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2 Free Audiobook Downloads Each Week
June 23 – 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.
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 lists. For example, Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver, the first book in a popular series with strong allusions to Romeo & Juliet, will be paired with Shakespeare’s classic.
To find out when you can download titles to listen to on the run this summer, visit or text syncya to 25827
Summer 2011
6/23/11 – 6/29/11
Shiver By Maggie Stiefvater
Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
The Trial by Franz Kafka
Where the Streets Had a Name by Randa Abdel-Fattah
A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
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


During NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK (April 15-21, 2007) the American Library Association has set aside one day to celebrate literature for young adults. Did you know nationally about one in four library users is a teen?
Here’s is your chance to let the staff of young adult services and the East Meadow community what your favorite YA book is. I will try to display them on the shelves in the Young Adult area.
Just email me a with the subject TEEN LITERATURE DAY or just add a comment to this blog.
I look forward to hearing from the teens, but if your parents have a favorite, they can submit a selection too.
Mrs. Jackson
Head of Young Adult Services


Penguin Young Readers Group and Baker & Taylor have created a TEEN READERS SWEEPSTAKES for young adult ages 12 to18 who residen in the continental United States. VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE PENGUIN TITLE. All entries must be submitted through the public library.
The winning teen will receive an assortment of five recently published Penguin young adult titles worth approximately $106. The Library could win a visit by one of the authors listed on the official ballot.
Stop by the Young Adult Services area and fill out an official ballot for the sweepstakes. Ballots must be returned to Mrs. Jackson by February 26, 2007.
Here is the slate of candidates:
Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships
BLACK & WHITE by Paul Volponi
Two star high school basketball players, one black and one white, experience the justice system differently after committing a crime together and getting caught.
THE BLACK TATTOO by Sam Enthoven
When his best friend, Charlie, is possessed by an ancient demon, fourteen-year-old Jack, accompanied by a girl with superhuman powers, battles all over London and into Hell to save him.
DEFINING DULCIE by Paul Acampora
When sixteen-year-old Dulcie’s father dies, her mother makes a decision to move them to California, where Dulcie makes an equally radical decision to steal her dad’s old truck and head back home.
A biography of Native American athlete Jim Thorpe, focusing on his early athletic career.
JUST LISTEN by Sarah Dessen
Isolated from friends who believe the worst because she has not been truthful with them, sixteen-year-old Annabel finds an ally in classmate Owen, whose honesty and passion for music help her to face and share what really happened at the end-of-the-year party that changed her life.
Sixteen-year-old Miles’ first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.
Having grown up in a home for foundlings and possessing a girl’s name, Rossamünd sets out to report to his new job as a lamplighter and has several adventures along the way as he meets people and monsters who are more complicated that he previously thought. Includes glossaries and maps.
PEEPS by Scott Westerfeld
Cal Thompson is a carrier of a parasite that causes vampirism, and must hunt down all of the girlfriends he has unknowingly infected.
When fifteen-year-old Will is rejected by battleschool, he becomes the reluctant apprentice to the mysterious Ranger Halt, and winds up protecting the kingdom from danger.
RED KAYAK by Priscilla Cummings
Living near the water on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, thirteen-year-old Brady and his best friends J.T. and Digger become entangled in a tragedy which tests their friendship and their ideas about right and wrong.
When Pete, a talented bass player, moves from playing in the high school jazz band to playing in a popular rock group, he finds the experience exhilarating even as his new fame jeopardizes his relationship with girlfriend Margaret.
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Seventeen-year-old Matthew recounts his attempts, starting at a young age, to free himself and his sisters from the grip of their emotionally and physically abusive mother.
S.A.S.S. PARDON MY FRENCH by Cathy Hapka
Seventeen-year-old Nicole’s dreams and plans center around her boyfriend, but a semester in Paris encourages her to think about herself and her future in a new way.
TRAITOR by Andy McNab and Robert Rigby
A boy who believes his grandfather to be a traitor, a spy who turned against England and then disappeared, tracks down his grandfather and finds out the truth.
As her senior year in high school approaches, Mina yearns to find her own path in life but working at the family business, taking care of her little sister, and dealing with her mother’s impossible expectations are as stifling as the southern California heat, until she falls in love with a man who offers a way out.
Mrs. Jackson
Head of Young Adult Services


