Category Archives: Tween Literature

Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson


Excellent book. I have recommended to a number of my high school students. Our school students perform yearly at a Consent Assembly. We will have a discussion on the true stories presented at the assembly. This novel is about a … Continue reading

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Lucky Breaks, by Susan Patron


Lucky Breaks is the second book in the trilogy that started with Patron’s 2007 Newbery Award winning book, The Higher Power of Lucky. Lucky is nearing her 11th birthday. She lives in the tiny town of Hard Pan (pop. 43) … Continue reading

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Fallen, by Lauren Kate


I chose this book Fallen by reading a review. It sounded interesting and reminded me of Beautiful Creatures, which I enjoyed. This book about obsession was obsessive in my need to read it constantly. There is a sequel, Tormented, but I … Continue reading

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The Copernicus Legacy, Book 1, The Forbidden Stone, by Tony Abbott


If you like Riordan’s books, National Treasure, or the Da Vinci code, you will love this series. I could barely put Book 1 down from start to finish over two days. Historical fact and fiction are woven together. Did Copernicus construct … Continue reading

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The Hired Girl, by Laura Amy Schlitz


This story is told in the first person by a 14-year old girl through her journal, written in 1911. It starts out slowly as she is working on a farm. Her mother has passed away and she is doing all … Continue reading

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A Mango Shaped Space, by Wendy Mass


Have you ever felt like a freak? Are you someone with a secret you have to keep inside because if people knew they would not like you, or think you were crazy? The story is told in the first person, Mia … Continue reading

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No Ordinary Day by Deborah Ellis


This small book packs big messages. I have traveled in India a number of times. Street people, beggars, the homeless and sick are no strangers here in the San Francisco area or in the streets of India. I have chatted … Continue reading

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The Boys in the Boat: The True Story of an American Team’s Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympics, by Daniel James Brown


I rowed at Harvard. My disclaimer: I was on the Lowell House women’s crew team.  We were an intramural team. One woman has rowed Freshman crew for Harvard. We rowed one race on the Charles. I caught a small crab. … Continue reading

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Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge


Cuckoo Song is a fascinating and compelling book on several levels. As an adult and mother of a teenage girl, I suppose I interpret and experience it on a different plane from my middle school students. Its plot intertwines with … Continue reading

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer


OK, first spoiler, there is no scarlet slipper I could find anywhere in the book. However the artificial foot does come into play several times. With the former Chinese obsession for tiny bound feet, the author has thrown in an … Continue reading

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