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SYNC returns April 29, 2021

Week 1, April 29 - May 5, 2021: After Crossing the Border

COME ON IN 15 Stories about Immigration and Finding Home

by Adi Alsaid [Ed.] | Read by Amielynn Abellera, Jonathan Todd Ross, Katherine Littrell, Leila Buck, Maria Liatis, Sneha Mathan

Recorded Books
Young Adult

This compelling audio collection of 15 #ownvoices short stories explores the realities of immigration and its abundant facets. The works are written by YA authors who are... Read More

ILLEGAL Disappeared #2

by Francisco X. Stork | Read by Roxana Ortega, Christian Barillas

Scholastic Audiobooks
Young Adult

Roxana Ortega and Christian Barillas return to narrate the conclusion to Stork's previous book, DISAPPEARED. Having escaped the cartel in Mexico and illegally entered the United... Read More

Week 2 , May 6 - 12, 2021: Confronting Injustice

THEY WENT LEFT

Earphones Award Winner

by Monica Hesse | Read by Caitlin Davies

Hachette Audio
Young Adult

Narrator Caitlin Davies reflects the terrible confusion of 18-year-old Zofia, who has recently been liberated from Gross-Rosen concentration camp in Germany. She is haunted by... Read More

TRELL

by Dick Lehr | Read by Bahni Turpin

Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick
Young Adult

Listeners will appreciate the warmth and gumption that narrator Bahni Turpin brings to this startling story of injustice, inspired by the author’s real-life reporting. Teenager... Read More

Week 3 , May 13 - 19, 2021: Rooted in China

DESCENDANT OF THE CRANE

by Joan He | Read by Nancy Wu

Dreamscape
Young Adult

In this Chinese-inspired fantasy, narrator Nancy Wu makes Princess Hesina’s reluctance to be heir to the throne fully believable. When her father is murdered and Hesina becomes... Read More

MONKEY

Earphones Award Winner

by Wu Ch'êng-ên, Arthur Waley [Trans.] | Read by Kenneth Williams

Naxos AudioBooks
Classics

Kenneth Williams--best known from the British "Carry On" films--gives an extravagantly theatrical performance of Waley's adaptation of a Chinese classic (JOURNEY TO THE WEST),... Read More

Week 4 , May 20 - 26, 2021: How to Be Human

ALIVE Generations Trilogy, Book 1

by Scott Sigler | Read by Colleen Delaney and a Full Cast

GraphicAudio
Audio Theater

Colleen Delaney has mastered leading a cast narrating nonstop sci-fi thrillers. The Generations Trilogy features groups of teens who awaken after centuries of sleep to an unknown... Read More

WHAT MAKES US

Earphones Award Winner

by Rafi Mittlefehldt | Read by Graham Halstead

Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick
Young Adult

Narrator Graham Halstead soars as he uses his versatile voice to portray multiple characters in this poignant and sometimes painfully honest young adult novel. Halstead's talent is... Read More

Week 5 , May 27 - June 2, 2021: Making a New Life

MAGIC BARREL

Earphones Award Winner

by Bernard Malamud | Read by Sheldon "Shelley" Berman, David Cromer, Marge Kotlisky, Naana Potok, Malcolm Rothman, Jensen Wheeler

L.A. Theatre Works
Poetry & Drama

In this 1992 L.A. Theatre Works live performance, Tony Award winner David Cromer and the irrepressible Shelley Berman (1925-2017) created a wonderful chemistry between a shy... Read More

OF BEETLES AND ANGELS A Boy's Remarkable Journey from a Refugee Camp to Harvard

by Mawi Asgedom | Read by Mawi Asgedom

Hachette Audio
Young Adult

Mawi Asgedom brings authenticity to the narration of his memoir, whether he's telling stories of the hardships his family endured while escaping a war or talking about moving to a... Read More

Week 6 , June 3 - 9, 2021: Off to Paris

ROOK

by Sharon Cameron | Read by Caroline Feraday

Scholastic Audiobooks
Young Adult

Caroline Feraday's brisk narration moves this swashbuckling romance along with a vigorous cadence and tone. If it's true that history repeats itself, 18-year-old Sophia Bellamy is... Read More

SALTY, BITTER, SWEET

by Mayra Cuevas | Read by Jennifer Jill Araya

Blink
Young Adult

Narrator Jennifer Araya’s heartfelt and determined performance will have listeners rooting for aspiring teenaged chef Isa as she joins an intense cooking competition in France.... Read More

Week 7, June 10 - 16, 2021: Creating Change

CRESCENDO The Story of a Musical Genius Who Forever Changed a Southern Town

by Allen Cheney, Julie Cantrell [Contributor] | Read by Allen Cheney

Thomas Nelson
Biography & Memoir

This affecting novel is based on the life of the author's grandfather, Fred Allen, a musical prodigy who suffered unspeakable neglect in a Georgia mill town before escaping to New... Read More

EXTINCTION

Earphones Award Winner

by Hannie Rayson | Read by Seamus Dever, Sarah Drew, Darren Richardson, Joanne Whalley

