Five Total Strangers; Big Library Read, November 1–15, 2021; She thought being stranded was the worst thing that could happen. She was wrong. Libby, the library reading app.

From November 1–15, book lovers can read Five Total Strangers by New York Times-bestselling author Natalie D. Richards, as part of The Big Library Read, the world's largest digital book club!

The Big Library Read is available at over 21,000 libraries and thousands of schools around the world. During the event timeframe, library cardholders can download this page-turning YA thriller with no waitlist as an ebook or eaudiobook via the Libby app. The title will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. Learn more about how to use Libby with your library card

In Five Total Strangers, when Mira flies home to spend Christmas with her mother in Pittsburgh, a record-breaking blizzard results in a canceled layover. Desperate to get to her grief-ridden mother in the wake of a family death, Mira hitches a ride with Harper, Mira's glamorous seatmate from her initial flight. Harper and her three friends can drop Mira off on their way home. But as they set off, Mira realizes fellow travelers are all total strangers. And every one of them is hiding something. Soon, roads go from slippery to terrifying. People's belongings are mysteriously disappearing. Someone in the car is clearly lying, and may even be sabotaging the trip―but why? Can Mira make it home alive, or will this nightmare drive turn fatal?

After reading the book, you can discuss it online with readers around the world! You can also join a live virtual event with the author on November 8 at 2 PM. A lifelong Ohioan, Natalie D. Richards spent many years applying her writing skills to stunningly boring business documents. Fortunately, she realized she’s much better at making things up, and has been writing YA books ever since. A champion of aspiring authors, Richards is a frequent speaker at schools, libraries, and writing groups.

Five Total Strangers was published as an ebook by Sourcebooks and as an audiobook by Dreamscape. It is the 26th selection of the program, which began in 2013 and takes place three times a year. Use #biglibraryread on social media for a chance to win Libby swag, a tablet, and signed books by the author! To learn more, visit Big Library Read's website.

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