The end of December is already here, and the new year is beckoning—but what to read? These books will end your year with a bang!
Graceling, by Kristin Cashore
Katsa’s Grace, or extreme skill, is killing, and she hates it. Thanks to her Grace, the king is using her as a threat to extort his enemies. Then she meets Po. Soon, Katsa and Po are galloping across the Middluns, chasing secrets—and that’s when Katsa discovers that she is much, much more than the king’s thug. In this savagely emotional teen fantasy, Kristin Cashore proves that there are many sides to the self.
Stuff Matters, by Mark Miodownik
What’s this computer made of? How about this shirt? Or this chair? There are so many things in the world, it’s easy to take them for granted. In this book, Mark Miodownik examines a few objects in minutia, but manages to paint a majestic view of the modern world. This is a wonderful book for teens looking to discover the stuff that makes up our lives.
Cryptid Hunters, by Roland Smith
Grace and Marty O’Hara are two twins at the Omega Opportunity Preparatory School . . . until their parents’ airplane crashes. Soon, Marty and Grace find themselves alone in the jungles of the Congo, looking for an animal that shouldn’t exist, where the price of failure is death. This action-packed novel is a must-read for tweens with a love for adventure.