Diverse Children’s Books to Give as Gifts, Ages 12 and Up

Looking for the best books to gift teen readers? Check out our suggestions below for intriguing, electrifying, diverse books for the teens in your life!

And if you missed our gift guide for younger children, you can find our gift recommendations for children ages 0-5 here and our recommendations for children ages 6-12 here

Rebel Seoul, by Axie Oh

Rebel Seoul

If the teen reader in your life loves Korean dramas and cinematic sci-fi, this mind-blowing, New Visions Award-winning debut is for them!

Perfect Liars, by Kimberly Reid

Perfect Liars

The rich and privileged Andrea Faraday’s got a secret: she’s not as perfect as she seems… A perfect title for the mystery lover.

All the Stars Denied, by Guadalupe García McCall

All the Stars Denied

In a companion novel to her critically acclaimed Shame the Stars, Guadalupe Garcia McCall tackles the first mass deportation event in the United States that swept up hundreds of thousands of Mexican American citizens during the Great Depression.

Cat Girl’s Day Off, by Kimberly Pauley

Cat Girl's Day Off

A fitting read for the adventure seeker, Natalie must use her Talent talking to cats to solve a high-profile celebrity kidnapping.

Grand Theft Horse, by G. Neri, illustrated by Corban Wilkin

Grand Theft Horse

Perfect for horse and animal lovers, this gorgeous graphic biography retells the life of Gail Ruffu, a pioneer who challenged the horse racing world for the sake of one extraordinary horse.

Killer of Enemies, by Joseph Bruchac

Killer of Enemies

A thrilling, post-Apocalyptic YA novel with a steampunk twist, based on an Apache legend.

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