Thursday, December 23, 2010

Reading in a Winter Wonderland...

I love the Christmas season. Not only for the love that floating around and the wonderful gifts my family gives me, but also because there are such cute reads based on winter and the holiday seasons. They make hot chocolate and holiday tunes so much better. Here are some holiday reads that you may enjoy/like/love. Happy Holidays!

Let it Snow by Maureen Johnson, John Green, and Lauren Myracle
Pages: 368
Ages: Young Adult
It's Christmas Eve, and one of the biggest storms in memory has hit, isolating tiny Gracetown, Virginia. For Jubilee, Tobin, and Addie the storm will bring them together in the most unconventional of ways. Jubilee, on her way to Florida, is stranded outside of Gracetown when her train gets stuck in the snow. Rather than endure Christmas Eve night on the train with a mass of perky cheerleaders, she ventures out and head to the nearby Waffle House, where she encounters Stuart, who is still nursing a broken hand. Tobin and his friends JP and the Duke are enjoying their Christmas Eve holed up at Tobin's house and watching James Bond movie marathon when they are enticed out into the night to the local Waffle House. What should be a twenty minute drive on a clear night turns into a crazy race to gt there before the intimidating Reston twins...but when hey get there things don't go quite how they planned. For Addie, the holidays have been filled with misery since she and her boyfriend Jeb broke up. But this year she'll gain some perspective (and possibly more) during one very long and very snowy shift at Starbucks the day after Christmas.

Pages: 272
Ages: Young Adult
Dash and Lily, 16, find themselves on their own in Manhattan at Christmas. Dash is alone by choice--he's told each of his divorced parents that he's spending the holiday with the other, leaving them both to take vacations out of town. Lily's parents are taking the honeymoon they couldn't afford when they got married. They think that Lily is in the capable hands of her older brother, but he's less interested in her than in his new boyfriend, and then he gets sick and spends most of the holiday in bed. He does, however, start in motion the activity that is central to the story. It involves a red Moleskin notebook with a list of literary clues that Lily leaves in the stacks at the Strand bookstore. Bookish and erudite, Dash finds it and is intrigued enough to follow Lily's lead and leave some clues of his own. The dares in the book's title refer to innocent things such as going to various crowded places like Macy's and FAO Schwartz to pick up messages. As the dares go on, the teens reveal more and more about themselves in the pages of the notebook, until they finally meet under the worst possible circumstances.

Pages: 96
Ages: Young Adult
Mia would give all the jewels in Genovia for the perfect present. Every year, Princess Mia spends the holidays in Genovia with Grandmére. 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. Lilly has a lot to learn about palace protocol, and with all the state holiday functions Mia must attend, there's no time to linger under the mistletoe with Michael. Worst of all, Mia hasn't been able to find him the perfect gift. Can Mia stop her bah-hum bugging long enough to see that the perfect present has nothing to do with international express courier--and everything to do with real love? Though some shiny silver ribbon never hurts...

Pages: 208
Age: Young Adult
Christmas is coming! And an elf outfit and the minty scent of what seem like a gatrillion candy canes arent' the only adjustments for Candace. Her biggest worry what to get her boyfriend for Christmas turns to a much larger project after Candace is reminded that real needs can be hiding right around the corner. Can this elf capture the true meaning of Christmas in time to make a difference?

Pages: 192
Ages: 9-12
Winter Break is approaching, and everyone at Joyce Kilmer Middle School is in the holiday spirit. Everyone except the Pops, that is! Jenny can't wait for the holidays, but her good mood quickly evaporates when she picks Dana as her "Secret Snowflake" in English class and finds out that her friend Sam is heading home to England for the holidays. Things go from bad to worse when Jenny doesn't get invited to her friend Mark's New Year's Eve party. What's going on? Is Mark angry with Jenny about something she did? Or could the Pops have something to do with it?

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