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Winter Snow Day Reads for Teens

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Winter is here and the deep freeze has come over many of the high schools in the United States with each teen hoping beyond reason - and parents dreading the thought - that tomorrow will be a snow day! Teens love a good snow day until they get out of bed around noon and realize they can't go anywhere or do anything because it's snowing. But parents, I have the perfect solution: a good book!

Like beach reads in the summer time, a snow day book is something to look forward to reading as it adds to a relaxing 'day off' atmosphere and prevents cabin fever. Here are a few books you can stash for your teen's next snow day.

1. The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games
©Scholastic Press
With The Hunger Games movie coming out on the big screen in the spring of 2012, now is the perfect time for teens – and their interested parents – to hibernate with a copy of the book, or the whole series. This action packed coming of age story about Katniss Everdeen is a perfect read for a slow snow day. Your teen will barely poke their eyes above the page (or eBook reader) for two seconds. They will wonder where the time went as opposed to driving you insane with being bored.

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2. Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Will Grayson, Will Grayson teen read book
©Speak Publishing
Book Description: "One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, Will Grayson crosses paths with . . . Will Grayson. Two teens with the same name, running in two very different circles, suddenly find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, and culminating in epic turns-of-heart and the most fabulous musical ever to grace the high school stage. Told in alternating voices from two YA superstars, this collaborative novel features a double helping of the heart and humor that have won them both legions of fans."

Denise's thoughts: Some great talking points brought out in this book: love, boys and girls, boys and boys, friendship, high school and life. A good read for both parents and teens. Lots to wonder about and lots to talk about too.
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3. Cinder: Book One in the Lunar Chronicles

Cinder: Book One in the Lunar Chronicles
©Feiwel & Friends
Isn't it always about romance? I know my daughters think so! This is the book I've ordered this year for our snow day fun. Part fairytale, part science fiction, this novel from a new author looked like a good choice for us. From the book description: "Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future."
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4. Thirteen Reasons Why

©Razorbill
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher is another book your teen will not be able to put down. The story is about a teen boy who receives tapes in the mail from a girl he knew that committed suicide. The reader follows this young man as he journeys through her words on tape.

5. Across the Universe

Across the Universe teen book
©Razorbill
The first in a book series, Across the Universe is a science fiction thriller that is getting rave reviews by teens and young adults because of its fun twisty plot. From the book description, "Amy is a cryogenically frozen passenger aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed. She expects to awaken on a new planet, 300 years in the future. But fifty years before Godspeed's scheduled landing, Amy's cryo chamber is unplugged, and she is nearly killed. Now, Amy is caught inside an enclosed world where nothing makes sense. Godspeed's passengers have forfeited all control to Eldest, a tyrannical and frightening leader, and Elder, his rebellious and brilliant teenage heir. Amy desperately wants to trust Elder. But should she? All she knows is that she must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets before whoever woke her tries to kill again."
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6. Life Lists for Teens

winter books for teens reading
©Free Spirit Publishing
This book will empower your teen to think for themselves. It will encourage them to take a good look at the issues they face everyday and add some meaning to the choices they make. The lists make quick thought-provoking reads for teens. The book is a must-have for your teenager.

7. An Abundance of Katherines

©Dutton Juvenile
About a boy named Colin, who seems to always be dating, and getting dumped by, girls named Katherine. This fact has help him decide to go on a quest with his high school friend to figure out the mathematical formula that can predict where any relationship will end up – thereby helping himself avoid the Katherines who dump him and making him a genius. By John Green.

Denise’s thoughts: A quick easy read filled with the humor of all of the mangled up ‘logical thoughts’ of a teenage boy.
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