We've rounded up some of our favorite books of the year (so far) to give you some gift ideas for book-loving friends and family!
The Serpent King by Jeff Zenter
The son of a Pentecostal preacher faces his personal demons as he and his two outcast friends try to make it through their senior year of high school in rural Forrestville, Tennessee without letting the small-town culture destroy their creative spirits and sense of self.
Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
When her university professor father is sent by the Gestapo to a concentration camp, seven-year-old Anna travels the Polish countryside with the mysterious Swallow Man during World War II.
Jonesy: Volume One by Sam Humphries
Jonesy's a typical disaffected teenager-- makin' zines nobody reads, posting pictures of her favorite pop groups on her blog, and watching anime on the weekends. But Jonesy has a secret-- she can make anybody fall in love with anyone-- or anything-- she wants!
Samurai Rising: The Epic life of Minamoto Yoshitsune by Pamela Turner
Documents the true story of the legendary samurai who was raised in the household of the enemies who killed his father before being sent to live in a monastery where, against the odds, he learned and perfected his fighting skills.
The Forbidden Orchid by Sharon Biggs Waller
When her family is threatened with being sent to the poorhouse for failing to collect a rare orchid, Elodie Buchanan accompanies her father to China determined to find the flower and save her family.
Harmony by Carolyn Parkhurst
The Hammond family is living in DC, where everything seems to be going just fine, until it becomes clear there's something different about their oldest daughter, Tilly. When they turn to Camp Harmony for guidance, what they discover in the woods of New Hampshire will push them to the very limit.
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
On an island off the south coast of Victorian England, fourteen-year-old Faith investigates the mysterious death of her father, who was involved in a scandal, and discovers a tree that feeds upon lies and gives those who eat its fruit visions of truth.
Of Better Blood by Susan Moger
Teenage polio survivor Rowan Collier is caught in the crossfire of a secret war against "the unfit."
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
As World War II draws to a close, refugees try to escape the war's final dangers, only to find themselves aboard a ship with a target on its hull.
Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina
Nora Lopez is seventeen during the summer of 1977, when New York is besieged by arson, a massive blackout, and a serial killer named Son of Sam.
The Smell of Other People's Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
Growing up in Alaska in the 1970s isn't like growing up anywhere else: Don't think life is going to be easy.
This Land is Our Land: A History of American Immigration by Linda Osborne
The history of immigration in the United States is full of twists, turns, and contradictions. This engagingly designed book brings together first person interviews, historical images, and documents from times gone by to tell a story full of information and empathy.