Anna lives in New York City in a tiny studio crammed full of books. Someday, she might even own a couch to read them on.
It’s hard to describe the glory that is Andrew Smith’s Grasshopper Jungle, but I’ll try: it’s a clever, brilliant coming-of-age novel best described as “Vonnegut-esque” with all the fun and excitement of high-concept B-movie, in which a teenage boy in rural Iowa unleashes an unstoppable horde of six-foot-tall preying mantises that only want to eat and, well…you’ll see.
One of the funniest picture books I’ve ever read, and a favorite among the kids in my life, who are notorious for abusing their crayons. What happens when the crayons just can’t take it anymore? They revolt, of course, and because they’re writing implements, they all send letters of resignation (complete with a laundry list of complaints) to their unsuspecting owner. Hilarious, with a sweet ending, The Day the Crayons Quit is perfect for the child in your life who hates staying within the lines.
I’m not just saying this because the main character and I share a name—I love this book! Set in Paris, with a great cast of a characters and a delicious, irresistible love interest, Anna is ultimately a book about friendship, becoming who you are, and the triumphs and tribulations of falling in love…with your best friend. And did I mention it was set in Paris?
Maybe this is cheating, but I really want to recommend the entire Bloodlines series (which is still being published—there are two books to come!), especially book 4, The Fiery Heart. Richelle’s previous series, Vampire Academy, is so awesome and incredibly beloved by me and millions of other fans, and Richelle brings it to the next level in Bloodlines, which has a slow burning but ultimately boiling romance, lots of action, and a great cast of characters you can’t help but love.
I love tacos. You love tacos. Who doesn’t love tacos? It turns out dragons love tacos as much—maybe more—as anybody else, so if you want dragons to come to your party, you’d best serve them. Just keep them away from the salsa. With fun, colorful art and a hilarious story, Dragons Love Tacos is as much a gift for the parent as it is for a child.
OK, OK, cheating again, but these books (which are a duet, although they can both be read separately) are some of my favorite YA novels of all time—favorite novels, period, in fact. Without giving too much away about either one, I will say that they are emotional, beautiful, and incredibly romantic. A punch to the gut and a balm to the heart. Read them ASAP.
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