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Are You There Librarian? It's Me Tween
Transcript of Are You There Librarian? It's Me Tween
Share books that are great for many 10-13 year-olds.
Provide read-a-likes for popular Juvenile Fiction Titles
Provide Fast-Paced and Engaging Book Talks for every title that you can access almost anywhere.
Pretty Safe Bet Authors
Other Appropriate Titles
Good for Most:
Totally Joe by James Howe
Rebel Bell by Rachel Hawkins
Atlantia by Ally Condie
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Elemental by Antony John
Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
Skink No Surrender by Carl Hiasson
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaimen
Use (but with caution):
Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff
Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
Undertow by Michael Buckley
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Adrift by Paul
Are You There Librarian? It's Me, Tween.
Managing the Transition to Teen Books
Spelled by Betsy Schow
I am Princess X by Cherie Priest
Lily and May become best friends while creating a comic book featuring the adventures of Princess X. Then Lily was in the car with her mom that went off a bridge, and her body was found lifeless in the water. The stories of Princess X died with her that same day. So how is it that years later, a 16 year old May finds a Princess X sticker slapped on some random streetlight? May soon finds that Princess X is actually back with a vengeance and has a mysterious webcomic with it’s own underground following. A closer look at the webcomic gives her a sneaking suspicion that May didn’t die in that car crash. In fact, the webcomic might just be a guidebook for May to solve the disappearance of her best friend Lily. The closer she gets to the truth the more dangerous solving the mystery becomes. Can she figure out all of Princess X’s clues before time runs out for Lily?
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Stargirl is truly and wholly a unique person. She has never cared what anyone else has thought of her and has always been true to herself. She has also been homeschooled her entire life and has never felt the need to conform to her peers. At the age of sixteen Stargirl is attending school for the first time and at first everyone is enchanted with her authentic uniqueness, but soon that it over and she is scorned for the very same reasons. Told from the point of view of Leo, the boy who finds himself falling for Stargirl, this book is a must read for anyone who has ever felt like they don’t belong.
Trollhunters by Guillermo Del Toro & Daniel Krauss
Those shadows…they hide monsters. Those monsters… they want to eat you. They think of you as food. Those muscles you flex to walk, lift, and talk? They're patties of meat topped with chewy tendon. That skin you've paid so much attention to in mirrors? It's delicious to the right tongues, a casserole of succulent tissue. And those bones that give you the strength to make your way in the world? They rattle between teeth as the marrow is sucked down slobbering throats. This gruesome reality Jim was pulled into… I mean *literally* he was pulled into the shadowy world under his bed. In these shadows he finds an epic battle between trolls and humans. Find out if Jim can survive to the end of this intense and creepy tale to become the Trollhunter the world needs to save it.
In this magically swashbuckling adventure, Kit Bristol tells the story of how he transitions from a trick pony rider in the carnival into a well-cared for servant in a respectable household, and ultimately into an accidental highwayman on a magical adventure to help fairy princess Morgana escape a doomed marriage and save the fey. Subtle British humor will tickle the funny bones of many readers, as Kit himself explains how he came to be bound by magical law to follow a supernatural map on a quest with messenger bees, goblin attacks, law enforcement determined to take him down, all while avoiding his predicted destiny: as a hanged man upon the gallows.
The Accidental Highwayman: Being the Tale of Kit Bristol, His Horse Midnight, a Mysterious Princess, and Sundry Magical Persons Besides by Ben Tripp
by Kwame Alexander
Twins Josh and Jordan Bell are stars of the basketball court and buddies through all parts of life. With supportive parents and mad skills, they consider life to be a slam dunk. But as they grow up into the world of love, they also grow painfully apart. Josh tells this story in musical verse that alternates between styles like hip-hop and jazz, while constantly flowing with energy. This book is definitely a game changer.
by Cat Hellisen
Sarah lives a simple, somewhat boring life with her father and mother. It’s true that they move a lot, which leaves Sarah pretty lonely, but at least father and mother love each other, until... they don't. When her mother leaves, all the secrets of her family begin to magically appear: making things become a bit, well, hairy. (And by “things” I mean Sarah’s father and by “hairy” I mean literally HAIRY, like beasts are hairy) Before her father can completely transform, he drops Sarah at her grandparent’s crumbling castle deep in the forest. It is here that Sarah finds out that family curses are extremely complicated things. She has to figure out how to break the curse forever if she wants to save herself from a truly beastly fate.
Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee
Mercy has always dreamed of a better life outside of Chinatown. A life where her father doesn't have to work twelve hours a day doing laundry. A life where she doesn't have to worry about her little brother and his weak lungs inheriting the family business. A life where she is valued for more than the fact that she will become a wife and mother. Mercy believes she has found her escape from the life at St. Clare's School for Girls. Complicated by the fact that she must pretend to be a Chinese heriess to gain admittance, Mercy begins to adjust to her new life. As Mercy's lies begin to unravel the unthinkable happens, the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. Mercy will be challenged in ways she hasn't before to survive and find her family in a city that has crumbled and caught fire, a place where it looks like no one could survive.
Cousins Dacia and Lou are living a fine life as debutantes in 1890’s New York City. That is until they are whisked away to their mother’s’ ancestral home in Romania. There are more questions than answers until one night Dacia and Lou take part in a family ritual that shows their true nature and connections to ancient Dracula family. All of this is more than Dacia and Lou can handle, but as they try to return to their former life, they find that escaping their family’s obligations to the Dracula family may be impossible. While slow to start, this book does end with a lot of action and some violence.
Silver in the Blood
by Jessica Day George
by Michaela MacColl
You may know Charlotte and Emily Bronte as the authors of classics “Jane Eyre” and “Wuthering Heights,” but before they penned their classic novels they had an adventure of their own. When Charlotte and Emily return from a short stay at boarding school they return to home where they meet strange men in the moors, a neighbor dies under suspicious circumstances, and burglaries have become all too common. Told from the alternating viewpoints of Charlotte and Emily, they must risk their safety and reputations to find the link between these odd occurrences before someone else falls victim.
by Sophie Kinsella
I Have a Bad Feeling About This by Jeff Strand
Wilderness Survival Tip #1: Drinking your own sweat will not save your life. Somebody might have told you that, but they were trying to find out if you'd really do it.
Henry Lambert would rather play video games than spend time in the great outdoors—but that does not make him a wuss. Skinny nerd? Fine. But wuss is a little harsh. Sadly, his dad doesn't agree. Which is why Henry is being shipped off to Strongwoods Survival Camp.
Wilderness Survival Tip #2: In case of an avalanche, don't despair. You're doomed, but that's a wicked cool death.
Strongwoods isn't exactly as advertised. It looks like the victim of a zombie apocalypse, the "camp director" is a psycho drill sergeant, and Henry's sure he saw a sign written in blood...
Wilderness Survival Tip #3: If you're relying on this book for actual survival tips, you're dead already. But if you want to laugh out loud, you’ve found the perfect book.
Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger
The Shadow Hero
by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew
The Green Turtle is the first Asian American superhero, first published during the Golden Age of comics in 1944. Gene Luen Yang has resurrected The Green Turtle in six all new comics that have collected in one volume. The son of Chinese immigrants, Hank is content being a grocer just like his father. His mother sees a different life for him and after being rescued by a superhero knows exactly what her son should do with his life. After a lot of encouragement and his mother sewing him a costume, Hank reluctantly agrees to become a superhero to please his mother. It isn’t until tragedy strikes that Hank realizes that this is his calling and becomes The Green Turtle.
Phaet calls the moon her home. She has never known another life outside of the controlled environments of the colony and greenhouses. Phaet has been quiet and reserved since the death of her father nine years ago, but the day her mother is arrested she finds that is no longer a possibility. To keep her family safe and to try and free her mother Phaet abandons her ambitions to work in the greenhouses and enrolls in the militia. It is there she befriends Wes, the top trainee, who helps her in her training, not knowing the true reason she is so desperate to succeed.
