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Author Jerry Lee Smith's New Audiobook 'Michael Meets Mike: A Story of New Friendship' is an Adorable Children's Tale That Subtly Shows the Harmful Effects of Prejudice

Recent audiobook release "Michael Meets Mike: A Story of New Friendship" from Audiobook Network author Jerry Lee Smith is an inspirational tale that portrays unity and acceptance. When Michael gets on the bus, he sits next to Mike, and they learn that even though the color of their skin is different they have so many other traits in common and quickly become best friends.

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. – June 11, 2021 – (

Jerry Lee Smith, a retired principal from North Carolina, has completed his new audiobook “Michael Meets Mike: A Story of New Friendship“: a motivational and empowering children’s story about having an open mind while making new friends.

Smith writes, “The year was 1970. America was going through growing pains. Schools were now with the understanding that equal education for all could and should be met when students were integrated instead of segregated. Michael was a very bright boy. He would never have to have his mom wake him up for school in the morning. School was one thing that was great to Michael. There, he could explore with the few books available. There, he could be his own individual self. Michael was in third grade now, and he was going to a new school.”

Published by Audiobook Network, author Jerry Lee Smith’s new audiobook is a clever book that can be used by parents as a practical tool to initiate critical conversations about prejudice.

This empowering children’s tale is set in the 1970s when schools were becoming desegregated. On the first day of third grade, Michael is nervous. On the bus, he sits next to Mike and they both realize that what is on the inside is what matters more than what is on the outside. Readers will learn important lessons in friendship, tolerance, and equality.

Listeners can purchase the audiobook edition of “Michael Meets Mike: A Story of New Friendship” by Jerry Lee Smith through Audible, the Apple iTunes Store, or Amazon. 

Audiobooks are the fastest-growing segment in the digital publishing industry. According to The Infinite Dial 2019, 50% of Americans age 12 and older have listened to an audiobook. This huge growth can be partly attributed to increased listening in cars, which surpassed the home as the #1 audiobook listening location in the 2019 survey. Smart speaker proliferation also bodes well for future listening growth and more mainstream listening. 

Audiobook Network, Inc. (ABN) is a full-service audiobook publishing company that transforms authors’ books or eBooks to life through audio narration. ABN handles, narration, production, audio editing, digital formatting, distribution, promotion, and royalty collections all under one roof. For additional information or media inquiries, contact Audiobook Network at 866-296-7774.

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Author Jerry Lee Smith's New Audiobook 'Michael Meets Mike: A Story of New Friendship' is an Adorable Children's Tale That Subtly Shows the Harmful Effects of Prejudice

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