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Holiday Book Buying Guide for Young Adults

Give the Young Adult in your life these amazing librarian recommended books this holiday season.

 Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens agenda by Becky Albertalli

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met. Incredibly funny and poignant, this twenty-first-century coming-of-age, coming out story wrapped in a geek romance is a knockout of a debut novel by Becky Albertalli.


 Gabi, a girl in pieces by Isabel Quintero

Sixteen-year-old Gabi Hernandez chronicles her senior year in high school as she copes with her friend Cindy’s pregnancy, friend Sebastian’s coming out, her father’s meth habit, her own cravings for food and cute boys, and especially, the poetry that helps forge her identity.




 The List by Siobhan Vivian

With The List, Siobhan Vivian deftly takes you into the lives of eight very different girls struggling with issues of identity, self-esteem, and the judgments of their peers. Prettiest or ugliest, once you’re on the list, you’ll never be the same.




 Six of crows by Leigh Bardugo

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price — and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone… A convict with a thirst for revenge. A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager. A runaway with a privileged past. A spy known as the Wraith. A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums. A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes. Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is suddenly the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction — if they don’t kill each other first.


Additional Suggestions:

Additional Lists:

Publishers Weekly’s Best Children’s and YA Books 2016

YALSA’s Best of the Best

YALSA Teens’ Top Ten




 Stop by Library Express to buy new and used books or those on your holiday wish list! Get 15% off your total purchase with this special holiday coupon. Download your coupon here.

Library Express is located on the 2nd Floor of the Marketplace at Steamtown.


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