The 2018 YA Book Gift Guide

’Tis the season of hope, love, and giving the best presents (books) to your loved ones. The worst part about the holidays? Shopping for said gifts. We’ve got you covered with the perfect book recommendation for every reader on your list. Happy holidays, and happy reading!

For your trendiest friend:

One of Us Is Lying

One of Us Is Lying

By Karen M. McManus

The breakout thriller of the year!

Pretty Little Liars meets The Breakfast Club” (EW.com) in this addictive story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive.

For the fantasy fan:

Skyward

Skyward

By Brandon Sanderson

From Brandon Sanderson, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Reckoners series, Words of Radiance, and the internationally bestselling Mistborn series, comes the first book in an epic new series about a girl who dreams of becoming a pilot in a dangerous world at war for humanity’s future.

For The Hate U Give fan: 

Dear Martin

Dear Martin

By Nic Stone

Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning New York Times bestselling debut, which Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give, called, "A must-read."

For the intellectual:

Bridge of Clay (Signed Edition)

Bridge of Clay (Signed Edition)

By Markus Zusak

An unforgettable family saga from Markus Zusak, the storyteller who gave us the extraordinary bestseller The Book Thief, lauded by the New York Times as “the kind of book that can be life-changing.” Written in powerfully inventive language and bursting with heart, Bridge of Clay is signature Zusak.

This is a signed edition with limited copies available.

For the classic fantasy fan:

Eragon

Eragon

By Christopher Paolini

Perfect for fans of Lord of the Rings, don't miss the first book in the New York Times bestselling Inheritance Cycle about the dragon rider Eragon who is swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power.

For The Golden Compass fan:

The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage Collector's Edition (Book of Dust, Volume 1)

The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage Collector's Edition (Book of Dust, Volume 1)

By Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman’s return to the world of The Golden Compass in this first book in a new trilogy was hailed as an instant classic. In it we learn more about Lyra’s origins, meet a stalwart new hero with a pivotal role to play in keeping Lyra safe, and catch our first glimpse of the ever elusive substance known as Dust. This deluxe edition includes gorgeous new full-page illustrations, just in time for the holidays.

 

For the hopeless romantic:

The Sun Is Also a Star

The Sun Is Also a Star

By Nicola Yoon

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton! The #1 New York Times bestseller and National Book Award Finalist from the bestselling author of Everything, Everything will have you falling in love with Natasha and Daniel as they fall in love with each other.

For the super hopeless romantic: 

Everything, Everything Movie Tie-in Edition

Everything, Everything Movie Tie-in Edition

By Nicola Yoon

The instant #1 New York Times bestseller—now a major motion picture starring Amandla Stenberg as Maddy and Nick Robinson as Olly.  Everything, Everything will make you laugh, cry, and feel everything in between. It’s an innovative,  inspiring, and heartbreakingly romantic debut novel that unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, illustrations, and more.

For the feminist Frankenstein fan:

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

By Kiersten White

There’s no better gift for the holidays than this monster of a New York Times bestseller! “Exquisitely disturbing," raves internationally bestselling author Stephanie Garber of this stunning and dark reimagining of Frankenstein, told from Elizabeth's point of view.

For the Harry Potter fan: 

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald: Movie Magic

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald: Movie Magic

By Jody Revenson

A new installment in the Movie Magic series, this book takes readers behind the scenes of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Packed with captivating facts and incredible images from the making of the film, this book features behind-the-scenes looks at the characters, magical locations, beasts, and artifacts seen on-screen. This interactive volume will also come filled with bonus inserts—from maps and posters reproducing props from the film to lift-the-flaps and stickers.

For the Stranger Things fan:

How to Survive in a Stranger Things World (Stranger Things)

How to Survive in a Stranger Things World (Stranger Things)

By Random House

Does life sometimes seem strange and little upside down? If so, this hardcover collection of wisdom and warnings from Netflix’s original series Stranger Things can help guide you through school, friendships, and your town’s darkest secrets. Featuring full-color images from the series and quotes from Dustin, Steve, Eleven, and the others, it is sure to thrill fans of all ages.

For the edge-of-your-seat reader:

We Were Liars

We Were Liars

By E. Lockhart

A modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart, that John Green called, "Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart."

Read it. And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

For the friend who doesn't know what to read next:

Neverworld Wake

Neverworld Wake

By Marisha Pessl

Five friends. Only one can survive the Neverworld Wake. Who would you choose?

From the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of Special Topics in Calamity Physics and Night Film comes an absorbing psychological suspense thriller in which fears are physical and memories come alive.

For the wanderlust:

Tess of the Road

Tess of the Road

By Rachel Hartman

Returning to the spellbinding world of the Southlands she created in the award-winning, New York Times bestselling novel Seraphina, Rachel Hartman explores self-reliance and redemption in this wholly original fantasy about a young woman on a journey toward a life where she might belong.

For the Mother of Dragons:

Seraphina

Seraphina

By Rachel Hartman

Lyrical, imaginative, and wholly original, this New York Times bestseller with 8 starred reviews is not to be missed.  Rachel Hartman’s award-winning debut will have you looking at dragons as you’ve never imagined them before…

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