Monthly Archives: June 2010

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


Wow! The Hunger Games is a page turner! It is a book that would be enjoyed by many older tweens. Because of the graphic violence portrayed, I would not recommend it for tweens under 12 or 13, but of course, … Continue reading

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The Old Man Mad About Drawing by Francois Place


The Old Man is the famous Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai who lived from 1760-1849 in the Edo Period. The “voice” is that of a young rice ball seller Tojiro who goes to live with the artist as an apprentice. The … Continue reading

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Theodosia and the Eyes of Horus by R. L. LaFevers


Theodosia is a young lady of about 12 living in England between the world wars. Her parents are archaeologists and curators of a small Egyptian museum in London. The School Library Journal called her a “combination of Nancy Drew and … Continue reading

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Matilda Bone by Karen Cushman


Matilda is a young girl left at a woman bone setter’s shop by a priest on his way to London. She is growing up in medieval England. At the manor house she studied with the priest, learned to pray and … Continue reading

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Child Bride by Ching Yeung Russell


Ching’s first book, called First Apple, won the Charlotte Award, New York State Reading Association, and the Parents’ Choice Award. Child Bride is about an 11 year old girl who is living a hard life in a small Chan village … Continue reading

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The Fires of Merlin by T.A. Barron


Audio Books (5 cassette tapes), unabridged productions from the Listening Library, performed by Kevin Isola with a lovely British accent. This audio book actually made me excited to get into my car each morning to drive to work and listen … Continue reading

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Reflections for Week 2 on what it is/was like to be a tween


What are the titles that are popular with the tweens you see/work with? I have my own tweens: They love Harry Potter, the Benedict Society, Percy Jackson and the Olympians (Lightning Thief), Warriors by Erin Hunter, A Little Princess, A … Continue reading

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My volunteer libraries


Volunteering has been a great way to get to know some other librarians and to learn some hands on skills, from teaching people to use the automated check out machine to mending and covering books. I helped Ilene Sheng at … Continue reading

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June 10 Reflections


What were my experiences at this age? My daughter is almost 10 and finishing 4th grade. I started 4th grade with a young teacher, Ms. Hillier. She played the guitar for us and taught us folk songs like “Waltzing Matilda” … Continue reading

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The Mysterious Benedict Society


I read The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma by Trenton Lee Stewart, ISBN 978-0-316-04552-0. I found it on the New Bookshelf at El Cerrito Library as I was shelving books. I called my daughter and asked if she … Continue reading

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