Along with sparkling lights and wrapped presents, a Christmas Eve snowstorm adds magic to the holiday. In The Jubilee Express by Maureen Johnson, Jubilee’s day is upended when her parents are arrested, her train is stranded in snow and she breaks up with her boyfriend but in the end meets a new love.
Author John Green, famed for The Fault in Our Stars, contributes A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle in which three friends hike through the blizzard to the Waffle House to gawk at the cheerleading squad from the snowbound train.
Finally, Lauren Myracle wraps it up with The Patron Saint of Pigs in which Addy makes amends for cheating on her boyfriend (who was also stuck on Jubilee’s train). These tales of believable teen love will warm your heart during the winter break or any time of the year.
If you’re looking for more action and suspense during the winter vacation, try The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey. This fast-paced sci-fi thriller received so much attention since it came out last year that I just had to add it to my reading list. It was worth the wait. In the story, 16-year-old Cassie Sullivan tries to survive in a world devastated by an alien invasion that has already decimated the population and knocked mankind back to the Stone Age. The Fifth Wave movie is in the works scheduled for release in January 2016, so there’s plenty of time to read book one and it’s follow up The Infinite Sea.
I’m looking forward to reading the second novel, which just came out this fall. It has received good reviews as a heart pounding survival story. Now that Cassie and her companions have lived through the Others' four waves of destruction and with the human race nearly exterminated they have to choose between holing up for winter, or setting out in search of other survivors before the alien enemy closes in.
Whether you yearn for holiday romance, crave alien invasions or want something in between, I wish you a happy holiday and the pleasure of a good book.
Ann, Youth Services Librarian, Bealeton branch library