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Books for Holiday Gifts

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Who wouldn't love books for the holidays?  At the Center, we know we can always look forward to more exciting children's and young adult literature to read over the holiday break and carrying us into the new year.  Here are some gift-worthy books that would be a welcome gift to readers of all ages:

The Seeds of America Trilogy by Laurie Halse Anderson

The final installment of this historical fiction trilogy was released on October and it has made us want to reread all three books.  The first book, Chains, introduces us to Isabel, a 13 year old slave during the Revolutionary War.  As the series continues, Isabel and her friend Curzon each share the tellings in Forge. Finally, in Ashes, Isabel and Curzon continue their journey and fight for freedom as their search for Isabel's little sister, Ruth.  This series is perfect for a reader who loves history! Ages 12 and up.

Hilo Graphic Novel Series by Judd Winick

HiloThis hilarious graphic novel series tells the story of Hilo, a boy who has crashed to earth and has to figure out where he came from and why he is here.  With the help of his friends DJ and Gina, he'll help save the whole world!  The second installment of this series finds Hilo adjusting to life on earth, but soon magic portals with strange creatures start popping up all over town.  DJ and Gina must help Hilo again! The third in the series is due in February, so now would be a perfect time to read the first two!  Full of hilarious antics and hijinx, this series will have readers laughing from the first panel to the last. Ages 8-12

A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day by Andrea Davis Pinkney

A Poem for Peter

This beautiful picture book tells the biography of Ezra Jack Keats and how he developed the idea for the much loved class, The Snowy Day.  Told in poetic verse and wonderfully illustrated, this book would be perfect for a fan of biographies, poetry, or The Snowy Day book! It's the perfect read for snuggling up on cold, snowy days.  Ages 5-10

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

the sun is also a starNatasha is a girl who believes in science and facts. She is not one to believe in destiny or fate.  Her family is near deportation when she sees Daniel.  The soon begin a whirlwind romance that the Universe itself has pushed into motion.  A National Book Award finalist and a New York Times Bestseller, The Sun is Also a Star will have readers thinking about the way we see ourself and how others see us too. Ages 14 and up.


The Crossover by Kwame Alexander


Josh and Jordan Bell are both awesome on the basketball court.  This novel focuses on how the twins "come of age" and how their relationship evolves with outside constrains, but basketball remains the glue that holds them together.  Told in verse form, to mimic Josh's "mad beats," this novel is perfect for any sports fan! Winner of the 2015 Newbery Award, the 2015 Coretta Scott King Award Winner, and a New York Times Bestseller. Ages 10 and up

National Book Awards

Jacqueline Woodson - Another Brooklyn
Another BrooklynNo stranger to the National Book Awards (she won in 2014 for her verse novel, Brown Girl Dreaming), Jacqueline Woodson earns another nomination for her latest fiction, Another Brooklyn. This novel, although written for adult audiences in mind, follows August through her memories of her childhood and adolescence for, as Woodson states, “those complex years have a profound impact on the rest of our lives” (NPR, All Things Considered, 2016).

Interview with Tara Altebrando

The LeavingHere at the Center, we've all been passing around The Leaving by Tara Altebrando and raving about how creative and haunting it is.  The Leaving is the perfect book to get readers engrossed in a book and desperate to turn the next page.  The book tells the story of six kindergarteners who go missing without a trace, only to return years later.  Only five of the now sixteen-year olds return and they have no knowledge of where they have been or what has happened to the remaining victim.  


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