Holiday book gift guide: Young adult
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Holiday book gift guide: Young adult

Holiday book gift guide: Young adult

He Said, She Said


Kwame Alexander
Amistad, $17.99, ages 14 and up


Opposites attract and collide when a Harvard-bound activist and a skirt-chasing football star are thrown together in this hip-hop-flavored teen novel.

 (Amistad)
Holiday book gift guide: Young adult

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown


Holly Black
Little, Brown, $19, ages 15 and up


In this sharp-edged dystopian thriller, a teenage girl survives a violent vampire attack but finds that in order to save her recently bitten ex-boyfriend, she must bring him to one of the walled cities where monsters are quarantined.

 (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
Holiday book gift guide: Young adult

Dare Me


Eric Devine
Running Press Teens, $9.95 paper, ages 14 and up


After basking in the glow of online popularity for posting daring stunt videos on YouTube, a group of high school boys make a risky deal with a shady businessman and get in over their heads.

 (Running Press)
Holiday book gift guide: Young adult

Two Boys Kissing


David Levithan
Knopf, $16.99, ages 12 and up


To protest a recent gay-bashing, two 17-year-old boys take part in a 32-hour kissing marathon in this National Book Award nominee, narrated by the ghosts of gay men who died in the first onslaught of AIDS.

 (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers)
Holiday book gift guide: Young adult

Champion


Marie Lu
Putnam, $18.99, ages 12 and up


June is the only one who can save the lives of thousands when a plague outbreak causes panic in this conclusion of the dystopian “Legend” trilogy.

 ( Penguin Young Readers Group)
Holiday book gift guide: Young adult

Picture Me Gone


Meg Rosoff
Putnam, $17.99, ages 12 and up


A 12-year-old girl’s skills as a mentalist kick in when she travels from England to New York to find her father’s missing best friend.

 (g.P. Putnam)
Holiday book gift guide: Young adult

Allegiant


Veronica Roth
Harper Collins, $19.99, ages 14 and up


The Tris and Tobias love story concludes outside the city’s walls in this much-anticipated final book of the blockbuster “Divergent” trilogy.

 (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
Holiday book gift guide: Young adult

Fangirl


Rainbow Rowell
St. Martin’s Griffin, $18.99, ages 13 and up


A young woman muddles through her freshman year of college, writing fan-fiction about her favorite book series and trying to find her own voice in this charming coming-of-age tale.

 (St. Martin’s Press)
Holiday book gift guide: Young adult

This Song Will Save Your Life


Leila Sales
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $17.99, ages 12 and up


Misfit teenager Elise stumbles upon an underground dance club and discovers her passion when she learns to DJ.

 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Holiday book gift guide: Young adult

Rose Under Fire


Elizabeth Wein
Hyperion, $17.99, ages 14 and up


During WWII, a young American pilot is captured by the Nazis and sent to Ravensbrück, a female concentration camp, where she finds courage and friendship amid the horrors.

 (Cover image designed by Whitney A. Manger / Disney-Hyperion)
Holiday book gift guide: Young adult

Boxers & Saints


Gene Luen Yang
First Second, $34.99 boxed, ages 12 and up


The parallel tales of a Chinese peasant boy caught up in violent uprising and a homeless girl taken in by Christian missionaries are relayed in this two-volume set of graphic novels.

 (First Second Books)
Holiday book gift guide: Young adult

Palace of Spies


Sarah Zettel
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99, ages 12 and up


Coerced into posing as a lady-in waiting for King George I, a 16-year-old orphan soon realizes her life may be in peril.

 (Front jacket photograph by Natalie Shau; Jacket design by Christine Kettner / HMH Books for Young Readers)
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