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Great Books for Teens this Christmas: Finding Gift Ideas In the Written Word

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Teenagers can be some the most difficult people to buy Christmas presents for. With today’s focus on literacy and active reading, books should not be forgotten as excellent gifts. Here are a few book suggestions for all teens.

Great Books for Teen Girls this Christmas

For Christmas the number one series for teen girls is the Twilight vampire series. While most Twilight fans have many or all of the books, the Twilight Saga Collection (by: Stephenie Meyer, Little, Brown Books, 2008, ISBN: 9780316031844) box set is a wonderful gift. The box set includes all four novels from the Twilight Saga in hardcover with four collectible prints of each book cover. If the Twilight fan in question already has all four books in hardcover there are Collectors Editions for Twilight and New Moon that have a cloth cover, ribbon bookmark, and new chapter designs.

To go along with the box set trend a new trade paperback box set for the House of Night (P.C. and Kristin Cast, St. Martins Press, 2009, ISBN: 9780312372132) series was recently published with Marked, Betrayed, Chosen, and Untamed included in the set. This series is gaining in popularity as the Twilight Saga continues to pick up pop culture steam with two movies and multiple spin-off books in print. The House of Night series is certainly a good literary outlet for those already finished the Twilight Saga and in search of a new series.

Great Books for Teen Boys this Christmas

The Book of Basketball: The NBA According To The Sports Guy (by: Bill Simmons, Random House, 2009, ISBN: 9780345511768) is the new definitive history of the NBA. Rather than a dry, hard to read chronicle The Book of Basketball is an easy and enjoyable read for those obsessed with basketball. From ESPN’s Sports Guy, Bill Simmons, The Book of Basketball chronicles the ups and downs of the NBA with a clever and at times sarcastic voice unlike any other sports analyst.

Playing With Fire (Harper Collins Canada, 2009, ISBN: 9781554682393) by ex-NHL star Theo Fleury is an endearing and at times shocking memoir of Fleury’s rise as a young and promising superstar before getting caught up in the trappings of fame. Fleury is completely open and upfront with his past. As a young star after his 1989 Stanley Cup win with the Calgary Flames, Fleury tells of his drug abuse, dealings with women, and his erratic behavior that eventually led to his retirement. Thoughtful and honest, Fleury’s Playing with Fire is a great gift for those hockey fans wanting to know more.


Great Books for Any Teen

For the teen environmentalist the new book of choice is Al Gore’s Our Choice (Rodale, 2009, ISBN: 9781594867347). To carry on with his An Inconvenient Truth, Our Choice is the conclusion of over 30 international climate summits led by Mr. Gore in an easily accessible way. The information is easy to understand and can even be disturbingly depressing, but he always leaves the reader with hope. What makes this book even more interesting is that it is billed as the first “zero carbon footprint” book. This means that Mr. Gore and his foundation has offset the carbon footprint the production of the book would have created by donating money to efforts that combat the proliferation of carbon in the atmosphere. A truly unique gift for the environmentally conscious teen.

The Murder of King Tut: The Plot to Kill the Child King (by: James Patterson, Little, Brown & Company, 2009, ISBN: 9780316034043) is a new retelling of the most famous ancient Egyptian, King Tut. For those teens interested in the history of the ancient world The Murder of King Tut gives an in depth explanation of what happened to the young Tut, written by the master of the murder mystery, James Patterson. With short, yet detailed chapters, Patterson weaves an ingenious web of circumstances that led to Tut’s death. Patterson brings the ancient world alive only as he can, in a completely enjoyable, yet non-fictional way. A great read for teens not willing to sit through a boring textbook.

It’s always best to know the person in question before buying anything. Understand that while these books are wonderful and popular choices they are not universal. However, books are universal. So this year instead of just buying the latest video game or computer, consider buying them a book too.

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