read 2021

October Challenge: Debut Book

Read an author’s first book.

Oftentimes authors don’t become famous after publishing their first book, and, after discovering an author, readers keep moving forward with the newest releases. Here’s your chance to go back to the beginning. This month, we challenge you to read an author’s debut book. Find recommendations for adults, teens, tweens, and kids. Get more information about the Read 2021 Challenge here.

Adults

Bestselling Authors

Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
book / book / book
hoopla eBook
hoopla eAudiobook
Freading eBook
The Bluest Eye
by Toni Morrison

book
book on CD
OverDrive eBook
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
book
book on CD
OverDrive eBook
OverDrive 
eAudiobook 
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
book / book / book
hoopla eAudiobook
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
book
book in Spanish
OverDrive eBook in Spanish
Sister, Sister by Eric Jerome Dickey
OverDrive eBook
hoopla eAudiobook
Irish Thoroughbred by Nora Roberts
book
OverDrive eBook (3 book collection)
The Tine Drum by Gunter Grass
book
hoopla eBook
hoopla eAudiobook

New Authors

The Push by Ashley Audrain
book
OverDrive eBook
Love in Color by Bolu Babalola
book
Land of Big Numbers by Te-Ping Chen
book
The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr
book
Arsenic and Adobo by Mia Manansala
book
OverDrive eBook
OverDrive 
eAudiobook
Title details for Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour - Available
Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour
OverDrive eBook
The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid
book
Talk Bookish to Me by Kate Bromley
book
OverDrive eBook
hoopla eAudiobook

Teens

Bestselling Authors

Lament by Maggie Stiefvater
book
OverDrive eBook
hoopla eBook
The Key to the Golden Firebird by Maureen Johnson
book
hoopla eBook
Freading eBook
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Stephen Chbosky

book
OverDrive eBook
OverDrive 
eAudiobook
The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart
book
OverDrive eBook
Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
book
OverDrive eBook
Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
book
hoopla eBook
hoopla eAudiobook
Freading eBook

New Authors

Once Upon a Quinceañera by Monica Gomez-Hira
book
audiobook on Playaway  
The Sky Blues by Robbie Couch
book
The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly by Jamie Pacton
book
hoopla eAudiobook 
These Feathered Flames by Alexandra Overy
book
OverDrive eBook 
hoopla eAudiobook 
The Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
book
OverDrive eBook
The Valley and the Flood by Rebecca Mahoney
book
OverDrive eBook
Title details for The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper - Available
The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper
OverDrive eBook

Tweens

Bestselling Authors

Last summer with Maizon by Jacqueline Woodson
book
Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt
book
hoopla eAudiobook
Archer’s Goon by Diana Wynne Jones
book
hoopla eBook
Freading eBook
The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene
book / book
OverDrive eBook
The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander
book 
Bummer Summer
Bummer Summer by Ann M. Martin
hoopla eBook 
Freading eBook 
This Can’t Be Happening at MacDonald Hall! by Gordon Korman
book
Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
book / book 
OverDrive eBook 
OverDrive eBook 
(complete series) 
hoopla eBook 

New Authors

The Last Shadow Warrior by Sam Subity
book
I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day
book
OverDrive eBook 
hoopla eBook
hoopla eAudiobook 
Freading eBook
The Last Fallen Star by Graci Kim
book
hoopla eBook 
hoopla eAudiobook 
Title details for The Good Hawk by Joseph Elliott - Available
The Good Hawk by Joseph Elliott
OverDrive eBook
Ana on the Edge by A. J. Sass
book
Turtle Boy by M. Evan Wolkenstein
book 
No Vacancy by Tziporah Cohen
book
hoopla eBook
Get a Grip Vivy Cohen! by Sarah Kapit
book 

Kids

Bestselling Authors

1,2,3 to the Zoo: A Counting Book by Eric Carle
book
The Garden of Abdul Gasazi by Chris Van Allsburg
book
hoopla eAudiobook
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
book
OverDrive 
eAudiobook 
hoopla eAudiobook 
hoopla eAduiobook
 in Spanish
My Dog is Lost! by Ezra Jack Keats
book
Hippos Go Berserk! by Sandra Boynton
book
Grumpy Gloria by Anna Dewdney
book
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
book
book in Spanish 
hoopla eAudiobook 
in spanish 

New Authors

The Bear in My Family by Maya Tatsukawa
book
The Box Turtle by Vanessa Roeder
book
Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market by Raul the Third
book
hoopla eBook
hoopla eAudiobook 
Cat Dog Dog by Nelly Buchet
book
Digging For Words: José Alberto Gutiérrez
 and the Library He Built by Angela
Burke Kunkel

book 
book in Spanish  
Title details for What a Beautiful Name by Brooke Ligertwood - Available
What a Beautiful Name by Brooke Ligertwood and Ben Fielding
OverDrive eBook
Napoleon vs. the Bunnies
Napoleon Vs. The Bunnies by J.F. Fox
hoopla eBook
Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o
book 

1 thought on “October Challenge: Debut Book”

  1. Wow, that’s one heck of a list.. there are so many amazing books on here I’ve enjoyed and can’t wait to read. The others I’ll be checking out.
    This is a great post! Thank you for sharing it!

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