Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Books for Christmas Part Two

I'm going to have to start posting more frequently to get all my Christmas book suggestions out. Today will be a nonsensical smattering of ideas.

Here goes!

First of all, I just read this book:

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Across a Star-swept Sea by Diana Peterfund. 

I loved it. It's a science-fiction retelling of The Scarlett Pimpernel, one of my favorite books. I tell you that both because I was skeptical I would enjoy a retelling of a favorite (especially in a futuristic/apocalyptic setting) and because I might have enjoyed it more than people who aren't familiar with The Scarlett Pimpernel. But I would still recommend it to any teen or adult (probably just girls...) who love romance and fantasy. This would be a great gift to a good reader (the world and the language are a little too complex for the most reluctant readers, I think). 

And to go in a completely different direction, this is one of our favorite alphabet books:

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G is for One Gzonki: an Alpha-number-bet book by Tony DiTerlizzi

It's hilarious. I read all the little bubble-comments aloud in this one. A great gift for an emerging reader.

And for a beautiful picture book you could give to friends or families you love:

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The Blessing Cup by Patricia Polacco
This was such a beautiful story. I cried at the end. Some of my kids cried. We all listened and we all loved it. 

In a similar vein, for those of you who enjoyed books like Wonder, here's a book (probably better written than Wonder) that is similar because of its heart and depth (but again better). 

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The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata. Middle-grade for more sensitive boys and girls, though probably girls will be more drawn to the main character. A great Christmas gift. 

And finally, one of my absolute top favorite books of this year, a great gift for any middle-grader (probably 9-12):


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And look what's coming out in January!

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More suggestions coming soon! 

1 comment:

  1. These recommendations all sound great! I didn't know Across a Star-Swept Sea was a Scarlet Pimpernel retelling! I'm excited. I really enjoyed the author's reimagining of Persuasion in For Darkness Shows the Stars. Kind of an unexpected combination (Jane Austen/post-apocalyptic world), but it totally worked.

    I wish I had remembered about Jinx when I was doing my Christmas shopping! I've already purchased all the books I'm giving my kids/nieces/nephews, but I might just have to sneak a few more in. And maybe with enough hints Santa will bring that new Diana Peterfund book for me:).