My review of Norah McClintock's Sea of Sorrows (a novel for those in their early teens) is in the current issue of Canadian Materials, a weekly online magazine from the University of Manitoba, edited by Education professor Dave Jenkinson, at www.umanitoba.ca/cm/
I have been reviewing books for Canadian Materials for several years now and have reviewed quite a few novels for young people that an adult would find worth reading. Perhaps my favourite was the award-winning novel, The Landing, by John Ibbitson,set in Depression-era Muskoka. For fun, my book club decided to add this novel to our list last year, and everybody liked The Landing. We liked the grandmother-figure, a woman "of a certain age", who wasn't your stereotypical cookie-baking, knitting Grandma and who turned out, in the end, not to be a fairy godmother.
Google Canadian Materials to find out about worthwhile books for young people on your holiday gift list.