13 December 2010

A Very Onion Christmas - Teen and YA

Deck the House with boughs of holly...

Sadly there is a distinct lack of holly in the halls of the House. But do not despair. What we lack in holly, we make up for with books. So perhaps we should be singing, Deck the House with boughs of bo-ooks...*

So, if the teenager or young adult in your life is also likely to prefer books to holly, herewith a selection that's sure to please:

Ages 13-16
We've already said many more than three things about Daisy Blue. So to sum up: Daisy Blue is pretty and popular. Paulina Gifford is smart and serious. They don't like each other. And they are going to Bali together. Perfect summer holiday reading.

by Catherine Jinks
Ages 14-18
The companion of the mighty Reformed Vampire Support Group, and a ripsnorter of a read, with never a dull moment! It's not easy being a
suburban teen...werewolf. Especially when your mates find out and want to use your unfortunate condition to wreak local havoc. It gets a whole lot worse for Toby before it gets better, though, which makes for hilarity and nailbitingness in one awesome package!

Mice by Gordon
Ages 16-18
If your all-Aussie Christmas is proving to be entirely too warm and comfortable for you, be chilled by Shelley's tale of isolation and terror deep in the English countryside. You won't be able to put it down until you find out what's next (WARNING: make sure not to miss out on the Christmas pudding)! Then present it to every one of your relatives so that you can have strident debate about the right and wrong of it all.

Happy as Larry by Scot Gardner
Ages 16-18
Happy As Larry is one of those special books that has struck a deep chord with many and diverse readers. So we're pleased to bring you some very special guest appearances by Sydney Onions and Affiliates:
'It broke my heart and healed it again.' - A&U Educational Marketing Coordinator
'Everyone around the office is just raving about this heart-wrenching, suspenseful and ultimately uplifting coming-of-age novel.' - A&U Marketing Director
'I have to say I have enjoyed every little morsel of this book! I am desperately sorry to have finished it!' - A friendly neighbourhood Bookseller
'Highly original and beautifully written.' - The Age

Zombie's vs Unicorns by Justine Larbalestier & Holly Black
Young Adult
Zombies! Unicorns! A duel! Muskets at dawn! Well, not so much with the muskets...and more with the shuffling undead, the mythical horned horses and a swag of excellent authors. This storytelling stoush sets out to sway readers from their stated sides. Time to choose people. Are you Team Zombie? Or Team Unicorn?

Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by David Levithan & Rachel Cohn
Young Adult
We've talked a lot about Dash and Lily. So we'll shut up for a change and let someone else do the talking.

'Basically this book is like a little piece of happiness in my heart.' <--*wub*

Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Always-and-ever favourites:
Abhorsen by Garth Nix
Pink by Lili Wilkinson
Worldshaker by Richard Harland
Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey
Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James

* Which reminds us of the fabulous tree the Tall Designer made in the House of Christmas past.

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