Holiday Recommendations from Our Staff

Young Adult Fiction

The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan and Peter Sis

Every great artist began as a dreamer. In her newest book, The Dreamer, Pam Munoz Ryan imagines the wonder-filled, but ultimately tumultuous childhood of one of the world’s most beloved poets (part of the fun is guessing his identity!). Accentuated by Peter Sis’ gorgeous illustrations, Ryan’s melodious prose sings off the page. Perfect for a budding artist age 10 and up! -Leighanne

 

The Search for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi (2010 Holiday Gazette)

DiTerlizzi has charmed young readers for years with his illustrations of the wonderfully weird creatures that inhabit the Spiderwick Chronicles. Now, as author and illustrator, DiTerlizzi spins the tale of Eva Nine, a young girl who has lived her whole life in an underground sanctuary. Devoid of human contact, Eva has only a maternal robot named Muthr and her imagination for companions. When a mysterious creature invades the sanctuary, Eva’s serene existence is thrown into chaos, and she’s forced to flee into a world she’s only ever seen through holograms. Trudging through a new but harsh alien landscape, Eva must adjust to life above ground while searching for the one thing she’s always wanted…a family. -Casey S.

 

As a trapper, Rigg has an immensely useful talent: he alone can see the paths flowing out from behind the creatures he hunts. He can tell where a hare has been and how recently. But, out in the world, this talent may prove dangerous. There are powerful people who want to make Rigg a tracker of men. In Orson Scott Card’s new fantasy for young adult readers, a young boy stands between two camps, one that wants him crowned and one that wants him dead. -Leighanne

 

Matched by Ally Condie (2010 Holiday Gazette)

Seventeen-year-old Cassia’s life has always been perfectly planned. So has everyone’s, because the Officials decide everything in the Society: what to read, what to sing, who to love, when to die. But on the most important night of her young life at the Match Banquet, where she is to see the image of the boy who is chosen to share the Marriage Contract with her, she is shown not one image but two. And for Cassia everything now becomes tangled in choice. This fast-paced debut is a perfect fusion of The Giver and Fahrenheit 451 that will keep the reader riveted from the opening to the conclusion. -Holly

 

Zombies vs. Unicorns edited by Holly Black and Justine Larabalestier

Perplexed and unsure of what to get that older teen, sci-f/fantasy enthusiast? Here’s your answer! An anthology ,containing many of the young adult world’s biggest names, that ponders, in 6 stories per side, which is better: Zombies or Unicorns? A perfect storm of myth-debunking, edginess, romance (same-sex couplings too!), snarkiness, post-apocalyptic flare, flesh-eating, pop culture commentary, and the odd self-tortured unicorn. A great, offbeat gift for the 14-18 (or older!) crowd. -Shannon