Two fo the recommendations in Claire Hennessy’s round up for:
I’ll Be Home for Christmas (Stripes Publishing, £7.99) is an anthology for teen readers with a much more modern feel. Featuring both stories and poems on the theme of “home”, the collection has been put together in aid of UK homelessness charity Crisis. Although some of the stories feel a little too neat and tidy, there’s an impressive range of edgy YA authors included here: Melvin Burgess, Juno Dawson, Cat Clarke and Julie Mayhew, to name a few.
Finally, for a cosier Christmas YA read, David Levithan and Rachel Cohn’s The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily (Electric Monkey, £7.99) is a he-said, she-said romance about a couple struggling after a year together (the pair first met in Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares), and an attempt to rekindle Christmas magic in a world that seems a little too bleak for it to matter. The New York setting lends this quirky love story a glamour that will appeal to young teens, and there’s just enough reality in here to ground the more implausible aspects of this Yuletide adventure.
see the full roundup via Books to steal young people’s hearts this Christmas.