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I love the breadth of the catalog -- it lets us have an easy gift suggestion for just about anyone! - Jill Hendrix, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC
34 Pieces of You
34 Pieces of You, is a page turning mystery that would make a great Christmas gift for YA fans of books like The Fault in Our Stars, Skinny or If I Stay. A bit on the heavier side, the book is about a girl, Ellie, who dies from an overdose and how it affects her 3 best friends afterward. Ellie was a daring, charismatic, broken young girl and after she dies her best friends find a box with 34 clues, 34 strips of paper hidden in a box beneath her bed, which hold the secrets of a brief and painful life. This book sheds light into the, often hidden, struggles of a teenager’s life. It does a good job of showing how important it is for friends to pay attention and how important it is to take certain things seriously. It also shows how dangerous drugs can be, and is also an entertaining book that has been well received within the YA genre.
A Million Suns
Got any sci-fi, fantasy readers on your Christmas list? If so, you really have to check out the Across the Universe trilogy, by Beth Revis. This is a timeless space story with the works; love, betrayal, family, a quest to save lives- and it is sure to be adored by any fantasy lover who hasn’t stumbled upon the series yet! The three books in this trilogy have all been published (as of earlier this year) and follows the life of Seventeen-year-old Amy. Amy and her parents have been frozen and are riding as cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed, on their way to a new planet which is far away (like three hundred years in the future, far). However, when her frozen slumber comes to an end fifty years too soon, Amy is thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.
An Otis Christmas
Don’t pass up the next holiday classic this Christmas! From the #1 bestselling creator of Otis and the illustrator of The Little Engine that Could, comes this sure-to-be holiday favorite, An Otis Christmas. In this sweet story we find a different Christmas miracle thanks to Otis, the friend you can always count on. This is warm, feel-good Christmas tale that can honestly be read at any time, but is perfect for this season, full of beautiful illustrations and holiday cheer!
Carl Hiaasen’s latest book Chomp is a great book for just about anyone. Hiaasen received a Newbery Honor Award for his Children’s book Hoot, which touches on themes of environmental issues, as do all of his MG/YA books. In Chomp, Hiaasen explores the consequences of reality TV and wildlife issues through the life of Whaoo Cray, who lives in a zoo with his father. When money gets tight Whaoo’s father decides to take a job with a reality TV show and the stations egotistical host (think of an over-the-top Steve Erwin type, with a fake Australian accent). This book is funny and a non-stop adventure, which would make a great gift for anyone who both likes humorous books and animals.
Looking for a little something to give your kiddos pre-Christmas? Dear Santasaurus, by author Stacy McAnulty and illustrator Jef Kaminsky, is a hilarious story about the countdown to Christmas that is sure to put the holiday spirit in the air. Told through a series of 17 letters written to Santasaurus, with beautiful illustrations, your kids are sure to have fun reading this book with you, and sharing their favorite holiday with a cast of prehistoric characters!
Desmond Pucket Makes Monster Magic
Looking for a Christmas gift for your little Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Goosebumps fan? Desmond Pucket Makes Monster Magic is the perfect option for you! About a young boy named Desmond who is obsessed with everything monster, he has made himself the authority on all things mayhem and is the self-proclaimed Professor of Frightology. He is often causing mischief and chaos with his monster pranks, which makes for a pretty funny and enjoyable read, as Desmond tries to keep his monster mayhem under wraps so that he doesn’t get kicked out of school before the big, end of the year, field trip!