By: Annie Suhy, OverDrive Collection Development Analyst.

Fall is for reading. Students crack open (or instantly check-out) school books, classic novels, and study guides while us adults look forward to the release of some of the year’s biggest books typically released during the busiest season for the publishing world.

In this month’s editions of eHighlights, we’ve honed in on the fall reading rush and provided the best for both with a Back to School edition and the October Adult edition.


With titles in Language Arts, Streaming Video, S.T.E.A.M., Professional Development, and Social Studies, our Editor and Teacher Librarian Sheila Henline has you covered with all the newly added curricular titles you’ll need for the year. Many are even included in our Back to School Sale, so keep an eye out for extra savings. Also included are digital titles that touch on timely topics and current events you will likely discuss in the classroom like Towers Falling by Jewel Parker Rhodes about the events of 9/11 and Votes of Confidence by Jeff Fleischer to complement a lesson about this year’s presidential election. Starred review information, next-in-series, and other notable attributes are included as well to help you make an informed purchasing decision for your school.

As for the adults, charge up those tablets and eReaders. Our October eHighlights edition gives a sneak peek at what’s coming down the pipeline in adult fiction and nonfiction and there’s plenty to choose from. As always, we only include the best of the best new titles based on media coverage, reviews, print run, and more–the titles your patrons will definitely be requesting from your digital collection. In this edition, we’ve included highly anticipated new books from the following authors:

  • Tana French
  • Charlaine Harris
  • John Grisham
  • Margaret Atwood
  • Fannie Flagg
  • Jodi Picoult
  • Elin Hilderbrand
  • Nick Offerman
  • Stuart Woods
  • Maria Semple
  • …and more!

As a nonfiction lover, I’m personally anticipating Antoine Leiris’ You Will Not Have My Hate, a memoir written by a father who is left to raise his 17-month-old son alone because his mother was killed by terrorists in the November 2015 Paris attacks. Just days after her death, Leiris wrote a letter on Facebook to his wife’s killers proclaiming that his son’s life would not be defined by this atrocious act. “For as long as he lives, this little boy will insult you with his happiness and freedom,” wrote Leiris in the letter. This powerful, moving, heartbreaking, and courageous read will be one not to miss this October.

On a lighter note, Will’s Red Coat made my “must-read” list as soon as I saw the adorable dog prancing around in his fuzzy red jacket. Will’s owner adopted him as a deaf and mostly blind elderly dog and while hesitant at first, Will eventually thrives and finds a “new leash on life” with his new family. This book even includes 8 pages of color photographs of the too-cute-for-words pup.

Discover these new titles and more in our Fall eHighlights editions!