Rather than the latest toy or gadget, have you ever thought what the gift of a book has to offer, especially to a child, a tween, or a young adult? This is the age when young folks are dealing with so many issues. A book can become a comfort in a time of transition. It can become an escape into another world. It can become a learning tool, while getting to know interesting characters. Or it can be just darned good entertainment. Here are eleven great reasons to give your middle grader or young adult a book for Christmas.
1. Are fairytales your interest? Ann T. Bugg’s Before Happily Ever After series re-visits your child’s favorite stories with a brand new twist.
2. Time Travel anyone??? Sharon Ledwith’s Legend of the Timekeepers lets the reader travel back in time to Atlantis with some quirky characters that might remind you of someone you already know.
3. If Greek Mythology is your bag, Kaitlin Bevis offers up the Zeus’ Daughters series for young adults.
4. Love the arts? Mindy Harwick’s Stained Glass Summer introduces an artform, while exploring the emotions of children of divorce, or feelings of inadequacy.
5. Everyone loves animals, right? Join George the Basset hound starring in his wonderful book called George Knows. Mindy Mymudes writes down his story (It's hard to write with paws).
6. Christina Weigand has written some great Christian young adult fantasy books with her Palace of the Twelve Pillars series.
7. Does a century-old man with a magical bag catch your interest? Sara Stinson’s Finger Bones is filled with friendship and magic.
8. Mystery anyone? Lisa Orchard’s Super Spy series is for you.
9. Like creepy graveyards? Jennifer L. Hotes takes you there with Four Rubbings.
10. Middle graders who love tiny things might love K.L. Pickett’s Seventh Grade (Alien!) Hero, who finds a tiny spaceship, or Maybe it’s Magic! with a tiny magical glass horse.
11. Interested in Louisiana Bayou legends? The Legend of Ghost Dog Island, explores the swamps of Louisiana, while dealing with loss, bullying, and friendship…and solving the mystery of a ghostly legend.
Follow the links below to visit these authors’ blogs, and see what else they have to offer during this blog hop!
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