Dear Gifty McGifty,

I’d like to get a book for a 13-year-old girl. Something that doesn’t feel like homework. But nothing with vampires. What you got?

Yours Truly,
Ur Friend in the UK

We LOVE special requests here at Gifty Central. What we recommended to our friend, who really did write us, was the following:

Meg Cabot’s Airhead series


How to Raise Your Parents by Sarah O’Leary Burningham



and Ally Carter’s Heist Society, which I think would pair nicely with a DVD of Grace Kelly in “To Catch a Thief.”   You could even throw in a sparkly necklace from J.Crew to round out the retro-glam, cat burglar theme.