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Last minute Christmas gift ideas for teens and adults

Witch and Wizard by James Patterson
Witch and Wizard by James Patterson
Little, Brown & Company (December 2009)

Christmas is quickly approaching. Here are some gift ideas for teens and adults:

Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins, the second book in the Hunger Games series, was released in September 2009 and will be a perfect gift for your teen if he/she has read the first novel, The Hunger Games (released September 2008). Either book would be a great gift for any young adult. The first book is a post-apocalyptic story about a world, Panem, where teenagers are used as gladiators in an on-screen duel with each other in order to survive. The second book is divided into three parts, and while School Library Journal admits the book is “slower paced than its predecessor,” the book reveals more adventures with Katniss and Peeta in Panem.

James Patterson’s Witch and Wizard released December 14, 2009. This book sounds like a good read. Straight from the synopsis on Barnes & “The world is changing: the government has seized control of every aspect of society, and now, kids are disappearing. For 15-year-old Wisty and her older brother Whit, life turns upside down when they are torn from their parents one night and slammed into a secret prison for no reason they can comprehend. The New Order, as it is known, is clearly trying to suppress Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Being a Normal Teenager. But while trapped in this totalitarian nightmare, Wisty and Whit discover they have incredible powers they'd never dreamed of. Can this newly minted witch and wizard master their skills in time to save themselves, their parents--and maybe the world?” If you order now from B&, you’ll pay just under $10.

Know a Twilight fan? Do they like to write? If so the new Twilight journals may be a choice for you. They come in a set of four in a keepsake tin and the cover of the journals are similar to the covers of the four Twilight books. They may be purchased for $15 at

Famed Christian author Karen Kingsbury has a new novel out; it was released in October 2009. Shades of Blue is about a 28 year old man who ‘has it all’ and is about to be married but isn’t quite as happy as he thought he’d be and all he knows is he has to “find his old love and make amends,” according to the publisher, Zondervan. Kingsbury is famous for writing stories of redemption and usually her stories are good tear-jerkers. If you know someone who is on the search for something spiritually reviving or just a touching story, Kingsbury is the one to start with and Shades of Blue will make a perfect gift.

Know any Stephen Coonts fans? You’re in luck because he just released a new book: The Disciple, the fourth book in the Tommy Carmellini series. In this book “Iran is much closer to having operational nuclear weapons than the CIA believes…” and it’s up to two siblings with the help of Tommy Carmellini to stop the war before it happens.

True Compass, a memoir written by Ted Kennedy, was released shortly after his death in 2009. The book took its place in bestselling spots in bookstores across the globe. Still a hot item, this book would be an excellent choice for people who grew up in the Kennedy generation. For more information about Ted Kennedy and this book, click here.

Know a basketball fan? This book, The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to the Sports Guy by Bill Simmons, may be for you. Of the book, Random House (the book’s publisher) says, “There is only one writer on the planet who possesses enough basketball knowledge and passion to write the definitive book on the NBA. Bill Simmons, the from-the-womb hoops addict known to millions as’s Sports Guy, is that writer. And The Book of Basketball is that book.”

World renowned chef Emeril Lagasse has a new cook book out for all the busy ladies needing nutritious meals and quick. A perfect gift for any cook, Emeril 20-40-60 has recipes for meals made in 20 minutes time, 40 minutes and 60 minutes. And here’s the best part: the meals are budget minded. “Finally, here is a cookbook designed to help you make cooking a part of your busy life. Whatever the amount of time you have, there's a delicious recipe in Emeril 20-40-60 that will fit your schedule.”

Happy shopping and Merry Christmas!

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