Our Christmas Top Picks: YA and Teen Books

Our Christmas Top Picks: YA and Teen Books

La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Vol 1 – Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman returns to the world of His Dark Materials with this magnificent new novel, set ten years before Northern Lights and featuring his much-loved character, Lyra Belacqua.

Turtles all the Way Down – John Green

It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward. Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara.

Mirror, Mirror – Cara Delevigne

While Rose turns to wild partying and Leo is shrouded by dark moods, Red sets out to uncover the truth and find out what – or perhaps who – was responsible for Naima’s death. It’s a journey that will cause Red’s world to crumble.

Almost Midnight: Two Short Stories by Rainbow Rowell

Almost Midnight by Rainbow Rowell is a beautiful gift edition containing two wintery short stories, decorated throughout for the first time with gorgeous black and white illustrations by Simini Blocker. 

Tower of Dawn – Sarah J Maas

Dorian and Aelin’s survival could depend on Chaol and Nesryn convincing Antica’s rulers to ally with them. But what they discover there will change them both – and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

Genuine Fraud – E. Lockhart

Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat. Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete. An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two.  A bad romance, or maybe three. Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate.

Ali-A Adventures: Game On! – Ali- A

It’s launch time for the hotly anticipated video game Alien Liberator 2, and who better to invite along than top gamer Ali-A? Ali is promised the biggest game launch ever – but what he doesn’t count on is just how real the action is about to get!

The Fever Code – James Dashner

The world has ended: the earth is scorched, and fever rages through the population. Out of the chaos, a boy emerges with the power to change everything: Thomas. This is the start of his story.

Monster – Michael Grant

When the dome came down, they thought it was the end of the troubles. Truth is, it was just the beginning. Shade Darby witnessed events that day, with devastating consequences, and vowed never to feel that powerless again. Now, four years later, she gets her hands on a part of the meteor that began it all.

Lord of Shadows – Cassandra Clare

Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark

Username: Uprising – Joe Sugg

Evie and the gang return to face new challenges and resolve the rift between the online and offline world.

One Of Us Is Lying – Karen McManus

Five students go to detention. Four leave alive. Bronwyn, Cooper, Nate, Addy and then there’s the outsider, Simon. He dies before he could post their deepest secrets online. Investigators conclude it’s no accident. All are suspects. Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you’ll go to protect them.

Frogkisser – Garth Nix

Princess Anya, with her loyal dog, must embark on a terribly important (capital Q) Quest to acquire the ingredients for a reversal lip balm, the vital item needed to change a frog back to a prince . . . oh, and save her kingdom from her villainous step(step)father.

One Dark Throne – Kendare Blake

The battle for the crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail? With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off.

Undercover Princess – Connie Glynn

When fairy tale obsessed Lottie Pumpkin starts at the infamous Rosewood Hall, she is not expecting to share a room with the Crown Princess of Maradova, Ellie Wolf. Soon, 14-year-old Lottie finds herself pretending to be the princess so that Ellie can live a more normal teenage life. 

Elites of Eden – Joey Graceffa

When these two girls discover the thread that binds them together, the collision of memories means that their lives may change drastically-and that Eden may never be the same.

Freshers – Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison

Uni beckons. Phoebe can’t wait to be a fresher – especially since her crush from school will be there too. She’ll be totally different at Uni: cooler, prettier, smarter … the perfect potential girlfriend. She’ll reinvent herself completely.

Moxie – Jennifer Mathieu

Viv’s mum was a tough-as-nails, punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, and now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates Moxie, a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond and spread the Moxie message.

A Skinful of Shadows – Frances Hardinge

Makepeace, a courageous girl with a mysterious past, defends herself nightly from the ghosts which try to possess her. Then a dreadful event causes her to drop her guard for a moment. And now there’s a ghost inside her. 

All the Crooked Saints – Maggie Stiefvater

Here is a thing everyone wants: A miracle. Here is a thing everyone fears: What it takes to get one.

SweetFreak – Sophie McKenzie

Carey and Amelia have been best friends forever. Then Amelia starts being trolled by SweetFreak, a mysterious and hateful online account, and Carey is accused of being behind the vicious comments and threats. 

The Potion Diaries: Going Viral – Amy Alward

The GOOD news: there might be a cure for the virus spreading through the city. The BAD news? It’s buried in a remote village in a far-flung country next to an active volcano – and Sam’s not the only one after it. 

They Both Die at the End – Adam Silvera

On September 5th, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: they’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: there’s an app for that. 

The Trials of Morrigan Crow – Jessica Townsend

Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day of the year, she’s blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks – and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday.

Charlotte Says – Alex Bell

Following the death of her mother in a terrible fire, Jemima flees to the remote Isle of Skye, to take up a job at a school for girls. There she finds herself tormented by the mystery of what really happened that night. Then Jemima receives a box of Frozen Charlotte dolls from a mystery sender and she begins to remember

Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher

Clay Jensen returns home from school one day to find a mysterious box with his name on it, outside his front door. Inside he discovers a series of cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker – his classmate and crush. Only, she committed suicide two weeks earlier.

