[Free Audiobooks] Kindred by Octavia E. Butler & Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina [1970s Time Travel Science Fiction & YA Historical Drama]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2020 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or modern, 1 non-fiction or speculative—available worldwide for a limited time courtesy of participating major publishers, and you can see the planned release schedule here.

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of reliving past historical events, will be available to claim until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Wednesday, July 29th.

  • Kindred by the late Octavia E. Butler, the recipient of multiple genre awards and inductee into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, read by Kim Staunton from Recorded Books. A classic science fiction novel from the 1970s, starring a contemporary African-American woman who finds herself time traveling between her life in present-day California, and her slave ancestors’ lives on a plantation in pre-Civil War Maryland.

  • Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina, read by Marisol Ramirez from Candlewick on Brilliance Audio. An historical YA coming of age drama novel set at the height of the infamous “Son of Sam” serial killer murders in 1970s New York, as a bilingual Cuban-American teen tries to juggle family dysfunction and emotional struggles and romantic attraction, amidst the backdrop of fear and violence and suspicion sweeping the city.

This year, they’ve switched over to requiring the Overdrive Sora app available for iOS and Android (previously, these were available as DRM-free MP3s with a time-limited download period to your computer/device), but once added to your in-app library, these will remain permanent titles that you can re-download at any time at your leisure.

You’ll need to signup with a valid email address on AudioFile’s front page for the promotion, and then enter the setup code audiobooksync in the Sora app when asked, and then claim each week’s featured title using the Borrow function on its page in the app, more details available on their FAQ page for the promotion.

Offered until just before midnight Eastern Time on Wednesday, July 29th, available worldwide.

[Free Audiobooks] The Silence Between Us by Alison Gervais & Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Peña [YA Deafness & Biracial Coming of Age Novels]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2020 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or modern, 1 non-fiction or speculative—available worldwide for a limited time courtesy of participating major publishers, and you can see the planned release schedule here.

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of adjusting to cultural gaps between rather different groups, will be available to claim until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on July 1st.

  • The Silence Between Us by Alison Gervais, read by Chloe Dolandis from publisher Blink. A YA contemporary coming of age cozy with f/m romantic elements, starring a girl who has been profoundly deaf from a very young age, mainstreamed into a regular high school for her final year, making friends and finding unexpected romance among her classmates who attempt various ways of communicating with her (or not) by trying to learn American Sign Language and accommodate her lip reading as in turn, she tries to adjust to their unfamiliar hearing culture.

  • Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Peña, read by Henry Leyva from publisher Brilliance Audio. A YA multicultural coming of age drama set in San Diego County, starring a biracial teenager of mixed Anglo and Latino heritage who grew up being perceived as primarily Mexican at his private prep school, and is now seeing the flipside as a non Spanish-speaking outsider as he spends the summer with his father’s side of the family, in search of his own identity.

This year, they’ve switched over to requiring the Overdrive Sora app available for iOS and Android (previously, these were available as DRM-free MP3s with a time-limited download period to your computer/device), but once added to your in-app library, these will remain permanent titles that you can re-download at any time at your leisure.

You’ll need to signup with a valid email address on AudioFile’s front page for the promotion, and then enter the setup code audiobooksync in the Sora app when asked, and then claim each week’s featured title using the Borrow function on its page in the app, more details available on their FAQ page for the promotion.

Offered until just before midnight Eastern Time on Wednesday, July 1st, available worldwide.

[Free Audiobooks] Into White by Randi Pink & Like No Other by Una LaMarche [YA Contemporary Fantasy & Cross-Cultural Romance]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2020 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—available worldwide for a limited time courtesy of participating major publishers, and you can see the planned release schedule here.

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of coming of age while confronting cross-cultural differences, will be available to claim until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on June 10th.

  • Into White by Randi Pink, read by Adenrele Ojo, from Listening Library. A gritty YA contemporary fairy tale fantasy novel set in Alabama, starring a black teen attending a mostly white high school where she doesn’t fit in with her fellow students of either race, who in a case of “be careful what you wish for” magically finds herself appearing outwardly white and popular in a new reality which may not be nearly as improved as she had imagined.

