The Reading Room Selects the best Young Adult and Children’s Books for Holiday Gift-Giving

Readers will be spoilt for choice this holiday season with so many great books being released over the next few months. It’s hard to pick the top ten let alone the top five books. In this list are two great books that are the final volumes of an already existing bestselling series and some great new adventures.

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For Young Adult fans
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon will enchant all those who loved The Hunger Games. This new seven-book series carries huge promise.  Watch the book trailer.
  by Veronica Roth needs no introduction. This last volume in the Divergent series will be released to co-incide with the movie of the first book. It’s a great read for fans of dystopian fiction, with lots of action.
Champion by Marie Lu – The Legend  trilogy has sneaked onto bestseller lists quietly but is now a staple for those who read and loved the Divergent series. This stunning finale is just as visual and heart-pounding as the two previous books in the series.
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson is the first volume in the new superhero series from the acclaimed author of the Mistborn trilogy, which has a particular appeal for teen boys.
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill reveals another promising new voice in YA fiction. It is already getting lots of great buzz. This is a time-travel story with a refreshing twist on dystopian themes.
We cannot finish this list without mentioning the new novel from the two-time Carnegie Medal winner Patrick Ness, who never ceases to amaze.  
More Than This depicts “the life – or perhaps afterlife – of a teen trapped in a crumbling, abandoned world.” Arguably this is not a book for everybody, but if you enjoyed the philosophical side of The Matrix you will relish this novel.

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Mr Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown is a Caldecott Honor artist and in this picture book he takes kids on a wild adventure that demonstrates there is a time and place for everything, including a bit of wildness. Bold colors, fun characters, and an entertaining story.
Journey by Aaron Becker – This highly imaginative story follows a girl “on an elaborate flight of fancy in a wondrously illustrated, wordless picture book about self-determination – and unexpected friendship.”
Year of the Jungle by Suzanne Collins – Can the author of The Hunger Games conquer the children’s book market too? This picture book for 4 to 8 year olds is “a deeply moving autobiographical picture book about a father who must go off to the war in Vietnam – and the daughter who stays behind.”

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For Young Readers  
The Lord of Opium by Nancy Farmer – This follow up to book The House of the Scorpion is an absolute must read, and we would expect nothing less from the author of The Sea of Trolls. It’s a great book for kids 14 and up who enjoy action-packed sci-fi with lots of great characters.
Flora and Ulysses by Kate Di Camillo – This delightful illustrated novel from this Newbery-winning author is full of great humor, quirky characters and prize-winning dialogue. Watch the bestseller lists for this one.
Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman – “The story is simple: A father goes to the store to buy milk. The only trouble is, he’s kidnapped by aliens, and by the end of the book, he’s being threatened by dancing dwarfs. And did we mention that it is not only penned by Neil Gaiman but illustrated by award-winning cartoonist Skottie Young. What else can we possibly say except that it is a perfect book for your child and the child in you!