Tween Time: Book Reviews for Tweens

By |2020-12-11T12:00:38-05:00December 11, 2020|

Welcome to Tween Time where Ms. Traci reviews what’s new for you at the library.

The books she’s reviewed so far include:

In the Role of Brie Hutchins by Nicole Melleby. Eighth-grade Brie is an aspiring actress with her eyes set on an exclusive performing arts school. But before she can learn to play anyone else, she has to learn to be herself.

A Dog-Friendly Town by Josephine Cameron. Epic has a lot going on. His family’s bed and breakfast is the dog-friendliest epicenter of the dog-friendliest town in the country. So it attracts a lot of fancy pups. But what’s he going to do when a guest’s jewel-encrusted collar disappears?

The Book of Fatal Errors by Dashka Slater, a tale of friendship and magic about a boy named Rufus who doesn’t just make mistakes. He makes mistaaaakes — the kind that have magical consequences.

The Land of the Cranes by Aida Salazar. A moving story told in verse about a 9-year-old girl, Betita, and her family who have immigrated to California from Mexico.

The Mutant Mushroom Takeover by Summer Rachel Short. A spooky story where Maggie, a young aspiring naturalist, and her best friend Nate have to figure out the mystery behind the luminescent fungus that’s making everything sick.

The Longest Night of Charlie Noon by Christopher Edge, in which a trio of friends find themselves in a forest packed with mystery, puzzles, and strange dangers.

True to your Selfie by Megan McCafferty, which is about a young girl who must choose between her love of fencing and her new super-rich friend and their shared YouTube fame.

Like Nothing Amazing Ever Happened by Emily Blejwas, in which 12-year-old Justin and his family have to cope with the sudden death of his father. (It’s a serious topic, no question, but not as depressing as that synopsis may make it sound.)

Pippa Park Raises her Game by Erin Yun, in which Pippa reinvents herself when she gets a basketball scholarship to a posh private school. But what will her new friends think when they learn about her old life?

What We Found in the Corn Maze and How It Saved a Dragon by Henry Clark. Yes, magic is real but it’s a lot stranger than 12-year-old Cal expected. And what does it have to do with his neighbor Modesty’s fridge?

Wrong Way Summer by Heidi Lang about a girl who’s spending her summer inside of a bus with her father, instead of with her friends and mother. And what happened to her mom anyhow?

Brave Like That by Lindsey Stoddard about a boy coming to terms with the idea that he might not be everything is firefighter/gridiron star father is.

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart about a girl who lives in a school bus and goes on an odyssey to try to return home. Her trip is filled with quirky supporting characters. (Our favorite is the goat!)

A Song Only I Can Hear by Barry Jonsberg about a 13-year-old who suffers from panic attacks but also really wants to impress the new girl at school. And who keeps sending him these mysterious text messages?

By the way, all the books Ms. Traci recommends are available to borrow from Mentor Public Library.

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