L.A. Theatre Works
Poetry & Drama

With bright-sounding innocence, Sarah Drew portrays an American zoologist working in Australia who makes the discovery of a lifetime when she finds that the endangered carnivorous... Read More

Week 8, June 17 - 23, 2021: Listening to Art

POEMSIA

by Lang Leav | Read by Saskia Maarleveld

Listening Library
Young Adult

New Zealander Saskia Maarleveld is the perfect narrator for the Down Under story of Verity Wolf. While Maarleveld’s accents provide a strong sense of place, she’s also skilled at... Read More

THIS IS WHAT I KNOW ABOUT ART

by Kimberly Drew | Read by Kimberly Drew

Listening Library
Young Adult

Author Kimberly Drew has a timely message to share in this audiobook about her path from art historian and creator of the innovative blog @blackcontemporaryart to social media... Read More

Week 9 , June 24 - 30, 2021: Take Pride in Your True Self

SASHA MASHA

by Agnes Borinsky | Read by Agnes Borinsky

Tantor Media
Young Adult

Author Agnes Borinsky delivers a thoughtful performance of her debut novel about a teenager who is discovering their gender identity. Alex, who is portrayed in an introspective... Read More

STAY GOLD

by Tobly McSmith | Read by Theo Germaine, Phoebe Strole

Harper Audio
Young Adult

Narrators Theo Germaine and Phoebe Strole deliver a poignant coming-of-age romance. Pony, warmly voiced by Germaine, finally passes as a guy after starting at a new high school... Read More

Week 10, July 1 - 7, 2021: Back Stories

DUST Heirs of Neverland, Book 1

by Kara Swanson | Read by Natasha Soudek

Oasis Audio
Fantasy

Narrator Natasha Soudek brings believable teenage angst to a Peter Pan retelling that combines the magic of Neverland with the consequences of real life. The story follows two... Read More

THE RAVEN'S TALE

by Cat Winters | Read by Michael Crouch, Nicole Wood

Recorded Books
Young Adult

Michael Crouch and Nicole Wood share the narration of this gothic ode to the power of creativity. Crouch portrays a teenaged Edgar Allan Poe, who longs for the day he can leave... Read More

Week 11, July 8 - 14, 2021: Romance and Relationships

THE HENNA WARS

by Adiba Jaigirdar | Read by Priya Ayyar

Listening Library
Young Adult

Priya Ayyar’s narration brims over with all the conflicting emotions of first love in this heartwarming YA romance. Nishat is an Irish-Bangladeshi teenager who has just come out to... Read More

SAINTS AND MISFITS

by S.K. Ali | Read by Ariana Delawari

Listening Library
Young Adult

Narrator Ariana Delawari gives voice to the youthfully uncertain Janna, a Hijabi teen and self-described misfit. An excellent student, she's active in the youth group at her mosque... Read More

Week 12, July 15 - 21, 2021: The Chill of the Thriller

THE RUINOUS SWEEP

Earphones Award Winner

by Tim Wynne-Jones | Read by Tim Wynne-Jones

Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick
Young Adult

Author/narrator Tim Wynne-Jones's story begins with Bee's presence at her boyfriend Donovan's hospital bed in the ICU. She finds herself alternating between fury and horror that... Read More

THE BODY SNATCHER AND OTHER STORIES

by Robert Louis Stevenson | Read by Roy McMillan

Naxos AudioBooks
Classics

Narrator Roy McMillan takes one of Stevenson's best horror stories and wraps his vocal cords around it with a reedy English accent that brings the dramatic sequences to a stunning... Read More

Week 13, July 22 - 28, 2021: Gleefully Familiar...Twisted

NOT YOUR SIDEKICK Sidekick Squad, Book 1

by C.B. Lee | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

Tantor Media
Young Adult

Emily Woo Zeller’s dynamic narration draws listeners into this story of secret identities and learning to be your own hero. In a not-too-distant future, WWIII and related disasters... Read More

SPELLSINGER 1 Spellsinger

by Alan Dean Foster | Read by Terence Aselford and a Full Cast

GraphicAudio
Audio Theater

A novel that mixes a colorful and quirky cast (including a Marxist dragon) with music as a form of magic makes for a perfect adaptation into an audiobook. And GraphicAudio adds all... Read More

Week 14, July 29 - August 4, 2021: Secrets

KEEP THIS TO YOURSELF

by Tom Ryan | Read by Michael Crouch

Dreamscape
Young Adult

Narrator Michael Crouch delivers an intense performance of a teen thriller that demands the listener's attention until the very end. One year after his best friend, Connor, was the... Read More

STORM AND FURY Harbinger Series, Book 1

by Jennifer L. Armentrout | Read by Lauren Fortgang

Harlequin Audio
Young Adult

Review coming soon. From the publisher: Enter a world of gargoyle protectors, rising demons, and one girl with an explosive secret. Eighteen-year-old Trinity Marrow may be going... Read More

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