Teen

LitBoxLoot — What’s in the Box?!?

After I posted my original LitBoxLoot post, I had a few questions about what exactly I put in each box, which books I choose, and how much I spend for each teen so I decided to take a picture of every March box as I packed them up to give a few details/prices!

BFFs (Friendship)

This box was for a 12-year-old boy.

Books: Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich and Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas

Loot: The twisted puzzle cube was one of my more expensive items at $3.25. The Pop Rocks were $1. Oreo egg and Handi-Snacks came in larger packs so were 20 cents and 71 cents, respectively. The cassette tape pin was $1.50. All of these items came from Five Below.

Total: $6.66

*dead* (Funny)

This box was for a 13-year-old boy.

Books: The Gifted, the Talented, and Me by William Sutcliffe; Winger by Andrew Smith

Loot: The brain teaser and Movie Madness games came from Dollar Tree. The Cow Tale (25 cents), Cry Baby candy ($1), and record pin ($1.50) came from Five Below. And the cell phone wallet ($1) was bought at Giant grocery store (they had a display of stocking stuffers) after the holidays at a huge discount.

Total: $6.00

Oh, and p.s., I’m an old lady so I use the crying laughing emoji when I text. The kids use a skull. I’m trying to conform.

Fearsome Fairy Tales

This box was for an 11-year-old boy.

Books: The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman; The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

Loot: All of this loot came from Five Below. The magnetic chess set was the big item at $3.25. Cry Baby candy and Pop Rocks were $1 each. I bought a pack of Airheads Valentine’s Day candy at a discount so these were 18 cents each. The Cow Tale was 25 cents.

Total: $6.68

Fearsome Fairy Tales

This box was for a 13-year-old girl.

Books: Ever Cursed by Corey Ann Haydu and Broken Wish by Julie C. Dao

Loot: The fox planter ($1), pink magnet (25 cents), Ring Pop (25 cents), and puppy page markers ($1) came from Dollar Tree. The lucky cat pin ($1.50), Stranger Things lip balm (63 cents), and bath bomb (50 cents) came from Five Below. The unicorn luggage tag ($1) came from Giant.

Total: $6.04

A Whole New World (Sci Fi/Fantasy)

Packed for a 12-year-old girl.

Books: Beyond the Ruby Veil by Mara Fitzgerald and The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass by Adan Jerreat-Poole

Loot: Fox planter, Either This or That game, and unicorn eraser came from Dollar Tree ($1/each). Lucky cat pin ($1.50), bath bomb (50 cents), Stranger Things lip balm (63 cents), and 3D koala eraser (20 cents) came from Five Below. The llama luggage tag came from Giant ($1).

Total: $6.83

Murder & Mayhem

This box was for a 13-year-old girl. I actually ended up exchanging this book for another because another book was returned that I thought she’d like better.

Books: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson and They Wish They Were Us by Jessica Goodman

Loot: The donut change purse ($1), rainbow eraser ($1), and Ring Pop (25 cents) came from Dollar Tree. The Stranger Things lip balm (63 cents), llama pin ($1), Oreo egg (20 cents), bath bomb (50 cents), and glitter (50 cents) came from Five Below. The unicorn luggage tag ($1) came from Giant.

Total: $6.08

Realistic Fiction

This actually wasn’t one of my original categories but I had a father sign his son up over email and this was one of the genres he chose so I went with it. This box was for a 12-year-old boy.

Books: Sorry for Your Loss by Jessie Ann Foley and Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick

Loot: The brain teaser game came from Dollar Tree. The Pop Rocks ($1), Cry Baby candy ($1), Airheads (18 cents each), Cow Tale (25 cents), and Thor mobile wallet ($3) all came from Five Below.

Total: $6.68

Manga

This box was for a 15-year-old boy. I always pack a few more books when a kid chooses Manga because 1. they’re short and 2. they all fit in the box! These were all the first books in a series.

Books: Library Wars by Kiiro Yumi; Bleach by Tite Kubo; Black Cat by Kentaro Yabuki; and MAOH by Tomo Takabayashi

Loot: The darts and movie madness game came from Dollar Tree. The Cry Baby candy ($1), cassette tape pin ($1.50), and Cow Tale (20 cents) came from Five Below. The cell phone wallet ($1) came from Giant.

Total: $6.00

A Whole New World (Sci Fi/Fantasy)

This box was for a 14-year-old girl. Her other hold hadn’t come in yet when I took the picture …

Books: Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar and A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

Loot: The fox planter, unicorn eraser, and puppy page markers all came from Dollar Tree. The Stranger Things lip balm (63 cents), narwhal pin ($1.50), and bath bomb (50 cents) came from Five Below. The llama travel tag ($1) came from Giant.

Total: $6.63

Run Away and Join the Circus

This box was made for a 12-year-old girl.

Books: Caraval by Stephanie Garber and Girl on a Wire by Gwenda Bond

Loot: The llama change purse ($1), puppy page markers ($1), unicorn eraser ($1), and cactus magnet (25 cents) came from Dollar Tree. The Oreo egg (20 cents), llama pin ($1), Stranger Things lip balm (63 cents), 3D lion eraser (20 cents), Pixie Stix (10 cents), and glitter (50 cents) came from Five Below.

Total: $5.88

A Whole New World (Sci Fi/Fantasy)

This was for a 13-year-old girl.

Books: Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko and The Ballad of Ami Miles by Kristy Dallas Alley

Loot: The Ignite the Stars and Eclipse the Skies pins came from a publisher. I wrote to a few YA publishers to see if they had any free goodies they’d be willing to send me and a few responded. This girl was a new sign up this month so everyone else got their free pins last month. The unicorn headphone case ($1), Ring Pop (25 cents), flower magnet (25 cents), and llama canvas ($1) came from Dollar Tree. The bath bomb (50 cents), mini hanging canvas ($1.25), Stranger Things lip balm (63 cents), Airheads (18 cents each), llama pin ($1), and 3D hedgehog eraser (20 cents) came from Five Below.

Total: $6.17

All the Feels (Guaranteed to Make You Cry)

This was for a 14-year-old girl

Books: With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo and We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

Loot: The donut eraser ($1), fox planter ($1), llama magnet (25 cents), puppy page markers ($1), and tissues (25 cents) came from Dollar Tree. The narwhal pin ($1.50) and bath bomb (50 cents) came from Five Below.

Total: $6.13

Sailors, Ships & Seas

This was for a 13-year-old boy.

Books: Adrift by Paul Griffin and Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

Loot: The movie game came from Dollar Tree. The Pop Rocks ($1), twisted puzzle game ($3.25), and Cry Baby candy ($1) came from Five Below.

Total: $6.50

All the Feels (Guaranteed to Make You Cry)

This was for a 16-year-old girl.

Books: Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers and Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds

Loot: The rainbow eraser ($1), fox planter ($1), tissues (25 cents), and puppy page markers ($1) came from Dollar Tree. The Oreo Handi-Snacks (71 cents), bath bomb (50 cents), Stranger Things lip balm (63 cents), and llama pin ($1) came from Five Below.

Total: $6.09

So there you have it! I had 14 kids participate in March and I’m hoping they all sign up for our spring session!

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