May 12th, 2009


Booklist: Prom

prom – noun
a formal dance, esp. one held by a high school or college class at the end of an academic year.
[Origin: 1890–95, Americanism; short for promenade] Unabridged
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006

Though I never went to a real prom - no desire - I have virtually attended dozens of fictional proms. I prefer atypical shindigs in which the characters dance to their own beat rather than move with the pack.

Want your prom in prose? Kick off your shoes and pick up the following books:

Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson (the book pick for readergirlz in June 2008)
Prom Kings & Drama Queens by Dorian Cirrone
Prom Dates from H@!! by Rosemary Clement-Moore (last word masked for the sake of younger readers)
Prom Crashers by Erin Downing
Cindy Ella by Robin Palmer
Good Girls by Laura Ruby
How I Found the Perfect Dress by Maryrose Wood (sequel to Why I Let My Hair Grow Out)
21 Proms anthology edited by David Levithan and Daniel Ehrenhaft

Here's a non-fiction pick:

Wonderland by Michael Bamberger

A special note to my readers who are going to prom: Have a great night, but be safe out there! There's no need to do what everyone else is doing. You don't have to have a date nor spend a ton of money to have fun. Go stag to the big dance or go with friends. Take your crush out for ice cream or visit the planetarium. Have a picnic. Have a movie marathon. Have fun.

But wait! There's more! Check out the roundtable discussion of Laurie Halse Anderson's book Prom, complete with photo album!
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Booklist: Tween Time (Timely)

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)
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Series or Sequences
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Related Booklists: Clean Reads for Early Teens, Comedies for Tweens and Teens, If Then for Middle School, and Middle School Selections