Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Hot Books For Cold Days


Raise a hand if you're ready for winter break. It's almost time to hit the road (or maybe just the couch!). Here are books to help you brave the winter chill and savor the season of giving. Click on any title to reserve it at your favorite CCPL branch!

By Michael Northrop

Seven high school students are stranded at their New England high school when a massive week-long blizzard chokes the roads, kills the heat and electricity, blocks the phones, freezes the pipes, and leaves them fearing for their lives. Grab some hot chocolate before you curl up with this chilling nightmare!


Let It Snow

In three intertwining short stories, several high school couples experience the trials and tribulations – along with the joys – of romance during a Christmas Eve snowstorm in a small town.

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares
By Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Dash and Lily, two 16-year-olds, carry on a wintry scavenger hunt at Christmastime in New York, not knowing quite what – or who – they will find.

Last Christmas: The Private Prequel

Arianna should be in Vermont with her boyfriend, but she is stranded by a blizzard at Easton Academy with Thomas, the school’s drug dealer. And someone is watching them.

Marly’s Ghost: A Remix of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol

The spirit of Ben's girlfriend, Marly, returns with three other ghosts to haunt him with a painful journey though the past, present, and future. A new take on an old tale.

Girl Overboard
By Justina Chen Headley

Syrah, a billionaire's daughter, has always wanted to be a professional snowboarder. But after a snowboarding accident, the 15-year-old must rehabilitate both her knee and her self-esteem while forging relationships with those who accept her for who she is.

By Graham McNamee

Danny's dad has taken a job on the shore of a vast, frozen lake during the worst winter in years. After Danny is attacked by a terrifying creature, he learns the Native American legend of a monster that haunts the lake. Every generation, in the coldest winters, kids disappear. People think they ran away. But Danny knows better. Because now the beast is after him.

Miracle on 49th Street
By Mike Lupica

After her mother’s death from cancer, 12-year-old Molly learns that her father is a basketball star for the Boston Celtics and sets out to find him. But the millionaire sports star thinks he's being played.

By Tony Abbott

A young orphan realizes his destiny – he'll become the legendary Kris Kringle, a force for good in a dark and violent time. The story begins in 500 A.D., back when goblins kidnapped human children and sent them to work in underground mines. Kringle is one such child....until he discovers his mission to free children from enslavement.

A Season of Gifts
By Richard Peck

Bob and his family, who've just moved to a small town in 1958, receive some surprise gifts from their larger-than-life neighbor, Mrs. Dowdel. This is a companion novel to A Long Way from Chicago and A Year Down Yonder.

The Winter Room
By Gary Paulsen

During the winter, with little work to be done on the farm, Eldon and Wayne spend the quiet hours with their family listening to their Uncle David's stories. Eldon soon realizes that he hardly knows his uncle, even though he's lived with him for 11 springs, summers, and winters.

Winter's End
By Jean-Claude Mourlevat and Anthea Bell

Four teens escape their prison-like boarding school to fight the tyrannical government that murdered their parents. But to do so, they must flee across icy mountains and escape a pack of terrifying dog-men sent to hunt them down.

By Gary Paulsen

Every fall, John and his grandfather trek into the woods to shoot the deer that puts meat on the table over the long Minnesota winter. But this year, John's grandfather is dying, and John must hunt alone. He tracks a doe for two days. But as he closes in on his prey, he cannot shoot her. The hunt is no longer about killing but instead about life.

By Terry Pratchett

When witch-in-training Tiffany Aching accidentally interrupts the Dance of the Seasons and awakens the interest of the elemental spirit of Winter, she requires the help of the sword-wielding, sheep-stealing Wee Free Men.

I Know It’s Over
By C. K. Kelly Martin

Just as he is leaving his mother’s house to spend Christmas with his dad, 16-year-old Nick receives shocking news from his ex-girlfriend: She’s pregnant.

Holiday Princess

Princess Mia presents a guide to the winter holidays, including stories behind some tradition along with lots of gift suggestions, craft ideas, and make-up and fashion tips for the holidays.

Don't forget to click on any title to reserve it at a CCPL branch near you!

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