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August/September 2013

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More Kudos for SYNC Kelley McDaniel, School Librarian, Portland, ME The high-interest contemporary works from SYNC were a big draw for the Walk and Read I did last summer. I downloaded titles onto iPods, and the kids could choose which one they wanted to listen to before we set out to hike Portland trails, taking breaks for lunch and conversation. It was a popular program, reinforcing the idea that audiobooks are for everyone. Miriam Kahn, librarian/historian/ AudioFile reviewer, Columbus, OH As a veteran audiobook listener, I really enjoy the pairing of classic literature and modern alternatives or parallels. It's a treat to get reacquainted with the originals, and then be amazed by new twists on classic tales. And, I can listen at my own pace: devour all at once or savor over a month or more. Martha Escutcheon, book blogger (marthasbookshelf.blogspot.com) SYNC YA has led me to books I might not have known about otherwise, such as Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (I went on to listen to the sequels), Immortal by Gillian Shields, and the 2011 pairing of Storm Runners by Roland Smith with The Cay by Theodore Taylor. This past year I reviewed the apocalyptic story, The Eleventh Plague, but wasn't sure I wanted to revisit The Grapes of Wrath until I got into the soulfulness of the audio dramatization. Both books, with their struggling familial units and societies, seemed very appropriate to our own time of economic strife. SYNC YA LISTENING SYNC Download YA & Classic titles FREE this summer at www.audiobooksync.com August/September 2013 I 69

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