Readings

Freedom Suits, Families, and Reckoning with the History of U.S. Slavery

The Raven is proud to support the Lawrence Public Library's evening with William G. Thomas III

A Question of Freedom: The Families Who Challenged Slavery from the Nation’s Founding to the Civil War Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780300234121
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Published: Yale University Press - November 24th, 2020

Winner of the Mark Lynton Prize in History—the story of the longest and most complex legal challenge to slavery in American history

"A rich, roiling history that Thomas recounts with eloquence and skill. . . .


Meet Alan Gratz!

We're teaming up with Alan Gratz to do a virtual school visit, but everyone's invited! Click here to RSVP!

Refugee Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780545880831
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Published: Scholastic Press - July 25th, 2017

A tour de force from acclaimed author Alan Gratz (Prisoner B-3087), this timely -- and timeless -- novel tells the powerful story of three different children seeking refuge.

A New York Times bestseller!JOSEF is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany.


Ground Zero Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338245752
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 2nd, 2021

The instant #1 New York Times bestseller.

In time for the twentieth anniversary of 9/11, master storyteller Alan Gratz (Refugee) delivers a pulse-pounding and unforgettable take on history and hope, revenge and fear -- and the stunning links between the past and present.

September 11, 2001, New York City: Brandon is visiting hi


Grenade Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338245691
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 9th, 2018

Here it is! The hugely anticipated follow-up to Gratz's NYT bestselling, critically acclaimed phenomenon REFUGEE. This is another searing and heart-pounding look at kids making their way through war.

A New York Times bestseller!It's 1945, and the world is in the grip of war.Hideki lives on the island of Okinawa, near Japan.


Projekt 1065: A Novel of World War II Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780545880169
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 11th, 2016

Award-winning, critically acclaimed author Alan Gratz (Prisoner B-3087) returns with another gripping World War II story, this time about a spy in the Hitler Youth.

Infiltrate. Befriend. Sabotage.World War II is raging. Michael O'Shaunessey, originally from Ireland, now lives in Nazi Germany with his parents.


Allies Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338245721
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 15th, 2019

A New York Times bestseller!Alan Gratz, bestselling author of Refugee, weaves a stunning array of voices and stories into an epic tale of teamwork in the face of tyranny -- and how just one day can change the world.

June 6, 1944: The Nazis are terrorizing Europe, on their evil quest to conquer the world. The only way to stop them?


CRIME HITS HOME with Sara Paretsky, S.J. Rozan, Gary Phillips, and Jonathan Santlofer

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The Mystery Writers of America and the Raven Book Store team up to present an all-star virtual event celebrating the new anthology Crime Hits Home. Join us for a thrilling discussion!

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Crime Hits Home: A Collection of Stories from Crime Fiction's Top Authors Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781335425799
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Published: Hanover Square Press - April 19th, 2022

The newest anthology from Mystery Writers of America explores the theme of home and the crimes that endanger it, with stories by Ellen Hart, Naomi Hirahara, Walter Mosley, Sara Paretsky and more.


Poetry Night at the Raven with Traci Brimhall and Amanda Moore

Join acclaimed poets Traci Brimhall and Amanda Moore for a wonderful night of poetry and magic at the Raven Book Store!

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Requeening: Poems Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063096288
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Published: Ecco - October 26th, 2021

“A rare feat for any book of poems, let alone a debut, in that the lines, wrought with such deft precision and care, mark the sum total of a life richly lived and felt at the seat of poetry...These poems care, first and foremost, for what they write of and through, which is a much needed—yet increasingly rare—achievement.” -- Ocean Vuong


Come the Slumberless to the Land of Nod Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781556595806
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - March 31st, 2020

Written during the trial for a close friend's murder, Come the Slumberless to the Land of Nod exposes that the whimsical, horrible, and absurd all sit together.


PAPER PLAINS: Colson Whitehead

Paper Plains Literary Festival presents An Evening with Colson Whitehead. This in-person and virtual event is part of the Beach Author Series which was established by the Ross and Marianna Beach Foundation. It is presented in partnership with the Lawrence Public Library, the Lawrence Public Library Friends & Foundation, The Commons at KU, and the Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas.

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Harlem Shuffle: A Novel Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385545136
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Published: Doubleday - September 14th, 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER From the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys, this gloriously entertaining novel is  “fast-paced, keen-eyed and very funny ... about race, power and the history of Harlem all disguised as a thrill-ride crime novel" (San Francisco Chronicle).


PAPER PLAINS: Sarah Smarsh

Paper Plains Literary Festival presents Sarah Smarsh, author of She Come By It Natural and Heartland. This in-person and virtual event is presented in partnership with The Commons at KU, the University of Kansas Honors Program, the Spencer Museum of Art, and the Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas.

All Paper Plains Literary Festival events are free and open to the public, a limited number of VIP Passes can be purchased here.

She Come By It Natural: Dolly Parton and the Women Who Lived Her Songs Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781982157296
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Published: Scribner - September 7th, 2021

In this Time Top 100 Book of the Year, the National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author of Heartland “analyzes how Dolly Parton’s songs—and success—have embodied feminism for working-class women” (People).


PAPER PLAINS: Angeline Boulley

Paper Plains Literary Festival presents Angeline Boulley, author of Firekeeper’s Daughter, in conversation with Professor Giselle Anatol! This is an in-person and virtual event presented in partnership with The Commons at KU, Humanities Kansas, the KU First Nations Student Association, and the Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas.

