In Indiana, you just never know what the weather is going to be. Last week alone I wore both sandals and rain boots to school while my nieces in another school district had a snow day. And the likelihood of a snow day around here is pretty high through March. So if you find yourself stuck inside on a snow day, here are some great YA book options!
This list features a variety of genres; all are quick-paced reads that will leave you one satisfied, snuggly reader!
1–Realistic–Trapped by Michael Northrop
This is a PERFECT snow day read–it’s fairly short and is about a blizzard! Scotty and his friends are among 7 students stuck inside their high school during a blizzard. They’re not too worried about having to spend the night at school–that is, until they realize the snow is not letting up and their heat, electricity, and even roofing may not withstand the storm. They are literally trapped with no outside help available.
2–Adventure–Peak by Roland Smith
I actually read this entire book during a snow day! I didn’t think I’d like it–I know nothing about mountain climbing–but it was such a great read! Fourteen-year-old Peak is facing a term in juvenile detention for his habit of scaling skyscrapers, but his long-lost father appeals to the judge and takes Peak instead to climb for his mountain climbing business in Thailand. But Peak is about to learn that there are big strings attached with his dad’s plan.
3–Historical–Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
This book is tragic and amazing and very, very cold. Set during World War II, it follows what Joseph Stalin did to the Lithuanians during the war. Splitting up the men from the women/children/elderly, he sent the latter to Siberia where they had to survive in the cruelest conditions. At the heart of this story is Lina, a young artist who documents her experience with the hopes of it reaching her father’s ears. A touching story that sets Sepetys apart from other historical authors.
4–Realistic–Sister Wife by Shelley Hrdlitschka
Many people are found on snow days binge-watching TV marathons, and the topic of sister wives has been quite popular over the last few years. With this book, you’ll feel like you’re watching a TLC series! In the community of Unity, strict obedience is enforced and polygamy (especially involving men marrying much younger women) is the norm. Celeste finds herself wanting out of this life, but the risks involved could cost her everything she has ever known. Including separation from her sister who wants nothing more than to be in a polygamist family.
5–Romance–Just One Day by Gayle Forman
There’s no better title for a snow day read than this! Allyson Healey has a structured, orderly life and that’s the way she likes it. So while on a European graduation trip, no one is more surprised than her when she falls for Willem, a European actor with a spontaneous side. She agrees to go with Willem by train to Paris for just one day. It is this day that will completely transform Allyson’s life.
6–Horror and Suspense–Ten by Gretchen McNeil
If you’re looking for a good snow day scare, this is a great choice. A modernized version of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, it follows multiple teens who get invited to the “party of the year” on a remote island. What starts out as a fun party weekend turns into a deadly nightmare when a DVD is found with the message “Vengeance is mine.” When all electricity, communication, and transportation is cut off, it is clear that everyone is out for themselves.
7–Dystopian–The Selection by Kiera Cass
Such a cute dystopian novel that is often described as a cross between The Hunger Games and The Bachelor. Prince Maxon of the future United States is ready for marriage and the country is caught up in The Selection, the process by which heirs’ spouses are chosen. America is one of 35 girls chosen to compete for Maxon’s heart, but she isn’t sure that leaving her family and boyfriend Aspen are worth the financial security that a royal wedding could bring.
8–Fantasy–Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
If you only have one day to get lost in a fantasy book, this is such an excellent choice. Alina and Mal are teen orphans serving in the military for Ravka, a once-powerful nation now torn in two by the Shadow Fold. When their regiment is attacked and Alina reveals a power she never knew she had, she is whisked away for safety and for special training. But the safety Alina thinks she has may not be trustworthy, making her wish she could be back home with her friend Mal.
These books are perfect for snuggling inside on an unexpected snow day! Because let’s be honest…what could be better on a cold day?
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