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Happy Holidays and Here's to 2013!

The year is coming to a close and the holiday season is in full swing. Now is the time to appreciate family, friends and those who are dear to you --- and, most importantly, time to read the books you WANT to read rather than those assigned to you for school. I’m sure your winter break reading list already is rather extensive, but we are here to help add to it!

Before we get into our featured titles for this month, we have a special announcement. Our first Teen Board has been selected and they will serve for six months beginning in January! They are busy with their first projects of putting together short profiles, and we will share those with you next month so you can get to know them.

And in some big news....in association with the Children’s Book Council (CBC) and Every Child a Reader (ECAR), Teenreads.com is giving you a very special opportunity to let your voices be heard by telling us your five favorite books of 2012. The five titles that receive the most votes will serve as the finalists for the CBC’s 2013 Teen Choice Book of the Year. We have a list of books that we have pulled together from books we have covered or noted here on Teenreads.com that you can choose from, or you can nominate any book originally released in 2012. Once the five finalists have been determined on Teenreads, we will tell you where you can go vote for them. The winner will be announced in May 2013.

Based on your letters to us, your entries in Word of Mouth and your votes in our polls, we know how much you like to let us know what you think. Now that you have some free time during the holidays (aren’t school breaks the BEST???), it’s the perfect time to take our 2012 Teenreads.com YA Readers Survey. We decided to extend the deadline to January 1st because we understand that you all don’t have too much time during school to take a 20-minute survey --- so here’s your chance to answer the survey and win a book! By completing our survey, you have the opportunity to enter a contest to win one of 450 books. And remember, the more friends you know who complete the survey, the greater chance you have at reading a new book by borrowing one from them even if you don’t win it yourself! And since this is a great time of year to see far-flung family and friends, make sure to share the survey with them as well.

The more we learn from the YA Readers Survey, the more we will be able to share with publishers and authors about what YOU want to see. Some trends are already emerging when we look at the replies! Think of this as a chance to tell us not only about what you are reading and give your fave books and authors a shout out, but also tell us about what you want to see, as well as what you do when you are not reading. The more we know, the better we can program Teenreads.com for YOU! Answer the survey here to be heard!

We’ve been working hard at Teenreads to update our content more regularly and to communicate with you more effectively through Facebook and Twitter --- are you following us yet? Don’t hesitate to send me a message! I LOVE hearing from you about what you think and like about books in general, YA in particular --- and of course what we are doing on Teenreads.com! Any other way you would like to be hearing from us? Let me know!

Interested in winning a book you say? Well, you are in luck! We have another contest. We are in LOVE with THE DIVINERS by Libba Bray, and to celebrate this bestselling book, we are holding a contest! Enter by January 3rd at noon for the chance to win one of 10 copies of this occult mystery set in the 1920s from an author we know that you love.

Are you interested in writing plays? Writopia Lab’s Worldwide Plays Festival 2013 is calling for submissions from playwrights in grades 1 through 12. High school juniors and seniors are eligible to win one of two $2,500 scholarships. These two plays, plus four other top plays submitted, will be part of Worldwide Plays Festival 2013, an Off-Broadway festival of plays written by playwrights ages 6 to 18, using professional actors, directors, and designers. Pretty awesome, right??? Click here for more information.

FINALLY, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is in theaters! Read about the first of three movies to adapt J.R.R. Tolkien's THE HOBBIT on our December Books on Screen feature. It is not common for a hobbit to go on an adventure, but when Gandolf the Grey comes over unannounced --- and with a company of 13 dwarves --- Biblo embarks on a journey that will change life as he knows it.

Okay, enough with the news and awards, here’s the scoop on the books we’re sharing with you this month! LOVE AND OTHER PERISHABLE ITEMS by Laura Buzo follows a 15-year-old girl who falls for a guy who works at the same supermarket she does. The only problem is that he’s 21. Nothing could possibly happen between them…could it?

In Alexandra Bracken’s THE DARKEST MINDS, Ruby somehow managed to survive the plague that wiped out most of the children in America, but the trade-off is that she was left with dangerous powers she can’t control. Now 16, she escapes the “rehabilitation camp” she’s been living in and joins a group of kids from another camp. Can they all stay safe?

Are you a fan of Michelle Rowen’s paranormal books? Well, you’ll probably also like Morgan Rhodes’ Falling Kingdoms fantasy series. This may sound strange, but Morgan Rhodes IS Michelle Rowen...it’s her penname! The first in the series, FALLING KINGDOMS takes place in a land where magic has been forgotten and where peace has reigned for centuries. But a deadly unrest is simmering, which will affect three kingdoms and four young people’s lives.

