The Bluford Series: An Audiobook Bonanza

AudiobookerWant to download an entire library of audiobooks for free? The Townsend Press offers all twenty books in teen favorite Bluford series at no charge, in formats for every device, on the Bluford series website. Long appreciated by educators for high-interest topics written in an accessible style, the Bluford series has fans from middle-schoolers to adults. Each professionally recorded audiobook is about two and a half hours long and features original music. Here’s Townsend Press’s description:

The Bluford Series is a collection of twenty young adult novels that focus on the lives of a group of high school students and their families. The series draws its name from the school which many of the characters attend: Bluford High, named after Guion “Guy” Bluford, America’s first black astronaut.

bluford2Set in contemporary urban America, each novel addresses complex topics relevant to the lives of today’s students: family, friendship, trust, isolation, violence, and peer pressure, to name a few.

In addition, the books feature male and female characters and include elements from many literary genres, such as mystery, suspense, romance, and a touch of the supernatural. In other words, the Bluford Series offers something for almost every reader.

Finally, the books are short (less than 200 pages) and written in a highly readable style. Reviewed in a national reading journal and praised by students and teachers nationwide, the Bluford Series appeals to readers of all ages.

Educators who wish to use Bluford series titles will find extensive supplementary materials on the Townsend Press website. What’s more, those who work in poverty-level school grades 6 or above (or with a youth service organization such as PAL or Big Brothers Big Sisters, or a juvenile detention facility, a homeless or women’s shelter, or comparable social service organization with limited funding) can apply here for grants for materials and book sets. What a bonanza for readers, listeners, and educators!

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About the Author:

Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees as well as the Audies. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

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