Want to get free audiobooks this summer? OverDrive has partnered with SYNC to provide two free audiobooks for teens each week, all summer long! Each Friday, two new audiobooks will be made available: a current teen book and a classic book that goes along with the theme of the newer book. These audiobooks never expire, are in MP3 format, and can be downloaded via the OverDrive Media Console for Windows, Mac, and most mobile devices. Check out the SYNC website for more details!
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As you start thinking about your plans for the summer, remember that the Chamberlin Library has passes for free admittance to area museums. Look here for more details.
The film adaptation of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars is firmly underway. Actress Shailene Woodley has been cast as main character Hazel. While you may be familiar with Woodley from her role as Amy Jurgens in ABC Family’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager, she also starred with George Clooney in The Descendents. In addition to The Fault in Our Stars movie adaptation, Woodley will also star in two other film adaptations of popular books in 2014 :as Mary Jane Watson in the upcoming The Amazing Spider-man 2 and as Beatrice Prior in the film adaptation of Veronica Ross’s young adult book, Divergent. For a list of young adult books (or books popular with young adults) coming out this year, check our teen booklist, Books to Big Screen in 2013.
The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) announced their annual book awards. The Printz Award for excellence in young adult literature went to In Darkness by Nick Lake. Don’t forget to take a look at the list of the runner-up honor books. The YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction went to Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal- the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin. Take a look at the list of finalists for other great books. The winner of the Odyssey Award for best audiobook is The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Three books also were chosen as honor recordings. The William C. Morris YA Debut Award went to Seraphina by Rachel Hartman. The list of finalists is an equally impressive group. Tamora Pierce was selected to receive the Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring her significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature. Ten books received the Alex Award, honoring the best books written for adults that have appeal for young adults. Have you read any of these? What did you think of the picks?