Athol Daily News – Thriller ebook now available for reading and discussion from the Athol Public Library


Posted: 10/27/2021 13:34:38 ​​PM

Modified: 10/27/2021 13:34:44 PM

ATHOL – Athol Public Library is giving patrons a best-selling New York Times young adult title at Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital book club. From November 1 to 15, book lovers can join more than 100,000 other people around the world to borrow and read Natalie D. Richards’ thriller, “Five Total Strangers,” in their public library. Athol Library card holders can borrow the eBook and Audiobook for free without delay by downloading the Libby app or visiting

Readers can then chat online at

Big Library Read is available in more than 21,000 libraries and thousands of schools around the world, including approximately 90 percent of public libraries in North America. In previous programs, readers have participated in engaging online discussions about the title. The program is facilitated by OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for popular eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines.

In “Five Total Strangers”, Mira has to come home for the holidays. Wrong. But when an on-arrival blizzard causes a connecting flight to be canceled, it looks like she could get stranded at the airport indefinitely. And then Harper, Mira’s glamorous roommate since her initial flight, offers her a ride. Harper and her three friends can drop Mira off on the way home. But as they leave, Mira realizes that her fellow travelers are all complete strangers. And each of them is hiding something. Soon the roads turned from slippery to terrifying. People’s possessions mysteriously disappear. Someone in the car is clearly lying and may even sabotage the trip – but why? And will Mira be able to return home alive, or will this nightmare become fatal?

Deputy Director Robin Shtulman said, “A lot of our Athol readers love thrillers and love the intensity and pace of the YA books, so this year’s pick fits our community perfectly. “

Big Library Read is an international reading program that connects millions of readers around the world with an eBook through public libraries. “Five Total Strangers” is the 26th selection of this program, which started in 2013 and takes place three times a year. Readers can participate in an online discussion about the book at

“Five Total Strangers” was published as an eBook by Sourcebooks and as an Audiobook by Dreamscape. The track can be played on all major computers and devices through Libby or, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android ™ phones and tablets, and Chromebook ™ without waiting lists or queues. Thanks to Libby, readers can also “send to Kindle®”. The title will automatically expire at the end of the loan period and there are no late fees.

To join the discussion, learn more about past Big Library Read titles, and download Libby, visit

About Athol Public Library

The Athol Public Library is located at 568 Main Street in Athol, MA, and is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


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