So you just remembered that it’s almost Valentine’s Day. It’s your mother’s birthday tomorrow and you need something heartfelt. Any schmuck can buy an iTunes gift card. It takes real skill, craft, if you will, to gift something creative while low on time and budget. Never fear, a quasi-professional present procrastinator is here! Continue reading
This is a potential list of gifts for adults to give to the teenagers in their lives. You could give your teen some clothes, some books, some movies and other awesome items.
Other: Uggs, Pairs of Toms, Boots, Coat
Gift cards: iTunes / Amazon / Starbucks
E-books: Kindle/ Nook
Video Games: PS3 / Kinect / Wii /Just Dance /Assassin Creed / Call of Duty: Black Ops
Shopping Places: Foot Locker, Champs, American Leader, Sephora, The Body Shop
Hair Products: Blue Magic, Dr. Miracle
Brought to you by the Columbia Teen Advisory Group
If you’re having trouble finding the ideal gift for a teen, we have some ideas for you.
We, the members of the Columbia Branch TAG*, have created this list of gift suggestions for teens. It can’t solve all your teen holiday giving problems, but it is a great start!
- I-Pod (Nano)
- The Wake Series
- Percy Jackson Series
- Alice Series
- Bop it
- Keyboard (Piano)
- Alice in Wonderland
- X-box 360
- Shoes (Nikes, Converse, Vans)
- Make-Up Kit
- CD (Glee/ Drake)
- Art supplies
*TAG is the Teen Advisory Group at the Columbia Branch. TAG members help plan library programs, create displays, record podcasts and otherwise help the library be relevant and cool.
Trying to figure out what books to ask for this holiday season? We (Jennifer, Hayden, and Abby, three of your friendly Teen Services Librarians) read dozens of teen books all year long and we’ve picked out some of our favorites just for you. Whether you like reading fantasy, horror, mystery, comics, science fiction or just great stories about teens like yourself, you’ll find some good suggestions below.
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Can’t get enough of The Hunger Games or dystopias in general? Try The Maze Runner, a fast-paced dystopian thriller. Once a month, a teenage boy is delivered to the Glade, remembering nothing but his name. The Glade contains a farm, a forest, and a deadly, puzzling maze where disgusting cyborgs known as Grievers lurk. As they try to solve the maze and escape the Glade, the boys manage to survive through a rigid division of labor and the supplies that show up like clockwork. But when a girl bearing a cryptic, urgent message is sent to the Glade, the teens realize that time is running out.
Dead is the New Black by Marlene Perez (first in a series)
Twi-hards, take note: you won’t be able to stop reading this fun, light, supernatural-romance/mystery series! The first volume, Dead is the New Black, introduces the world of teenage psychic-sleuth Daisy and her hot shape-shifting best friend and romantic interest Ryan Mendez.
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (first in a series)
For something a little darker, and more intense than Twilight , try the Mortal Instruments series. City of Bones, the first book in the series, is set in the hot spots of NYC complete with angelic demon hunters, creatures of the night, and lots of parties, romance, and intrigue.
Marvel Zombies by Robert Kirkman and Sean Phillips
Marvel Zombies is a humorous gross-fest of zombified superheroes. Think reading is boring? Think again!
We Were Here by Matt de la Peña
Miguel has done something so horrible that he can’t admit it to anyone—not even himself. When he and two other boys escape their juvenile detention facility and set off to reach the Mexican border, each boy at first seems to be nothing more than a stereotype of troubled youth. But de la Peña gradually shows that there is far more to each of these characters than meets the eye.
The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
Are you a fantasy fan? This book has everything you’re looking for: a vaguely “long ago, far away” setting, a lovable rogue, a rebellious princess, and of course, maps on the end pages. But it is also more politically and psychologically complex than your average contemporary fantasy.
Reality Check by Peter Abrahams
Abrahams, author of the wonderful Echo Falls mystery series, turns out a suspenseful mystery for high school students. When high school football star Cody hears that his girlfriend is missing from her prestigious East Coast boarding school, he packs up his car and drives across the country to try to find her. Cody is a smart, likeable hero who, though undiagnosed, probably has a learning disorder.
The Homeschool Liberation League by Lucy Frank
Everyone hates middle school, but Katya REALLY hates it. She’s determined to find a way to avoid attending the 8th grade, and quickly hits on the idea of homeschooling, and after some initial resistance, her busy working-class parents actually agree to give it a try—but not all goes as planned. If you’ve ever tried homeschooling, or if you’re just looking for a fun read with a little romance, ask for this book. Jessica is filled with exuberance at learning and despair at attending middle school, and who can’t relate to that?
Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan
Australian author/illustrator Tan turns bland suburban living on its head in this breathtakingly beautiful collection of illustrated short stories. These funny, melancholy and otherworldly stories are brief – some only a page long – but you’ll spend hours poring over Tan’s intricate, captivating drawings.
The Treasure Map of Boys: Noel, Jackson, Finn, Hutch, Gideon, — and me, Ruby Oliver by E. Lockhart (3rd in a series)
Ruby Oliver is having a rough time. She’s back at Tate Prep and trying to rebuild her reputation and repair her friendships by voluntarily remaining in the dismal state of Noboyfriend. But the boys in her life aren’t making it easy for her: Noel’s sending her notes, Jackson’s putting frogs in her mailbox, Finn’s baking her brownies, and Gideon’s teaching her how to cook. You’ll laugh and root for Ruby as she struggles to figure out what she wants and who her true friends are. Bonus: keep an eye out for local landmarks such as Judy Fu’s Snappy Dragon and Bailey/Coy Books (RIP) that pop up throughout the book (set in Seattle).
The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks
Want to know what it’s really like to be a vampire? Nina Harrison, who became a vampire at age 15 and belongs to the Reformed Vampire Support Group, is here to set the record straight. Vampires aren’t the sexy, powerful and sparkling creatures you read about in Twilight. No, the vampires Nina knows are weak, pathetic creatures that survive on guinea pig blood and suffer from constant headaches, nausea and hemorrhaging. And someone is trying to destroy them all.
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork
Marcelo knows he is different from other kids — he hears music no one else can hear, lives in a treehouse, and prefers to avoid casual social interactions as much as possible. But his father thinks Marcelo’s just being difficult, and decides that he needs to enter the “real world” by spending the summer working at his law firm. When he accidentally discovers a photo of a terribly disfigured young girl in a file, Marcelo must make the most difficult decision of his life. If you liked The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, you’ll love this wonderful coming-of-age story.
What other books are on your holiday wish list? Tell us!