[Free Audiobooks] Girls Like Us by Gail Giles & The Invisible Girls by Sarah Thebarge [Young Adult COA Novel & Refugee Memoir]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2018 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 friendships between women overlooked by society and finding their own path through life, available until 7am Eastern Time on July 12th, are as follows:

  • Girls Like Us by Gail Giles, is a Schneider Family Book Award-winning young adult contemporary/literary fiction coming-of-age novel about two special ed teens with very different personalities, thrown together by circumstance as they make their way in the grown-up world; read by Lauren Ezzo, from Candlewick on Brilliance Publishing, available worldwide
  • The Invisible Girls by Sarah Thebarge, a biographical memoir of two women starting over, one a breast cancer survivor moving to Oregon, another a Somalian refugee struggling to raise her five daughters in an unfamiliar culture with little help, as they meet and forge a lasting friendship; read by Kirsten Potter, from Oasis Audio, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on July 12th, 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).

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[Free Audiobooks] Doctor Cerberus by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg [Young Adult LGBT Play & Novel]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2018 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 coming of age while coming out, available until 7am Eastern Time on June 26th, are as follows:

  • Doctor Cerberus by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, a personal drama/comedy play in L. A. Theatre’s science-themed Relativity series, starring a lonely 13-year old boy whose devotion to the Saturday Night Horror Movie show hosted by the titular Doctor Cerebus convinces him to change his life; performed by a full cast in front of a live audience in 2010, from L. A. Theatre Works, available worldwide
  • Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg, a YA contemporary/literary fiction novel with m/m romantic elements, starring an out and accepted gay teen who when transferring to an out-of-state all-boys’ boarding school, decides to try a change of pace by not mentioning his sexual orientation rather than have it become the focus of what people first see about him, only to find that trying to avoid being labelled boxes him in in other ways; read by Pete Cross, from Dreamscape Media, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on June 26th, 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] The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams [Fantasy]

The Ninth Rain by British author Jen Williams, a recent nominee for the British Fantasy Awards’ Best Newcomer and Best Novel awards, is the 1st novel in the The Winnowing Flame trilogy of epic mythologically-inspired adventure fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Headline.

This is the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store, and is being made free to promote the upcoming 2nd novel, The Bitter Twins, which is slated to be released next week.

The series is categorized as a low fantasy coming-of-age with Norse mythological influences, set in a declining empire long since fallen from greater heights. This installment stars an eccentric explorer scholar and the party she assembles to aid her quest for ancient artifacts, who find themselves embroiled in intrigue as they encounter a conspiracy which may presage a magical invasion.

Offered in the UK and selected other regions worldwide (excluding North America), available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] The Drowned Tomb by James Fahy [YA Fantasy]

The Drowned Tomb by British author James Fahy is the 2nd novel in the Changeling series of young adult coming of age fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture Press imprint.

The series is loosely based on assorted folklore and mythology, and takes place in both our modern world and a hidden faerie realm, starring a boy who has recently discovered his dual heritage and begun training his magical powers.

This installment sees him and his friends undergoing a journey in the Netherworlde both to elude a deadly enemy as well as prepare for the upcoming war between the worlds.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Jorn by R. M. Dorn [Sci-Fantasy Adventure]

Jorn by R. M. Dorn is the 2nd novel in the Power of Nine series of sci-fantasy coming of age adventures, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour’s Venture imprint.

The series is set in a hybrid post-apocalyptic galactic future with magic and alien planets as well as other realms.

This story stars a boy from another realm training his unusual abilities in order to embark upon a quest to thwart an alien mage seeking the Tools of Power which will devastate the Earth.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Mordant by R. M. Dorn [Sci-Fantasy Adventure]

Mordant by R. M. Dorn is the 1st novel in the Power of Nine series of science fiction/fantasy hybrid coming of age adventures, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour’s Venture imprint.

The series is set in a hybrid post-apocalyptic galactic future with magic and alien planets as well as other realms.

This story stars an oppressed half-human girl on an alien planet discovers she has special powers which result in her being trained to send a warning to Earth that the aliens are seeking the magical Tools of Power.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Radix by A. A. Attanasio [Science Fiction]

Radix by A. A. Attanasio is the 1st novel in his Radix Tetrad quartet of far future science fiction novels, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Phoenix Pick Press.

This was originally published in 1981 by William Morrow, and was nominated for a Nebula Award, as well as placing 3rd on the Locus Award lists for Best First Novel.

The series is set in the far future of an almost unimaginably altered Earth, with the initial storyline taking place thirteen centuries from now, featuring themes of people being transformed as they embark upon adventures and come into conflict with others of their kind, as well as aliens. This self-contained installment is a sort of journey of self-discovery for one young man as he moves through increasingly elevated stages of personal development, acquiring unusual abilities.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through October as their featured Free eBook of the Month selection, available directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Silk Purse by Jerrard Tickell [Vintage 1930s Literary Novel]

Silk Purse by the late Irish author Jerrard Tickell, whose WWII comedy novel Appointment with Venus has been twice adapted to film, is his vintage literary fiction novel with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1937 by William Heinemann.

The story is a coming of age novel taking place in early 20th century London, starring a boy from a neglectful family who was once the ringleader of a youth criminal gang, until one day he has a life-changing encounter resulting in a new home and upwardly mobile schooling until he becomes an accomplished man with a promising career, never forgetting the lofty aristocrat’s granddaughter with whom he became infatuated as a child.

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[Free eBook] Spider by Marguerite Steen [Vintage Literary Novel]

Spider by the late British author Marguerite Steen, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature whose works enjoyed a period of popularity in the 1930s and 1940s, is her vintage literary fiction coming of age drama novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour’s The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1933 by Victor Gollancz. The story features a generational clash between a grandmother who has enshrined her late pianist and composer husband as a legend with herself at the forefront as his perfect muse, and a granddaughter who begins to question and think of challenging the family legend when it comes time to host the annual memorial festival.

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[Free eBook] Captives of Time by Malcolm Bosse [YA Medieval Historical Novel]

Captives of Time by the late author Malcolm Bosse, a recipient of the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis for young adult literature in translation, is his standalone YA historical drama novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1987 by Delacorte Press and was one of my favourites growing up, though I lost track of it when the library got rid of their old copy, so I’m pleased to see it available as an e-book now. The story is set in 14th century Europe and stars two abruptly-orphaned children who undertake a perilous journey in search of their clockmaker uncle, and find their supposed place of refuge becoming decidedly unsafe as they get caught up in plague and politics during the older sister’s apprenticeship. NB: This probably falls on the mature themes side of YA, due to depictions of violence and other potentially disturbing content. YMMV.

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Description
Late 14th century Europe.

The lives of sixteen-year old Anne and her mute younger brother Niklas are shattered when they witness the senseless murder of their parents by a band of marauding soldiers.

Now alone, Anne and Niklas begin the perilous journey north in the hopes of finding their uncle Albrecht, a clockmaker – and their only chance for survival.

But medieval Europe is a violent place, and as they forge onwards, Anne and Niklas must beware of the dangers that lurk ahead…

Upon finding refuge with their uncle, Anne soon learns the art of clockmaking – and of her uncle’s revolutionary plans to invent a clock. But these plans soon attract the attention of rival forces who also seek to control the power of time.

With dangerous foes lurking on every corner, as well as the ever-present threat of the Plague, will Anne and Niklas ever find safety?

A gripping tale of survival and bravery, Captives of Time features a colourful cast of characters whilst capturing the harsh realities of life in 14th century Europe.