Some Kind of Wonderful – Giovanna Fletcher

Lizzy is heartbroken. But through the tears, she realises this is her chance to seize the opportunities she missed as Ian’s other half. Determined to discover who she is at heart, Lizzy sets out to rediscover the girl she was before – and in the meantime, have a little fun . . .

Girl Online: Going Solo – Zoe Sugg

As Penny starts the school year she’s ready to face the world – alone. Noah has gone off the radar after ending his world tour early and no one, including Penny, knows where he is.

Grave Matter – Juno Dawson

Since the crash, since Eliza died, Samuel can’t find a way to go on. His need to see his love again is overwhelming, and so he ventures into the strange, terrifying world of Hoodoo. Samuel is about to make a pact with powers he cannot comprehend, let alone control…

Letters to the Lost – Brigid Kemmerer

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers. 

See How They Lie – Sue Wallman

When Mae is caught breaking the rules, the response is severe. She starts to question everything about her highly controlled life. And at the Creek, asking questions can be dangerous

Orbiting Jupiter – Gary D. Schmidt

Joseph is misunderstood. He was incarcerated for trying to kill a teacher. Or so the rumours say. But Jack and his family see something others in town don’t want to. The two boys go on a journey through the bitter Maine winter to help Joseph find his baby – no matter the cost.

The Pointless Book 3 – Alfie Deyes

Alfie Deyes is back with everyone’s favourite journal! This time it includes some brand-new challenges and activities – from Haikus to recipes and riddles to mindfulness.

After the Fire – Will Hill

Father John controls everything inside The Fence. But Moonbeam is starting to see the lies behind Father John’s words. She wants him to be found out. What if the only way out of the darkness is to light a fire?

The Start of Me and You – Emery Lord

Can you plan happiness? It’s been a year since Paige’s first boyfriend died in a swimming accident and it’s time she rejoined the real world. So she makes a plan

Girlhood – Cat Clarke

Harper has tried to forget the past and fit in at expensive boarding school Duncraggan Academy. Her new group of friends are tight; the kind of girls who Harper knows have her back. But Harper can’t escape the guilt of her twin sister’s Jenna’s death. But new girl Kirsty seems to get Harper in ways she never expected.

The One Memory of Flora Banks – Emily Barr

Flora has anterograde amnesia. She can’t remember anything day-to-day.Then she kisses someone she shouldn’t, and the next day she remembers it. It’s the first time she’s remembered anything since she was ten. But the boy is gone. Will following him be the key to unlocking her memory? 

Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon

Madeline Whittier is allergic to the outside world. So allergic, in fact, that she has never left the house in all of her seventeen years. But when Olly moves in next door, and wants to talk to Maddy, tiny holes start to appear in the protective bubble her mother has built around her. 

Release – Patrick Ness

It’s Saturday, it’s summer and, although he doesn’t know it yet, everything in Adam Thorn’s life is going to fall apart. But maybe, just maybe, he’ll find freedom from the release. Time is running out though, because way across town, a ghost has risen from the lake…

Shadowblack – Sebastien de Castell

Four months after fleeing his own people, Kellen has discovered he’s an even worse outlaw than he was mage. It doesn’t help that his only allies are a swaggering card player and a thieving squirrel cat.

Invictus – Ryan Graudin

Farway McCarthy was born outside of time. With nowhere to call home and nothing to anchor him to the present, Far captains a crew on a dangerous mission into the past.When he collides with Eliot – a mysterious, secretive girl, whose very appearance raises questions about time itself.

The Taste of Blue Light – Lydia Ruffles

Desperate to uncover the truth, Lux’s time is running out. If she cannot piece together the events of the summer and regain control of her fractured mind, she will be taken away from everything and everyone she holds dear.If her dreams don’t swallow her first.

Crash Landing – Robert Muchamore

Jay, Summer and Dylan are fresh out of the biggest reality show there is. But they’re about to discover what fame and fortune are really about.

The Treatment – C.L. Taylor

All 16 year old Drew Finch wants is to be left alone. When her 15 year old brother Mason is expelled from school and sent to a residential reform academy she’s almost relieved. But then she’s followed home from school by the mysterious Dr Cobey, who has a message. There is something sinister about the `treatment’ Mason is undergoing.

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63 thoughts on “Our Christmas Top Picks: YA and Teen Books

  1. My son absolutely loves Rick Riordan’s books and read the latest Magnus Chase in a day. That just makes the wait till the next one even longer!

  2. Anything by Chris Riddell is always top of my list – it doesn’t matter how old you are, a new Ottoline book is always worth having. So Ottoline and the Purple Fox is definitely at the top of my list.

  3. So many I want to read here!! My fav has got to be Fantastic Beasts, because it’s J.K.Rowling and is introducing the play script to a whole new generation of audience!

  4. ruby redfort – lauren child, one of the best role models my daughter could hope for a super intteligent girl who is just average looking and has a lot of flaws but always tries to do the right thing

  5. Can I have them all pretty please?! What a collection. Holding up the Universe is a must have in my eyes

  6. My favourite is Cecelia Ahern’s Flawed. It was such a thought provoking world. What a cliffhanger to end on! Can’t wait for Perfect – I have so many questions!

  7. My kids loved Magnus Chase by Rick Riordan. But my daughter is looking for new authors so these are great suggestions.

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