Our Favorite New Books of December

The weather may be wacky out there, but here in BookKids there’s plenty to feel good about.  There is a barrage of new books this December, including several that we’re very excited about.  Most of our favorite books this month are in the teen section, but there are a couple others that tickle our fancy as well.  Check ’em out!

Eon by Alison Goodman
Eon knows everything he needs to know to be a Dragoneye – though he is crippled, and an outcast in his community, he has studied swordwork and magic and knows he has the skills to be chosen.  But Eon has a secret – he is not the twelve-year-old boy he claims to be, but a sixteen-year-old girl named Eona.  However girls aren’t allowed to use Dragonmagic, and when her secret is threatened, so is her life.  This new fantasy adventure will take you deep into a world of magic and astrology, using Chinese lore to weave together a whole new world.  Fans of high fantasy authors like Tamora Pierce and Christopher Paolini will love this book.

Touch #1: Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Camelia’s life changed in an instant when she was almost hit by a car – and saved by a handsome stranger. She can’t stop thinking about him, or the way it felt when he touched her before he jumped on his bike and fled the scene. When the new kid at school, Ben, appears to be Camelia’s knight in shining armor, she confronts him only to be told she’s mistaken. Meanwhile rumors are spreading – Ben is a sketchy guy, he killed his last girlfriend. Camelia is getting closer and closer to Ben, though, despite pleas from her friends. When she starts to feel watched and begins receiving scary messages and gifts, she isn’t sure where to turn. Could Ben be who everyone says he is? Or is he telling her the truth when he says he wants to protect her?

Need by Carrie Jones
When Zara is sent to Maine to live with her grandmother, the last thing she expects is to be stalked by a pixie.  But her new friends at school are pretty sure that’s the case – the shadowy man that seems to appear around every turn can’t be friendly, and according to local legend, pixies are very real.  To complicate things further, two rival boys at school have an interest in Zara, and their rivalry may go deeper than Zara ever could have imagined before coming to Maine.  Gothic fantasy fans must check this title out!

Dirty Laundry by  Daniel Ehrenhaft
Carli Gemz (pronounced “games”) is a teen actress who has just landed a role in a new TV show: Private Nights.  For research Carli is being enrolled undercover at the Winchester School of the Arts, a boarding school with a reputation for harboring the “dirty laundry” of the social elite.  Carli knows that the few weeks she’ll be spending as “Sheila Smith” will be pretty wild, but she never imagined that, together with her boss’s son (and her new personal assistant), she’d wind up investigating the disappearance and possible murder of Winchester’s favorite student, Darcy Novak.

Favorite December Chapter Book:

39 Clues #2: One False Note by Gordon Korman
Did you read the first 39 Clues book by Rick Riordan?  Keep up with the Cahills and pick up book two in the series today!  We can’t be more excited about this series – in which each book will be written by a different kids’ author.  While Korman has a different style from Riordan, we think you’ll still enjoy reading his installment just as much as The Maze of Bones.  You’ve gotta admit: this series is addictive, and finding all 39 Clues is an absolute must!

Favorite December Picture Book:

Posy by Linda Newbery, illustrated by Catherine Rayner
Posy is a kitten who does lots of kitten things: skittering around the house, making friends, wrestling, finding new toys, and taking snoozes.  In this glorious new picture book from Linda Newbery and Catherine Rayner (who brought us Augustus and His Smile), you can’t help but fall in love with Miss Posy.

About EKA

E. Kristin Andersonis a Pushcart-nominated poet and author who grew up in Westbrook, Maine and is a graduate of Connecticut College. She has a fancy diploma that says “B.A. in Classics,” which makes her sound smart but has not helped her get any jobs in Ancient Rome. Once upon a time she worked for the lovely folks at The New Yorker magazine, but she soon packed her bags and moved to Austin, Texas where she works as a freelance editor and writing coach. Wearer of many proverbial hats, Kristin an editor at NonBinary Review, helps make books at Lucky Bastard Press, and is a poetry editor at Found Poetry Review. Kristin is the co-editor of the DEAR TEEN ME anthology (Zest Books, 2012), based on the website of the same name. Her YA memoir THE SUMMER OF UNRAVELLING is forthcoming in 2017 from ELJ Publications. As a poet she has been published in many magazines including Juked, [PANK], Asimov’s Science Fiction, Hotel Amerika, Contemporary Verse 2, Room and Cicada and she has work forthcoming in Plath Profiles and The Quotable. Kristin is the author of seven chapbooks of poetry: A GUIDE FOR THE PRACTICAL ABDUCTEE (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2014), A JAB OF DEEP URGENCY (Finishing Line Press, 2014), PRAY, PRAY, PRAY: Poems I wrote to Prince in the middle of the night (Porkbelly Press, 2015), ACOUSTIC BATTERY LIFE (forthcoming from ELJ Publications), 17 DAYS (forthcoming from Choose the Sword Press), FIRE IN THE SKY (forthcoming from Greybook Press), and SHE WITNESSES (forthcoming from dancing girl press). She hand-wrote her first trunk book at sixteen. It was about the band Hanson and may or may not still be in a notebook in her parents’ garage. She blogs at EKristinAnderson.com and is currently trying to trick someone into publishing her full-length collection of erasure poems based on women’s and teen magazines.

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