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In this standalone, 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
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Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published September 17th 2019 by Katherine Tegen Books
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I haven't read Ban This Book, but after reading the summary the themes and plot points sound very similar. It may just be the MG…more
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I haven't read Ban This Book, but after reading the summary the themes and plot points sound very similar. It may just be the MG counterpart to Suggested Reading. I'll have to read it now. Thanks! :D(less)

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Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
"Books are wild things. You can't tame them. People are wild things. You can't tame them, either. Put those two together and you can't know what's going to happen..."
Suggested Reading by Dave connis is a wonderful story about the power and magic of books.. It's truly a love letter to book lovers and feels so right. My heart is so happy and full after reading this and I just can't help but be grateful to the warm and fuzzy feelings I get from this books.

After a list of over 50 books are
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Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was given an ARC from Harper Collins Canada in exchange for an honest review.

When I first heard about this book at the HCCFRENZY event, I was so disappointed when I didn’t receive it in my goodie bag but like always, Harper comes in clutch and gave me a copy for a review and I can’t thank them enough. Suggest Reading easily made it to the top books I have read in 2019 with its addictive story about Clara who loves reading more than you and I. Her passion for books, literature, and words will
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Sheila Beaumont
This is a wonderful, thought-provoking book in which a voracious reader and high school senior fights back when the principal bans more than 50 books, among them such modern classics as Speak, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Flowers for Algernon. Bibliophile Clara Evans starts running an underground library, or "Unlib," out of her locker. It's an inspiring tale that's a celebration of the power of books and friendship. I loved the characters, the story, the humor, and the quotations from ...more
Samantha (WLABB)
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, arcs, ya
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Clara lived and breathed books. She had this unbridled passion for the written word and the power it possessed. Therefore, when she inadvertently learned that many of her favorite books were being placed on a "prohibited" media list, she decided to fight back, and created an underground library. However, as word of the Unlib spread, Clara found herself wondering if the rewards outweighed the risks.

This was a book about a rabid reader, which celebrated the power of books. How
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Suzi Evelyn
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.49 (2.5 if goodreads would get their act together n give us half stars) stars

great ideas, poor execution
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

3.5*

Ah, who doesn't love a book about books, right? Right. This was pretty enjoyable, so let's get to it!

What I Liked:

• Books are basically the hero of the story. Sure, Clara and others have a role in ensuring that they get into the hands of those who need them, but they're just the vessel. Books are making the true difference here.

• Clara isn't always likable. "Wait, what?" you
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Kevin
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Prohibited media”? It sounded somewhat innocuous, but something pulled at my gut, telling me that it was policy-ese. Synonyms for prohibited included banned. Synonyms for
media included books, videos, board games, and games,


How they could tell me that these books weren’t good, or that their content was somehow “inappropriate” for me. Or, if not that, that there was some reason that it was better for me not to read them. That what they had to say wasn’t useful or was maybe even harmful.


I loved
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Giulia
Sep 22, 2019 rated it liked it
"Books illuminate something different for all of us. Books change lives because they’re matches."

TW: homophobia, abuse, attempted suicide

This was a pleasant and enjoyable read with a touch of darkness I did not see coming.
I gotta be honest, my expectations weren’t high for this book – I just wanted to enjoy it, have a somewhat light read. And that was precisely what Suggested Reading offered, and then it also offered some more.

I thought this book particularly appropriate to read during the
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Neville Longbottom
Oct 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
A private school in Tennessee bans over 50 books from being taught or being available in the school library. Clara Evans, an avid reader and library volunteer, is horrified by this. Some of the books on the list have greatly impacted her life. Before the school can get rid of the books, Clara takes them and starts her own underground library, dealing banned books to the other students.

The first three quarters of the book probably would’ve been a 4 star book for me. I was really enjoying it even
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Nichole
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 out of 5 stars

What a fun read! Such a great concept!

A book about books. Something all of us bookworms can relate to and enjoy!

I found Suggested Readingrefreshing. With a well written plot and a character driven story it was a light-hearted read that touches on some heavy topics.

Clara's passion for reading and her love for books was admirable. By starting the locker library she shared this love with others and impacted their lives greatly. What Clara may not have know was how much she was going
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Emm  Louis
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Read this if you believe in the power of books and the love of reading.
Ms. Turley
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maybe it’s only like 3.5-4 stars, but banned books and the concept of telling someone they can’t read something holds a special place in my heart. Shout out to my mom for smuggling Harry Potter to a group of kids when their parents said they couldn’t read it. She started me on this journey. This book brought back all those feelings and great memories from books. Books are a light. Bring on the book love.
Max Baker
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you Edelweiss for providing me a free review copy in exchange for an honest review

Banned books have a rich and lustrous history of pinpointing things people are afraid of and then forcing them to confront said fears. I mean, just scrolling through the list of the most challenged books, it's easy to see why they people think they should be banned (it's mostly because sex is icky and authority figures should be blindly listened too). But the books that are challenged are also the most
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Matthew
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Connis expertly crafts a wonderful story about the cost of banning books and the risks worth taking.
Cat
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In general, I enjoyed this book. The concept and story were good. I also liked that it covered the subject of censorship in a way that feels realistic. Not every ban is a burn, so it was a great read I would recommend to my students to understand how modern book bans happen every day.