Dove Arising by Karen Bao
Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
Audrey doesn’t want to talk about the incident that left her with anxiety so severe that she can barely leave the house and must wear dark sunglasses at all times. She doesn’t really want to talk about anything, that is until she meets Linus. At first Audrey can only write him notes that her little brother delivers, but slowly she begins to allow him into her life. Linus helps Audrey traverse the difficult task of becoming reaquainted with the outside world and heal from the traumatic experience that caused her anxiety disorder. “Finding Audrey” is great for tweens looking for a realistic fiction title that doesn’t seem heavy and melancholy. Some occasional cursing from Audrey’s older brother and some light romance that doesn’t go beyond kissing is the only red flags in this book.
When your family smuggles books for a living you can expect to have a few adventures. What Jess didn’t expect was to be apprenticed to The Great Library, the very organization that his family is working against. When his father sends him off to the Great Library in Alexandria to become a spy for the family, Jess wonders if he is doing the right thing and feels conflicted as he enjoys his apprenticeship, but knows the real reason he is there is to steal rare books for his family’s business. Unexpected plot twists will keep you guessing who is the bad guy in alternate history adventure.
All Fall Down by Ally Carter
After the death of her mother, Grace Blakely has begun to live her life a little differently than most. She seizes every moment like it could be her last, but some of the things she does make people think she might be crazy. Even while trying to live life to the fullest, she cannot shake the mysteries that haunt her about her mother’s death, especially when she moves back to her childhood home on Embassy Row. Embassy Row is the kind of place where you can travel from one country to the next, just by walking down the street. Now if she could just convince SOMEONE on that street that her mother was murdered, she may get the help she needs to make her mother’s killer pay.
The Year of Lightning by Ryan Dalton
Twins Valentine and Malcom are new in town. As they are trying to settle into their new school and lives, they keep stumbling over the strangest things. The mysterious house that no one seems to know anything about. The daily lightning storms that are not quite like anything they have seen before. None of their family or new friends seem to think anything weird is going on.... until a park literally blows up in their face! From that point on the twin were swept up in a face-paced adventure through time and space! See if they will be able to use clues from the past to help them save their present town from a future that is trying to destroy them all!
Forget the like button and food filled status updates. When her best friend introduces Kaylee Dunham to NEED, the new social network that promises to fulfill your any need, but not until you do exactly what the site requires in return, she has only one need that matters. What Kaylees needs is a new kidney for her dying brother. However, not all the teenagers at Wisconsin's Nottawa High School understand what NEED truly means. As they request new phones, computers, and sports equipment, they are drawn deeper into the dark and twisted network of NEED. After all, what they are required to do in return seems harmless enough… until people start dying. What would you be willing to do to get what YOU need?
NEED by Joelle Charbonneau
She is Not Invisible
by Marcus Sedgwick
Laureth is blind, but that has never stopped her from living as normal a life as possible. At least Laureth’s life is normal until her father goes unexpectedly missing. Knowing in her heart that something has gone terribly wrong, Laureth packs up her younger brother and sets off to New York City to find him. Laureth finds strange coincidences and hard to follow clues in New York, but with the aid of her brother, she is able to follow the clues to find something very unexpected. Told from the viewpoint of Laureth, this book is completely without visual descriptions and very effectively portrays the struggles and strengths of Laureth’s visual impairment.
by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Keywords: Fantasy, Fairy tale, not happily ever after, escape artist, squeaky clean read
Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
Tiffany Aching has often proved that she is an extremely competent young lady, so it shouldn’t surprise you that her favorite book is the dictionary. When her younger brother goes missing, she goes after the monsters that stole him armed only with an iron frying pan, courage, a manual of sheep diseases, and her own completely practical sensibilities. Fortunately, she also has the Wee Free Men- one of the fiercest clans of sheep-stealing and sword-wielding blue men she could ever hope for, even if each man only measures six-inches high. With “Crivens!” as their battle cry, these wacky characters jump into Tiffany’s adventures full of headless horsemen, ferocious grimhounds, and nightmares come to life. This humorous and quirky story still manages to perfectly showcase the quiet magic of things like compassion, wisdom and justice.
