Who among us, as teenagers, hasn’t received a slightly out of touch gift from a well-meaning loved one? This holiday, put down the snowflake sweaters and toiletry sets in favor of stories the teens in your life will love no matter what they’re into: dreamy scenic romcoms, space adventures, or high school thrillers. Gift an audiobook, and prepare to be the cool grown up.
From #1 bestselling author Brandon Sanderson and Janci Patterson comes the first of three Skyward series novellas, each told from the perspective of a different member of the team back on Detritus. In Sunreach, a planet-destroying Delver suddenly appears in the sky of Detritus and vanishes just as suddenly. FM knows that the last free human society just got lucky…but it wonâ€™t be so easy next time.
Simi prayed to the gods, once. Now she serves them as Mami Wataâ€”a mermaidâ€”collecting the souls of those who die at sea and blessing their journeys back home. But when a living boy is thrown overboard, Simi does the unthinkableâ€”she saves his life. In Skin of the Sea, danger lurks at every turn, and Simi must brave vengeful gods, treacherous lands, and legendary creatures.
Dash and Lily have had a tough year. With only twelve days left until Christmas-Lily’s favorite time of the year-Dash, her brother Langston, and their friends take Manhattan by storm to help Lily recapture the holiday spirit of New York City in December. The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily is bound to be a Christmas favorite for seasons to come.
When Hani comes out to her friends as bisexual, they invalidate her, saying she canâ€™t be bi if sheâ€™s only dated guys. Panicked, Hani blurts out that sheâ€™s in a relationshipâ€¦with a girl her friends absolutely hateâ€”Ishu Dey. Ishu agrees to help Hani in the ruse, if Hani will help her become more popular in exchange. But what started as strictly business gets a but more complicated when Hani and Ishu start developing real feelings for each otherâ€¦
Pendt Harland’s family sees her as a waste of food on their long-haul space cruiser when her genes reveal an undesirable mutation. But if she plays her cards right she might have a chance to do much more than survive. E.K. Johnstonâ€™s Aetherbound is a thought-provoking space adventure of survival and self-determination.
From Karen McManus, bestselling author of One Of Us is Lying, comes the new heart-pounding thriller Youâ€™ll Be the Death of Me. Ivy, Mateo, and Cal used to be close. So when the three run into each other, they decide to avoid their problems by ditching school. Just like old times. Thenl they spot another student skipping schoolâ€”and follow him to the scene of his own murder. Could it be that their chance reconnection wasnâ€™t by chance after all?
Ever since Esme met Cassandra Heaven and discovered the truth about their shared legacy, her life has been moving at 90 mph. During the day, she chases toddlers, and at night, she chases demons. Literal ones. In Spells Like Teen Spirit, Esme needs a serious pick-me-up, and her BFF Janis has a plan: a Galentineâ€™s stay-cation. Except things are getting weird in Spring River again.
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