Maybe during winter break, you can pair a movie with an American classic. Charles Portis’ TRUE GRIT has been made into a move twice and FINALLY into a young readers edition. This tale of vengeance, told from the perspective of 14-year-old Mattie Ross, details her quest to find the man who murdered her father and deliver him to justice during a time when the West was wild.

Recently, we asked our reviewers to provide us with a list of some of their favorite books from 2012 to put in our Reviewer Picks of 2012 feature. Though it was difficult to narrow down, each reviewer chose up to 10 books that he or she enjoyed the most this year. How many of these books are also on your list?

Here at Teenreads.com, we brought back our Holiday Bundle of Cheer Contest and Feature. Although the contest is over --- and five lucky readers will receive copies of MAGISTERIUM by Jeff Hirsch, THE FALSE PRINCE by Jennifer A. Nielsen, THE DARK UNWINDING by Sharon Cameron, AMBER HOUSE by Kelly Moore, Tucker Reed and Larkin Reed, UNDEAD by Kirsty McKay, PARTIALS by Dan Wells, CARNIVAL OF SOULS by Melissa Marr and holiday goodies --- we thought this list of books was too great to take down! Even if you didn't win our contest, you may have just found a new favorite book...Still sounds like a win to me.

Uhoh. Have you still not figured out your holiday gifts? Do not panic! We still have our "What to Give, What to Get" Guide to help you out. Hopefully this list of books just for teens will give you tons of gift-giving ideas (and maybe a few to put on YOUR list.) Happy Holidays!

Even though you are on break from history class, we at Teenreads think you should check out some historical fiction anyway! Fantasy may take you to different world, but think of the possibility of escaping to a different historical age! Things haven’t always been like they are now. Our reading lists include Before the 17th Century, 17th Century – 19th Century, Turn of the Century to the Present and American History. These are great lists to share with the teachers, media specialists and librarians you know…you may also be able to find some last-minute gifts here, too!

This month’s Cool & New Books roundup includes PRINCESS OF THE SILVER WOODS by Jessica Day George, which gives the stories of Red Riding Hood and Robin Hood a twist; Adrienne Kress' THE FRIDAY SOCIETY, which is about three intelligent and talented young woman who solve a murder in turn-of-the-century London; and the paperback of NEVER LET YOU GO by Emma Carlson Berne, which is about Megan, who must avoid temptation to betray her best friend after she finally regained her trust.

One last thing….in case you have not noted this, we have been updating Teenreads.com weekly now instead of once a month. So check back between newsletters to see what has been added. We are taking a short break so the editorial and production teams can enjoy the holiday, but we will be back in full swing soon after the New Year.

I hope everyone has the happiest of holidays and here’s to a great New Year! In between reading this month we noted that the decade “will hit its teens” this year in 2013…something that was not lost on us here!

Stay safe, have fun and keep reading!

--- Liz Kossnar (liz@bookreporter.com)
Books On Screen: Now Playing: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
The first of three movies to adapt J.R.R. Tolkien's THE HOBBIT, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey follows Bibo Baggins as he is thrust into adventure. It is not common for a hobbit to go on an adventure, but when Gandolf the Grey comes over unannounced --- and with a company of thirteen dwarves --- Biblo embarks on a journey that will change life as he knows it.
Click here to read more about the film.

 
Nominate Your Favorite Books of 2012 for the 2013 Teen Choice Book Award

In association with the Children’s Book Council (CBC) and Every Child a Reader (ECAR), Teenreads.com is giving you a very special opportunity to let your voices be heard by telling us your five favorite books of 2012. The five titles that receive the most votes will serve as the finalists for the CBC’s 2013 Teen Choice Book of the Year. Once the five finalists have been determined, we will tell you where you can go vote for them. The winner will be announced in May 2013.

All you have to do is fill out the form found here between now and January 31, 2013. Your top five selections may come from the list we’ve provided, or you can vote for titles not on the list.

Important Note: If you choose to add a title for nomination that is not on our list, please be sure that the book(s) released for the first time in 2012; this means that paperbacks originally published as hardcovers prior to 2012 will not be accepted. If you’re uncertain about a book’s release date, we suggest you search for that title on Amazon.com, BN.com or IndieBound.com.

-Click here to view the list of nominations.

