation in Hong Kong and the South of France and are just as comfortable at a polo match as they are at a party. It's a social circle that just so happens to include handsome seventeen-year-old Prince Edward, heir to Britain's throne. If there are any rules of sisterhood, "Don't fall for the same guy" should be one of them. But sometimes chemistry--even love--grows where you least expect it. In the end, there may be a price to pay for romancing the throne...and more than one path to happily ever after.

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

A disaster in romance, high school senior Desi Lee decides to tackle her flirting failures by watching Korean television dramas, where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten.

Perfect Ten by L. Philips

Sam Raines performs a love spell with his Wiccan best friend after breaking up with the only other gay guy at school and finds himself pursued by three seemingly perfect suitors.

Romeo, Juliet, & Jim by Larry Schwarz and Iva-Marie Palmer (Untitled #1)

In this version of Shakespeare's famous love story set in present-day Paris, Romeo and Juliet, heirs to the rival fashion houses of Montague and Capulet, share a secret relationship until a mysterious American befriends the young lovers.

Scary/Horror

House of Furies by Madeleine Roux (House of Furies #1)

Escaping from her harsh school before finding work as a maid in an English boarding house, Louisa realizes that her mysterious employer and his staff execute cruel judgments on the guests.

Science Fiction

Felix Yz by Lisa Bunker

Thirteen-year-old Felix Yz chronicles the final month before an experimental procedure meant to separate him from the fourth-dimensional creature, Zyx, with whom he was accidentally fused as a young child.

Nonfiction

Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World by Sarah Prager

A LGBTQ chronicle for teens shares hip, engaging facts about 23 influential gender-ambiguous notables from the era of the Roman Empire to the present, exploring how they defied convention to promote civil rights, pursue relationships on their own terms and shape culture.

Ryan Higa’s How to Write Good by Ryan Higa

An unconventional, irreverent, yet heartfelt memoir by Ryan Higa, one of the top creators on YouTube.

Audiobooks

Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah Maas (Court of Thorns and Roses #3)

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit--and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords--and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place. She may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her twin brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands.

SYNC Audiobooks: Week 9

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 6/22 to 6/29) at the SYNC website. The ninth week will start on Thursday, June 22nd with The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff and The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner and Other Stories by Terry Pratchett. The theme for the ninth week is “Pride.”

Author Schiff seeks to portray the historical figures involved in the Salem witch trials as the real people they were. Narrator Eliza Foss makes them come alive for the listener. Foss resists the urge to cackle or to sound incredulous during this objective examination of the so-called witches. While her voice suits the tone of the work, her reading is not dry. She modulates her intonations nicely, making listening easier on the ear and saving the long passages of historical and religious background from becoming tedious. The library owns this title in book, large print, CD, and eaudiobook formats.

 

“Do you believe in magic? Can you imagine a war between wizards? An exciting journey in an airship or down in a submarine? Would you like to meet the fastest truncheon in the Wild West?

The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner is the second fabulously funny short-story collection from the late acclaimed storyteller Terry Pratchett. A follow-up to Dragons at Crumbling Castle (which the library owns in both book and on CD), this second batch of storytelling gems features stories written when Sir Terry was just seventeen years old and working as a junior reporter. In these pages, new Pratchett fans will find wonder, mayhem, sorcery, and delight—and loyal readers will recognize the seeds of ideas that went on to influence his most beloved tales later in life. The library owns this title in book format.

SYNC Audiobooks: Week 8

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 6/15 to 6/22) at the SYNC website. The eighth week will start on Thursday, June 15th with The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois and The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez. The theme for the eighth week is “Juneteenth (June 19).”

Listeners will quickly realize that Du Bois’s classic treatise on life in a post-slavery U.S. society still has resonance today. Du Bois examines how black progress was systematically obstructed for two generations after the abolition of slavery. He also discusses the unique and creative ways in which African-Americans must negotiate a system that regularly dehumanizes them and takes their lives. With a light crackle in his voice, narrator Rodney Gardiner captures listeners’ attention, but it’s his rhythmic intonation that proves most appealing. His ability to emphasize the most important elements in each sentence while maintaining its cadence carries listeners through the production, making this a powerful experience. This specific title is not owned by the Algonquin Area Library, but it is owned (in many different formats) by other libraries in our consortium.