It has just come to my attention there is a presidential award that seventh grade students may get through their schools. One of the requirements is volunteering in the community. Our YA BOOK LOG is a community of individuals who read. Anyone interested in obtaining some community service credit might consider writing a review.
Should you want to recommend a book for discussion, please send your review to the young adult librarian at and it will be entered on the blog. The requirements for community services are:
1. The book must be found in the East Meadow Public Library’s young adult or adult collection and has not previously been reviewed on the site.
2. The review must be 125 to 150 words long. It should include a summary of the book and who you think should read this book.
3. Please write the review using appropriate language and grammar.
4. Only one title per month will be accepted for community service.
All reviews will be credited with your name, grade and school. Each review will receive one hour of community service.
Submitted by Mrs. Jackson
Head of Young Adult Services


As I learn about blogging and the features of the blog, I find I can offer you, the reader, an opportunity to find out the availability of the books I am writing about. In each review the title of the book will be highlighted in blue. This will be a hyperlink to our online catalog, specifically, the East Meadow portion. You will be able to see, if the book is available or not.
If the book is available, you can call the reference desk and ask them to hold it for you. It will be held under your name for three days at the circulation desk.
If the book is not available, you may choose to reserve it.
You can reserve it In person at the reference desk -or- call the library, 794-2570, ext. 550 -or-
Through the Online Catalog: from the search results, click the “Request” button. It will then ask you for your name, barcode and PIN -or- You can log into My Library Account first. Then perform your search by clicking on the ‘Search Catalog’ button on the right side. On your results list you will see a ‘Request’ link. Click on it, you will be asked when you need the material, click ‘Submit’ and you are done.
Submitted by Mrs. Jackson
Head of Young Adult Services


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Reading a book is only part of the experience; sharing the book or the ideas completes it. Sometimes the experience one gets from reading a book needs to be shared with the writer, but many young people do not know how to start. Today I learned about LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE, a contest which asks you to read, be inspired and write back. It is sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, the State Center for the Book Affiliates, and Target.
There are three levels of competition: Level I — Grades 4 to 6; Level II — Grades 7 and 8; Level III — Grades 9 to 12.
THEIR RULES STATE: ” LAL welcomes entries from all readers — reluctant as well as enthusiastic book travelers! How can you enter? Select a book that took you on a surprising or inspiring journey. It might be a recent journey or one you remember from your childhood. Then write a personal letter to the author, explaining how his or her work somehow changed your view of the world or yourself.
Do not summarize the book’s plot. After all, the author wrote the book and already knows what happened. What the author doesn’t know is how the book affected you. Write honestly and in your own voice, as if you were having a conversation with the author. Those are the best letters to read and the most fun to write! ”
Each state will award prizes to first place winners on each level and the sponsors of the event will select two winners in each competitive level to be national winners. The six national winners and their parents/guardians will be flown to Washington DC to attend the National Book Festival in fall 2007.
All letters must be submitted by December 8, 2006. For how to enter, ideas on how to begin and a copy of the 2007 Entry Coupon visit the Letters About Literature web page.
Ofcourse, if this contest seems overwhelming, you can always commit on any book found on this Book Log or you can write a short review of your favorite book and send it to
Submitted by Mrs. Jackson
Head of Young Adult Services


This space is for Young Adults to discuss young adult book titles. The staff of the Young Adult Department will recommend and review new and old titles for you to read and discuss.
Should you want to recommend a book for discussion, please send your review to the young adult librarian at and it will be entered on the blog. Please write the review using appropriate language and grammar. All reviews will be credited with your initials or first name or anonymous. It will be your choice.
Submitted by Mrs. Jackson
Head of Young Adult Services