All Ages

The Best Children’s and YA Books of December 2018

by Keith Rice

December is upon us and alongside the colder climes, potential flurries, and those ever-magical snow days are a mix of engaging stories to interest every fan of picture books, middle grade books, and young adult books (particularly those who want to stock up on love-centric stories ahead of Valentine’s Day!). Here are our top picks for the month of December:

  • Young Adult Books:

  • Fire & Heist

    by Sarah Beth Durst

    For Sky Hawkins, taking on her first heist is a monumental task and a major milestone — one that means acceptance not only by her family, but also within her society. Stealing your first treasure is a complicated endeavor, perhaps more so for wyvern like Sy, a human who can morph into a dragon.
    (On sale: 12/4/18)

  • Strange Days

    by Constantine Singer

    This sci-fi adventure sees a young man named Alex Mata thrust into a world of dangerous conspiracies and aliens hiding in plain sight. When his parents are murdered by an alien, Alex is forced to go on the run and is soon caught up in time-bending conflict — and the future of the Earth hangs in the balance.
    (On sale: 12/4/2018)

  • The Fade

    by Demitria Lunetta

    This chilling ghost story is sure to bring the scares for any YA horror fans. Haley knows something terrible happened in her basement. Four girls went missing several years ago and the case was never solved. Haley, however, knows they were murdered because she’s seen their ghosts ... and whoever, or whatever, murdered the girls could be coming for her next.
    (On sale: 12/11/18)

  • Tides of the Dark Crystal #3

    by J.M. Lee and Cory Godbey

    The third book in J.M. Lee’s original Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal is an imaginative series perfect for YA fantasy fans. With Netflix’s “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” just around the corner, now’s the perfect time to get caught up on this series, which serves as a prequel to the wonderfully realized world introduced in Jim Henson’s 1982 film, “The Dark Crystal.”
    (On sale: 12/24/18)