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If you like Holiday Tales for Teens

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

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The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand
After being visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve, Holly Chase chooses not to mend her spoiled ways. Upon her death, Holly discovers her selfishness has caused her to work for eternity as a ghost of Christmas past. Every year Project Scrooge saves another miserly grouch, and Holly stays frozen at seventeen while her family and friends go on living without her. But this year, everything is about to change . . . (catalog summary)

Christmas in Heaven by Carol Lynch Williams

Christmas in Heaven
by Carol Lynch Williams

When a self-centered famous movie star builds a mansion near her family's diner in an isolated part of Florida, twelve-year-old Honey develops a friendship with the younger daughter that helps Honey realize how special her own family is. (catalog summary)


Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares
by Rachel Cohn

Told in the alternating voices of Dash and Lily, two sixteen-year-olds carry on a wintry scavenger hunt at Christmas-time in New York, neither knowing quite what—or who—they will find. (catalog summary)


Humbug Holiday (A Christmas Carol) by Tony AbbottHumbug Holiday (A Christmas Carol) by Tony Abbott
It's the holiday season, and Devin and Frankie could use a lesson in selflessness—who better to teach them than Ebenezer Scrooge? It's Christmastime at Palmdale Middle School, and the sixth-grade class has organized a holiday banquet for local families in need. Best friends Devin and Frankie are excited to eat, but they forgot to bring in food donations—and they didn't read A Christmas Carol for English class. While the two fight over the library's last copy of the book, the library's magical security gates suddenly transport them straight into the classic novella, where they meet the infamous Ebenezer Scrooge! Mr. Scrooge is more than a little grouchy, but he's in for a wake-up call when three ghosts visit him on Christmas Eve. The two friends follow as the ghosts show Scrooge the consequences of all the selfish choices he's made in his life. But Scrooge isn't the only one in for a lesson; Devin and Frankie have a few things to learn about kindness and generosity, as well! (catalog summary)

Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances

Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances

The weather outside is frightful, but this collection is delightful! When a huge blizzard (that doesn't show signs of stopping) hits, Gracetown is completely snowed in. But even though it's cold outside, things are heating up inside, proving that Christmas is magical when it comes to love. Young Adult fiction stars John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle bring an early holiday gift to readers everywhere with these three hilarious and interwoven stories of festive romance. (catalog summary)


Marly's Ghost: A Remix of Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' by David Levithan

Marly's Ghost: A Remix of Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol'
by David Levithan

The spirit of Ben's girlfriend Marly returns with three other ghosts to haunt him with a painful journey through Valentine's Days past, present, and future. (catalog summary)


My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories

If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you're going to fall in love with My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by the international bestselling Stephanie Perkins. Whether you enjoy celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or New Years, there's something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love. (catalog summary)


The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily
by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

Dash and Lily have had a tough year since readers first watched the couple fall in love. Lily's beloved grandfather suffered a heart attack, and his difficult road to recovery has taken a major toll on her typically sunny disposition. With only twelve days left until Christmas—Lily's favorite time of the year—Dash, Lily's brother Langston, and their closest friends take Manhattan by a storm to help Lily recapture the holiday magic of New York City in December. (catalog summary)


A War of Gifts: An Ender Story by Orson Scott Card

A War of Gifts: An Ender Story
by Orson Scott Card

The children come from many nations, many religions; while they are being trained for war, religious conflict between them is not on the curriculum. But Dink Meeker, one of the older students, doesn't see it that way. He thinks that giving gifts isn't exactly a religious observation, and on Sinterklaas Day he tucks a present into another student's shoe. This small act of rebellion sets off a battle royal between the students and the staff, but some surprising alliances form when Ender comes up against a new student, Zeck Morgan. The War over Santa Claus will force everyone to make a choice. (catalog summary)


What Child Is This? by Caroline B. Cooney

What Child Is This?
by Caroline B. Cooney

When seventeen-year-old Matt tries to find a family for an eight-year-old foster child, his attempt backfires and both of them need a Christmas miracle. (catalog summary)


What Light by Jay Asher

What Light by Jay Asher

Sierra's family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon, and every year they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb's past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption, this Christmas. (catalog summary)