'Tis the season to be jolly! And also possibly to hide from your clingy Aunt Gertrude and crazy Uncle Herbert during the holidays.
(Don't deny it... most of us have at least one Gertrude and Herbert in the family. It doesn't mean we don't love them, it just means being inundated with magic tricks and hearing all about Bridge Club isn't our favorite thing.)
If you're looking for some reading material so you look busy at the family gathering, or just to keep you occupied during winter break, these will get you in the spirit of things.
Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Told in the alternating voices of Dash and Lily, two sixteen-year-olds
carry on a wintry scavenger hunt at Christmas-time in New York, neither
knowing quite what--or who--they will find. (A sequel titled The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily just came out in October!)
My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by Various Authors, edited by Stephanie Perkins
If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday
specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if
you love holiday anthologies, you're going to fall in love with My True
Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young
adult writers, edited by the international bestselling Stephanie
Perkins. Whether you enjoy celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter
Solstice or New Years, there's something here for everyone. So curl up
by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons this season to
stay indoors and fall in love
Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
In three intertwining short stories, several high school couples
experience the trials and tribulations along with the joys of romance
during a Christmas Eve snowstorm in a small town.
Ex-Mas by Kate Brian
When seventeen-year-old Lila Beckwith's parents go on vacation, her
plans to throw a huge Christmas party are thwarted by her younger
brother and his best friend, who leave on a mission to save the North
Pole from global warming, and she must join forces with her ex-boyfriend
to get the youngsters safely home.
Winterspell by Claire Legrand
To find her abducted father and keep her sister safe from the lecherous
politicians of 1899 New York City, seventeen-year-old Clara must journey
to the wintry kingdom of Cane, where Anise, queen of the faeries, has
ousted the royal family in favor of her own totalitarian, anti-human
regime. Inspired by The Nutcracker.
Girl Online by Zoe Sugg
Penny has a secret. Under the alias GirlOnline, Penny blogs her hidden
feelings about friendship, boys, high school drama, her quirky family,
and the panic attacks that have begun to take over her life. When things
go from bad to worse at school, her parents accept an opportunity to
whisk the family away for Christmas at the Waldorf Astoria in New York
City. There, she meets Noah, a gorgeous, guitar-strumming American.
Suddenly Penny is falling in love—and capturing every moment she spends
with “Brooklyn Boy” on her blog. But Noah has a secret, too, one that
threatens to ruin Penny’s cover—and her closest friendship—forever.
What Child is This? by Caroline B. Cooney
When seventeen-year-old Matt tries to find a family for an
eight-year-old foster child, his attempt backfires and both of them need
a Christmas miracle.
What Light by Jay Asher
When Sierra falls for Caleb, a boy who made a terrible mistake years
before, she is determined to help him find forgiveness, despite the
disapproval and suspicions they meet.
Saving Red by Sonya Sones
Right before winter break, fourteen-year-old Molly Rosenberg reluctantly
volunteers to participate in Santa Monica's annual homeless count, just
to get her school's community service requirement out of the way. But
when she ends up meeting Red, a spirited homeless girl only a few years
older than she is, Molly makes it her mission to reunite her with her
family in time for Christmas. This turns out to be extremely
difficult--because Red refuses to talk about her past. There are things
Molly won't talk about either. Like the awful thing that happened last
winter. She may never be ready to talk about that. Not to Red, or to
Cristo, the soulful boy she meets while riding the Ferris wheel one
Top Ten Clues You're Clueless by Liz Czukas
The day before Christmas, money goes missing from a donation box at
GoodFoods Market and Chloe and five of her teenage coworkers--held in
the break room until the police arrive--try to identify the real thief.
So there you have it. Ten excellent distractions from your baby cousin screaming over new Christmas toys.
All kidding aside, we at the Easton library hope that no matter what you celebrate, no matter who your family is, no matter what your traditions are, that you have a peaceful, safe, and love-filled holiday.
WE HEART YOU!