Do you have someone on your list that is impossible to shop for? Well, here at The Savvy Reader, we are here to help make your Christmas shopping a whole lot easier. Below is a list of fiction books sure to delight even the pickiest of readers on your list (or maybe you’ll find something to add to your own wish list!).
Kids and Tweens Ages 8-12:
1.Young Sherlock Holmes: Fire Storm by Andrew Lane: Sherlock Holmes is no ordinary fourteen-year-old. And now he’s in for his most baffling case yet! The fourth in a series on the world’s most famous detective, this book is fantastic for young boys and mystery lovers. Also be sure to check out these other Young Sherlock Holmes books: Death Cloud, Red Leech, and Black Ice.
2.Liesl and Po by Lauren Oliver: Ghosts, alchemy, cruel stepmothers, powerful magic, and unexpected friendships abound! Locked away in an attic, Liesl meets Po, a ghost from the Other Side. But an alchemist named Will is about to make a magical mistake that will send all three characters on an extraordinary journey. Watch the Book trailer here.
3.Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu: A retelling of Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Snow Queen,” this beautiful book tells the story of an adopted fifth-grader, Hazel, whose friend Jack has been taken into the forest by a woman made of ice. Now it’s up to Hazel to go after him. Publisher’s Weekly named this stunning modern-day fairy tale one of the best kids books of 2011.
4.Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkein: Every year J.R.R Tolkein’s children would receive letters in spindly handwriting that told of the goings-on at the North Pole and the misadventures of Santa and his helpers. This festive CD is a reading of those letters along with Christmas music and carols. The perfect gift for both Tolkein fans and lovers of all things Christmassy.
5.The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde: Magic is fading from the world. But fifteen-year-old Jennifer Strange starts having visions that foretell not only the death of the last dragon, but also the arrival of very big magic. Hilarious and filled with unexpected surprises this book will leave readers spellbound!
Teens Ages 13 & Up:
1.Variant by Robson Wells: What would school be like without teachers or adults of any kind? You’d think it would be pretty great, right? But Maxfield Academy has a sinister secret and Benson Fisher will do whatever it takes to find out what that is… even if it means getting sent to detention, a place from where no one ever returns! Watch the book trailer here.
2.Betsy Wickwire’s Dirty Secret by Vicki Grant: Betsy’s life has taken an unexpected turn. Dumped and betrayed, Betsy doesn’t know how she will ever show her face again. That is until she starts a cleaning business where she finds love, friendship and a renewed sense of self. But when things start to go missing at her clients’ homes Betsy discovers the hard way that not all dirty secrets can be swept under the rug.
3.Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi: Juliette’s touch is fatal and the Reestablishment plans to use her as a weapon. But after a lifetime of isolation she is finally discovering the strength to fight back. Filled with action, romance and beautifully mind-shattering writing this is the perfect gift for fans of the Hunger Games! Watch the book trailer here.
4.Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon: When Megan moves to Ireland she finds herself drawn to the gorgeous and mysterious Adam DeRis. But she soon learns that her feelings for Adam are tied to an ancient magic that could be their ultimate destruction. Watch the book trailer here.
5.This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel: How does a young, likeable boy turn into the obsessive, monster-making Dr. Frankenstein? Award-winning author Kenneth Oppel delves into the mind of adolescent Victor Frankenstein his new series that’s chilling, thrilling, and deliciously dark. Watch the book trailer here.
Have another favourite book you’d recommend? Help your fellow Savvy Readers find the perfect gift for the kids and teens on their list by sharing your suggestions in the comments.
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