Happy Banned Books Week!
We’re celebrating this occasion by offering six full banned books for you to read! After all, there’s no better way to protest the banning of books than by reading those very books and we’re dedicated to making it as easy as possible for you to do so.
We’re also offering extended excerpts for some of our most exciting September releases! New this week are An Enchantment of Ravens, Starfish, and Freefall. Start reading them now and find out why the internet is already full of glowing reviews!
See below for more info on our featured reads:
An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince.
Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
A gorgeous and emotionally resonant debut novel about a half-Japanese teen who grapples with social anxiety and her narcissist mother in the wake of a crushing rejection from art school.
Freefall by Joshua David Bellin
When the 1% and the 99% clash, the fate of the human race hangs on the actions of two teens from very different backgrounds in this thrilling sci-fi adventure.
Victoria in My Head by Janelle Milanes
Victoria Cruz inhabits two worlds: In one, she is a rock star, thrashing the stage with her husky voice and purple-streaked hair. In the other, currently serving as her reality, Victoria is a shy teenager with overprotective Cuban parents, who sleepwalks through her life at the prestigious Evanston Academy. Unable to overcome the whole paralyzing-stage-fright thing, Victoria settles for living inside her fantasies, where nothing can go wrong and everything is set to her expertly crafted music playlists.
Obsessed by Allison Britz
A brave teen recounts her debilitating struggle with obsessive-compulsive disorder—and brings readers through every painful step as she finds her way to the other side—in this powerful and inspiring memoir.
Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
The story of two boys who fall in love in a writing class—one from a progressive family and the other from a conservative religious community.
Three years ago, Tanner Scott’s family relocated from California to Utah, a move that nudged the bisexual teen temporarily back into the closet. But when his best friend Autumn dares him to take Provo High’s prestigious Seminar—where honor roll students diligently toil to draft a book in a semester—Tanner cgoes against his better judgment and has a go, if only to prove to Autumn how silly the whole thing is. That’s where he notices Sebastian Brother, the Mormon prodigy who sold his own Seminar novel the year before and who now mentors the class. And it takes less than a month for Tanner to fall completely in love with him.
Totally Joe by James Howe
“Everybody says you and Colin were kissing.”
“What? That’s ridiculous!”
“For heaven’s sake, Joe, if you and Colin want to kiss, you have every right to.”
“We did not kiss,” I told her.
Addie shrugged. “Whatever.”
What was it with my friends?
From the creator of The Misfits, the book that inspired NATIONAL NO NAME-CALLING WEEK, comes the story of Joe Bunch….
Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez
Jason Carrillo is a jock with a steady girlfriend, but he can’t stop dreaming about sex…with other guys.
Kyle Meeks doesn’t look gay, but he is. And he hopes he never has to tell anyone — especially his parents.
Nelson Glassman is “out” to the entire world, but he can’t tell the boy he loves that he wants to be more than just friends.
Godless by Pete Hautman
“Why mess around with Catholicism when you can have your own customized religion?”
Fed up with his parents’ boring old religion, agnostic-going-on-atheist Jason Bock invents a new god — the town’s water tower. He recruits an unlikely group of worshippers: his snail-farming best friend, Shin, cute-as-a-button (whatever that means) Magda Price, and the violent and unpredictable Henry Stagg. As their religion grows, it takes on a life of its own. While Jason struggles to keep the faith pure, Shin obsesses over writing their bible, and the explosive Henry schemes to make the new faith even more exciting — and dangerous.
Crank by Ellen Hopkins
Kristina Snow is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble.
Then, Kristina meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild, ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul—her life.
Tricks by Ellen Hopkins
Five troubled teenagers fall into prostitution as they search for freedom, safety, community, family, and love in this #1 New York Times bestselling novel from Ellen Hopkins.
Wake by Lisa McMann
Janie has a gift…or maybe it’s a curse.
Janie gets sucked into other people’s dreams. It’s not a choice and she doesn’t mean to invade other people’s privacy, but that’s exactly what happens. When troublemaker Cabel starts taking an interest in Janie, she’s flattered, but she feels guilty that she knows his darkest secrets. Luckily, he doesn’t seem to mind and he doesn’t appear to be the problem kid everyone always assumed he is. But, when a scandal tears it’s way through school and Janie may be the only one who can find the truth, Cabel’s sudden interest makes a bit more sense…