Okay, Christmas is coming, and you’re wondering what to get the teenager(s) in your life. They have everything, an iPod, an iPhone, and you want to get them something worth while that they will enjoy for more than the first few minutes. Well, I have the solution. Buy them a book, or while your at it, an entire series! I know you have been complaining about how they spend so much time on those electronic devices. So, give them a gift that will help them use their imaginations! Here are five great titles that my teenager loves.
The Chronicles of Narnia
This is one you probably read when you were a child or teen. It contains seven books in total, and was written by C.S. Lewis. It takes place in the magical realm of Narnia, where beasts talk and mystical creatures dwell.
In the most famous book, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, the inhabitants of Narnia have been enslaved by an evil ruler who calls herself the Snow Queen. During her reign, she has cast a spell over the land that makes it always winter, but never Christmas. It has been so for a hundred years. Then things begin to change rapidly when four human children, Peter, Edmund, Susan, and Lucy, accidentally find a way into Narnia, and the great lion Aslan returns to challenge the evil witch.
The Lord of the Rings
Here is another classic you have probably either read or at least heard of. It’s a three book trilogy written by J.R.R. Tolkien.
“Three rings for the Elven-Kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-Lords
in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne.
In the Land of Mordor where the shadows lie.
One ring to rule them all,
One ring to find them,
One ring to bring them all and
in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the shadows lie.”
Long ago, the rings of power were crafted by the elven-smiths, and given to the rulers of each race. Then Sauron, the Dark Lord of Mordor, crafted the one, ultimate ring that could control the others. But in time the ring was lost, and remained so for many centuries until it was found by a hobbit, whose name was Bilbo Baggins.
After many years the ring is inherited by Frodo Baggins, and the identity of the ring is discovered. Frodo must carry the ring to the crack of doom, located in the heart of Mordor, and there destroy it, and in doing so, destroy the Dark Lord’s power forever.
This series is a bit more modern, but you have probably heard of it. It contains seven books, and was written by J.K. Rowling. It has now been made into seven movies as well. The first book begins when Harry is turning eleven years old. He lives with his aunt, uncle, and cousin, because his parents died in what he’s been told was an automobile accident, which left him marked with a lightning shaped scar right in the middle of his forehead.
His aunt and uncle have been somewhat less than nurturing. He’s had to sleep in the cupboard under the stairs, but life for Harry is about to change forever when he receives some startling news on his 11th birthday. He’s a wizard! Harry no longer has to live with his dreadful relatives 365 days a year. He’s going to Hogwarts, school of witchcraft and wizardry!
However, Harry discovers that his parents were wizards too, and that they did not die in a car crash. They were murdered by the evil wizard Lord Voldemort, who will stop at nothing to kill Harry as well. Joy and grief, danger and mystery, happiness and fear are all spun together in this thrilling series, as J.K. Rowling takes you through all seven years at Hogwarts.
The Inheritance Cycle
This series has been written quite recently by Christopher Paolini. It currently consists of three books, the fourth being a work in progress. This series is ideal for teenagers.
The dragon riders were the peace keepers in the land of Alaga ë sia. They were once powerful and just. But, after many golden ages, one dragon rider named Galbatorix destroyed his fellow riders, nearly exterminated the dragons, and appointed himself supreme monarch over Alaga ë sia.
This story begins just outside a town called Carvahall, located at the base of the mountain range know as The Spine. Eragon, just a teenager himself, hunts deer and other game in these mountains to support his family. One day while hunting, a large blue stone appears in a bright flash right in front of him, which turns out not to be a stone at all, but a dragon egg, one of the last remaining in Alaga ë sia. The dragon inside hatches for Eragon, and with help from a storyteller named Brom, Eragon becomes the first new dragon rider in a hundred years.
Eragon has a huge responsibility to all the races of Alaga ë sia, to restore peace and justice, and to end Galbatorix’s reign of bloodshed and terror.
The Inkheart trilogy
This is a great series written by Cornelia Funke. Between the pages of every book, there exists an entire world. Some individuals can bring things or people out of those worlds and into our own by reading the stories aloud. Meggie’s father, Mo, is one such person.
One night, nine years ago, he read aloud from a book called Inkheart. Unaware of his own powers at the time, he accidentally summons the evil villain Capricorn, his henchman Basta, and a fire-eater named Dustfinger, while his wife is sent into Inkheart in their place.
While Dustfinger wants nothing more than to return to his world, Capricorn likes it here and wants to become ruler of this world as well. Mo must master his ability, in order to correct his mistake, and Meggie, now twelve years old, must discover her own hidden power if they are to vanquish the evil that threatens their very existence.
These five titles are great gifts for any teenager, and will help make this Christmas very special. I hope you do decide to bring a little imagination and inspiration to the receiver, and give them a gift that they will remember.
C.S. Lewis-The Chronicles of Narnia-The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe-Book.
J.R.R. Tolkien-The Lord of the Rings-Book.
J.K. Rowling-Harry Potter-Book.
Christopher Paolini-The Inheritance Cycle-Book.
Cornelia Funke-The Inkheart trilogy-Book.