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Holiday Book Guide- Part 2

November 25
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Holiday book guide part 1

I wanted to share some more book gift suggestions with everyone.  As I have mentioned before, I am a youth services librarian so most of my recommendations will be related to children and teens. This post focuses on books for middle grades through adult.  Enjoy!

Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

I love Rebecca Stead. I loved When You Reach Me  and always look forward to her new books.  I was lucky enough to receive a early preview copy of her newest book, Goodbye Stranger via NetGalley, which is a book service for librarians and other influencers.  Goodbye Stranger takes place in New Your City over the course of a year with several middle school characters.  This book tastefully deals with the sensitive topic of texting photographs and the repercussions of what can happen. I think this is a great title for both boys are girls who are beginning to deal with life on the internet and the idea of a digital footprint.

 

Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill It in Your Career. Rock Social Media by Aliza Licht I picked up this book on a whim from the New Book shelf at the library.  It looked cute and seemed like an educational read.  After reading the first chapter I knew this book was a star. Aliza gives a no nonsense approach to how to be successful in your first job.  As someone who works with teens on a daily basis I can tell you that this is information young people need.  The author shares fun antidotes as well as a checklist onto how to follow her suggestions and really rock your job.  The rest of the book goes over how to get a promotion and really be successful and smart with social media.  This book would be an awesome gift for anyone from high school seniors through young professionals.  It would definitely be a great gift for a college graduation.  I know it looks girly, but this information in this book is for both guys and girls.

The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. CareyThis book was suggested by a friend on Facebook and it sounded a little interesting so I went with it.  The Girl with all the Gifts is a story about a girl who lives in a jail and that is the only life she has ever known.  As the story progresses we learn more about the new and different world this story takes place in. However, I don’t want to give anything away so that’s all I’m saying.  This is a great thriller for readers looking for something new and fast paced.  Although this is an adult book, I would suggest it for high school and adult aged readers.  Also, I haven’t heard anything yet, I wouldn’t be surprised if this becomes a movie in a few years.  ‘d see it.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Do you have a teen who is still obsessed with Hazel and Augustus from “The Fault in your Stars?”  If so they need to read Everything Everything.  This is a great love story about Madeline, who, due to an extremely rare disease cannot leave her home.  Everything is going swimmingly until a boy moves in next door and suddenly her world is upside down. Perfect for teens and young adults who love a good love story.

Every Day by David Levithan Every Day is a story about A, a person who wakes up every day in the body of someone else.  This book tells the story of the first time A falls in love and what its like living in his unique world.  This book is the perfect blend of realistic fiction and a hint of sci-fi. Great for a teen or young adult into romance or science fiction.  

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Holiday Book Guide- Part 1

November 13
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Holiday Book Guide part 1- Great Thanksgiving and fall books for kids.  Amberdowns.net

This post is the first installment of my Holiday Book Guide series.  My goal is to recommend quality new and classic titles that would be great gift options for children and adults. Today I am reviewing some titles that would be great for Thanksgiving as well as Christmas and other gifting needs. Interested in a title?  Click the photo to be directed to the amazon page for that book.

Thankful by Eileen Spinelli
This book just came out a few weeks ago and is destined to be a Thanksgiving classic.  In the story the child goes over all the simple things s/he is thankful for and then at the end s/he is thankful for “you.” This is a great gift item for both a children and adults. Wondering what to get someone who is so helpful in your life?  THIS BOOK IS THE ANSWER.  I know I will be ordering a couple copies for gifts. This book is great for preschoolers through adults.

Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller
Sophie’s squash is an adorable fall story about a girl who befriends what is supposed to be dinner.  The story, told over several seasons, shares the importance of friendship, even if found in unusual places. This book is perfect for preschoolers and early elementary students.

Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall
This awesome book came out in February of this year and is my favorite of 2015.  As you can see, Red is a crayon who clearly isn’t red.  This beautiful tale reminds us that we must be true to our inner selves regardless of what others tell us to be.  FYI this can be a serious tear jerker.  This title is perfect for children of all ages and adults.

The Goodbye Book by Todd Parr(FYI This is another tear jerker) Todd Parr has done it again. He has taken a difficult topic and make it something simple to understand for little ones as well as adults: dealing with loss of a loved one. This book hits on many levels without going into too much detail.  The bright, simple, way he explains the feelings of loss are great for confused children as well as adults who are still coming to grips with this very personal topic. This title is perfect for children of all ages as well as adults.

Little Tree by Loren LongLittle Tree is a lovely story about a tree that refuses to let go. After his leaves turn brown in the fall the little tree does not drop them.  It is not until he can let go of the leaves that he can grow again. This is another story that children in preschool and elementary school will enjoy as well as adults who have been through similar situations.

 I hope that you have enjoyed my book recommendations.  Check back later this month for more titles as well as Christmas books and great chapter book gifts.  Have a suggestion of your own?  Share it in the comments!

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