Kyla Garcia masterfully narrates the story of Lucia, a 14-year-old social butterfly living a placid life in 1960s Cuba. When communists invade Lucia’s sleepy town, everything changes. First, their freedoms disappear, one by one. And then, their neighbors begin to disappear. Escape to the United States becomes the only solution, so Lucia and her brother, Frankie, make the dramatic journey. Garcia does a magnificent job balancing the suspense of their escape and the more commonplace joys and sorrows of youth. She’s equally at home voicing the siblings and their Nebraskan foster parents. Listeners will cheer for this engaging and well-told story. This title is also owned in book format by the Algonquin Public Library.

 

Megalist: New YA!

Continued Series Fiction:

Dove Alight by Karen Bao (Dove Chronicles #3)

Shy, introverted Phaet Theta has gone from being a top student to an interplanetary fugitive to the reluctant but fierce leader of a revolution. With the Earthbound on their side, she and her friends finally have a chance at toppling the evil leaders who've held the Moon captive for decades. But as the death tolls rise, the cost of the war weighs heavily on Phaet, even as she's forced to lead her siblings and Wes, the love of her life, into terrible danger. Phaet started this war because she lost someone she loved. Will she have to lose another to end it?

Royal Tour by Amy Alward (Potion Diaries #2)

Since winning the Hunt and saving her new BFF, Princess Evelyn, Sam Kemi has been royally busy. Meanwhile, someone has tampered with her grandad's mind and she is the only one who can unlock his memories.

Refuge for Masterminds by Kathleen Baldwin (Stranje House #3)

It's 1814. Napoleon has escaped his imprisonment on Elba. Britain is at war on four fronts. And at Stranje House, a School for Unusual Girls, five young ladies are secretly being trained for a world of spies, diplomacy, and war. Napoleon's invasion of England is underway and someone at Stranje House is sneaking information to his spies. Lady Jane Moore is determined to find out who it is. If anyone can discover the traitor, it is Jane- for, according to headmistress Emma Stranje, Lady Jane is a mastermind. Jane doesn't consider herself a mastermind. It's just that she tends to grasp the facts of a situation quickly, and by so doing, she's able to devise and implement a sensible course of action. Is Jane enough of a mastermind to save the brash young American inventor Alexander Sinclair, her friends at Stranje House, and possibly England itself?

Just Dreaming by Kerstin Gier (Silver #3)

Able to visit other people's dreams, Liv's troubles are just beginning. A rocky romance, a malicious blogger with a hidden identity, a wedding, and a classmate (or two) dead-set on revenge all await Liv in this action-packed conclusion to the Silver trilogy

Battlemage by Taran Matharu (Summoner #3)

Fletcher and his classmates from Vocans Academy--including the elf Sylva and the dwarf Othello--travel through the ether, where they must pursue a mortally dangerous quest to rebuild their world and broker peace. As he leads a small army of soldiers, Fletcher will face his biggest challenge yet: his nemesis, the albino orc, Khan, who seeks to destroy everything Fletcher loves.

Seeker by Veronica Rossi (Riders #2)

After sealing Sebastian in a dark dimension with the demon Samrael, Daryl loses her visions and must rely on her instincts to lead the riders into a shadowy realm where she fears she may have to use evil powers in order to rescue him.

Umberland by Wendy Spinale (Everland #2)

Bella, Gwen, and the Lost Boys have escaped to Alnwick Castle, but it is not the safe haven they hoped it would be for the "cure" for the Horologia virus has mutated into something even worse--so the Duchess Alyssa and Maddox Hadder set out searching for the virus's origin, an extinct poisonous apple, supposedly from a tree at the center of a labyrinth hidden deep within Germany and guarded by monsters.

Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye (Crown’s Game #2)

Vika struggles with dangers in her new role as the Imperial Enchanter while Pasha faces disputes about his legitimacy and Nikolai considers how far he is willing to go to return to the world.

