Do you have a teenager or teenage friend heading to college after the holidays? If she is, be sure to give her Take Me With You: Off-to-College Advice from One Chick
by Nikki Roddy. This fill-in-the-blanks book will help her remember wisdom from the family, and it will act as a paper version of a security blanket for when she gets to her new life. Wrap it up with your phone number for extra love.
Your new high school graduate will like Everything
by Hannah Friedman. This memoir is about surviving high school by becoming cool, and will make any recent (or about to be) high school escapee smile. Also look for Life After High School
by Susan Yellin and Christina Cacioppo Bertsch. It’s another “coping through high school” book, but it’s meant for students with disabilities and their families.
It’s 1838, and two “free” black brothers are fishing near the Hudson River in New York City when an escaped slave shows up on the river’s banks. In Snatch:
The Adventures of David and Me in Old New York
by Charles Fuller, the boys help the slave escape and are chased themselves. This book, filled with thrills and intrigue, will appeal to readers ages 10 and up – and that includes grown-ups, too. I also liked Virgin
by James Lecesne, a book about faith, miracles, and family.
I’m guessing you’ve got a vampire fan on your list, right? And that vampire fan has raced through the usual stuff but wants more? Then wrap up The Saga of
Larten Crepsley: Birth of a Killer
by Darren Shan. This prequel to the Cirque du Freak Series takes young fans back to a time when Larten Crepsley was a boy, and a vampire makes him an offer he can’t refuse. …
For a budding historian or World War II buff, you can’t go wrong with Surviving the Angel of Death
by Eva Mozes Kor and Lisa Rojany Buccieri. This is the true story of one woman’s fight for her life and that of her twin while enduring medical “experiments” in a German concentration camp. Not for the faint of heart, this book may also be a good gift for an adult who loves biographies with soaring endings. For a fictionalized true story, take a look at When Molly Was a Harvey Girl
by Frances M. Wood, the story of a young girl’s adventures at a time when the West was just being settled. And for you parents …
Got a parent on your list? Then look for Without a
by Jill Kelly, wife of football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly. This is the true story of their son Hunter’s illness and how they doggedly looked for a way to save his life against incredible odds. Wrap it up with tissue; it’s that kind of book.
Also look for Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid
by Gina Gallagher and Patricia Konjoian. That’s a book filled with tips and help for parents of special children facing challenges in a world that loves perfection. And don’t forget to look for The Modern Dad’s Dilemma
by John Badalament, EdM. For a father who wants the best relationship with his children, this book is perfect.
Brand-new parents won’t need it now, but they’ll definitely want CyberSafe
by Gwenn Schurgin O’Keeffe, MD, FAAP, around in the near future. This book will help them keep their kids safe in this digital world – including social media, texting, web searching, and gaming – because that little one will be computer literate before you know it.
I also liked Brain Rules for Baby
by John Medina and Beyond Smart
by Linda Morgan. Both of these books will help you help your baby get a jump-start in life. Also look for Every Natural Fact: Five Seasons of Open-
by Amy Lou Jenkins, outdoorsy families will cherish.
Are your giftees looking forward to an adoption in the coming year? Then you’ll want to give them In On It:
What Adoptive Parents Would Like You to Know About
by Elisabeth O’Toole. This guide for relatives and friends answers questions that you all will be asking, and it addresses the good and worrisome about the process.
A little more shopping done. … Season’s Readings!