I’ve always loved parodies: Weird Al Yankovic, Little Women and Werewolves, Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer, anything Terry Pratchett… and I love this Reading Awareness music video by the students of Dowell Middle School, McKinney, TX. What else should I check out? Comments, please!
2 Free Audiobook Downloads Each Week until August 17, 2011
Teens and other readers of Young Adult Literature will have the opportunity to listen to bestselling titles and required reading classics this summer. Each week from June 23 – August 17, 2011, SYNC will offer two free audiobook downloads. Your downloads are yours to keep and will not expire.
The audiobook pairings will include a popular YA title and a classic that connects with the YA title’s theme and is likely to show up on a student’s summer reading list. For example, Joseph Delaney’s The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch, the first book in a popular series featuring a teen whose job is to protect ordinary folk from “ghouls, boggarts, and all manner of wicked beasties,” will be paired with the monster-slaying epic poem, Beowulf.
To find out when you can download titles to listen to on the run this summer, visit www.AudiobookSync.com or text syncya to 25827
SYNC Titles, Summer 2011
The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney
Beowulf by Francis B. Gummere [Trans.]
Chanda’s Secrets by Allan Stratton
Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari
Rescue: Stories of Survival From Land and Sea by Dorcas S. Miller [Ed.]
Immortal by Gillian Shields
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Storm Runners by Roland Smith
The Cay by Theodore Taylor
The Teen Buckeye Book Award is now seeking nominations for 2011. Ohio is the only state to have a statewide book award program nominated and voted on exclusively by students. Adults need not apply. You may nominate your favorite books until March 10. The top five nominations in each category are announced by the end of March, so teachers, librarians and students can become familiar with the nominated books and read them throughout the spring and summer. Voting will take place from September 1 – November 10, and the winners will be announced on December 1. You may only nominate books by American authors, originally published in the previous 2 years.
Ohio teens 9th through 12th graders go here to nominate a book:
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