SYNC 2016 — More Voices • More Magic
American Girls
And I Darken
The Haters
Still Life with Tornado
Riverkeep
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VOICES: MAKING THE MAGIC
FIONA HARDINGHAM
Fiona Hardingham
Fiona Hardingham has narrated award-winning audiobooks for teens, including Kiersten White's AND I DARKEN and Jaclyn Moriarty's The Colors of Madeleine series (featured in SYNC 2015). We asked Fiona about narrating AND I DARKEN. "It was an utter pleasure. Lada is a dream role — she's strong, fearless, and sword swinging! I am very grateful to have narrated the first in the series. I thoroughly enjoyed getting lost in Kiersten White's world. She has created a wonderfully eclectic mix of characters and a fantastical dark and romantic story that leaves the listener wanting more. I can't wait to read what happens next to the dynamic trio of Lada, Radu, and Mehmed. Whatever journey Kiersten takes us on, I am confident she won't let us fans down."
» Read more about Fiona.
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MORE LISTENING FROM SYNC AUTHORS
THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE
The Sky Is Everywhere
Seventeen-year-old Lennie has always lurked in the shadows. She's happy playing music and reading WUTHERING HEIGHTS while her older sister, Bailey, shines on stage and off. When Bailey dies suddenly, Lennie thinks she should be grieving but instead finds herself torn between two boyfriends and a profusion of inappropriate responses. Julia Whelan's myriad tones and perfect pacing portray Lennie's rollercoaster feelings.
Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.
» Listen to a sound clip and read the full review.
IF YOU'RE READING THIS
If You're Reading This
The dual narration team of Ramón de Ocampo and author Trent Reedy tells a coming-of-age story that deals with friendship, advice, grief, and the everyday trials of getting through one's sophomore year of high school. As Michael Wilson's sixteenth birthday approaches, he begins receiving letters from his father, who died in Afghanistan.
» Listen to a sound clip and read the full review.
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BURN BABY BURN
Burn Baby Burn
Marisol Ramirez's narration moves fluidly from English to Spanish as she depicts 17-year-old Nora Lopez and her family. Nora's bilingualism is only one way she aids her Cuban immigrant mother, who speaks very little English. And that's not the only lack of communication in their home. Nora is continually criticized by her mother while her younger brother Hector, despite his ugly temper, is coddled. Overly responsible Nora struggles to come to terms with independence, love, and keeping family secrets.
» Listen to a sound clip and read the full review.
BOOKED
Booked
Author Kwame Alexander (THE CROSSOVER) brings a natural energy to his reading, which is spirited and engaging. Written in verse, his novel is both smart and accessible. As 12-year-old Nick struggles with balancing school, soccer, and problems at home, Alexander's poems revel in wordplay and express the gamut of genuine emotions. Listeners will be rooting for Nick through all the highs and lows.
» Listen to a sound clip and read the full review.
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ON THE BIG SCREEN
MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN
Miss Peregrine's .. Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs has produced a clever and unusual first-person story of time travel. Jacob loves his grandfather but is a bit wary of his fantastic stories of his youth and the weird kids who were his friends. Narrator Jesse Bernstein is compelling as Grandad and Jacob, as well as the diverse kids who were sent off to a Welsh island for safekeeping during WWII.
» Listen to a sound clip and read the full review.
A MONSTER CALLS
A Monster Calls
When his mother falls ill, Conor is visited by a monster in the form of a walking yew tree. Jason Isaacs portrays the troubled teen in a deep voice that hints at the dark nature of the story. He injects sarcastic and suspicious tones into Conor's voice as the boy battles the feeling of invisibility brought on by his "special circumstances" as his mother's health continues to decline. Isaacs's narration highlights the agitation and fear of a boy who is losing everything he holds dear.
» Listen to a sound clip and read the full review.
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VOICES: MAKING THE MAGIC
KARISSA VACKER
Karissa Vacker
Narrator Karissa Vacker gives voice to a resilient heroine in A.S. King's latest novel, STILL LIFE WITH TORNADO. "STILL LIFE WITH TORNADO is everything I love about young adult fiction. My favorite thing about narrating this genre is that the characters are at this pivotal time in life where they are questioning, likely for the first time, who they want to be in the world. Sarah in STILL LIFE WITH TORNADO goes on this incredible time-bending journey to discover the truth about herself; slowly peeling back the layers of what she has perceived to be truth to get to the core of it. I deeply connected with her story, her struggle, and her transformation. It was an honor to voice it. What a ride!"
» More audiobooks by Karissa.
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NONFICTION SPOTLIGHT
THE NAZI HUNTERS
The Nazi Hunters
With ruthless efficiency, Adolf Eichmann organized the roundup, degradation, and transportation of millions of Jews from their homes to the death camps. Jason Culp reads this well-researched account of the sixteen-year ordeal to find Eichmann and bring him to justice. The efforts of Holocaust survivors, volunteers, spies, and the fledgling Mossad of Israel combine in this true-life global thriller.
Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.
» Listen to a sound clip and read the full review.
RADIOACTIVE!
Radioactive!
Meet two early-twentieth-century physicists whose discoveries set the stage for the atomic bomb. Because of their gender, however, they were denied the recognition they deserved during their lifetimes and were all but forgotten by history. Irene Curie, daughter of Nobel physicists Marie and Pierre, and Lise Meitner, an Austrian physicist, were true trailblazers. Narrator Andrea Gallo makes the author's discussion of complex scientific ideas and the lives of these two extraordinary scientific pioneers even more interesting and accessible.
Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.
» Listen to a sound clip and read the full review.
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SYNC PROMOTES LISTENING!
SYNC Promotes Listening
Thanks to everyone who participated in SYNC: Audiobooks for Teens this summer — 2016 was our best year ever, with nearly 172,000 downloads of 30 titles. We are excited that we continue to develop new listeners (97% say they are likely to listen to more audiobooks thanks to SYNC) while providing great materials to longtime listeners.

SYNC will return with new titles to download in May 2017 — keep up with all the latest SYNC news at the SYNC blog.

Thanks to all of our SYNC publisher partners for another great summer of listening!
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MORE RESOURCES
At SoundLearningAPA.org, you'll find a complete literacy toolkit for teaching with audiobooks at three different levels, lesson plans ready to use, carefully chosen annotated lists of audiobooks for K through 12, and a bonus list of adult titles for teens — with sound clips and book covers.
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Thanks to our partner, OverDrive, for helping to make the SYNC program possible! If you got hooked on audiobooks this summer and want to keep listening, explore thousands of FREE audiobooks available through your local public library through the OverDrive App!
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