2019 Holiday Book Buying Guide for Teens and Young Adults

Books are a great gift for all ages! 

Here are some great suggestions from library staff members for Teens and Young Adults:

Indian-ish : recipes and antics from a modern American family by Priya Krishna

“Throughout, Priya’s funny and relatable stories—punctuated with candid portraits and original illustrations by acclaimed Desi pop artist Maria Qamar (also known as Hatecopy)—will bring you up close and personal with the Krishna family and its many quirks.”





Lovely War by Julie Berry

“In the perilous days of World Wars I and II, the gods hold the fates– and the hearts– of four mortals in their hands. They are Hazel, James, Aubrey, and Colette. A classical pianist from London, a British would-be architect-turned-soldier, a Harlem-born ragtime genius in the U.S. Army, and a Belgian orphan with a gorgeous voice and a devastating past. Their story, as told by goddess Aphrodite to her husband, Hephaestus, and her lover, Ares, is filled with hope and heartbreak, prejudice and passion, and reveals that, though War is a formidable force, it’s no match for the transcendent power of Love.”


Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

“With Wayward Son, Rainbow Rowell has written a book for everyone who ever wondered what happened to the Chosen One after he saved the day. And a book for everyone who was ever more curious about the second kiss than the first. It’s another helping of sour cherry scones with an absolutely decadent amount of butter. Come on, Simon Snow. Your hero’s journey might be over–but your life has just begun”




We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

“Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the sultan. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways. Both Zafira and Nasir are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya―but neither wants to be. War is brewing, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the sultan on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds―and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine”

Additional Recommendations:

Basquiat: A Graphic Novel by Laurence King
Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
His Hideous Heart: 13 of Eager Allan Poe’s Most Unsettling Tales Reimagined by Dahlia Adler
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki
Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughn
Peak by Roland Smith
Quiver by Julia Watts
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Unpregnant by Jenni Hendriks

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