SYNC Week 7 Free Audio Books

Great Choices this week and I’ve already downloaded both!

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Here is the link to the downloads.  Remember that you only have until July 2 to download them, but them they are your’s forever on your computer.

You might recall that we reviewed Forgive Me earlier this year and just loved it!  Click HERE to access our review.  The other title, October Mourning has been on my To-Read list for awhile.  It’s a novel in verse that is the writer’s response to the horrific killing of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard, a gay college student who was lured from a Wyoming bar and beaten and left for dead by two young men.  The book got great reviews and is in our BHS collection.


We hope you’re having a wonderful summer.  Ms. Goldstein-Erickson is currently at the American Library Association conference in Las Vegas, learning about how to help our students and collecting Advanced Readers Copies to give away in the fall.  Ms. Provence is having a quiet summer reading and writing reviews for next year’s blog.  Feel free to friend her on if you want to keep up with her one-sentence responses to the books she’s reading.

Week 6 – Free Audiobooks from SYNC

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A mixed bag for this week’s free audiobooks from SYNC.  First on offer is a  childhood favorite  that might be fun to revist or listen to if you missed it like me when you were younger.  The second title is by one of Ms. Goldstein-Erickson’s favorite YA authors, Ally Carter.  CLICK HERE for her review of the book.

You can download these books through Thursday, June 26 at:

Remember that they’re your’s forever once you download them, so go ahead and do it even if you don’t have this to listen right away.  I’m personally stocking up to move them to my iPhone for my daily walks.





Last day for this week’s free SYNC audiobooks

So sorry I’m late on this, but today is the last day for these two books.  Code Name Verity is amazing.  Click Here for our review of it.

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Here’s a link to the download page!  Please comment here if you like the books.  Remember that you don’t have to listen to them now, but you do have to download them to your computer/phone during the free week.

Free Sync Audiobooks, June 5-11

Here are this week’s free SYNC audiobook downloads.  You can take either one or both a the following link:

Free audiobooks  Remember that you only have until June 11 to download this set.

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What would you change?
Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain.
Only Em can complete the final instruction. She’s tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present—imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called the doctor while war rages outside.
Marina has loved her best friend, James, since they were children. A gorgeous, introverted science prodigy from one of America’s most famous families, James finally seems to be seeing Marina in a new way, too. But on one disastrous night, James’s life crumbles, and with it, Marina’s hopes for their future. Marina will protect James, no matter what. Even if it means opening her eyes to a truth so terrible that she may not survive it… at least, not as the girl she once was. Em and Marina are in a race against time that only one of them can win.
All Our Yesterdays is a wrenching, brilliantly plotted story of fierce love, unthinkable sacrifice, and the infinite implications of our every choice.

(description courtesy of



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Many of you may have read this for your English classes.  What I like about it is that it’s a full cast version, which makes it much more enjoyable to listen to.  If you haven’t read it, it has all the cool stuff–corrupt politicians, hatred and friendship, betrayal, and murder.

BPL’s Summer Reading Program Correction

So sorry to mislead you, guys, but you can only get ONE Pegasus gift certificate and that’s for your first book review.  You will still get free books from the library’s “massive stacks of advanced readers copies.”  Sounds like a great deal to me; I wish we grown-ups could get in on it.

Here’s a link to all the info.:

Teen Reading Program


They even include suggested reading lists from a variety sources including Cal and thee New York Public Library.

Summer Reading Program

Berkeley Public Library is gearing up for their summer reading program.  Here are the details as they stand now.  I’m sure specific dates for the events will be coming soon, so don’t forget to check back.

You guys, it looks like you could “earn” up to $50 in Pegasus gift certificates plus be in a drawing for an awesome raffle (prize as of yet unnamed).  They have lots of links for book suggestions, but feel free to use this blog for ideas, too.  If you’re completely stumped,
email me and I’ll tell you what I’m reading!


2014 Teen Summer Reading

register now


  • Games at the branches
  • Writing Workshop at Central
  • Hour of Code all summer long

How it works

  • Register online or in person at a library location.
  • Read or listen to any books you choose.
  • Read in any language!
  • Submit your written review—online or at any Berkeley Public Library.
  • Enter 1 book review and receive a free book and a  $5 Pegasus Books coupon.  Reviews count as entries into the Summer Reading  Raffle.  One review per manga series, please.
  • Submit 10 or more reviews and be eligible for the grand prize drawing.
  • The most interesting reviews will be posted on our website.
  • Claim your prize in person by Saturday, 8/30/14.

Looking for something to read?

Sync – free audiobook downloads

Riding the Bus With My Sister: A True-Life Journey by Rachel Simon

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Riding the Bus With My Sister: A True-Life Journey by Rachel Simon

Rachel Simon, a writer and teacher, agrees to accompany her slightly younger sister Beth, when she rides city buses around the Pennsylvania city where she lives. Beth, who has mild mental retardation, lives on her own with income from SSI and started riding the buses after losing her job busing tables at a fast food restaurant. As Rachel makes a commitment to return regularly for a year to ride the buses with Beth, she gets to know the drivers Beth likes and doesn’t like, her caseworkers, her boyfriend Jesse and her routine. Rachel admires Beth for her feistiness and independence, but gets impatient, exasperated and angry with Beth’s stubbornness, especially when she puts her health or safety at risk. Rachel also feels humbled by the way some drivers look after Beth and form a safety net for her. Interspersed with the current account are vignettes from their family history, including their parents’ separation and divorce and the children’s subsequent division between their parents.

The author recounts how both parents have taught all the siblings to have a sense of responsibility for Beth and how she herself personally struggles sometimes to be a “good sister,” even when she loses her patience with Beth. This honest narrative of the challenges of accepting Beth as she is, while trying to live her own life, reminds the reader of the importance of family, friends and community. Every reader will find life lessons in this book.

Here’s a clip from the made-for-tv movie:

Review by Ms. Goldstein-Erickson


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