Tuesday is Tween Tuesday started over at GreenBeanTeenQueen. On Tuesdays we highlight/review books that are awesome for the tween set - or more commonly known at 9-12 year olds.
Lately I've seen a few bloggers with a post about their favorite middle grade or tween books, and that really got me thinking. If I had to make a list of my favs what would I put on it??? Here are the ones that came to mind right away.
Savvy by Ingrid Law
I soooooo love this book. It's kinda different because of the idea that everyone in Mib's (the main character) family has a savvy - or special "magical" gift. But what I really like about it is her determination to get to her father and try to help him. That just endured me to her. I think it's a great book for kids who have felt helpless in a situation because that's how she feels. Great book I highly recommend.
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
I avoided this book for the longest time. Everyone went on and on about how good it was, and sometimes when that happens I just can't read it. A few summers ago I decided to try it. I LOVED it. The journey that the Salamanca goes on both physically and mentally is so heart breaking I felt put through the wringer. BUT they hope mixed in gave me such at uplifting feeling. I really think Sharon Creech was pure genius when she wrote it because it has so many layers that all fit together seamlessly.
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Ok I know not everyone likes this book but a book that literally makes me gasp is going to forever be in my heart. This book did that. There isn't a detail of this book that wasn't perfectly placed. I'm in awe of Rebecca Stead's plotting - seriously! I would never be able to plot out a book out that well. Complete winner!!
Mile: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze by Alan Silberberg
If you've ever lost a parent or know a tween who has - this book hits hard and close to home. It starts out slow, and you aren't sure how or where it's going but when the momentum hits it takes you on a roller coaster ride you can't get off. I cried and cried at the end of this book both from sadness and the hope that flowed in behind it.
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
This is still tween right - even tho people of all ages read it??? I love HP because it showed me that fantasy can be good :) and because of all the children I know read because of it. Nuff said :)
Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan
Simple reason - my BOYS read it! I <3 any author that gets my boys reading.
Ok there are tons more, but those are the first ones I thought of. I take that to mean they are ones I really love for one reason or another. This was fun. I may have to do a part two some time!