This roundup of YA books will keep your younger readers busy through the holidays.
#1 ‘Clap When You Land’ by Elizabeth Acevedo
A Goodreads’ Book of the Year! This novel-in-verse will keep your young reader hooked. Camino and Yahaira are half-sisters who only find out about each other after their father dies in a plane crash.
#2 ‘Midnight Sun’ by Stephenie Meyer
The beloved Twilight saga has returned. The long awaited publication of Meyer’s beloved novel (retold from Edward’s perspective) was a highlight of 2020. Pick this up for your teenager reading the series for the first time, or grab it for yourself to relive an old favorite. Trust us, we already did!
#3 ‘Ready Player Two’ by Ernest Cline
This sequel takes readers on another imaginative, action-packed adventure through Ernest Cline’s virtual universe. This tech adventure story is perfect for the gamer in your family.
#4 ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ by Walter Tevis
The inspiration behind the Netflix series all of your friends are talking about! The book follows the life of eight-year-old orphan and chess prodigy, Beth Harmon. This coming-of-age novel — full of chess and feminism — will be a family favorite.
#5 ‘Felix Ever After’ by Kacen Callender
This honest and layered story about identity and falling in love will catch young reader’s hearts. Felix, a Black, queer and transgender teenager, navigates falling in love and finding himself.
#6 ‘A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder’ by Holly Jackson
A 5-year-old murder still haunts the town of Fairview, but protagonist Pip thinks there’s more to the story. This crime thriller feels like Serial or Making a Murderer turned YA fiction. Your teen will love it.
#7 ‘Cemetery Boys’ by Aiden Thomas
Yadriel summoned a ghost, and now he can’t get rid of him. Cemetery Boys is heart-rending, romantic, vibrant, energetic, enlightening, the list goes on. This book balances captivating fantasy with important conversation about a trans boy finding acceptance in his traditional Latinx family.
#8 ‘House in the Cerulean Sea’ by TJ Klune
Linus Baker is a case worker for the Department in Charge of Magical Youth, and must decide whether magical children are likely to end the world. Enter Arthur Parnassus, master of the orphanage, who will defend the children at all cost. This enchanting love story about magic and family is a perfect long read for the holiday break.
#10 ‘Not the Heir’ by Hudson Warm
In the kingdom of Silverkeep, seventeen-year-old Basil Avington is accustomed to his opulent life as a prince. That is, until the king’s unforeseen death. Now, he faces his twin brother, older by seven minutes, taking the throne. A selfish mission ensues. This magical adventure story will grip your young reader’s attention.
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