Gift Ideas for Tweens and Young Adults

Ready or not, the gift-giving season is upon us! Whether you celebrate Sinterklaas, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or any other opportunity to give presents during the dark days of the winter solstice, we’ve got ideas aplenty. As in previous years, the ABC Staff has looked through their sections and hand-picked various choice literary jewels for your gift-giving pleasure.

We will present these titles in a series of blog posts and recommendation lists throughout the coming month. We hope you will find some inspiration in them, but please remember that these titles only represent a tiny fraction of the books on offer in our stores. Be sure to stop by to see what else there is in the area of your interest!

Make your kids (or nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers, sisters) happy with these fabulous gift ideas from our Children’s Books and Young Adult Fiction sections! If you also have children 8 and younger clamoring for gifts, have a look at our Gift Ideas for the Littlest Ones.  🙂

You can find our gift ideas from previous years here (scroll down a bit to 2013 and beyond), and be sure to have a look at our ABC Favorites, too.

Children’s Books: 9 – 12 Years

Ebook available for The Worst Witch and Gangsta Granny.

“Wonderful for boys and girls: it’s about friendship, the freedom of living your own life and making your own choices, and the danger of being seen in the wrong light.” – ABC The Hague’s Children’s Books buyer Lília on The Complete Borrowers.

“The newest title by Michael Morpurgo brings us once more to World War I.” – Lília on Listen to the Moon.

“A special, illustrated edition celebrates 40 years of this wonderfully quirky story about a girl trying to learn to become a witch in Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches – and always getting her spells wrong.” – Lília on The Worst Witch.

Young Adult

Ebook available for Endgame: The Calling, Throne of Glass, Silver Shadows, If I Stay, The Summer I Turned Pretty (3-in-1), Eleanor & Park, and Legend.

“People online who have read it either loved it or hated it. Some say it is a rip-off of the Hunger Games, some say it is what they have been waiting for since Harry Potter. I have an unread copy on my book shelf waiting for me… because I am intrigued!” – ABC’s Marketing Director Karin on Endgame: The Calling.

“I have not yet started reading this series myself, but both Snuggly Oranges and Paper Riot recommended it to me, so on the TBR pile it goes. And click here for the review by Snuggly Oranges if you want to know why they recommended it to me.” – ABC Amsterdam’s YA Fiction buyer Tiemen on Throne of Glass.

“This book is already winner because of the awesome title. A beautiful coming-of-age story about two teenage boys who meet each other at a swimming pool.” – Tiemen on Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.