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Teens, Idea Exchange | December 1, 2017

December means shorter days, cold mornings, snow…and Christmas holidays! Students are lucky to enjoy two weeks of holidays around Christmas which gives them lots of time to sleep, eat and… read!! Holiday-themed books are not common in young adult literature but there are some great reads to be found.

Popular author Jay Asher, author of Thirteen Reasons Why, has crafted a heart-warming holiday romance titled What Light, about an older teen attempting to overcome his bad reputation. This is a novel about forgiveness, redemption and second chances with a touch of a first romance.

Rachel Cohen and David Levithan’s Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares is the story of two teens on a Christmas scavenger hunt in New York City.

Let It Snow is a collection of three novellas by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle. The three stories are interconnected and set in a small town during a Christmas Eve snowstorm.

In Decked With Holly by Marni Bates, Holly finds herself on a Christmas cruise and in an unexpected romance with a rock-star drummer. What could possibly go wrong?

For those interested in more traditional, classic fare, there’s Louisa May Alcott’s A Merry Christmas, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and of course the always inspiring, A Chicken Soup for the Soul Christmas.

So cozy up this holiday break, take time to de-stress and enjoy a good book!

What LightDash and Lily's Book of DaresLet it Snow