My only note (and I admit might be due to the fact that I am no long teen) was that I found some of the dialogue to be too cheesy. There were times I just wanted to yell at the character that her favorite
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Neelam Babul
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a touching, thought-provoking book in which a voracious reader and high school senior fights back when the principal bans more than 50 books, among them such modern classics as Speak, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Flowers for Algernon.

Clara Evans, a bibliophile and avid reader, starts running an underground library, or "Unlib," out of her locker with assistance from her library administrator and friends. It is an inspiring tale that is a celebration of the power of books and
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Candyce Kirk
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
Full review to follow soon!
Andria Sedig
I absolutely adored this book! It wasn't on my radar but was included in Once Upon a Book Club and I am so glad that it did because it's quickly become one of my favorites this year. Essentially, this book follows Clara as she runs a banned book library out of her locker to protest the school's new banned book policy. I loved all of the conversation about books and the power of words throughout this story and also loved the character growth throughout. What a great, powerful read.
Michelle
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My full review can be found on the Epilie Aspie Chick blog!

I consumed this book like it was made of white chocolate Reese's. I've never seen a book written about banned books and the way this story talks about the phenomena while also discussing so many other important subjects is nothing short of brilliant. From page one, this book hooks you with vibrant characters that feel real and a plot that eerily sounds like something that has occurred.
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Susan
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've said this a few times lately, most recently when I reviewed His Hideous Heart and maybe I shouldn't fight it so much, but I do. I don't like talking about books from an educational standpoint too much. It isn't why I started Novel Lives. In fact, it is the opposite reason.

full review at Novellives.com
Shawn
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019
If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would! This book is definitely one of my new favorites!
Dylan
Mar 26, 2019 marked it as to-read
i need this...now???
Matthew Hubbard
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Connis expertly crafts a wonderful story about the cost of banning books and the risks worth taking.
FloeticFlo
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in a day, while waiting for No Show Hurricane Dorian. (Side note: I am still so sad about the Bahamas! Sending out prayers and well wishes to them for what they endured.) Anyway, even though I joked to my husband that I was able to read this in a day because the words were big, it was really because of the short chapters and the writing style. Connis has a simple, direct writing style. It's just so easy. I found myself flipping page after page and hardly realizing how many had ...more
Jenny Ashby
Oct 03, 2019 rated it liked it
The review promised that this book is a librarian's dream and the premise of a student standing up to book banning certainly sounded great. I liked that idea in Alan Gratz's Ban This Book so why not in this one as well? By the end I was reasonably satisfied with the execution and lessons learned, but we got off to a bumpy start for two reasons:
1. In talking to her librarian about her reasons for establishing Little Free Libraries (except they're called something else in the book), Clara asks the
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Madison
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a librarian, I don’t need to be told about the benefits of reading - I see them every day. Suggested Reading is an ode to everything librarians stand up for. The right to read for pleasure, the right to choose your reading material, the right to free and unchallenged access to reading material that stretches and challenges the reader. I highly enjoying this book, as will all lovers of books, libraries and reading.

When Clara, a regular library volunteer, starter of a tiny library community
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Lesley
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"The problem is, we bring ourselves to the pages. Our whole selves. Every single darkness. Every single light. Every single passion. Every single hurt. We read with all the layers that make us who we are acting as filters. We read with all that our eyes have seen and all our hearts have felt since birth." When you love a book, the thought that it could be seen as dangerous and detrimental to others is viscerally painful, and when super-library-volunteer and scholarship student Clara Evans ...more
Aoife
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, a3e, katherine-tegen, a2
4.5 stars

Clara believes passionately that books change lives. When her school quietly bans more than fifty novels, she decides she's not going to take it lying down and starts a secret library.

As a bookseller, I loved the idea behind this novel, that stories can connect people. I also love the dominoes theory; that something one person does can cause so many other things to happen, usually without the first person even knowing.

The characters were great in this novels, too. I loved how supportive
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Joshua Springs
First, my review is in no way shaped by my undying belief that Dave Connis is one of the greatest human beings ever.

That being said, man can this dude write a book? Equal parts funny and heartbreaking and serious and light and swimming in meaning while sometimes not meaning that much but also everything. This book takes my favorite theme in Paper Towns and adds the external conflict of Fahrenheit 451, which is my favorite dystopian novel.

Man, I love this book so much. I lack the proper words to
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Kara Jackson
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
“Books change lives because they’re matches, starting fires that show the grandness of the world, the depth of others, a path for us to see ourselves”- Dave Connis
A book about books yes please. This book was so good there were so many times as I was reading where I go oh my goodness me or same or I relate and I would actually laugh out loud because of Clara the main character doing something I would. As a book lover reading about a book lover and how her school is banning some of her favorite
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