Tween Tuesday was started over at GreenBeanTeenQueen. Each Tuesday I highlight or review a book that is great for ages 9-12 or what is also known at the Tween Set.
Today I'm highlighting:
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Why I think it sounds good:
The other day I asked my students what I could do in my life that they couldn't. The first thing every hour said was drive! They also said earn money, have other adults listen to me, and go places without having to ask permission and for a ride.
Well in this book the main character appears to be much older than he is. He looks like an adult, and he gets to do some of the things tween wish they could do. I think they'd completely relate to some of the things he does, because they'd do them too if they looked like him! What kid wouldn't??? Beyond that idea - it just looks like a fun book.
Liam has always felt a bit like he's stuck between two worlds. This is primarily because he's a twelve-year-old kid who looks like he's about thirty. Sometimes it's not so bad, like when his new principal mistakes him for a teacher on the first day of school or when he convinces a car dealer to let him take a Porsche out on a test drive. But mostly it's just frustrating, being a kid trapped in an adult world. And so he decides to flip things around. Liam cons his way onto the first spaceship to take civilians into space, a special flight for a group of kids and an adult chaperone, and he is going as the adult chaperone. It's not long before Liam, along with his friends, is stuck between two worlds again only this time he's 239,000 miles from home.
Frank Cottrell Boyce, author of Millions and Framed, brings us a funny and touching story of the many ways in which grown-upness is truly wasted on grown-ups.