Free Book Friday!

Congratulations to Ben Anderson! He is the winner of our brand new My Favorite Horses series from Lerner Publications!

With the big ALA and YALSA award announcements coming on Monday, we wanted to honor last year’s William C. Morris YA Debut Award-winning author Blythe Woolston! If you loved The Freak Observer, wait until you get your hands on her brand new novel, Catch & Release!

Polly Furnas had The Plan for the future. She’d marry Bridger Morgan, for one. Go to college, have a career, make babies. Etc. All the important choices were made.

It was all happily-ever-after as a diamond-ring commercial.

The Plan did not include a lethal drug-resistant infection. It did not include a disfigured face that scared people away. It certainly did not include Odd Estes, an ancient Cadillac, fly fishing, miles of open road, or a loaded gun. But plans change. Stories get revised and new choices must be made.

In Catch & Release, Blythe Woolston—winner of the 2010 William C. Morris YA Debut Award—takes readers on a remarkable journey while examining the meaning of survival.

For this week’s Free Book Friday, three lucky winners will receive the new paperback edition of The Freak Observer and a hardcover copy of Catch & Release! To win both books, please leave a comment below or Tweet the following line: “It’s Free Book Friday @Lernerbooks! RT to win The Freak Observer and Catch & Release by @BlytheWoolston!” The winners will be announced during Free Book Friday on January 27 so make sure to check the blog to see if you’ve won!

If you’re a teacher, librarian, book club member, or a curious reader, make sure you download our free bookmarks and discussion guides for Catch & Release at!

Good luck!

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