Books make fantastic gifts! Here is our list for some of the best books that make great gifts! Entertaining and enchanting, suspenseful and funny, there's something for every young reader on our list!
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1. The Seraphina Series
by Robert Beatty
Lead Character: Girl (with strong supporting boy character)
This elegant series combines nature, magic and suspense with a unique cast of characters that takes place at the Biltmore Estate and area surrounding Asheville, North Carolina.
The Gothic feel of the writing along with the setting combined with the voice that author, Robert Beatty gives to the characters in the Seraphina Series will make you feel like you are walking alongside and bearing witness to every suspenseful moment as these captivating and magical stories unfold!
2. Theodore Boone: The Accomplice
by John Grisham
Lead Character: Boy
Theo's parents are both lawyers and that's all he wants to be! In the small city where he lives, Theo sees himself as the next big courtroom attorney and finds himself with plenty of clients and cases!
The Accomplice by John Grisham is the latest in this series of legal thrillers for kids where Theo must help his good friend Woody, who's been accused of robbery. Plenty of page-turning suspense makes this a great pick!
3. Greenglass House
by Kate Milford
Lead Character: Boy + Female friend (my daughter and I loved this book!)
Quirky characters, a captivating mystery, hot cocoa and stained glass at a smuggler's inn!
The son of Greenglass House inn's owners, twelve-year-old Milo and his new found friend, Meddy decide to uncover the mysteries behind missing objects and mysterious guests alike in this clever tale set in an enigmatic and intriguing house!
A great story combined with fabulous illustrations make Greenglass House the perfect read to cozy up with!
4. The Mysterious Benedict Society
by Trenton Lee Stewart
Lead Character: Ensemble - two boys / two girls
Trilogy + Follow-ups
Four kids pass a series of challenging tests and puzzles that bring them to the next step - to go undercover on a secret mission!
Arriving as students at an educational institute located on an island, Reynie, Sticky, Kate and Constance must work together to thwart the attempts of a criminal mastermind!
Far from your average kids' book, The Mysterious Benedict Society's intricately woven plot has clever twists, fantastic characters and worthy surprises that will capture and hold your attention to the very end!
5. The School for Good and Evil
by Soman Chainani
Lead Character: Girls
At The School for Good and Evil, students are trained to become the heroes and villains of fairy tales and fables.
Best friends and total opposites Sophie and Agatha are sure they know which school each will be in- glamorous Sophie has made it her lifelong mission to enter the School for Good, and negative Agatha will be in Evil.
When Sophie gets dropped in Evil's halls, and Agatha is the one placed in Good's hands, the girls are surprised and determined to find out why in this memorable, magical series, The School for Good and Evil!
6. The Diary of a Wimpy Kid
by Jeff Kinney
Lead Character: Boy
This series features fun illustrations, a handwritten font and an easy conversational style of writing that makes it a great series to pour through!
A cross between a comic book and a journal, Diary of a Wimpy Kid will have even kids who don't normally love reading turning page after page and laughing along with Greg Heffley's adventures!
7. Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series
by Rick Riordan
(The Lightning Thief is the first installment)
Lead Character: Narrated by a boy but ensemble cast - we both loved this series!
Great cast of characters led by 12-year-old Percy Jackson brings Greek mythology to life in the most entertaining way possible!
Overflowing with funny scenes, fantasy, action and adventure, The Lightning Thief is a fantastic first book to an amazing series! Once you've finished The Lightning Thief, the other books in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series will be there to entertain!
by Shannon Hale
Lead Character: Girl