Blogs by : francisca goldsmith

Head and Heart

Head and Heart

Read More In our eleventh week of AudiobookSYNC’s eighth season, our pair of audiobooks presents friendships that require work to create and to maintain. Both titles are realistic contemporary fiction, one performed as an audio drama and the other as a novel told from multiple characters’ viewpoints. After all, that’s how friendship is: more than a single voice with a single perspective.
Audiobook Group Discussion Guide [Week 10]

Audiobook Group Discussion Guide [Week 10]

Read More Each summer, the AudiobookSYNC program offers a library of downloadable audiobooks for teens to keep. The selections change each week and free downloading is limited to the week each title is featured. The free audiobooks are presented in pairs, sharing a theme.
To Be American

To Be American

Read More With American Independence Day falling during AudiobookSYNC’s tenth week, it seems right to turn to a pair of audiobooks in which the possible meanings of being American lies at the core.
Young and Powerful

Young and Powerful

Read More Our AudiobookSYNC offerings for Week 9 include the audiobook debut of the earliest published stories from a teen who later became a prolific fantasy author, and a second that delves into the true history of the teens and women on whom Colonial America’s witch hysteria focused.
Wise Beauty, Wiser Beast

Wise Beauty, Wiser Beast

Read More In recognition of high school’s traditional evening of high fashion and romance, the sixth week of AudiobookSYNC 2017 offers a pair of free audiobooks that will satisfy prom-goers, prom-avoiders, romantics, and cynics alike. Both take inspiration from the folktale of Beauty and the Beast; however, each is unique and more nuanced than any Disney version.
When Others Define You

When Others Define You

Read More The pair of audiobooks offered by AudiobookSYNC this fifth week features characters who have been required to conform to identities chosen for them. Many teens have felt this put-upon sense that conflicts with self-identity, although usually they are caught in less extreme circumstances than the young adults we meet here. Listening to these audios, then, can awaken both empathy for others and insight about.the difference between relying on social pressures to conform and recognizing one's own identity as essentially one's own responsibility.
Looking Outward

Looking Outward

Read More It’s Week 4 of AudiobookSYNC’s free audiobook program! This week, the pair of audiobooks you can download for free and to keep invites listeners to consider what might be happening around them. Stepping away from attending to our own self-interest to notice how others are affected by circumstances and events is a big step toward developing empathy.
Teen Voice Power

Teen Voice Power

Read More We come to our third week of AudiobookSYNC 2017 with two audiobooks celebrating teens who speak from the heart. Poetry and diaries both cut to the essence of what we need to say, and the voices teens can hear this week may inspire the articulation of their own feelings, thoughts, and concerns. Both of these audiobooks are short, offering good listening introductions for those new to the audio format.
What's the Human Future?

What's the Human Future?

Read More Week 2 of AudiobookSYNC 2017 features a pair of audiobooks that take us into possibilities for the future of humanity. Both have been popular in audio since they first became available, and every new listener can quickly understand why.
Countdown to Summer of SYNC

Countdown to Summer of SYNC

Read More April showers bring---SYNC opening day this year! It's just one week away. That's just enough time to run through a final checklist of SYNC-related preparations:
SYNC to the rescue--of avid print readers!

SYNC to the rescue--of avid print readers!

Read More With just two weeks left until showtime, we're seeing many of you posting messages on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram that share your excitement, anticipation, and, in some cases, newfound discovery, of SYNC. Thank you and keep getting the word out there!
SYNC 2017 by the numbers

SYNC 2017 by the numbers

Read More We’re hearing how excited you are about AudiobookSYNC17. You know we are, too. As we put the finishing technical touches on a grand season that will be 16 weeks long, we've noticed some startling figures. How much audiobook time is included in those 32 audiobooks? The math kind of bowled us over. See how it sounds (oops, pun) to you:
Young teens, middle teens, older teens--all listening

Young teens, middle teens, older teens--all listening

Read More AudiobookSYNC is committed to offering teens all along the age spectrum some great summer listening. Since potential SYNC participants range from the early teens of middle school through graduating high school students, we work to include audiobooks that include some that speak to all, some skewing to the higher end of the teen range, and some to the lower.
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