My Favs for Tween Tuesday

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!


Andrea Mack said...

I haven't that Milo book. I'll definitely have to look for it.

Jana said...

Great choices! I have been thinking of doing a Tween Tuesday "rewind" because there are a bunch of Tween books I read and never reviewed...

Ms. Yingling said...

I am curious if your students have liked Savvy. Got a lot of crinkled noses with that one.

Jill of The O.W.L. said...

The few that I've had read it really liked it. My daughter loved it.

Juju at Tales of said...

I recently read and LOVED When You Reach Me.

I need to try Savvy.

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