Holiday Books 2012

Reached / Ally Condie - available in hardcover or on YA kindle

The wait is over!  One young woman has raged against those who threaten to keep away what matters most—family, love, choice. Her quiet revolution is about to explode into full-scale rebellion.  With exquisite prose, the emotionally gripping conclusion to the bestselling Matched trilogy returns Cassia, Ky, and Xander to the Society to save the one thing they have been denied for so long, the power to choose.

Breathe / Sarah Crossan

In a barren land, a shimmering glass dome houses the survivors of the Switch, the period when oxygen levels plunged and the green world withered. A state lottery meant a lucky few won safety, while the rest suffocated in the thin air. And now Alina, Quinn, and Bea--an unlikely trio, each with their own agendas, their own longings and fears--walk straight into the heart of danger. With two days' worth of oxygen in their tanks, they leave the dome. What will happen on the third day?

Something Like Normal / Trish Doller

When Travis returns home from Afghanistan, his parents are splitting up, his brother’s stolen his girlfriend, and he’s haunted by nightmares of his best friend’s death. It’s not until Travis runs into Harper, a girl he’s had a rocky relationship with since middle school, that life actually starts looking up. There are many YA novels being written about the recent Middle East wars, and this one is a standout, both for its’ compassionate treatment of a teen war vet, and the compelling characters.

The Last Dragonslayer / Jasper Fforde

In the good old days, magic was powerful, unregulated by government, and even the largest spell could be woven without filling in magic release form B1-7g. Then the magic started fading away. Jennifer Strange runs Kazam, an employment agency for soothsayers and sorcerers. But work is drying up. Drain cleaner is cheaper than a spell, and even magic carpets are reduced to pizza delivery. So it's a surprise when the visions start. Not only do they predict the death of the Last Dragon at the hands of a dragonslayer, they also point to Jennifer, and say something is coming.

Don’t Turn Around / Michelle Gagnon

Living off the grid and trusting no one, Noa uses her computer-hacking skills to stay safely anonymous and alone. But when she wakes up on a table in an empty warehouse with an IV in her arm with no memory of how she got there, Noa starts to wish she had someone on her side.

The Fault in Our Stars / John Green - available in hardcover or on YA kindle

Bestselling author John Green returns with an eagerly anticipated and emotional novel about sickness and health, life and death.Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumors in her lungs, for now. Two years post-miracle, Hazel is post-everything else, too - post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at a cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and - shockingly, to her - interested in Hazel.

***teen favorite

Storm; Spark / Brigid Kemmerer

S & S are the first two books in a new paranormal series about four brothers who can control the elements—water, earth, air & fire.  Filled with secrets, suspense, snappy dialogue & romance, these are page-turners of the first order.

See You at Harry’s / Jo Knowles

Starting middle school brings all the usual challenges - until the unthinkable happens, and Fern and her family must find a way to heal.  Fern feels not only more alone than ever, but  responsible for the accident that has wrenched her family apart. All will not be well. Or at least all will never be the same.

Son/ Lois Lowry

Son thrusts readers once again into the chilling world of the Newbery Medal winning book, The Giver,  where a new hero emerges. In this thrilling series finale, the startling and long-awaited conclusion to Lois Lowry's epic tale culminates in a final clash between good and evil.

Over You / Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

A thoroughly enjoyable chick lit romp, full of excellent characters, great set-ups, and witty, funny dialogue. These days, Max is the go-to guru for heartbroken high-school girls all over NYC. But when Hugo shows up in her neighborhood, suddenly Max is so busy trying to avoid her own ex that she isn't able to help anyone else with theirs, let alone figure out what’s going on with new love interest Zach.

The Killing / Robert Muchamore

In The Killing, Cherub adventure #5,  James is assigned a routine mission. Leon is a small-time crook with big money. James’s job is to make nice with Leon’s kids, dig up some leads, and infiltrate his home. But when James unravels a much larger plot, the mission becomes anything but ordinary. Unfortunately, the only person who might know the truth is a reclusive eighteen-year-old boy—who happens to have died more than a year ago.

Dodger / Terry Pratchett

In an alternative version of Victorian London, a seventeen-year-old Dodger, a cunning and cheeky street urchin, unexpectedly rises in life when he saves a mysterious girl, meets Charles Dickens, and unintentionally puts a stop to the murders of Sweeny Todd.  Sir Pratchett delivers again!

Insurgent / Veronica Roth

New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second book of the dystopian Divergent series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.

The Enchantress / Michael Scott

The twins of prophecy have been split. Nicholas Flamel is near death. John Dee has the swords of power. And Danu Talis has yet to fall. The future of the human race lies in the balance--how will the legend end? The final volume in the exciting bestselling Secrets of Nicholas Flamel series.

Unwholly / Neal Shusterman

Even though 2007’s Unwind didn’t really need a sequel, it’s much appreciated that Shusterman wrote this one.  Rife with action and suspense, this riveting companion to the perennially popular Unwind challenges assumptions about where life begins and ends—and what it means to live.

The Raven Boys /  Maggie Stiefvater

With an NPR interview, and a NY Times review, Stiefvater is one of the more notable YA writers, and this latest effort helps to explain why — Though she is from a family of clairvoyants, Blue’s only gift is that she seems to make other people’s talents stronger, and when she meets Gansey, one of the Raven Boys from the expensive Aglionby Academy, she discovers he has talents of his own — and that together their talents are a dangerous mix.

The Other Normals / Ned Vizzini

By the author of the hilarious It’s Kind of a Funny Story, comes another compulsively readable story about one boy’s path to manhood.  Shipped off to summer camp in an attempt by his parents to wean him off Creatures & Caverns, an epic online role-playing game, Perry instead meets up with Mortin Enaw, one of the creators of C&C, and other mythical creatures from the game, including the alluring Ada Ember, whom Perry finds more beautiful than any human girl he's ever met. Summer just got a whole lot better!

Teen Cuisine new vegetarian / Matthew Locricchio

For beginning cooks and seasoned chefs, the step-by-step instructions feature fresh, nutritious ingredients and show-stopping dishes for all times of day, from breakfast through dinner.There's a even a special section on making sushi.

The Impossible Rescue: the  true story of an amazing Arctic Adventure / Martin W. Sandler

You’ve heard of Shackleton & Antarctica? Now read this riveting tale. The mission? A perilous trek over 1,500 miles of nearly impassable Alaskan terrain, in the bone-chilling months of winter, to secure two herds of reindeer (for food) and find a way to guide them to ice-enclosed whalers before they starve.

Totally Mad : 60 years of humor, satire, stupidity and stupidity / edited by John Ficarra ; designed by Patricia Dwyer

Totally MAD (originally titled The New American Cookbook until cooler heads prevailed) is the ultimate collection of MAD's most idiotic material, including such classics as Spy vs. Spy, The MAD Fold-in, A MAD Look At..., The Lighter Side of, Horrifying Clichés and The Shadow Knows, plus modern MAD classics including The MAD Strip Club and The Fundalini Pages.