For the past few years SYNC has offered two free audio titles for teens all summer long. Each week features a young adult audiobook paired with a classic. This year's line-up is diverse and interesting: Jane Eyre and Frankenstein are paired with stories like Raven Boys and Rotters. You can even sign-up to get a text alert about the titles each week! Downloads are in MP3 format and are Mac and Windows compatible. Details can be found on the SYNC homepage at this link: http://www.audiobooksync.com/free-sync-downloads/sync-schedule-13/
This Sunday, March 14, 2015 is Pi Day a celebration of the infinite digits of Pi. Pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter.
Pi is often abbreviated to the first two digits after the decimal point or 3.14. This year (and the only time this century) the first five digits correspond to the date: 3. 1415 or 3/14/15.
In honor of Pi Day here are a few titles with a math focus to enjoy:
The Paralympic ski racer, YouTube star, and motivational speaker documented his coming of age as an amputee cancer survivor, and through investigating past dates gone wrong, to discover why he was still single.
Smaug is coming! Here's the trailer!
Just a few more days and Smaug will be in full glory on screen. If you've got dragon fever check out these dragon themed stories for teens!
In an alternative version of Victorian London, seventeen-year-old Dodger, a cunning and cheeky street urchin, unexpectedly rises in life when he saves a mysterious girl, meets Charles Dickens, and unintentionally puts a stop to the murders of Sweeney Todd.
Shy, sixteen-year-old Lark is happiest close to home, tending her garden and gathering herbs for medicines. When Lark has visions that warn her that monsters called Troths will soon invade her village, she is summoned on a journey to seek help from the legendary Riders of Tarnec. The journey will make her visions reality and bring her closer to knowing her inner strength.
Back to school, back to friends, back to homework, back to tests. There are are a lot of different responsibilities pulling you in different directions at the start of the school year, and they all seem equally important. There isn’t even time to read a good book.
That’s not true! While it may seem like there is hardly time to even breath while you are getting used to new classes, new teachers, and new material, there is still hope.
In fact, making time to read can help you stay relaxed and focused. After a long day at school, you may just want to jump right into your homework, but sometimes you need a brain break. A quick chapter of a good book could help you get that little break you need. Reading can also help take your mind off all the school work you have to do before you pass out. Have you ever done your math homework right before bed and then started dreaming about the pythagorean theorem? For your sake, I hope not!
Collections of short stories, poems, or vignettes are a perfect pick for the school year; if you don’t have a chance to get back to the book for a couple of days, you won’t have to worry about remembering where you left off. Here are some great books to help you get into the habit of making time to read for FUN!
- House on Mango Street by Cisneros
- Poems for Homeroom: a Writer's Place to Start by Appelt
- Geektastic: Stories from the Nerdherd
- Corsets and Clockwork: 13 Steampunk Romances
- Girl Meets Boy: [Because there are two sides to every story]
–Submitted by Katie R.
Fed up with her wild behavior, sixteen-year-old Lex's parents ship her off to upstate New York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape. Uncle Mort is not a farmer, but actually a Grim Reaper and he's going to teach Lex the family business.
Time weaves its way through every genre - fantasy, science fiction, romance, historical fiction, even realistic fiction - taking the reader into new worlds, realms, futures, pasts, and lives! We have some fantastic books about time - ones where the charcaters travel back in time, forward in time to strange and unreal futures, give moments of their lives to another, learn about their ancestry, find romance between decades, and even jump only 15 minutes in their own pasts. So, come, explore, and tunnel through time this summer with these fun picks! (Links open in new window)
Time Travel - From the Present to the Past or Future
Time - Fanatsy and Science Fiction
Romantic Time Travel
Contemplating the Effects of Time
Happy St. Patrick's Day! To further enjoy this day of green, here are a few award-winning Teen novels set in Ireland:
The Nolan family's dreams of prosperity in a new country are shattered when baby Joseph fails the medical exam at Ellis Island and must be taken back to Cork by his father. Though Da promises a quick return, Ma is miserable. Frustrated by her dependence on the unwilling hospitality of prosperous relatives, she gladly accepts money from her brother-in-law for herself and her three daughters to return home. Having few opportunities in Ireland, 16-year-old Rose rebels and she and 12-year-old Maureen are allowed to remain in New York to seek work and schooling. (School Library Journal, vol 48, issue 5, p146)
It’s the eve of 1994, and the grunge movement has reached its fevered height. On Ireland’s east coast, 16-year-old Maggie, disgruntled and displaced from her native Chicago, after her flighty mother’s recent marriage, listens to Nirvana and misses the uncle in America who snuck her into rock concerts. Her plan is to keep her head down and wait for her mother’s relationship to implode, but she finds herself drawn into her new town of Bray and its generations of inhabitants. When her first real loss comes on the heels of her first love, she undertakes a pilgrimage to the mecca of grunge music: a Nirvana concert in Rome. (Booklist review, vol 111, number 13)
In the first of a 12-book series, Shan introduces B, an 11-year-old antihero living in Britain. B’s gang of hooligans are going about their routine—cursing, stealing, fighting, drinking, and haranguing the weak—when news reports filter in about a zombie outbreak in Ireland. Despite grainy video clips, no one is sure if these are hoaxes or the real deal. (Booklist, vol 109, number 4, p50)