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Check out these excellent titles published this past year that would make great Christmas gifts for those hard-to-buy-for kids and teens.
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Great Gifts for Children and Teens

Are you looking for some really great holiday gift ideas for a young one or teen? Our youth services staff suggests the following picture books, chapter books and young adult novels for your loved one.


Picture Books

Here is a great list of suggested picture books to get you started. 

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Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons - Eric Litwin; James Dean (Illustrator)
Call Number: jPIC LIT (123)
ISBN: 9780062110589
Publication Date: 2012-05-01
Join Pete the Cat for his newest adventure that will get kids excited about math!

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Llama Llama, Time to Share - Anna Dewdney
Call Number: jPIC DEW
ISBN: 9780670012336
Publication Date: 2012-09-04
Everyone's favorite llama is back for some sharing drama.

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Bear Has a Story to Tell - Philip C. Stead; Erin E. Stead (Illustrator)
Call Number: jPIC STE
ISBN: 9781596437456
Publication Date: 2012-09-04
A great tale from the Caldecott-winning husband and wife team, the Steads.

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Press Here - Hervé Tullet
Call Number: jPIC TUL
ISBN: 9780811879545
Publication Date: 2011-03-30
A charming and interactive story that kids will really enjoy.

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Penny and Her Doll - Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
Call Number: jER HEN LEVEL 02
ISBN: 9780062082015
Publication Date: 2013-02-19
This is the newest adventure from Penny the mouse.

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The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? - Mo Willems (Illustrator)
Call Number: jPIC WIL
ISBN: 9781423151289
Publication Date: 2012-04-03
Duckling and Pigeon's witty banter will instantly capture your young one's attention in Mo Willem's latest installment in the Pigeon series.

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Pete the Cat Saves Christmas - Eric Litwin; James Dean (Illustrator)
Call Number: jPIC LIT (HOL)
ISBN: 9780062110626
Publication Date: 2012-09-25
Pete the Cat is back and he saves Christmas in true Pete the Cat style!

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Let's Go for a Drive! - Mo Willems (Illustrator)
Call Number: jPIC WIL
ISBN: 9781423164821
Publication Date: 2012-10-02
Piggie and Elephant continue their hijinks in this zany tale.

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Dragons Love Tacos - Adam Rubin; Daniel Salmieri (Illustrator)
Call Number: jPIC RUB
ISBN: 9780803736801
Publication Date: 2012-06-14
What do dragons love? Tacos, of course! This picture book will have your child rolling with laughter.


Chapter Books

Here are some great beginning and intermediate chapter books for school-agers and 'tweens.

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Wonder - R. J. Palacio
Call Number: jF PAL
ISBN: 9780375869020
Publication Date: 2012-02-14
This is a novel about a fifth grade boy with a shocking facial deformity and how he overcomes the adversity he faces while teaching others grace and kindness.

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The Third Wheel - Jeff Kinney
Call Number: jF KIN
ISBN: 9781419705847
Publication Date: 2012-11-13
The seventh book in The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is a must-have for any fan!

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The Mark of Athena - Rick Riordan
Call Number: jF RIO
ISBN: 9781423140603
Publication Date: 2012-10-02
The third book in The Heroes of Olympus series is a tale of adventure and triumph!

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Out of My Mind - Sharon M. Draper
Call Number: jF DRA
ISBN: 9781416971719
Publication Date: 2012-05-01
The story of a young girl with cerebral palsy and her journey helping others discover what she knew all along.

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Character Encyclopedia - Dorling Kindersley Publishing Staff
Call Number: j688.725 SIP
ISBN: 9780756698126
Publication Date: 2012-10-29
If your child is a fan of the LEGO cartoon Ninjago, than this is a must-have.

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Liar and Spy - Rebecca Stead
Call Number: jF STE
ISBN: 9780385737432
Publication Date: 2012-08-07
Mix a misplaced seventh grader with some homeschooled friends, add a dash of mystery and you have this perfect middle school spy novel from Newbery-medal winning author, Rebecca Stead.

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The One and Only Ivan - Katherine Applegate; Patricia Castelao (Illustrator)
Call Number: jF APP
ISBN: 9780061992254
Publication Date: 2012-01-17
This book was inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, the Shopping Mall Gorilla. Ivan is joined at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade by Stella, an aging elephant, and Bob, a feisty stray dog. Ivan embarks on a great adventure when a new elephant joins the menagerie.


Young Adult Books

Here is a list of the hottest young adult titles that every teen will be asking for this holiday season.

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Son - Lois Lowry
Call Number: F LOW YA
ISBN: 9780547887203
Publication Date: 2012-10-02
The fourth and final installment of the Giver series is not-to-be missed.

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Divergent - Veronica Roth
Call Number: F ROT YA
ISBN: 9780062024039
Publication Date: 2012-02-28
Divergent will be sure to please any Hunger Games fan.

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The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
Call Number: F GRE YA
ISBN: 9780525478812
Publication Date: 2012-01-10
John Green's latest novel centers on the stories of Hazel and Augustus, two cancer survivors who meet in a support group and find beauty and strength in the tragedy they face.

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Pandemonium - Lauren Oliver
Call Number: F OLI YA
ISBN: 9780061978074
Publication Date: 2013-02-05
Pandemonium is the second installment of the Delirium trilogy. Lauren Oliver's dystopic future in which love is akin to disease will surely captivate fans of the Hunger Games and Allie Condie's Matched series.

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