  • Like No Other by Una LaMarche, read by Phoebe Strole & Leslie Odom Jr., from Listening Library. A YA contemporary coming of age f/m cross-cultural romance novel set in Brooklyn, starring a fun-loving nerd from a Caribbean family and a Hasidic Jewish “good girl”, who meet by chance in a stuck elevator during a hurricane and come to understand each other, finding forbidden love blossoming in the aftermath as they try to navigate societal and cultural obstacles to be together.

This year, they’ve switched over to requiring the Overdrive Sora app available for iOS and Android (previously, these were available as DRM-free MP3s with a time-limited download period to your computer/device), but once added to your in-app library, these will remain permanent titles that you can re-download at any time at your leisure.

You’ll need to signup with a valid email address on AudioFile’s front page for the promotion, and then enter the setup code audiobooksync in the Sora app when asked, and then claim each week’s featured title using the Borrow function on its page in the app, more details available on their FAQ page for the promotion.

Offered until just before midnight Eastern Time on Wednesday, June 10th, available worldwide.

[Free eBook] Who Do Serve, Who Do You Protect?: Police Violence and Resistance in the United States [Current Affairs Essays & Journalism]

Who Do Serve, Who Do You Protect?: Police Violence and Resistance in the United States edited by Joe Macaré, Maya Schenwar, & Alana Yu-lan Price, with a foreword by #BlackLivesMatter co-founder Alicia Garza is a topical essay collection, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Haymarket Books.

The book is a collection of reports and essays written by community organizers, legal activists, and journalists exploring the topic of police violence and miscarriages of justice against black, Latino, and indigenous communities and also persons with mental illness and other conditions in the US, as well as attempts at reform and keeping communities safe via other means.

This is being offered in conjunction with their 30% off themed sale on “Haymarket Books Against Policing & Mass Incarceration”, and they also offer a free downloadable PDF study guide for their award-winning From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation volume which is part of the sale.

Offered through Friday, June 5th (probably until just before midnight Pacific Time), available DRM-free worldwide directly from the publisher.

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[Free Audiobooks] Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin & In Search of Us by Ava Dellaira [YA Fantasy with Romance & Family Drama]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2020 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—available worldwide for a limited time courtesy of participating major publishers, and you can see the planned release schedule here.

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of the complicated relationships linking previously separated strangers, will be available to claim until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on June 3rd.

  • Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin, read by Holter Graham & Saskia Maarleveld, from HarperAudio. This is the 1st novel in the eponymous YA fantasy duology with strong f/m romantic elements, set in a France-inspired world where the Church persecutes witchcraft covens, starring a hidden witch who has forsaken her magic in favour of survival, and an elite witch hunter, who are forced into a marriage due to circumstances and must learn to deal with their respective prejudices towards each other

  • In Search of Us by Ava Dellaira, read by Adenrele Ojo, from Brilliance Audio. A YA contemporary fiction coming of age intergenerational family drama novel with f/m romantic elements, exploring the bonds between a white mother and her mixed-race daughter, as the latter discovers her hidden family history via exploration of her mother’s own teenaged years in the 1990s and the love affair with her absent and possibly deceased African-American father, embarking on a road trip in search of the truth.

This year, they’ve switched over to requiring the Overdrive Sora app available for iOS and Android (previously, these were available as DRM-free MP3s with a time-limited download period to your computer/device), but once added to your in-app library, these will remain permanent titles that you can re-download at any time at your leisure.

You’ll need to signup with a valid email address on AudioFile’s front page for the promotion, and then enter the setup code audiobooksync in the Sora app when asked, and then claim each week’s featured title using the Borrow function on its page in the app, more details available on their FAQ page for the promotion.

Offered until just before midnight Eastern Time on Wednesday, June 3rd, available worldwide.

[Free Audiobooks] Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor & All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater [Young Adult Contemporary & Historical Fantasy]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2019 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the planned release schedule here).

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of the blend of the real and magical worlds which co-exist, but are not the same thing, available until 7am Eastern Time on August 1st, are as follows:

  • Akata Witch by World Fantasy Award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor, a YA contemporary fantasy novel starring a Nigerian-American albino girl who discovers her latent magical powers and joins a group of students juggling studies of the mundane and mystical arts as they learn to navigate both modern life and the hidden world of magic; read by Yetide Badaki, from Tantor Audio, available worldwide
  • All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater, a YA historical literary novel with magical realism fantasy elements, set in a small desert town in 1960s Colorado, where a Mexican-American family have the ability to perform unusual miracles for visitors; read by Thom Rivera, from Scholastic Audiobooks, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on August 1st, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).

