Saturday, December 22, 2007

Teen Holiday Reads

You want to curl up with a hot chocolate and read something for the holidays? Here’re a few titles you might consider:

Jingle Boy by Kieran Scott.

A holiday-themed novel of unabashed juvenile humor that readers can enjoy all year long. Lots of laughs as well as a bit of romance make this the perfect gift for teens that love films such as American Pie as well as the nostalgic comic sensibility of A Christmas Story.

The Princess Present by Meg Cabot.

Every year, Princess Mia spends the holidays in Genovia with Grandmre. This year, she's looking forward to the most perfect Christmas ever: her boyfriend, Michael, and her best friend, Lilly, are coming to Genovia, too. But even a princess's plans can go awry.

Sam I Am by Ilene Cooper.

Twelve-year-old Sam Goodman knows the holidays are going to be difficult when his dog knocks over the Hanukkah bush/Christmas tree. His Jewish father and Christian mother have never quite figured out how to celebrate both holidays, and when the tree goes down, their resentments, simmering for so long, boil over. His older sister and younger brother don't seem to have any solutions for the family's predicament; his best friend Avi seems to know who he is as he prepares for his Bar Mitzvah; his secret crush, Heather, knows who she is and who she wants to associate with.

What Child is This? : a Christmas Story by Caroline B. Cooney.

Not everyone is lucky at Christmas. Some people would call 16-year-old Liz Kitchell and her family truly fortunate, but it doesn't feel that way to her. It seems that only a miracle can give 8-year-old Katie her holiday wish. She wants a family, something she does not have as a foster child. As for 17-year-old Matt, he too is in a foster home and is finally letting himself feel a sense of belonging. When he allows himself to do a good deed for Katie, he doesn't realize what would happen. Is the spirit of Christmas strong enough to grant the impossible?

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