Thank you Alex Costello for this guest blog post, just in time for winter break!
Winter is best spent curled up with a good book. A mug of hot cocoa, wrapped up in blankets, maybe with a good fire going? Sounds like the ideal snowy day to me! Here are eight great YA (Young Adult) winter reads to help ease you into the holiday season and warm up your cold winter days:
1) The Book Thief by Mark Zusak
The Book Thief is a thought-provoking historical novel about a young German girl named Liesel. Set during World War II, the novel gives a glimpse of what life might have been life for a young girl back then. Told from the perspective of Death, it is a captivating and often heartbreaking novel about Liesel as she steals book after book and befriends several interesting people – a boy named Rudy, her foster parents, and the Jewish refugee named Max that they have agreed to hide at a great risk to themselves. This book also has a movie adaption!
2) Shiver by Maggie Steifvater
Looking for something romantic? Shiver is a romantic Fantasy novel about a young girl named Grace who lives on the edge of a forest, dependent on the presence of a wolf that she calls “her wolf”. The wolf’s name is Sam, who spends his winters in the forest with his pack, and his summers as a human. They meet during the summer, but as winter approaches, Sam must fight to stay with her.
3) Let It Snow by Maureen Johnson, John Green, Lauren Myracle
Let It Snow is a compilation of three short stories set in a town called Gracetown during a gigantic snow storm. The stories follow three teenagers – Jubilee, Tobin, and Addie – as they find love and romance during a snowstorm at Christmas time.
4)The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Like Vampires? The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a book about a girl, Tana, who has become infected with vampirism. Coldtowns are walled-off cities designed to contain the infected, and once inside, you can’t ever leave. In order to save herself, her ex-boyfriend, and a mysterious boy named Gavriel, she ventures into Coldtown itself in a race against time.
5) Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Snow Like Ashes takes place in a fantasy world, set 16 years after the fall of the kingdom of Winter, leaving its people enslaved and its magic gone. Meira, now a teenager, is one of the few who escaped and is now living as a refugee – and is in love with Winter’s future king. Meira learns of the location of a locket that could give Winter back its magic and decides go after it herself.
6) Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Shadow and Bone is a story of a girl named Alina, who is taken from everything she knows after she saves her friend using a power she did not know she had. She is taken to be trained as a member of the Grisha, a group of elite magic wielders led by the mysterious Darkling. Alina discovers that she may be her country’s only hope.
7) Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Between Shades of Gray follows a teenaged girl named Lina, whose life is turned upside down when the Soviets invade her home in Lithuania. She, her mother, and brother are forced to travel to a Siberian work camp, and Lina finds comfort in making art – and in her art she leaves clues to her location, hoping that somehow they will make their way to her father in prison camp.
Stop by any branch of the Handley Regional Library system and take a look at our Young Adult displays with more great reads for your winter break!