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Books for teenagers: inspirational ideas for Christmas 2013

Lure tech-tastic teenagers away from their gadgets with the promise of a good book. There are surefire hits for all tastes in our round-up of the best teen titles for Christmas gifts.


The Fault in Our Stars by John Greenjohn green book

With 922 five-star reviews on Amazon, this is undoubtedly the year's most staggeringly popular hit. If you know teens who have still yet to read the sorrowful yet uplifting love story between two teenage cancer patients, you've found the perfect gift.




Let it Snow - Three Holiday Romances by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle

And for those who have read and loved The Fault In Our Stars, When it Snows is a trilogy of interconnected stories by three great authors: John Green, Lauren Myracle and Maureen Johnson. Wrap with instructions to read over Christmas under the duvet with twinkling fairy lights in the background, for 110% feel-good factor.


The Isobel Journal by Isobel Harropbook

The Isobel Journal is a narrative scrapbook of the 18-year-old author's sketches, musings and photos, perfectly capturing her thoughts on life, which will strike a cord with any like-minded, quirky teen. Very funny, charming and completely original.



Colour in One Directionboook

Perfect for any 'Directioner'. Filled with partially coloured-in illustrations, so fans can customise their look to ensure the boys are at their best (or worst for added interest). Great gift, be it ironic or for real.




More Than This by Patrick Nessbook

Fans of dystopian fiction will love this exceptional new novel from double-Carnegie winning Patrick Ness. At the beginning of the story a teenger, Seth, is drowning alone at sea. When he comes back to consciousness in a former home, we wonder whether it was all a bad dream. An enthralling and unnerving story that raises the most profound questions of adolescence.



Wreck This Journal by Kari Smithbook

Earning cult status among teens, Keri Smith's Wreck This Journal has been re-released with additional activities, or as the strapline says: To Create is to Destroy, Now With Even More Ways to Wreck. Through a series of prompts, the reader is provoked to wreak havoc by poking holes through pages, adding photos and defacing them, painting with coffee, colouring outside the lines, and more - in order to experience a true creative process.


Dark Sun by Robert Muchamore dark sun

Originally written for World Book Day and now put together with two additional stories, this is a perfect gift for newcomers to Robert Muchamore. Furthermore, he's an incredibly prolific writer, so if you get them hooked you're sorted for Christmases to come.



Noble Conflict by Malorie Blackmanbook

From Malorie Blackman, the bestselling author of the Noughts & Crosses series and latest Children's Laureate, Noble Conflict is a thrilling, powerful, page-turning story of love, violence and betrayal, that will stay with teen readers long after they finish it.



Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcherketchup clouds

This was a huge hit as a Mumsnet book of the month earlier in the year, with the overwhelmingly positive responses including: "My bottom-set Year 9s asked if they could come in on an inset day rather than wait until Monday to read the end" and "It's fluently written, and certainly supplies a young adult with plenty to think about". Great teen choice from Carnegie-shortlisted Annabel Pitcher.



The Chronicles of Narmo by Caitlin Morancaitlin moran book

Caitlin Moran wrote The Chronicles of Narmo when she was just 15 years old. A parody of her own chaotic childhood (Narmo is an anagram of Moran) it follows teenager Morag's journey from girlhood to womanhood, showcasing everything painful and cringe-worthy that all teenagers go through to become adults - and some that they don't.




Maggot Moon by Sally Gardnermaggot moon

As both winner of the 2012 Costa Children's book prize and the 2013 Carnegie, this has to be a great choice for Christmas. Sally Gardner draws on her own experience of dyslexia as she tells the story of dyslexic hero Standish Treadwell and his race to defeat the oppressive forces of the Motherland and save his best friend.



How I Live Now by Meg Rosoffbook

Rosoff's debut novel, which nabbed her the 2004 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, doesn't pull its punches: within the first few chapters, Rosoff weaves together themes of second families, anorexia, incest and - in case your interest was flagging - World War Three. How I Live Now is an arresting, moving read - and has deservedly been brought back to the public's attention by this year's film of the book, starring Saoirse Ronan. Perfect fodder for young teens.


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