10 Titles Featuring Twins for Middle Grade and YA Readers

National Twin Day is December 18, and these 10 books featuring twins—from princesses to mediums to teens and tweens coming-of-age in contemporary and historical settings—are perfect to hand to readers.

Stolen City by Elisa A. Bonnin. Feiwel & Friends/Swoon Reads. ISBN 9781250795632.
Gr 9 Up–Ever since the city of Leithon fell under Imperial occupation, the Athensor twins have each been flying under the radar—Arian as a skilled and daring thief stealing magical artifacts for the Resistance, and Liam hiding his incredible magical gifts from the Aelrian Empire’s magebreakers. When a mysterious outsider hires Arian to steal an artifact their late mother was once tasked with safekeeping, the twins become embroiled in court intrigue, family secrets, and their own long-suppressed grief in this sure winner for fans of Neal Shusterman, Victoria Aveyard, and Tomi Adeyemi.

The Daredevils by Rob Buyea­. Delacorte. ISBN 9780593376140.
Gr 3-7–Fraternal twins Loretta and Waylon have a summer of hard work ahead of them as they prepare for middle school separately in the fall. Loretta is on a mission to make sure that Waylon is going to be strong enough to defend himself from bullies, and Waylon, described as small for his age with a long ponytail, just wants to show her that he already is. Buyea’s latest is a summer adventure that bravely tackles self-confidence, loss, and depression with the care these topics deserve.

The Second Death of Edie and Violet Bond by Amanda Glaze. Union Square & Co. ISBN 9781454946786.
Gr 7 Up–In this exhilarating historical fantasy, 17-year-old twins Edie and Violet work to find, bind, and banish a malevolent spirit that’s been preying on vulnerable women in late 19th-century Sacramento. Although the twins can cross into death, Edie and Violet use their stage-time at their traveling Spiritualist show to cultivate their non-supernatural talents—Violet enacts spirit-possession, while Edie “channels” the spirit of Benjamin Franklin to argue for women’s rights. By turns fun and terrifying, this suspenseful adventure hits all the sweet spots on sisterhood, the supernatural, and budding romance.

Jordie and Joey Fell from the Sky by Judi Lauren. Jolly Fish. ISBN 9781631635816.
Gr 4-6–Jordie and Joey are twin brothers who have been through a lot together, including being left in the middle of a crop circle as babies, and then going through 19 foster homes that didn’t always provide the most loving care. They both have mysterious marks on their backs that Jordie is convinced are the same marks seen in crop circles; he believes they are descendants of aliens that landed in 1947. Joey is less convinced, but follows his brother as they run away to find answers about their past. This fast-paced story of twin brothers on an adventure to find aliens has plenty of emotional resonance

Mirror Girls by Kelly McWilliams. ­Little, Brown. ISBN 9780759553873.
Gr 7 Up–In 1936 Eureka, GA, infant twin girls, one light and one described as “pecan brown,” tragically lose their parents and are separated by their grandparents. Seventeen years later, circumstances bring Charlie and Magnolia together, and they must navigate their newfound bond while confronting their wholly different lives and dreams, all in the midst of ghastly supernatural happenings and social turmoil. This is a rich, foreboding historical horror tale that refuses to flinch in the face of hate crimes, discrimination, and the violence of white supremacy.


Daughters of the Dawn by Sasha Nanua & Sarena Nanua. HarperTeen. ISBN 9780062985620.
Gr 7-9–In this fantasy sequel to Sisters of the Snake, twins Ria and Rani embark on a quest to save their world from destruction. Ria and Rani are just settling into their lives as reunited princesses when disaster strikes again. The authors, twins themselves, have composed a high-speed adventure in the same vein as Rick Riordan’s “Percy Jackson” series while also threading in details from South Asian culture, such as honey-soaked pastries, crisp pakoras, gold-embroidered kurtas, and brightly colored saris.

Twin Cities by Jose Pimienta. illus. by Jose Pimienta. Random House Graphic. ISBN 9780593180631
Gr 6 Up–Luis Fernando and Luisa Teresa have been known as the Lu-Lu twins for their whole lives, but as the two prepare to enter middle school, Teresa wants her own identity apart from her brother. Names are only the beginning of the changes they will experience in seventh grade: new rooms, new friends, and new schools follow. Growing up in a border town in Mexicali, Mexico, in the 1990s, the twins now attend schools on opposite sides of the border. The hand-drawn, full-color illustrations complement the text, drive the story’s emotion, and provide richness to the setting of this graphic novel.

Berliners by Vesper Stamper. illus. by Vesper Stamper. Knopf. ISBN 9780593428368.
Gr 10 Up–Stamper’s new book richly mixes story and art during the torrid 1960s of Berlin, Germany. Twin teenage brothers Rudi and Peter have heard “twins against the world” all their life. Now in their teens, two experiences are causing strain: their parents’ marriage, and the political climate beside their own growing divide. Little do they know that the Berlin Wall will be erected, which will catalyze Rudi and Peter’s disdain. This title will need a place on the shelf for zealous teen readers whose favorite authors include Julie Berry and Ruta Sepetys.

The Do-Over by Jennifer Torres. Scholastic. ISBN 9781338754193.
Gr 3-7–Twins Lucinda and Raquel Mendoza haven’t been close since their parents’ divorce. Raquel has a tendency to organize and dictate their lives. To cope, Lucinda has committed herself to ice-skating. When a pandemic forces them to quarantine, Raquel remains busy with her school newspaper, but Lucinda is sidelined and anxious about keeping up her training. This gentle remix of The Parent Trap with a pandemic twist is entertaining and a timely, pleasing addition to the realistic middle grade fiction shelf.

Hooky, Vol. 2 by Miriam Bonastre Tur. illus. by Miriam Bonastre Tur. HarperCollins/Clarion. ISBN 9780358693109.
Gr 4-8–Picking up right at Chapter 33, this direct sequel to Hooky has twins Dani and Dorian⁠—heirs to the magical, prestigious Wytte family⁠—and their friends embroiled in a feud between humans and witches. When Master Pendragon’s house burns down, the young teens lie low until a crystal ball shows where Prince William is hidden, and thus their new, dangerous quest begins. A mix of back story, adventure, and building tension culminates in a pivotal cliffhanger. The complex story arc spans multiple characters, flashbacks, and imagined sequences—all rendered in a pitch-perfect palette. 

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