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Don’t know what to buy your teenager this year? Forget the latest electronic gadget or expensive designer jeans and this year wrap up a book.
In an unprecedented move book publishers in Canada and the United States are working together to promote books this holiday season and have just released a debut holiday video featuring celebrities like of Martha Stewart, Jon Stewart, Barbara Walters, Dean Koontz, Alec Baldwin, Rachael Ray and many others: all sharing their reasons why books make great gifts.
Says film and TV star Alec Baldwin “Books makes great gifts because you don’t have to plug them in.” Exactly. So this year be their coolest Santa and show them a world of vampires or dragons. Books are really affordable so your holiday dollars will go farther this year too.
There are some great sales going on in bookstores, or if you prefer to avoid the crowds online retailers like Amazon and Indigo also offer some great deals. Offering both 30% discount and free shipping on books is www.giftsforreaders.ca.
Check out www.booksequalgifts.com for the video and more celebrities talking about giving books as gifts this year.
If your teen loves Stephenie Meyers and the movie Twlight then she will love Kelley Armstrong too. Book One in The Darkest Powers series is called The Summoning and features a young girl who starts to see ghosts and discovers her friends have special powers too.
If they loved the movie Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants then why not buy the books that started it all. Ann Brashares is the author of the bestselling and popular series which includes the sequels The Second Summer of the Sisterhood, Girls in Pants and Forever in Blue.
A Bucket List for kids and a big sentimental favourite is the terrific YA novel Before I Die by Jenny Downham. When she discovers that she has just months to live, young Tessa writes a "Things To Do Before I Die" list, and in the process of dying, finds herself feeling very alive. Warning though, this one is a tear-jerker, but its life-affirming message is loud and clear.
The hottest books for boys since Harry Potter is the Eragon trilogy which features both Eldest and the brand new worldwide bestseller Brisingr, about a boy who discovers his destiny as a Dragon Rider who must fight to save The Empire. Another hit with teen boys is The Eyes of a King by Catherine Banner, a new series set in a parallel world called Malonia.
For adventure seekers The Devil’s Breath by David Gilman is an amazing read. Max Gordon is on a quest to save his missing father from the hands of Shaka Chang, a ruthless businessman masterminding an ecological disaster that will destroy countless lives. The clues Max’s father leaves will take him to Namibia, and will test his survival skills.
For hipster music lover teens there is the novel by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, which was recently made into a hit movie starring Michael Cera. The comedy is set during one fateful night in the lives of Nick and Norah, as they weave through a first date that will change their lives forever.