Books Unite us; Banned books week September 18-24; multi-colored birds flying over pages of a book

Teen Banned & Challenged Books

Speak / Laurie Halse Anderson

“Speak up for yourself–we want to know what you have to say.” From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless–an outcast–because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her.

(Also available as an downloadable eaudiobook on Libby/OverDrive, an Audio book/CD, and Graphic Novel) 

Feed / M.T. Anderson

Identity crises, consumerism, and star-crossed teenage love in a futuristic society where people connect to the Internet via feeds implanted in their brains. Winner of the LA Times Book Prize.

(Available as a downloadable ebook on Hoopla & Libby/OverDrive, & an eaudiobook on Libby/OverDrive) 

Thirteen reasons why / Jay Asher

When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah’s voice recounting the events leading up to her death.

(Also available as an downloadable ebook & eaudiobook on Libby/Overdrive, & DVD) 

City of thieves / David Benioff

During the Nazis’ brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting and thrown into the same cell as a handsome deserter named Kolya. Instead of being executed, Lev and Kolya are given a shot at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful Soviet colonel to use in his daughter’s wedding cake. In a city cut off from all supplies and suffering unbelievable deprivation, Lev and Kolya embark on a hunt through the dire lawlessness of Leningrad and behind enemy lines to find the impossible.

(Also available as an downloadable eaudiobook on Libby/Overdrive)

Forever in blue : the fourth summer of the Sisterhood / Ann Brashares

As their lives take them in different directions, Lena, Tibby, Carmen, and Bridget discover many more things about themselves and the importance of their relationship with each other.

(Also available as an downloadable ebook & eaudiobook on Libby/Overdrive, & DVD)

The Hunger Games series / Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games universe is a dystopia set in Panem, a North American country consisting of the wealthy Capitol and 13 districts in varying states of poverty. Every year, children from the first 12 districts are selected via lottery to participate in a compulsory televised battle royale death match called The Hunger Games.

(Also available as an downloadable ebook & eaudiobook on Libby/Overdrive, & DVD) 

Deadline / Chris Crutcher

Given the medical diagnosis of one year to live, high school senior Ben Wolf decides to fulfill his greatest fantasies, ponders his life’s purpose and legacy, and converses through dreams with a spiritual guide known as “Hey-Soos.”

Go ask Alice / Author anonymous

Based on the diary of a fifteen-year-old drug user chronicling her struggle to escape the pull of the drug world.

(Also available as an downloadable eaudiobook on hoopla) 

This one summer / Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki

Rose and her parents have been going to Awago Beach since she was a little girl. It’s her summer getaway, her refuge. Her friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had, completing her summer family. But this summer is different. Rose’s mom and dad won’t stop fighting, and Rose and Windy have gotten tangled up in a tragedy-in-the-making in the small town of Awago Beach. It’s a summer of secrets and heartache, and it’s a good thing Rose and Windy have each other.

(Also available as an downloadable ebook on Libby/Overdrive)

JJ: September 19, 2022