Here’s my contribution to NRO’s Christmas shopping symposium:
Kids don’t always put books at the top of their Christmas wish lists, but that shouldn’t stop you from giving them as gifts. A young-adult novel by Andrew Klavan is always a safe bet, and his latest, Nightmare City, has just come out. The day it arrived in the mail, one of my boys grabbed it before I had much of a chance to take a look. When I was his age, my favorite book probably was The Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkien. It remains popular in our house now, and we’ll line up for the second installment of the movie soon. I didn’t discover Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game until I was older, but it’s one of the books my students at Hillsdale College are most likely to have read in their free time.