[Free Audiobooks] Kids of Appetite by David Arnold & The Go-Between by Veronica Chambers [Young Adult Crime Drama & Multicultural Coming of Age Novels]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2019 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the planned release schedule here).

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of peoples’ roles in life and the sometimes deceptive assumptions made about them, available until 7am Eastern Time on July 25th, are as follows:

  • Kids of Appetite by David Arnold, a YA coming of age novel with crime drama elements, starring two teens who wind up having a story to tell to the police, in alternating chapters which gradually fill in the steps between the death of a boy’s father which leads to the murder of a girl’s uncle; read by Phoebe Strole, Michael Crouch, & Ryan Vincent Anderson, from Penguin Random House Listening Library, available worldwide
  • The Go-Between by Veronica Chambers, a YA multicultural coming of age novel starring a girl whose actress mother is a telenovela superstar in Mexico, whose family moves to the US to take an acting gig on American TV, who finds her social status upended as the privileged students at her private academy assume she’s just another immigrant kid there on a scholarship, and begins navigating experience of being a relatively ordinary person undercover; read by Karla Souza, from Penguin Random House Listening Library, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on July 25th, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).

[Free Audiobooks] Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry & Yaqui Delgado Wants To Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina [Young Adult High School Drama & Comedy Novels]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2019 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the planned release schedule here).

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of outcasts in schools and life lessons learned there unofficially, available until 7am Eastern Time on July 4th, are as follows:

  • Yaqui Delgado Wants To Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina, standalone YA contemporary Latin American teen drama novel, starring a girl inexplicably targeted for bullying by another girl and her gang, forced to discover who she truly is as her sense of self begins to erode under the pressure; read by Roxanne Hernandez, from Brilliance Audio, available worldwide
  • Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry, standalone YA contemporary teen comedy novel, centred around a club of misfit kids including an atheist in a strict Catholic school, who find themselves dealing with and challenging its authorities and the status quo in various humorous ways as they just try to live out their lives; read by Michael Crouch, from HarperAudio, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on July 4th, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).

[Free eBook] Ganesh by Malcolm Bosse [Award-Winning YA India Expat Multicultural Coming of Age Novel]

Ganesh by the late Malcolm Bosse, an American novelist praised for his depictions of Asian culture and history and a recipient of Germany’s Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis recognizing outstanding works of children’s literature, is a vintage standalone young adult literary coming of age novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1982 by Chatto & Windhus and was later reprinted under the title Ordinary Magic, and was the novel which won the author the 1983 Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis in the “youth book” category.

The story takes place in India and the US, starring the India-born teenaged son of expat American missionaries who is thoroughly acclimatized to local ways, experiencing culture clash when he must adapt to “foreign” life as circumstances force him to start over with his aunt in the Midwest, drawing upon the Hindu traditions of his old friends from the village for strength and inspiration in the attempt to make new friends in town and when the future of his new home comes under threat.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free Audiobooks] Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa & The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F. C. Yee [Young Adult Asian Myth-Based Historical & Urban Fantasy]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2019 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the planned release schedule here).

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of mythology-based adventure fantasy, available until 7am Eastern Time on May 16th, are as follows:

  • Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa, the 1st novel in the eponymous series of YA fantasy with strong f/m romantic elements drawing upon Japanese folklore, set in a loosely historical world where a half-human, half-kitsune raised by monks flees the destruction of her home temple with a piece of a powerful ancient scroll, sought by many hunters including a samurai with whom she forms an uneasy alliance under the impression that she will lead him to it, in order to survive; read by Joy Osmanski, Brian Nishii, Emily Woo Zeller, from HarperAudio, available worldwide
  • The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F. C. Yee, a YA urban fantasy drawing upon the Chinese tales of the Monkey King Sun Wukong, starring a girl in San Francisco who discovers her hidden supernatural powers and tries to balance her suburban high school life with a mythological invasion, with the help of an annoying exchange student from China who claims to know far too much about what’s going on; read by Nancy Wu, from Recorded Books, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on May 16th, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).