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Books for Tweens

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Episode 42 – Books for Tweens

Finding good books for younger teens, or “tweens,” can sometimes be a challenge, since tweens are too old for many kids’ books, but too young for the most mature YA novels. Tune in this month to hear interviews with Kelsey Fink and Ethan Patrick, two avid tween readers. They’ll talk about what they look for in a good book, some of their favorite titles, and what adults should know about helping tweens find books they’ll want to read.

After listening to this episode, be sure to print out this list of recommended titles to take to the library or book seller.


Books featured in this episode include:
  • Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo (Scholastic, 2003)
  • The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander (Walden Pond Press, 2011)
  • Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Almost True Stories of Growing up Scieszka by Jon Scieszka (Viking, 2008)
  • The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan (Hyperion, 2010)
  • Powerless by Matthew Cody (Yearling, 2011)
  • Mudville by Kurtis Scaletta (Alfred A. Knopf, 2009)
  • Hothead by Cal Ripken, Jr. (Hyperion, 2011)
  • America Bowl: 44 Presidents vs. 44 Superbowls in the Ultimate Matchup! by Don Steinberg (Flash Point, 2010)
  • Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass (Little Brown, 2008)
  • Wild Things by Clay Carmichael (Front Street, 2009)
  • The Alchemyst by Michael Scott (Delacorte, 2007)
  • Bone by Jeff Smith (Cartoon Books, 2004)
  • Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly (Delacorte, 2009)

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