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Booklist: Tween Time (Timely)

May 12th, 2009 (06:45 pm)

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In March 2007, someone asked me for a list of recently published or coming soon tween titles. My recommendations were as follows (though I've since added a few, mostly updating the listings for continuing series)

General Fiction (alphabetical by title)
Being Bindy by Alyssa Brugman
The Book of One Hundred Truths by Julie Schumacher
Click Here (To Find Out How I Survived Seventh Grade) by Denise Vega (+ forthcoming sequel)
Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters by Lesley M. M. Blume
The Fruit Bowl Project by Sarah Durkee
Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
Hugging the Rock by Susan Taylor Brown (verse novel)
Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass
Just Another Day in My Insanely Real Life by Barbara Dee
Just for You to Know by Cheryl Harness
Mercy On These Teenage Chimps by Gary Soto
My Last Best Friend by Julie Bowe
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall (+ sequel)
Penny From Heaven by Jennifer L. Holm
Reaching for Sun by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer (verse novel)
The Rising Star of Rusty Nail by Lesley M. M. Blume
Rubber Houses by Ellen Yeomans (verse novel)
Rules by Cynthia Lord
Runaround by Helen Hemphill
Shug by Jenny Han
Sixth-Grade Glommers, Norks, and Me by Lisa Papademetriou
Whales on Stilts by M.T. Anderson

Series or Sequences

The Steps books by Rachel Cohn (blended and extended families)
- The Steps by Rachel Cohn
- Two Steps Forward by Rachel Cohn

The Wedding Planner's Daughter books by Coleen Murtagh Paratore (highly recommended)
- The Wedding Planner's Daughter by Coleen Murtagh Paratore
- The Cupid Chronicles by Coleen Murtagh Paratore
- Willa at Heart by Coleen Murtagh Paratore
- Forget-Me-Not by Coleen Murtagh Paratore

The Gallagher Girls books by Ally Carter (spy school/romantic comedies)
- I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
- Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter
- Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter
- Fourth book to come

Zibby Payne books by Alison Bell (realistic fiction)
- Zibby Payne and the Wonderful, Terrible Tomboy Experiment by Alison Bell
- Zibby Payne and the Drama Trauma by Alison Bell
- Zibby Payne and the Party Problem by Alison Bell
- Zibby Payne and the Trio Trouble by Alison Bell
- Zibby Payne and the Red Carpet Revolt by Alison Bell

Percy Jackson & The Olympians quintet by Rick Riordan (fantasy/action-adventure)
- The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
- The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
- The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan
- The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
- The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

The May Bird trilogy by Jodi Lynn Anderson (fantasy/action-adventure)
- May Bird and the Ever After by Jodi Lynn Anderson
- May Bird Among the Stars by Jodi Lynn Anderson
- May Bird, Warrior Princess by Jodi Lynn Anderson

The Baby-Sitters Club graphic novels (combining the original text/plotlines by Ann M. Martin with adorable new art by Raina Telgemeier)
- Kristy's Great Idea
- The Truth About Stacey
- Mary Anne Saves the Day
- Claudia and Mean Janine

Magic in Manhattan series by Sarah Mlynowski (fantasy/comedy)
- Bras & Broomsticks by Sarah Mlynowski
- Frogs & French Kisses by Sarah Mlynowski
- Spells & Sleeping Bags by Sarah Mlynowski
- Parties & Potions by Sarah Mlynowski
- Fifth book to come

Billy Hooten, Owlboy series by Tom Sniegoski (fantasy/action-adventure/comedy)
- Billy Hooten, Owlboy by Tom Sniegoski
- Billy Hooten, Owlboy: The Girl with the Destructo Touch by Tom Sniegoski
- Billy Hooten, Owlboy: Tremble at the Terror of Zis-Boom-Bah by Tom Sniegoski
- Billy Hooten, Owlboy: The Flock of Fury by Tom Sniegoski

The Hollywood Sisters by Mary Wilcox (mystery)
- Backstage Pass by Mary Wilcox
- On Location by Mary Wilcox
- Caught on Tape by Mary Wilcox
- Star Quality by Mary Wilcox
- Truth or Dare by Mary Wilcox

The Royal Ballet Diaries by Alexandra Moss (multiple titles, numbered series)

Also check out the Candy Apple imprint from Scholastic, filled with the drama (and melodrama!) of middle school.

Related Booklists: Books for Early Teens, Comedies for Tweens and Teens, If Then for Middle School, and Middle School Selections


Posted by: mandabach (mandabach)
Posted at: June 4th, 2007 12:29 am (UTC)

for this list. I'm going to forward it to my wife, who is the book finder of the family. My daughter is a voracious reader, going into 6th grade this year. She is animal crazy, one of her favorite series is the Warriors. We've told her she has to wait for the new one to come out in paperback, so on her birthday, she is going to be very happily surprised! :-)

Do you have any animal book lists?

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 4th, 2007 12:34 am (UTC)
Re: thanks

Get her The Dancing Cats of Applesap by Janet Taylor Lisle if she doesn't have it already!

Two booklists you might check out:

Be Kind to Animals

Cats Cats Cats

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: September 3rd, 2007 04:02 pm (UTC)

I would love to share your booklists with my middle school students and their parents. Would it be possible for me to use some of your suggestions on a bookmark as well as link to the lists on a web page? These lists are excellent.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 3rd, 2007 04:10 pm (UTC)
Re: sharing

Hello there, anonymous soul! You certainly may share the booklists with your students and parents. Please let me know what books they take to readily and which they fall in love with reluctantly. :)

All of my booklists are posted here at the blog and at the archive site -




Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: September 3rd, 2007 11:18 pm (UTC)
Re: sharing

Thank you for your generous soul. I will certainly let you know which titles the kids love and will learn to love. I can tell you they are already buzzing about the Stephanie Meyers books - 'Eclipse'is the one I am familiar with. Here is my website http://schools.webster.k12.mo.us/stegerlmc
I am hoping to update my booklists for the kids and make some cool bookmarks for them soon. I will give you credit and cudo's for your suggestions!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 9th, 2007 05:24 am (UTC)
Re: sharing

You are welcome. Thank you again!

That link didn't work . . .

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 20th, 2010 03:51 pm (UTC)

Hi there! I have a booklist just for books with fairies:



Posted by: imeekaye0812 (imeekaye0812)
Posted at: September 12th, 2010 02:28 pm (UTC)

Gotcha! this link for fairies was my daughter really like...she loves to read about fairies. Thanks for sharing, she will be happy in this. Awesome!

Imee from Philippines
ChooseYourOwnAdventureBooks.org for Kids, Adults and Teachers

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 12th, 2010 06:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Perfect!


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