Tweens & Teens (2010 Gift Guide)

The staff of the Everett Public Library has put together a fabulous gift guide of books and music in a variety of subjects. You’re sure to find something to please every reader on your list. Why not give yourself a gift and check one out today?

Click here to read or print the complete list. Read on for our guide to tween & teen selections.

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Non-Fiction
Consider selecting non-fiction books that teens wouldn’t buy for themselves and ones that they can enjoy for many years to come. Books that can be browsed by flipping through pages are excellent choices and help to pass away the rainy winter days. Don’t forget the cool factor. These books are sure to impress their friends as well.

The ABCs of Rock by Melissa Duke Mooney
A picture book for punk and rock fans of all ages. Featuring bands from AC/DC to ZZ Top, this mini rock-n-roll tutorial will help your kids become the coolest music geeks in school.

Danger! by DK Publishing
This book is bursting with facts about dangerous animals, plants, microbes, and amazing and bizarre scientific information. Photographs and illustrations on each page make this book an exciting visual journey through our wonderfully weird world.

DC Super Heroes: The Ultimate Pop-up Book by Matthew Reinhart
Watch out, lest Superman punch you in the arm or Wonder Woman kick you in the chin as you lean in close to explore pop-ups nestled within pop-ups. The Bat Signal on page 4 even lights up. Need we say more?

Guinness World Records 2011
Get lost browsing the glossy, full-color, eye-catching pages of this newly redesigned perennial favorite. Appeals to a wide range of ages (even adults) and lures in the most reluctant reader.

Star Wars: A Scanimation Book by Rufus Butler Seder
As the reader turns each page, an iconic scene from one of the Star Wars films magically comes to life. From the author of the bestselling Scanimation books Gallop! and Waddle!


Fiction
2010 was an outstanding year in young adult fiction publishing. If your avid teen reader can’t decide what to read next, these titles are perfect escapist picks for winter break. They are guaranteed to be 100% vampire-free.

Firelight by Sophie Jordan
The first book in a new fantasy-romance series for older teens. Jacinda is a 16 year-old draki, a descendant of dragons who looks human but can transform into a dragon. She and her family escape from their pride of drakis to live among humans. There, Jacinda is drawn to a handsome young man named Will, who also leads a secret double-life.

I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President by Josh Lieb
Oliver Watson is the most unpopular boy in his 7th grade class. Everyone, even his parents, believes he is stupid and lazy. But, that’s what Oliver wants you to think. Find out how he secretly became one of the richest and most powerful people in the world. Full of dark and twisted humor, and authored by one of the comedy writers for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
In a not-so-distant future on Earth, breakers work to strip copper and metals from wrecked ships along the shore. When teenaged Nailer discovers a new shipwreck, it contains riches beyond his wildest dreams. He suddenly sees the huge disparity between the lives of the ship breakers, who live like slaves, and the owners of the corporations, who buy the salvage his friends risk their lives for every day.

Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick
Seventeen-year-old Amber Appleton doesn’t let the fact she’s living in a school bus with an alcoholic mother stand in the way of her Ivy League dreams. Buoyed by her faith and persistent optimism, Amber constantly volunteers to help others, who join her quirky cast of friends. When tragedy strikes, they all put on an unforgettable show of support for their beloved Amber Appleton.

Witch and Wizard by James Patterson
Whit and his sister Wisty are kidnapped in the middle of the night and arrested for being something they didn’t even know they were. All their attempts to escape are repeatedly thwarted. The reader is left wanting more in one of the most thrilling cliffhangers in literary history. The sequel, Witch and Wizard: The Gift, comes out Dec. 2010.

book coverJust for Fun
Sorry, we couldn’t resist just one little vampire book.

Dick and Jane and Vampires by Laura Marchesani
Don’t let the easy phonics-reader format fool you; this book is not for kindergartners. This satirical homage to the beloved Dick and Jane books, with a creepy twist, is sure to delight readers who appreciate a good parody and who think the vampire craze has gone too far.

For more gift book ideas and reading lists, see this page in our Readers’ Corner.