Our second Christmas Gift Guide post is full of fantastic ideas for the avid teen readers in your life, whether they’re into historical adventure, fantastical action or real-life drama. Here are some of our top picks (don’t forget to check out our Summer Reading Guide for more!) …
Clancy of the Undertow by Christopher Currie ($19.99)
The debut young adult novel from Avid Reader’s very own Christopher Currie is a beautiful story about figuring out who you are. Sixteen-year-old Clancy is a misfit with a crush on the local hot girl – and things only get worse when her dad is involved in a tragic accident that turns the small town of Barwen against her family.
The Red Queen: Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody ($32.99)
The hugely anticipated final installment in Carmody’s epic Obernewtyn Chronicles, The Red Queen has been 25 years in the making. It’s everything you want from a grand finale: dramatic, gripping and vivid, it’s the perfect book to get lost in over the summer.
The Marvels by Brian Selznick ($29.99 – special price!)
This remarkable book tells two seemingly unrelated stories – one entirely in stunning illustrations, one in words. The first, set in 1766, begins with the shipwreck of a young boy and then charts the adventures of his family over five generations; the second starts in 1990 and follows Joseph, who runs away from school to his uncle’s house in London.
Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Box Set by Ransom Riggs ($49.99 – special price!)
This gorgeous gothic series is collected together for the first time in a beautifully designed box set that’s just begging to be stashed beneath the Christmas tree. It includes hardcover editions of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Hollow City and Library of Souls.
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin ($19.99)
It’s 1956 in Germania, 10 years after the Nazis won World War II. Yael is an 18-year-old Jewish girl who’s joined the resistance movement, and her skin-shifting abilities mean she’s been assigned the most important job of all: to kill Hitler. A captivating and unusual alternative history that’s been described as Code Name Verity meets Inglorious Basterds.
And for advanced readers aged 10 to 13 …
The Fourteenth Summer of Angus Jack by Jen Storer (16.99)
Angus and his sister are constantly moving house – and when they end up living next door to a strange old lady called Reafen, it’s the start of a bewitching adventure. Perfect for Harry Potter fans!
KidGlovz by Julie Hunt, illustrated by Dale Newman ($24.99)
KidGlovz is a musical genius who’s kept under lock and key by his ruthless manager. But when a young thief helps him escape and start a new life, KigGlovz finds himself on a thrilling but perilous journey.
The Luna Laboratorium by NJ Gemmell ($19.99)
The Caddy kids are back, and they’re on a mission to figure out the family mystery – is their mum still alive? Their travels take them to the noise and lights of Sydney’s Luna Park, where there are plenty of surprises in store.