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Good Reads for Black Friday Shoppers

2012 November 23
by Kate McNair
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It is 3 a.m. and you are sitting in a folding chair outside your favorite retail store, along with 400 other bargain hunters. Sounds like you could use something good to read. Here are my suggestions for Black Friday shoppers … you brave souls.

Books for the reader who wants a new camera

Books for the reader who needs the newest video game

  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (2012 Alex Award winner)
    Wade Watts escapes to Oasis to avoid his real life problems, including an empty bank account. Wade’s goal in this virtual world is to find the three keys left behind by the creator, an eccentric billionaire, that rumor tells are the key to the dead man’s fortune.
  • Insignia by S.J. Kincaid
    Tom, a natural at virtual reality games, is recruited by the government as a soldier in intergalactic drone wars.
  • Erebos by Ursula Poznanski
    Nick is immediately draw in to the mysterious game Erebos. Unfortunately, Erebos is more than just a computer game, and it has a strict code. When Nick tries to break the code in the virtual world, it has real world consequences.

 

Books for the reader who wants a new laptop

  • Don’t Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon
    After waking up on an operating room table, Noa teams up with teenage hacktivist Peter to try to find out who operated on her and what they inserted in her chest.
  • Burning Blue by Paul Griffin
    After the most gorgeous girl in school is disfigured by acid burns in an attack on school grounds, Jay, a talented hacker, tries to find the culprit.
  • The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
    You’ve Got Mail! When Emma’s AOL CD arrives in the mail, she invites Josh, her neighbor, over to check out the new Web. But somehow the two log on the Internet 15 years into the future, viewing their own future Facebook pages.

Books for the reader who has to have the best phone

      • iBoy by Kevin Brooks (2012 Quick Pick)
        Tom Harvey was a regular guy until an attack left shards of an iPhone implanted in his brain. With his new found abilities, Tom tries to strike back at the gang that injured him.
      • Gimme a Call by Sarah Mlynowski
        When fourteen-year-old Devi Banks drops her cell phone in a fountain at the mall, she worries that it is ruined. Instead the phone now has the mysterious ability to call her future self.
      • Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson (2009 Best Books for Young Adults)
        Scarlett Martin hopes for a phone for her birthday. Her family doesn’t have much money — running an antique hotel in New York City doesn’t pay many bills — but when a new guest arrives, Scarlett gets more than she asked for.

 

Books for the reader who needs a bigger TV

— Kate McNair, currently reading Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield

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2 Responses
  1. Molly Wetta permalink
    November 26, 2012

    This is a such a fun and creative way to group similar titles and hook readers who might otherwise be drawn to these books. I love it!

  2. November 29, 2012

    Great post, and we’re thrilled to see our book EREBOS on it! The link in your post goes to the German edition–would you mind changing it to the North American edition? http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12930791-erebos

    Thanks!
    Joanna Karaplis
    Annick Press

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