Sunday, November 29, 2015

Books make excellent holiday gifts!

Books make excellent holiday gifts!

Here are some new ideas for the young book lovers on your shopping list:

Teen Book Gifts:

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
Teens will love this star crossed romance about secrets, lies, love, and discovery. “love makes the world go round” or in this case, “love makes everything, everything go round”.

The Rest of us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
"What if you aren’t the Chosen One? The one who is suppose to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?"  Teens will be able to relate to the characters in this book and they love the dialog as well.

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
“My friends can’t know about my OCD or the debilitating, uncontrollable thoughts, because my friends are normal. And perfect. They pride themselves on normalcy and perfection, and they can’t ever find out how far I am from those two things.”
  It's great to see teen books that deal with chronic mental illness. Samantha McAllister has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed with dark thoughts and worries that she can't turn off. Teens will relate to the peer pressure of high school, the desire to fit in, the struggle of overcoming obstacles, and the power of friendship.

Walk On Earth A Stranger by Rae Carson
"Trust someone, Mama said. Her dying words, burned into my heart. But she was wrong. When there’s gold to be had, you can’t trust anyone. Not a single soul."  "This is book one of a new trilogy (The Gold Seer). I loved this historical fiction -  mixed with magic - mixed with an adventure journey - book. Set in Gold Rush era America, teens will love the spirit of adventure and the American history with a magical twist.

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Middle Grade Book Gifts:

Marvels by Brian Selznick
“That’s what life is, Joseph realized, miracles and sadness, side by side.”
This book is two seemingly unrelated stories--one in words, the other in pictures. The illustrated story begins in 1766 with Billy Marvel, the lone survivor of a shipwreck, and charts the adventures of his family of actors over five generations. The prose story opens in 1990 and follows Joseph, who has run away from school to an estranged uncle's puzzling house in London, where he, along with the reader, must piece together many mysteries. Middle grade readers always love Brian Selznick's amazing books.

The Tin Snail by Cameron McAllister
"Some things aren't meant to be. The rest aren't meant to be yet."
Loosely based on the true story of a tiny car in 1940s wartime France. The Tin Snail faces a tough challenge: to carry a farmer and his wife, a flagon of wine and a tray of eggs across a bumpy field in a sleepy French village - without spilling a drop or cracking a shell.

There are so many Middle Grade books posted on this blog; please flip to past posts to fill your gift list.

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Happy Holidays!

And, Happy Reading!

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