You Don’t Want To Miss These Free Downloads of Great Teen Audiobooks For Your mp3

Did you try last summer’s free YA downloads of great pairs of teen audiobooks from Sync? Well, you won’t want to miss this year’s great list of titles. Starting today you can download the 2011 Georgia Peach Book Award winner, Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, and the William Shakespeare classic, Romeo & Juliet. In case you’re not familiar with Shiver, here’s a review of the audiobook from AudioFile:

As if high school weren’t already hard enough without adding werewolves to the mix! This earnest teen romance is presented alternately from Grace’s point of view and from Sam’s, so Jenna Lamia and David Ledoux trade off narrating duties. It’s an effective technique for the audio format. At one point in the story, Grace describes Sam and “the soft, sad shape of his lips, looking just like his voice sounded,” which is also a pretty good description for how Ledoux sounds. His funny, appealing, sometimes-wobbly voice is especially appropriate for a conflicted teenaged guy who also happens to be a werewolf. Occasionally overwrought or treacly, SHIVER is sure to appeal to fans of TWILIGHT and other paranormal teen fare. J.M.D. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine [Published: DECEMBER 2009]

Shiver and Romeo & Juliet are available for download June 23-June 29. Then June 30-July 6 you can download Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, a past Peach Award nominee, and The Trial by Franz Kafka, a related title. Here’s the AudioFile review of Little Brother:

In Cory Doctorow’s latest YA thriller, Marcus, a 17-year-old hacker, finds himself imprisoned by the Department of Homeland Security after a massive terrorist attack in San Francisco. In a sign of the times, the U.S. is becoming an Orwellian police state, and Marcus is the only one who can set things right. Kirby Heyborne is the perfect choice to narrate. His youthful voice offers a sly intelligence beyond its years while still managing to sound innocent enough to garner plenty of sympathy. Heyborne becomes Marcus in every possible respect, never reading, but simply living the role. Listeners will find themselves immersed in a genuine portrayal that is as seamless and well realized as the story itself. L.B. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: OCTOBER 2008]

Just go to the Sync site to see all the other titles available this summer, including DRMS favorite Revenge of the Witch (book one of the Last Apprentice series by Joseph Delaney, and Immortal by Gillian Shields. And those high-minded ones of you can get your classic fix with Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy and Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Remember: you only have one week to download each pair of titles, but then you have them forever! What a deal!


Check Out the 2011-2012 Georgia Peach Book Award Nominees

So here are next year’s Georgia Peach Book Award Nominees. You may have noticed that we already own several: Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher, Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia, The Maze Runner by James Dashner, and Shift by Jennifer Bradbury. Oh, and in case you were wondering about the winner of the 2011-2011 Georgia Peach Book Award: it’s Dean Rusk favorite Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. Honor books were If I Stay by Gayle Forman and The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan.

More About the Georgia Children’s Book Award Nominees 2011-2012

Need more info about next year’s Georgia Children’s Book Award Nominees? Then check out this slide show. You’ll want to read them all! Feel free to borrow this slide show and post to your own blog or website.

Georgia Children’s Book Award Nominees 2011-2012

While we are still anxiously awaiting the announcement of this year’s winner of the Georgia Children’s Book Award, the Georgia Children’s Book Award Nominees for next year (2011-2012) have been released by the Georgia Conference on Children’s Literature. Here’s the list of nominees:

  • Alvarez, Julia (2009). Return to sender.
  • Anderson, Laurie Halse (2008). Chains.
  • Angleberger, Tom (2010). The strange case of Origami Yoda.
  • Baskin, Nora Raleigh (2009). Anything but typical.
  • Burg, Ann (2009). All the broken pieces.
  • Clements, Andrew (2009). Extra credit.
  • Collins, Suzanne (2008). The hunger games.
  • Connor, Leslie (2008). Waiting for normal.
  • Draper, Sharon (2010). Out of my mind.
  • Erskine, Kathryn (2010). Mockingbird.
  • Hiaasen, Carl (2009). Scat.
  • Klise, Kate (2009). Dying to meet you: 43 old cemetery road.
  • Korman, Gordon 2008). Swindle.
  • Lin, Grace (2009). Where the mountain meets the moon.
  • O’Connor, Barbara (2010). The fantastic secret of Owen Jester.
  • Pearsall, Shelley (2008). All shook up.
  • Philbrick, Rodman (2009). The mostly true adventures of Homer P. Figg.
  • Sonnenblick, Jordan (2010). After ever after.
  • Wiles, Deborah (2010). Countdown.
  • Williams-Garcia, Rita (2010). One crazy summer.

