If you're looking for books for teens or tweens, do I have some suggestions for you!
First off, if you haven't heard of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, check your surroundings, you may be living in a cave. The latest book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth, hit the shelves November 9th, meaning the franchise now has a whopping 42 million books in print in the US and Canada alone. The series has been sold in 37 countries, printed in 35 different languages around the world, and has been credited with turning reluctant readers onto books (yay!). Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth follows Greg into the perils of boy-girl parties, increased responsibilities, and all the awkward changes that come from growing older, with his best friend Rowley at his side (Amulet Books, 13.95, Recommended for Ages ~5-10 years).
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The Book Thief, a book that's been out for a while but that I have only just discovered, is an excellent choice for teens. Though it deals with a difficult subject matter (World War II in Nazi Germany), it does so in an unique matter that will both engage teenagers' interests without patronizing them and perhaps encourage them to research this important topic with more empathy for the victims. Told from the point of view of Death himself, the Book Thief describes a young girl's relationship with her foster parents, the other residents of their neighborhood, and a Jewish fist-fighter who hides in her home during the escalation of World War II. Published in 2005, it has won numerous awards and has been listed on the New York Times Children's Bestseller List for over one hundred weeks. Thoughtful and engrossing, The Book Thief is available in paperback from Amazon.com (5.99, Ages 13 and above).
B is also for Bluray!
We've seen some fantastic Disney features come out on Bluray recently. I've mentioned Beauty and the Beast, a perennial favorite, on the blog previously, and that certainly tops my recommendations for kids.
Another choice for the slightly older set would be Disney's Oceans, which includes stunning High Definition underwater coverage. Remember that the Disney Bluray also includes both a DVD copy and a digital copy that will play on your computer. Bonus footage for Oceans includes the music video "Make a Wave," select bonus videos entitled "Deeper in the Ocean," and a feature on Preserving the World We Share, about conservation efforts for marine life (Disney Nature: Oceans Bluray Combo, 24.99).
I'm also a big fan of Dreamworks' How to Train Your Dragon, which just came out recently on video and is an amazing 19.99 for the Bluray version! (Please note, this isn't the 3D version. If you are one of those amazingly fast-adapters who already has a 3D HDTV, more power to you, though).
And finally, coming out on DVD and Bluray tomorrow is my favorite "Adult" movie of the year, the amazing Inception. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and written by Memento's Christopher Nolan, this movie is just too involve to summarize in a single paragraph, but I guarantee it is a worthwhile purchase for the amazing anti-gravity fight scenes alone. 'Nuff said. Plus, If you snatch it up TODAY, Amazon has this blockbuster hit on sale for the unbelievably low deal of HALF the regular price, or just 17.99. Yes, you read that right! Inception Bluray Combo deal at Amazon.com.
Okay, Here's how to win Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth! Just comment on this post with your favorite cookie recipe.
Yes, I know that's crazy and completely unrelated, but tomorrow is C for Cookies, and I want to put YOUR favorite cookie in our holiday gift guide for everyone to enjoy! You can leave a link in the comment if your favorite recipe is online and I'll link it in tomorrow's post, or you can give us the actual directions for your favorite home recipe for TWO entries.
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- That's TEN extra entries! And TWO entries if you gave me your recipe, for a total of 12 chances to win a copy of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth. Deadline for entries is Monday, December 13th.