Firekeeper's Daughter Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250766564
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 16th, 2021

A PRINTZ MEDAL WINNER!
A MORRIS AWARD WINNER!
AN AMERICAN INDIAN YOUTH LITERATURE AWARD YA HONOR BOOK!

A REESE WITHERSPOON x HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB YA PICK

An Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller

Soon to be adapted at Netflix for TV with President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama's production company, Higher Ground.


Rebecca Coffindaffer in conversation with E.K. Johnston: THRONEBREAKERS

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Rebecca Coffindaffer launches the thrilling sequel Thronebreakers in conversation with E.K. Johnston!

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Crownchasers Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780062845177
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Published: HarperTeen - September 7th, 2021

A deadly race across 1,001 planets will determine more than just the fate of the empire.

This explosive first book in a duology jam-packed with tension and thrills is perfect for fans of The Hunger GamesAurora Rising, and Three Dark Crowns.


Thronebreakers (Crownchasers #2) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062845191
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Published: HarperTeen - October 12th, 2021

Perfect for fans of Aurora Rising, The Hunger Games, and Three Dark Crowns, this electrifying duology closer is jam-packed with tension and thrills that will hook readers from its first page.


A Thousand Nights Cover Image
$9.99
This book is hard-to-find or out of print and we may not be able to get it. Email for more details.
ISBN: 9781484728475
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 6th, 2016

"A story threaded with shimmering vibrance and beauty, A Thousand Nights will weave its spell over readers' hearts and leave them captivated long after the final tale has been told." -- Alexandra Bracken, New York Times best-selling author of The Darkest Minds series

A dazzling retelling of Arabian Nights, A THOUSAND NIGHTS is a tale of family, love


Aetherbound Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735231856
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - May 25th, 2021

A thought-provoking new YA space adventure from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Ahsoka.

Set on a family-run interstellar freighter called the Harland and a mysterious remote space station, E. K. Johnston's latest is story of survival and self-determination.


Elizabeth C. Bunce: The Myrtle Mysteries

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Elizabeth C. Bunce discusses Cold-Blooded Myrtle, the new novel in her Edgar-winning series of mysteries for young adults!

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Premeditated Myrtle (Myrtle Hardcastle Mystery 1) Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781616209186
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - October 6th, 2020

A 2021 Edgar® Award Winner, Best Juvenile
A BookPage Best Book of 2020: Middle Grade
A Mighty Girl's 2020 Books of the Year

Introducing Myrtle Hardcastle, your favorite new amateur detective: a wickedly smart twelve-year-old with a keen interest in criminology and a nose for murder.

Twelve-year-old Myrtle Hardcastle


How to Get Away with Myrtle (Myrtle Hardcastle Mystery 2) Cover Image
$8.95
ISBN: 9781643751887
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - September 7th, 2021

An Edgar® Award Winning Series

Before the train has left the station, Victorian England’s most accomplished new detective already is on a suspect’s trail, and readers will be delighted to travel along.


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Cold-Blooded Myrtle (Myrtle Hardcastle Mystery 3) Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781616209209
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - October 5th, 2021

An Edgar® Award Winning Series

Myrtle Hardcastle—twelve-year-old Young Lady of Quality and Victorian amateur detective—is back on the case, solving a string of bizarre murders in her hometown of Swinburne and picking up right where she left off in Premeditated Myrtle and How to Get Away with Myrtle.


Poetry in the Park

Join poets Tai Amri, Danny Caine, Melissa Fite Johnson, and Kansas Poet Laureate Huascar Medina for a poetry picnic in Buford M. Watson Jr. Park! Meet by the gazebo and bring your own chair or blanket! The Raven will provide snacks and drinks, but please wear a mask when you're not in your spot.

ABOUT THE POETS:

A book project conceived of by BLACK Lawrence co-founding member Tai Amri Spann-Ryan. The book itself consists of a poetic memoir that speaks to the difficulties growing up as a Black male on the East Coast of the United States. The purpose is to continue the fight and to highlight the light Black people bring to the liberation of all people.


Flavortown Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780578876344
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Published: Harpoon Books - May 4th, 2021

At FLAVORTOWN's core is a sequence of poems that imagines a place called, well, Flavortown, an American culinary dystopia where Guy Fieri is patron saint and everything is painfully delicious and "authentic." The book juxtaposes the dispatches from Flavortown with portraits of the real-life Midwest, in the process exploring fatherhood, masculinity, and nostalgia.



Green Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781736138601
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Published: Riot in Your Throat - May 1st, 2021

These poems tell the story of loss: loss of a father stolen by disease, loss of innocence. And while it could easily stop there this collection doesn't. Instead, it gathers strength and finds its voice and its fight. With wonder and awe and some well-placed anger, we see these poems emerge on the other side with a bit of hope and even happiness.



Un Mango Grows in Kansas Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781952411045
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Published: Spartan Press - April 14th, 2020

"With Un Mango Grows in Kansas poet Huascar Medina redirects our generational sense of place to illuminate the possibilities and the promises that place holds. He reimagines Kansas, the Midwest, the Americas, and the stars by expanding our perspective and examining our routines and our over mapped corners.


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