Children’s and young adult book gift tips for christmas 2017

Children's and young adult book gift tips for Christmas 2017

Children’s and young adult book gift tips for Christmas 2017

" data-medium-file =" = 1" data-large-file =" = 1" src =" = 1" alt ="Christmas tree" w />It’s that time again – I can tell from the fact that the number of visitors to more than doubles: Christmas is just around the corner and many parents, grandmothers and fathers, other relatives and friends are looking for gifts for children and young people. Books are a good and welcome option, after all you like to give away something useful – and reading is still the most important cultural technology that we have, and computers and smartphones don’t change that. If you are looking for good gifts: Here are my children’s and youth book tips from this year, categorized according to reader types.

For readers who need excitement

Cover: Lea-Lina Oppermann "What we thought, what we did"

" data-medium-file =" = 1" data-large-file =" = 1" src =" = 1" alt ="Cover: Lea-Lina Oppermann "What we thought, what we did"" w />Lea-Lina Oppermann’s "What we thought we did" is about a school killing spree, and the rather thin book for readers aged 14 and over has a lot to offer. Action isn’t that, it’s psychological tension, but it’s really well staged.

Karl Olsberg’s "Boy in a White Room" (from 14 years) also offers excitement. Because the book is also about artificial intelligence and has science fiction elements, it is especially recommended for nerdy reading people.

For readers who are interested in history

In "The Boy on the Mountain" (from the age of 12) John Boyne intelligently plays with the historical events around Adolf Hitler. An inexperienced boy comes to Hitler’s retreat, Berghof am Obersalzberg, and is slowly becoming an enthusiastic Nazi there. Educational at different levels and well told.

Cover: Jon Walter "My name is not Friday"

" data-medium-file =" = 1" data-large-file =" = 1" src =" = 1" alt ="Cover: Jon Walter "My name is not Friday"" w />Jon Walter, on the other hand, transports you with "My name is not Friday" (from 13 years of age) to the period of the American Civil War between 1861 and 1865, in which the northern United States wanted to abolish slavery and waged war against the south. A novel, over 400 pages long, but quite gripping.

And Herbert Günther takes readers back to the 1960s, when the economic miracle subsided and the unrest of the 68s began. "The Contradiction" (from 14 years) is a sometimes somewhat old-fashioned, but very impressive book about adolescents and young adults in this period of change.

For readers who are interested in society and politics

Christophe Léon’s “Väterland” (from the age of 14) is a narrow volume in which linguistically it is told how homosexuals are persecuted in a fictional France of the future. A political novel that is very emotional and can be understood as a warning of racist tendencies.

For readers who like to laugh

Jason Reynolds’ ‘Love or my most beautiful funerals’ (from 13 years) is funny, although it addresses many serious issues. It’s about death, grief, difficult family relationships, and yet the book remains light. A love story is not missing either.

Cover: Erik Lund Eriksen "The summer in which everyone went crazy"

" data-medium-file =" = 1" data-large-file =" = 1" src =" = 1" alt ="Cover: Erik Lund Eriksen "The summer in which everyone went crazy"" w />There is even more to laugh about in Endre Lund Eriksen’s "The summer in which everyone went nuts (except me!)" (From the age of 12) – a hilarious book about a boy who, sitting in the outhouse, describes a catastrophic summer for him.

For young readers who like adventure

A touch of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn gives Davide Morosinotto "The Mississippi Gang" (from 10 years). A small gang travels the Mississippi and goes from one adventure to the next. The book is also beautifully illustrated in an old-fashioned way.

My personal favorites from 2017

Cover: Stefanie Höfler "Dance of the Deep Sea Jellyfish"

" data-medium-file =" = 1" data-large-file =" = 1" src =" = 1" alt ="" w />Stefanie Höfler is my number one favorite. In “Dance of the Deep Sea Jellyfish” (from the age of 12), she speaks in an innovative language how a shy, pretty foreign girl and a boy bullied because of his thickness approach each other gently. That may sound like a cliché, but it is far from it – a very touching story.

Favorite number 2 for me is Angie Thomas ‘“ The Hate U Give ”(from 14 years) – a book that describes very intensely the prejudices that black and other non-white population groups in the USA are still exposed to. Because it contains much of the author’s life story, this book looks so real.

Cover: Anna Woltz "Hundred Hours Night"

" data-medium-file =" = 1" data-large-file =" = 1" src =" = 1" alt ="" w />My favorite number 3 is “Hundred Hours Night” by Anna Woltz (from the age of 13). The Dutch author skilfully narrates how a girl flees to New York because it is no longer bearable with her parents. But there is the hurricane Sandy ahead. And much else goes differently than expected.

And the new John Green should not be missing as favorite number 4. "Sleep well, your nasty thoughts" (14 years and older) is not as fast as the previous books, but is very empathetic about what it means to suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder phobia. And John Green’s philosophical dialogues are once again admirable.

If all these tips are not enough for you: books hardly age, so you can also take a look at the tips from 2016 and 2015.

(And because Google & Co. yes often take a little longer: Here are the tips for young people’s books for 2018.)

Happy Christmas to you all!

(Ulf Cronenberg, December 4th, 2017)

Photo of the Christmas tree at the top: Ulf Cronenberg

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