Monstrous by Thomas Sniegoski (Savage #2)

The horrors that began in Savage continue in Boston as Sydney and her friends work to protect the city from the newly crazed rampage of animals and try to figure out the origin of the storm and its power.

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han (To All the Boys . . . #3)

While helping plan her father's wedding, senior Lara Jean struggles with choosing a college and questions how graduation is going to change her relationship with her boyfriend Peter.

Gauntlet by Megan Shepherd (Cage #3)

Cora pushes her mind and body to the limit in her attempt to escape Armstrong and the deranged sheriff keeping her there, while Mali and Leon attempt a mission to rescue Cassian and Nok's due date approaches.

Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah Maas (Court of Thorns and Roses #3)

Feyre returns to the Spring Court on a reconnaissance mission about the invading king. As a spy, the future of the entire kingdom may rely on her ability to play her part perfectly, and her decisions about who to trust and which allies are best will decide the outcome of the coming war.

Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner (Queen’s Thief #5)

Kamet, a secretary and slave to his Mede master, has the ambition and the means to become one of the most powerful people in the Empire. But with a whispered warning the future he envisioned is wrenched away, and he is forced onto a very different path.

Speculative Fiction

Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beatty (Traitor’s Trilogy #1)

Sage Fowler, the apprentice to a matchmaker, becomes a spy for the army to uncover a treasonous plot and finds herself entangled in a romance with a soldier.

Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari (Windy City Magic #1)

Amber Sand has the magical ability to envision anyone's soul mate, but when Charlie Blitzman, the Chicago mayor's son and most-desired boy in school, comes to Amber for help in finding his father's missing girlfriend, Amber sadly sees that Charlie is not destined for her.

Cold Summer by Gwen Cole

Unable to control his ability to travel through time, Kale must deal with the effects of his time serving as a soldier in World War II and his desire to have a normal relationship with his father and Harper, the girl who used to live next door.

Black Witch by Laurie Frost (Black Witch Chronicles #1)

Elloren Gardner is the granddaughter of the last prophesied Black Witch, Carnissa Gardner, who drove back the enemy forces and saved the Gardnerian people during the Realm War. But while she is the absolute spitting image of her famous grandmother, Elloren is utterly devoid of power in a society that prizes magical ability above all else. When she is granted the opportunity to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an apothecary, Elloren joins her brothers at the prestigious Verpax University to embrace a destiny of her own, free from the shadow of her grandmother's legacy. But she soon realizes that the university, which admits all manner of people --including the fire-wielding, winged Icarals, the sworn enemies of all Gardnerians --is a treacherous place for the granddaughter of the Black Witch. As evil looms on the horizon and the pressure to live up to her heritage builds, everything Elloren thought she knew will be challenged and torn away. Her best hope of survival may be among the most unlikely band of misfits --if only she can find the courage to trust those she's been taught to hate and fear.

Reaper by Kyra Leigh

When Rosie dies in a car crash, she learns that before going to Paradise, she must return to earth as a reaper and collect three souls.

your name. by Makoto Shinkai

Mitsuha, a high school girl living in a rural town deep in the mountains, has a dream that she is a boy living an unfamiliar life in Tokyo. Taki, a high school boy living in Tokyo, dreams that he is a girl living in the mountains. As they realize they are changing places, their encounter sets the cogs of fate into motion.

Hush by Skye Melki-Wegner

Chester has taken to the road, traveling from village to village desperately searching for his father, who has disappeared. One night while fiddling to earn a few coins, he accidentally connects to the Song—the music that fuels every aspect of the world, and that it’s illegal for him to interact with. He’s caught and sentenced to death for his crime. Only a licensed Songshaper can bend music to his will. But someone in the crowd—a member of the infamous Nightfall Gang—stages a daring rescue and whisks Chester into the Hush, a shadowy nightmare mirror-world where Music can be deadly and Echoes can kill. Susanna, the Captain of the Nightfall Gang has been watching Chester. She needs him to pull off an elaborate plan that will take down the governing body that keeps her an outlaw and made her the fragment she is. Susanna needs him to exact her revenge, even if he dies doing it.

Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sara B. Larson (Book #1)

Princess Evelayn, eighteen, of Éadrolan must rely on her newly acquired magical powers as war between the Light Kingdom and the Dark Kingdom rages.

Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts (Book #1)

Tilla, the illegitimate daughter of Lord Kent, bands together with other outcasts in an attempt to prevent civil war and protect Lyriana, a sheltered, visiting princess whose life is in danger.

Dear Reader by Mary O’Connell

For seventeen-year-old Flannery Fields, the only respite from the plaid-skirted mean girls at Sacred Heart High School is her beloved teacher Miss Sweeney's AP English class. But when Miss Sweeney doesn't show up to teach Flannery's favorite book, Wuthering Heights, leaving behind her purse, Flannery knows something is wrong. The police are called, and Flannery gives them everything-- except Miss Sweeney's copy of Wuthering Heights. This she holds onto. And good thing she does, because when she opens it, it has somehow transformed into Miss Sweeney's real-time diary. It seems Miss Sweeney is in New York City-- and she's in trouble. So Flannery does something very unFlannery-like: she skips school and sets out for Manhattan, with the book as her guide. But as soon as she arrives, she meets a boy named Heath. Heath is British, on a gap year, incredibly smart-- yet he's never heard of Albert Einstein or Anne Frank. In fact, Flannery can't help thinking that he seems to have stepped from the pages of Brontë's novel. Could it be?

Realistic Fiction

Birdy Flynn by Helen Donohoe

Birdy Flynn carries a lot of secrets. The time boys tortured a cat and Birdy had to drown it in the river to stop it from suffering. The time Mrs. Cope, the teacher, touched Birdy. The gypsy girl at school who Birdy likes. But no one can know about any of these secrets. Because Birdy's other secret is that while she fights as good as the boys, she is a girl, and she doesn't always feel like a girl is supposed to. She's growing up in an imperfect family, and an imperfect world, and wants to become the person she was meant to be.

Fashion Committee by Susan Juby

Charlie and John are both gunning for the same scholarship to a private arts high school. For this coveted spot, they must compete in a fashion competition--and only one can win.

It’s Not Like It’s a Secret by Misa Suigura

When her family moves to California, 16 year old Sana Kiyohara falls for the beautiful and smart Jamie Ramirez but struggles with differences between their diverse friend groups, a boy's sweet but unrequited affection, and her father's increasingly obvious affair.

Textrovert by Lindsey Summers

It's bad enough when high-school senior Keeley grabs the wrong phone while leaving her small town's end-of-summer fair. It's even worse when she discovers that the phone she now has belongs to the obnoxious, self-centered Talon and that he's just left for football camp...with her phone. Reluctantly, the two agree to forward messages for a week. And as Keeley gets to know Talon, she starts to like him. Keeley learns there's more to Talon than the egocentric jock most people see. There's more to Keeley, too. Texting Talon, she can step out of the shadow of her popular twin brother. Texting Talon, she can be the person she's always wanted to be. Sparks fly when the two finally meet to exchange their phones. But while Keeley has been playing a part online, Talon has been keeping a secret. He has a different connection to Keeley---one that has nothing to do with phones, and one that will make their new relationship all but impossible. Knowing what she now knows, can Keeley trust him? And can love in the present erase mistakes of the past?

Just a Normal Tuesday by Kim Turrisi

It was a normal Tuesday until Kai discovered a letter, tucked into a pile of their family's mail, from her older sister, Jen. "If you are reading this, I am already gone." Jen has committed suicide. Dealing with Jen's funeral and with their devastated parents, Kai is also searching for answers. Soon she's caught in a vicious downward spiral, self-medicating and lashing out at the people she loves. When her parents send Kai to the Treehouse, a summer camp for grieving teens, she's not a happy camper. Then she begins to share her feelings, find a way forward, even laugh... and fall in love.

