Warm and Fuzzy Winter YA Reads

Written by teen volunteers, Grace and Emma

List created by HfxPL_Teens

Teen volunteers and bloggers Emma and Grace share their favourite wintry YA reads—perfect for cozying up with during the cold days ahead.


After the Snow is a compelling novel about young Willo, a fifteen-year-old boy living during the new ice age. After the death of his parents, Willo finds himself alone surviving in this snowy age. This adventurous book touches on friendship and self-discovery. This is the perfect book for a winter read if you enjoy adventures and need some snowy adventure during these cold few months.

This collection of three stories is written by your favourite YA authors. The stories are "The Jubilee Express" by Maureen Johnson, "A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle" by John Green, and "The Patron Saint of Pigs" by Lauren Myracle. Each story follows three different teenagers as they experience the same snowstorm in Gracetown during the holiday season. Full of romance and intrigue, this novel is great if you still want a taste of that holiday spirit.

My True Love Gave to Me is similar to Let it Snow, as it is also a collection of short stories. Each story is a romance between two characters falling in love during the winter months. If you like some YA romance, this book is perfect for you. My True Love Gave to Me

The Goblet of Fire is the fourth novel of the Harry Potter series. This classic is full of adventure as we watch Harry and friends compete in the Triwizard Tournament. If you want some nostalgia and adventure during these winter months you should definitely read this book or read the entire series.

What Light by Jay Asher is a holiday romance between Sierra and Caleb. As Sierra moves down to Oregon to help her family on their Christmas tree farm, she meets Caleb. Soon, her life in California and her life in Oregon intertwine. This holiday romance will make you feel warm and fuzzy during this chilly season.

Little Women is a classic warm winter novel where you are guaranteed a good read. The novel is centred around the compelling life of the March sisters, Meg, Amy, Beth and Jo. Even during the time period that girls were taught to be proper and composed, the four sisters still manage to get into a whole lot of mischief. Before becoming a hit movie, now in theatres, Little Women is one of the earliest forms of feminist work in literature. By reading it, you will be able to learn and take away a little something from each one of the March sisters.

This is the book for you if you are looking to get in the romantic mood for Valentine's Day. The plot is centred around the sweet romance of Noah and Ammy, who meet on a train ride traveling to upstate New York in a snowstorm.The two both have very different views on what love is, as Noah is traveling to New York for a last chance at finding true love, and Ammy does not believe in love at all. It is only when their Amtrak breaks down that the two are forced to work together. Throughout this journey their definitions of love are put to the test.

The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody shares the journey of Ryn as she is trapped in the Denver airport in a massive snowstorm on the eve of her best friend's death. To Ryn, it seems only fate. It isn't until Ryn encounters Xander, a total stranger, and the two accidentally swap phones that things begin to shift. This book is sweet, funny and charming and encounters everything from the illuminati to secret New Year's Eve bashes. If you are looking for a charming winter read with some wild adventures, then this is the  book for you.

Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz is a fun modern spin on the classic story of Pride and Prejudice. The novel follows the unexpected romance between Darcy Fitzwilliam and Luke Bennet. Darcy is a girl who is never caught without her three cellphones, who only dates basketball stars, and has never found true love. It is only when her mother falls ill that she returns home to Pemberley, Ohio and meets Luke Bennet, a smart but rather sarcastic carpenter at their neighbours' Christmas party. The two develop a close relationship with one another, but will their different personalities pull them together to find true love or push them apart?

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About the writers

Grace

Hi! my name is Grace and I’m in eleventh grade at Sacred Heart School of Halifax. Though our social action program at school I’ve been given the privilege to volunteer at Halifax Central library every Wednesday morning with my partner Emma. At the Library, we can be found behind the scenes helping to make new displays, and we always enjoy getting to play with the kids in Shake, Rattle, and Read. Some of my other hobbies are swimming, painting, baking, and traveling. Since my Hogwarts house is Hufflepuff, I am a loyal friend who loves to lend a helping hand. I am someone who is always willing to accept a challenge and I strive to always do my very best.

Emma

Hi there! My name is Emma and I’m in eleventh grade at Sacred Heart School of Halifax. I volunteer with my partner Grace every Wednesday morning at Halifax Central Library and we always have a blast!  Our social action teacher, Mrs. McKay assigns every girl in our grade a different volunteer placement to help out in our community. Here at the Library, we put up different displays, play with kids, and sometimes get free food. My Hogwarts house is Hufflepuff so I enjoy some free food every once and awhile.  Being a Hufflepuff, I connect with others easily and am always ready to lend a helping hand. These are attributes that I try to bring to the table whenever volunteering and I can’t wait to see what other fun opportunities Grace and I will get to do next!

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