Suggested Reading (Paperback)
It's every booklover's nightmare: banned books. And for high-school senior Clara, it is particularly painful as the books that have meant the most to her, the books that have shaped and fashioned her life, are on her school's list of 'prohibited media' (a veritable greatest hits of banned books sure to inspire further investigation outside this novel). To fight back, Clara starts an underground library of contraband books out of her locker and is only too pleased to make deliveries between classes or at lunch. That is, until Clara's staunch conviction in the purity of books is questioned after the shocking actions of one of her classmates is tied to a banned book he was reading. Author Connis creates a truly provocative scenario that examines censorship, activism, and how we confront our own prejudices.— From Holly
In this hilarious and thought-provoking contemporary teen standalone that’s perfect for fans of Moxie, a bookworm finds a way to fight back when her school bans dozens of classic and meaningful books.
Clara Evans is horrified when she discovers her principal’s “prohibited media” hit list. The iconic books on the list have been pulled from the library and aren’t allowed anywhere on the school’s premises. Students caught with the contraband will be sternly punished.
Many of these stories have changed Clara’s life, so she’s not going to sit back and watch while her draconian principal abuses his power. She’s going to strike back.
So Clara starts an underground library in her locker, doing a shady trade in titles like Speak and The Chocolate War. But when one of the books she loves most is connected to a tragedy she never saw coming, Clara’s forced to face her role in it.
Will she be able to make peace with her conflicting feelings, or is fighting for this noble cause too tough for her to bear?
“Suggested Reading is a beautiful reminder that there is nothing simple about loving a book.” —David Arnold, New York Times bestselling author of Mosquitoland
About the Author
Dave Connis writes words you can sing and words you can read. He lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with his wife, Clara; two kids (a son and a daughter); and a dog that barks at nonexistent threats. When he’s not writing YA or MG, he interprets software-developer-speak as a technical writer at Skuid, a startup based out of Chattanooga. He is a member of the Jedi Council, facilities manager at the Sanctum Sanctorum, and a guy with a propensity to daydream whenever he attempts to be an adult. www.daveconnis.com
★ “[An] engrossing literary love letter…A timely read that will ultimately prove timeless.”
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Wry, thought-provoking, rebellious, and predicated on the belief that the right book changes everything…. the well-told story of a frustrated teen ¬fighting for social justice will be a hit with young -people.”
— School Library Journal
"In this thought-provoking novel, Connis tackles themes of censorship, resistance, and the power of the written word through a diverse cast of characters, bold prose, and humor that breaks up even the darkest moments."
— Booklist Online
“Suggested Reading is a beautiful reminder that there is nothing simple about loving a book. I suggest you read it.”
— David Arnold, New York Times bestselling author of Mosquitoland
“Audiences will fall in love with this genuine and funny exploration of reading as an act of resistance.”
— Randy Ribay, author of After the Shot Drops and Patron Saints of Nothing
“Thought-provoking and impossible to put down.”
— C.J. Redwine, New York Times bestselling author