Monthly Archives: July 2010

Stoneheart by Charlie Fletcher


Stoneheart is Book One of the Stoneheart Trilogy. I am looking forward to reading the next book, Ironhand, when I can find some spare time. Stoneheart was a page turner and a nail biter. Young George starts out as a … Continue reading

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The Grey King by Susan Cooper


The Grey King is the fourth book in Susan Cooper’s The Dark is Rising Sequence. It is a page turner. It would be enjoyed by boys or girls, from age 9 – 14, and older, especially those who enjoy folklore, … Continue reading

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Taran Wanderer by Lloyd Alexander


I enjoyed Taran Wanderer and the accompanying books of the series: The Black Cauldron and the Book of Three when I was a tween. My 14 year old saw me carrying the Taran book around and told me he enjoyed … Continue reading

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Knee-Deep In Thunder by Shiela Moon


This is a wonderful book by a psychotherapist with a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley and who has written non fiction about American Indian mythology. I remembered this book from my childhood. I loved it and now I have read it … Continue reading

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Quest Literature or “the Hero’s Journey” — and side comments on Inception


I will writing my research paper on quest literature for tweens. I would be interested in your recommendations of your favorite quest book or movie and why you enjoyed it. Quest stories appear in almost all cultures. In a quest, … Continue reading

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“For Students, a Right to be Mean Online,” Los Angeles Times


This was a disturbing article. Courts have stated that unless a youtube video or web site significantly disrupts the school, kids have a 1st amendment right to say what they want. Fortunately, you can still use the fear of punishment … Continue reading

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“Tween Girls Bombarded with Unhealthy Messages” by Erika Weisensee


This article discusses how media bombards girls between 8 to 12 years old with articles, ads, dolls, and toys geared toward developing their “sexiness” factor before they are mentally or emotionally ready. This reminds me of a news article several … Continue reading

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