Click here to vote for your five favorite books of 2012.

 
Take the 2012 YA Readers Survey!

A reminder that our 2012 YA Readers Survey is live and is extended to January 1st!

Our survey asks you what you think about books and authors --- as well as your thoughts about a whole lot more happening in pop media culture! Your responses will help us shape our editorial features: we really value your feedback.

This survey is for everyone who loves reading YA who is over 10 years old and is living in the U.S. (Many of the questions are so U.S.-based that those residing elsewhere would not be able to reply.) So make sure you spread the word to your friends, family and any adults who read YA! If you are under 13, there will be a form your parents must complete in order to be eligible to win a prize.

And, to reward your efforts, by completing this survey you are eligible to enter a contest to win one of 450 FREE books. We assume it will take between 20-30 minutes to complete the questions. Please allow the appropriate amount of time to complete this survey. We had a group of teens test out the survey for us, and they told us that it was fun to fill out and they actually learned more ways to find great YA! We did our last survey in 2009 and the input we received was invaluable. With your help, this year's survey will be even better than last time!

Click here for more details and to take the survey.

 
Special Contest: THE DIVINERS by Libba Bray

In honor of THE DIVINERS --- a story where a small town girl moves to the big city and gets wrapped up in an occult mystery --- we have a special contest. Ten readers will have the opportunity to win a copy of Libba Bray's thrilling murder mystery. Enter by Thursday, January 3rd at noon ET.

THE DIVINERS by Libba Bray (Mystery/Historical Fiction)
Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City, where she lives with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult. When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer --- if he doesn't catch her first.

-Click here to read more about the book.

-Click here to read a review.

Click here to enter the contest.

 
Now in Stores: LOVE AND OTHER PERISHABLE ITEMS by Laura Buzo
LOVE AND OTHER PERISHABLE ITEMS by Laura Buzo (Romance)
From the moment Amelia sets eyes on Chris, she is a goner. But Chris is 21, while she is 15. She knows it's not going to happen. Working at checkout together, they become friends and her crush doesn't seem so one-sided anymore. But if Chris likes her back, what then? Can two people in such different places in life really be together? Reviewed by Rebecca Kilberg.

-Click here to read more about the book.
Click here to read a review.

 
Now in Stores: THE DARKEST MINDS by Alexandra Bracken

THE DARKEST MINDS by Alexandra Bracken (Dystopian)
When Ruby woke up on her 10th birthday, something alarming had happened to her. A mysterious disease that killed most of the children in America had left Rugy alive, but she and the other survivors have dangerous powers they can't control. At 16, she escapes the government "rehabilitation camp" she has been living in for the past six years and joins a group of kids who have escaped from another camp. Can they all stay safe? Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

-Click here to read more about the book.

Click here to read a review.

 
Now in Stores: FALLING KINGDOMS by Morgan Rhodes

FALLING KINGDOMS by Morgan Rhodes (Fantasy)
In a land where magic has been forgotten, but peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering. Three kingdoms grapple for power --- brutally transforming their subjects' lives in the process. Amidst betrayals, bargains and battles, four young people find their fates forever intertwined. Reviewed by Caroline Osborn.

--Click here to read more about the book.

Click here to read a review.

 
Now in Stores: TRUE GRIT by Charles Portis

TRUE GRIT by Charles Portis (Western)
TRUE GRIT is a great American novel that tells the story of a teenager’s overpowering effort to avenge the murder of her father. This novel is set in a period in history when the law was much less well-established than it is now. Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin.

--Click here to read more about the book.

Click here to read a review.

 
Teenreads.com Reviewers Pick Their Favorite Books of 2012
Recently, we asked our reviewers to provide us with a list of some of their favorite books from 2012. Though it was difficult to narrow down, each reviewer chose up to 10 books that he or she enjoyed the most this year. Take a look and see if any of their selections match yours --- and which titles you may want to consider reading in the future.
Click here to check out our feature.

 
Holiday Bundle of Cheer

Here at Teenreads.com, we brought back our Holiday Bundle of Cheer Contest and Feature. Although the contest is over --- and five lucky readers are going to recieve copies of the following seven books and holiday goodies --- we thought this list of books was too great to take down! Even if you didn't win our contest, you may have just found a new favorite book...Still sounds like a win to me.