Duke of Bannerman Prep by Katie Nelson

This contemporary retelling of the The Great Gatsby follows Tanner McKay, a star on his public high school's debating team as he ambitiously pursues and wins a scholarship at the elite Bannerman Prep. Debate is Tanner's ticket out of a life of poverty and family drama--and into a new and better future. But when he's paired with the prep school playboy everyone calls the Duke, Tanner's plans seem doomed to fail. As he gets sucked into the Duke's flashy world, the thrill of the high life and the adrenaline of the edge become addictive. Duke's castle is built on shady, shaky secrets, and the walls are about to topple.

Go-Between by Veronica Chambers

Both of sixteen-year-old Cammi's parents are stars in Mexico, but everything changes when her mother accepts a role in an American sitcom.

My Fairy Godmother is a Drag Queen by David Clawson

Wanting nothing more than to survive high school, Chris, the only stepchild in a social-climbing family, forges an unexpected romance with his stepsister's wealthy boyfriend before a new friend helps him learn to accept himself and his family.

Historical Fiction

Noble Servant by Melanie Dickerson

After being betrayed and cast out, Lady Magdalen and Steffan the Duke of Wolfberg must work together to reclaim their rightful titles.

Humor

Deacon Locke Went to Prom by Brian Katcher

Too shy to look for a prom date, Deacon decides to ask his grandmother to the event and when a video of their dancing goes viral, he finds his life taking an unforgettable turn.

Note Worthy by Riley Redgate

Feeling undervalued because of musical talents that place her outside the spotlight, Jordan disguises herself as a boy to gain entry into a competitive, all-male acappella group that is looking for a singer with her vocal range.

No Good Deed by Goldy Moldavsky

Civic-minded teen Gregor Maravilla attends an activist's summer camp where he participates in a charity competition that triggers a rivalry with a famous young actress whose choices encourage campers to sabotage each other.

Mystery & Thrillers

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

A girl with recurring memory loss chases down the boy she loves based on the one memory she is able to hold onto.

Violet Grenade by Veronica Scott

When Madam Karina discovers Domino in an alleyway, she offers her a position inside her home for entertainers in secluded West Texas. Left with few alternatives and an agenda of her own, Domino accepts. It isn't long before she is fighting her way up the ranks to gain the madam's approval. But after suffering weeks of bullying and unearthing the madam's secrets, Domino decides to leave. It'll be harder than she thinks, though, because the madam doesn't like to lose inventory. But then, Madam Karina doesn't know about the person living inside Domino's mind.

Grit by Gillian French

It's summer in rural Maine; when 17-year-old Darcy Prentiss isn't raking berries with her sister during the day, she's drinking and swimming with the boys in the quarry at night. But the fun is what's been keeping Darcy's mind off the things she can't forget: a disturbing secret she shares with Nell, the mysterious disappearance of her ex-best friend, and that hazy Fourth of July party that ended with Darcy drunk, flat on her back, and wondering how she let it get this far. Everything she has been trying to keep down comes bubbling to the surface when she is nominated to be Bay Festival Princess.

Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

In a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies, the stakes are high for two agents, Caden and Dylan, whose mission to compete for a girl destined for great power becomes complicated when Caden finds himself falling in love with his competition.

Crazy House by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet

In a future world where teenagers are taken, imprisoned, and forced to fight for their survival, well-behaved Cassie will do whatever it takes to save her rebellious twin sister from Death Row.

Romance

Grace and the Fever by Zan Romanoff

Still obsessed with the boy band Fever Dream long after her friends lose interest, Grace unexpectedly meets band member Jes and embarks on an unlikely romance that leads her to confront complex truths about herself and the realities of stardom.

When It’s Real by Erin Watt

Meet Oakley Ford -- teen celebrity, renowned pop star, child of famous movie stars, hottie with millions of fangirls & and restless troublemaker. On the surface he has it all, but with his home life disintegrating, his music well suddenly running dry, and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits, Oakley's team decides it's time for an intervention. The result: an image overhaul, complete with a fake girlfriend meant to show the world he's settled down. Enter seventeen-year-old Vaughn Bennett -- devoted sister, part-time waitress, the definition of "normal." Under ordinary circumstances she'd never have taken this gig, but with her family strapped for cash, she doesn't have much of a choice. And for the money Oakley's team is paying her, she figures she can put up with outlandish Hollywood parties and a team of publicists watching her every move. So what if she thinks Oakley's a shallow, self-centred jerk? It's not like they're going to fall for each other in real life, right?