The Dean Rusk Media Center already has some of these titles available if you want to get a head start on reading the books for next year’s Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl competition, or if you just want a suggestion for some great reading. Below is a list of the books we already have on hand. The number to the right indicates the number of copies available, if we currently have more than one copy. The author’s name is also indicated so you know where to look on the shelves for the book. We will have multiple copies of these books available for next year.

  • Anything But Typical (Baskin)
  • Waiting For Normal (2)(Connor)
  • Out of My Mind (Draper)
  • Scat (3)(Hiaasen)
  • Swindle (Korman)
  • All Shook Up (Pearsall)
  • Extra Credit (Clements)
  • The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg (Philbrick)
  • Chains (Anderson)
  • All the Broken Pieces (Burg)
  • Origami Yoda (3) Angleberger
  • The Hunger Games (billions and billions served) (Collins)

DRMS Survivors Pass Second Elimination Round

Congratulations to all of our Dean Rusk Survivors who made it to the second 2010-2011 Survivor party! This quarter’s competitive event was cup stacking, and the competition got pretty wild! At the 7D and 7M party, Liz P. won in the first round and every round thereafter to remain the ultimate champion! The big winners at the 7R and 7S party were Kenzie J. , Tate C. and Brandon B., all excellent competitors, with Kenzie coming out on top. At the eighth grade party, Nick H. was the top winner followed closely by Robert M. and Robert R. If you believe you are a Dean Rusk Survivor, be sure that you have read eighteen books by March 18 to be invited to the next party. You can take 18 AR tests or complete the form available from Mrs. Fleet or your reading teacher. You don’t need to read 18 new books, just a total of 18 since the beginning of the year. We’ll see YOU at the next Survivor Party!

Rusk Readers Rock!

So there was a Jell-O eating champ, I just got so carried away in judging it that I forgot who it was. But it was fun. I do recall that. Also the cheeseball ball. It was sick. In a good way. And I was informed that one of the cheeseball ball runners up was Dylan G. All other champions, please advise and I will announce your victories worldwide. For the record, these amazing seventh graders partied themselves to reckless abandon this week due to their amazing skills of reading:

  • Ellie A.
  • Ashley A.
  • Amanda B.
  • Caroline B.
  • Kylee B.
  • Nick B.
  • Brandon B.
  • Courtney B.
  • Zach C.
  • Tate C.
  • Kimiya C.
  • Madison E.
  • Alex F.
  • Zach F.
  • Dylan G.
  • Katelyn G.
  • Stephanie G.
  • Ethan G.
  • Sydney McH
  • Echo H.
  • Hayes H.
  • Elizabeth J.
  • Mackenzie J.
  • Braeden K.
  • Hannah K.
  • Elizabeth L.
  • Carter L.
  • Connor L.
  • Luis L.
  • Corey L.
  • Jeremy M
  • Austin M.
  • Journey N.
  • Sierra P.
  • Elizabeth P.
  • Laurencia P.
  • Kyle R.
  • Jenna R.
  • Austin R.
  • Wendy R.
  • Jonathan S.
  • Hunter S.
  • Keyona S.
  • Victoria S.
  • Emilee S.
  • Ashley S.
  • Connor S.
  • Trevor V.
  • Kenneth W.
  • Gillian W.

Congratulations Seventh Grade Survivors! You rocked reading!

The Champions of Cheeseball Ball!

Today was the first Survivor party with half of the seventh grade. Defeating all contendors in the no-hands, no spoons Jell-O eating contest were champions Jeremy M-I and Ethan G. Ethan G. could not be content with merely winning in one division, but went on to conquer all foes and become the Cheeseball Ball champion of the world. Well, DRMS. Well, 7th grade DRMS. Well, half of 7th grade DRMS. We also celebrated our most excellent readers with popcorn, soft drinks, cupcakes, and music. Rock on, readers!