April/May 2018

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Illustration by Marty Braun April/May 2018 n 5 In this issue with a special focus on audiobooks for kids and teens, we're pleased to feature an interview with the inspiring children's and teen author Jason Reynolds. (See page 22.) As he told us, "Everything in my life and in my books has to do with letting young people know I'm grateful for their lives." His novel in verse Long Way Down, featured on our cover, was on the National Book Awards longlist and was recently honored in several categories of the American Library Association's Youth Media Awards: Newbery Honor, Coretta Scott King Author Honor, Printz Honor, and Odyssey Honor. Not to mention AudioFile's own Earphones Award! Congratulations, Jason! Our marquee feature of this issue is "Audiobooks for Kids & Teens." Literacy consultant Sharon Grover selects eight pairs of "listen-alikes" that will appeal to a broad range of audiobook listeners from grades 4 to 12. See all of her recommendations on pages 17-21. AudioFile's long-running SYNC program (2018 marks our ninth year!) returns April 26 with 13 weeks of free audiobook downloads for teens. I'm excited that one of my favorite recent listens, Bill Konigsberg's funny and sweet Openly Straight, is included in this year's program. See Francisca Goldsmith's tips for parents on how best to share SYNC with your teens on page 68, plus the full lineup of titles on page 71. As always, many thanks to our publisher partners who make SYNC possible. We loved hearing about Suzie Althens's journey from audiobook listener to audiobook narrator—while driving a school bus in Alaska. You can read her story and see a picture of her and the bus on page 72. Finally, don't miss our tribute to narrator Katherine Kellgren, who died earlier this year and is mourned by her many fans and all of us at AudioFile. (See page 40.) I was lucky to see Katy perform in person several years ago, and will always remember the moment her seemingly demure outer appearance gave way—with a bellow—to the rough, loud, and utterly convincing voice of a pirate. We miss her, and are so grateful that she left a legacy of wonderful recordings for young listeners. Jennifer Dowell Managing Editor Editor's Note: Managing Editor Jenn Dowell has such a great affection and affinity for teen & family audiobooks, she gets the floor here. Next issue, I'll return to this page. Also, a special thank you to illustrator Marty Braun for "iconizing" Jenn above.—Robin Whitten Grateful for Young Listeners Editor's Notes Inside Track Audiobooks for Kids & Teens Updated 2018 Edition SYNC: Audiobooks for Teens starts in April Encourage the teens in your life to sign up for our summer listening program at

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