Cozy Christmas Reads for Teens

Looking for a good book for winter break? Check out one of these Christmastime stories from your Des Moines Public Library branch!

Mistletoe: Four Holiday Stories by Hailey Abbot, Melissa de la Cruz, Aimee Friedman and  Nina Malkin

Glittering white snowflakes. The handsome blond ski instructor. The sparkle on a cashmere skirt. Hot cocoa and kisses in front of a crackling fire. The holiday season is the ESSENCE of magic…and romance. Four of today’s bestselling teen authors bring us delectable tales of love and lust and holiday cheers (and tears) in this one-of-a-kind collection that teens will devour faster than a plate of Christmas cookies.






Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle

Sparkling white snowdrifts, beautiful presents wrapped in ribbons, and multicolored lights glittering in the night through the falling snow. A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you see only in movies. Well, kinda. After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss from a charming stranger. And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend. Or that the way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks. Thanks to three of today’s bestselling teen authors—John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle—the magic of the holidays shines on these hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and breathtaking kisses.


Ex-mas by Kate Brian

When seventeen-year-old Lila Beckwith’s parents go on vacation, her plans to throw a huge Christmas party are thwarted by her younger brother and his best friend, who leave on a mission to save the North Pole from global warming, and she must join forces with her ex-boyfriend to get the youngsters safely home.










Starry, Starry Night by Lurlene McDaniel

The star that led the three wise men could be the same star wished upon by those longing for a wish to come true. In the opening novella, “Christmas Child,” 15-year-old Melanie feels cheated when her baby sister, born at Christmastime, lives only a few days. But the brief life of her sister shows Melanie the lasting value of love. Brenda struggles between noble intentions and real desires when she becomes the last chance for happiness for a dying boy in “Last Dance.” The final story, “Kathy’s Life,” describes a girl who appears to have it all. Kathy is beautiful, intelligent, and has the perfect job as a live-in caregiver for a couple’s baby boy. But not everything is as perfect as it seems: Should Kathy give up the one person she loves most in the world?

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