Take a look at the following books:

MAGISTERIUM by Jeff Hirsch
THE FALSE PRINCE by Jennifer A. Nielsen
THE DARK UNWINDING by Sharon Cameron
AMBER HOUSE by Kelly Moore, Tucker Reed and Larkin Reed
UNDEAD by Kirsty McKay
PARTIALS by Dan Wells
CARNIVAL OF SOULS by Melissa Marr

Click here to check out the feature.


 
Special Feature: What To Give, What To Get
Sometimes deciding what to get is as hard as deciding what to give. So we've created a special "What to Give, What to Get" Guide --- a list of books just for teens that will give you tons of gift-giving ideas (and maybe a few to put on YOUR list). Happy Holidays!
Click here for holiday suggestions.

 
December's Cool & New Books

December’s roundup of Cool & New Books includes LOVE AND OTHER PERISHABLE ITEMS by Laura Buzo, where Amelia falls for her coworker at the supermarket but there is one problem: she's 15, and he's 21; PRINCESS OF THE SILVER WOODS by Jessica Day George, which gives the stories of Red Riding Hood and Robin Hood a twist as Petunia and her many sisters take on bandits, grannies and the new King Under Stone to end their family curse once and for all; and Adrienne Kress' THE FRIDAY SOCIETY, which is about three intelligent and talented young woman who must come together to solve a murder in turn-of-the-century London.

Among the paperbacks releasing this month are Michael Northrop's TRAPPED, in which Scotty and his friends are trapped in a blizzard at their school...and the mounting pressure forces a devastating decision; CRACKED by K.M. Walton, where Victor wakes up in a psych ward after taking a bottle of pills, and his roommate is none other than Bull, the bully who drove him to attempt suicide; and NEVER LET YOU GO by Emma Carlson Berne, which is about Megan, who spent all year trying to regain her best friend's trust, but will Megan betray Anna again?

Click here to see December's Cool & New Books.

 
Historical Fiction Reading Lists

 

Because history is not typically a favorite subject, whether you are still in school or not, we have decided to create Historical Fiction Reading Lists to inject some fun into exploring the past. Forget fantasy! Historical eras are worlds in themselves. Escape an arranged marriage in the Middle Ages! Be a spy in Regency England. Defend your country in a brutal war! Anything is possible when you are free from the limits of time. Check it out for yourself!

-Click here for Historical Fiction: Before the 17th Century
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-Click here for Historical Fiction: 17th Century - 19th Century.

-Click here for Historical Fiction: Turn of the Century to the Present.
-Click here for Historical Fiction: American History.

Click here to see all reading lists.

 
This Month's Reviews

DEADLY LITTLE LESSONS: A Touch Novel by Laurie Faria Stolarz (Paranormal)
Camelia Hammond escapes to a summer arts program in Rhode Island and tries to put her junior year drama behind her. But while there, she gets caught up in the case of a local girl who is missing. Time is running out, and Camelia will have to trust her powers if she's to save the missing girl. Will the lessons Camelia has learned in the past give her the strength to do so? Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.
Hyperion Book CH * 9781423131625

PRINCESS OF THE SILVER WOODS: Twelve Dancing Princesses, Book 3 by Jessica Day George (Fairy Tale/Fantasy)
The stories of Red Riding Hood and Robin Hood get a twist as Petunia and her many sisters take on bandits, grannies, and the new King Under Stone to end their family curse once and for all. Reviewed by Caroline Osborn.
Bloomsbury USA Childrens * 9781599906461

THE FRIDAY SOCIETY by Adrienne Kress (Mystery/Historical Fiction)
In turn-of-the-century London, Cora, Michiko and Nellie, three intelligent and talented young woman, must come together to solve a murder without drawing too much attention to themselves. Reviewed by Borana Greku.
Dial * 9780803737617

THE BELIEVING GAME by Eireann Corrigan (Social Issues)
Greer Cannon is sent to a new school for "troubled teenagers." There she meets a charismatic local named Addison who introduces her to his mentor, Joshua. However, when Greer finds herself outside of Joshua's circle, she realizes how dangerous he really is. Reviewed by Rebecca Kilberg.
Scholastic Press * 9780545299831

KISS ME AGAIN by Rachel Vail (Romance)
Charlie Collins has always had a crush on Kevin Lazarus. He is perfect, attractive...and her new stepbrother! Things were fine when Kevin was dating Charlie's friend, Tess, and she was kind of dating George, but now that they've kissed, things will never be the same. This is the sequel to the addictive novel, IF WE KISS. Reviewed by Alexandra Talleur.
HarperTeen * 9780061947179

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