Science Fiction

Exo Project by Andrew Deyong

When Matthew joins the Exo Project, which has the goal of securing a new home for humankind as the Earth's temperature rises, he meets Kiva, an exoplanet teenager with whom he feels a strong bond.

Brave New Girl by Rachel Vincent

In a world where everyone is the same, Trigger 17 convinces Dahlia 16 that she is unique but this proves that both are flawed, which could lead to dire consequences for their entire genomes.

SYNC Audiobooks: Week 7

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 6/8 to 6/15) at the SYNC website. The seventh week will start on Thursday, June 8th with If I Run by Terri Blackstock and Plus One by Elizabeth Fama. The theme for the seventh week is “Crossing the line.”

Narrator Nan Gurley convincingly portrays Casey Cox as she flees in shock after discovering the murder of her boyfriend, Brent Pace. Pace was investigating the supposed suicide of Cox’s dad, a cop, and the possibility that some of Shreveport’s police are dirty. The gripping chapters alternate between the kind, resourceful Cox, who goes on the run, and PTSD sufferer Dylan Roberts, an Iraqi war vet who is hired by the cops to find her. Gurley’s most endearing character is sweet, elderly Miss Lucy Daley, who shares her sincere faith with Cox when the two meet on a bus. Listeners will breathlessly follow Cox’s flight while savoring colorful descriptions of small Southern towns and food and delighting in eccentric characters. However, learning Cox’s fate must wait until Volume 2.

Julia Whelan’s impassioned narration enhances the author’s story of an alternate reality. In this world, citizens are divided–living either by day or by night. Seventeen-year-old Soleil Le Coeur is a “smudge”–someone relegated by law to live under the veil of night. Sol fakes an injury as part of her plan to give her dying grandfather one last gift–to hold his great-granddaughter, Sol’s niece, who is a “ray,” someone who lives her life during the day. Unknowingly, Sol sets in motion a series of events that lead to political unrest and unlikely love. Sol’s desperation and intense love come through powerfully in Whelan’s delivery as the members of an intriguing subculture come to life.

Check out the rest of the month’s schedule here… you can even get text alerts about upcoming titles!

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SYNC Audiobooks: Week 6

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 6/1 to 6/8) at the SYNC website. The sixth week will start on Thursday, June 1st with Beast by Donna Jo Napoli and Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay. The theme for the sixth week is “prom and anti-prom.”

Napoli’s genius in recrafting folk and fairy tales into young adult novels shines in this retelling of “Beauty and the Beast.” This lush novel begins at a leisurely pace in Persia before Prince Orasmyn, trapped by an ancient curse in the body of a lion, desperately makes his way to the traditional French manor house setting. Robert Ramirez delivers a clear, carefully paced reading of Orasmyn’s inner struggle, first as cursed prince, then as trapped beast. When reading Belle, he attempts to deliver another voice and intonation, quite subtly. But the strength of this narration lies in the forceful intensity of despair and desire Orasmyn repeatedly expresses, keeping the listener grounded in the moment, a necessity given the ending of the story. This title is owned in book format by other libraries in our constorium.

It’s pointless. Hopeless. Even if she weren’t afraid of me, we’ll always be enemies at the core . . .

In the city of Yuan, the blind Princess Isra is raised to be a human sacrifice. Her death will ensure her city’s vitality.

In the desert, a mutant beast named Gem fights to save his people, known as the Monstrous, from starvation.

Neither dreams that, together, they can return balance to their worlds. When Gem is captured for trying to steal Yuan’s enchanted roses, he becomes a prisoner of the city. Isra enlists his help, and soon begins to care for him—and to question everything she has been brought up to believe.

She’s a queen; I’m her prisoner. I am her monster and she is mine. The library owns this in book format as well.

Check out the rest of the month’s schedule here… you can even get text alerts about upcoming titles!