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Still holiday shopping? Looking for some books for your teen reader? Here are a couple ideas from the books I reviewed this year.
Dreams are Unfinished Thoughts – by Brian Paone
The author, Brian Paone, writes this memior as a tribute to his best friend, lead singer of the band God Lives Underwater, David Reilly. They become friends through Paone’s being a big fan of Reilly’s band. The novel is about the life of a rock star, but it is more about strong bonds of friendship.
Here is a link to my book review. Book Review – Dreams Are Unfinished Thoughts by Brian Paone
Here is a link to purchase your copy: Dreams are Unfinished Thoughts
Under a Painted Sky – by Stacey Lee
Stacey Lee writes a historical fiction adventure of a Chinese American teen in the 1850s. Her dream was to play violin in a conservatory in New York City. After her father was killed, she found herself on the run with Annamae, a teenage slave, and they hit the road on the Oregon trail. To not draw attention to themselves, they dressed up as boys and tried to do things as guys do. Follow their adventures in this novel.
Here is a link to my book review. Book Review – Under A Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
Here is a link to purchase your copy: Under a Painted Sky – Amazon.com
The King – by Lori Lorilyn Roberts
In the second book in the Seventh Dimension Series, Lorilyn Roberts continues the story of her main character, Daniel. He lives in current day Israel, but is able to travel back to when Rome ruled the land. He battles with good and evil to learn more about himself on his path with God. Even though the story has a Christian Fantasy flavor, I think it could be enjoyed by any teen reader.
Here is a link to my review. Book Review – The King by Lorilyn Roberts
Here is a link to purchase your copy: The King – Amazon.com
The Hard Way – by Selma P. Verde
Recipient of Honorable Mention in the Young Adult Fiction Category of the 2018 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards
In the first book of The Way Series, Selma P. Verde gives us a coming of age novel focusing on the effects of peer pressure. After his best friend moves away, Paul Jones must make new friends while he takes on his first year of high school. He meets Anik Hatcher while serving detention and is introduced to his friends who were pulling pranks in Manor City. Paul learns the consequences of choosing the wrong guys to hang around.
Here are the links to purchase your copy:
The Hard Way – Amazon.com and The Hard Way – Barnes and Noble
It is always fun to buy a physical copy of the book, but remember, there is an e-book option available for most books. Many teens choose to read on their cell phones, tablets or even have a Kindle they download their books to. So, be sure to see what version they would like to receive your gift in.