When the United States is facing World War II, baseball player Roman realizes that America needs him in the US Army more than they need him on the baseball diamond. His military unit is sent to the African front where they battle the fearsome Nazis of the Afrika Korps. It turns out, Roman’s talent at baseball is mediocre compared to his talent with a tank, and his new friendships within his military unit are incredible bonds forged in the most difficult circumstances. Throughout the story, Roman’s letters home to his fiancée Hannah are full of both optimism and fear as the war takes him deeper and deeper into the field of battle. Read Roman’s story as he discovers that life at war is a whole different kind ball game.
The Right Fight by Chris Lynch
by Gary D. Schmidt
Sixth grader Jackson Hurd’s life takes a significant turn when Joseph, a reserved foster kid with a complicated past, comes to live with his family. While Joseph is only two years older, his life has been dramatically different in some of the worst ways. At the age of 14, Joseph has suffered an abusive home life, lost the girl he loves, ended up institutionalized and has been forbidden to see his daughter Jupiter. Using the unique therapy of milking cows and routine farm life with a stable family, Joseph begins to trust those around him and tell the story behind the story. Told in a matter-of-fact way and through the sparse point of view of a 12 year old boy, this book reveals just enough of the heart wrenching tale to compel, without making it melodramatic or sensationalized. We watch Jackson fight for his new family and are reminded to be thankful for all the people who have supported us.
The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie
Sometimes you really need to rethink the whole “I will you support you no matter what” statement. Especially when that involves moving to a creepy house in Washington, a state where it never seems to cease being foggy. Sunshine immediately realizes that she is not alone in the house. At first it is just footstep and child-like giggles, but soon the incidents become more intense. When Sunshine starts school she befriends Nolan, who happens to have an interest in the supernatural. Together they try to figure out what is causing the strange disturbances in the house and Sunshine’s Mom becoming more withdrawn and mournful. “The Haunting of Sunshine Girl” is just scary enough, without the need to sleep with the lights on.
by Stephanie Burgis
Twelve year old Kat has always been different than her sibling. For starters she doesn’t give a whit about gossip, a neat appearance, or proper manners, which in nineteenth century England should be of the utmost importance. There is also the fact that she inherited her mother’s magic. When the family comes to near ruin due to her brother’s gambling habits, Kat must use her new found magic to keep her sister from marrying a man that would help save the family’s reputation, but would lead to a life of misery, or even worse, for Kat and her sisters.
Its 1888, but not quite the 1888 we learn about in history class. The magical British upper-class called Magisters- claimed victory in the American Revolution 100 years ago, and the rebels' only hope now is to look to mechanics and engineers to help them overthrow the British rule. After moving to New York City to look for work, Verity Newton is quickly torn between the Magister family she nannies for and the charming rebels' noble cause. Unable to refuse her new rebel friends, she becomes a spy among the magisters, which puts her own secret dangerously close to being revealed. This adventure is a steam-powered, magical ride full of campy fun!
by Shanna Swendson
The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan
Brother's Amadou and Seydou spend every day doing the dangerous work of cutting down cacoa pods with machetes from up high in the trees. They more they cut the better chance they will save themselves from a beating. They are told they will be free from this life as soon as they pay of their debt, but they see no proof that this hard work will ever end. When the wild girl comes to their plantation, Amadou is reminded of the value of freedom. Will these three be able to band together to escape, or are they doomed to work this job for the rest of their (potentially very short) lives?
Fourteen year old Joan wishes for a better life. She wishes that she didn’t have to wash all of her father’s and brothers’ laundry. She wishes she didn’t have to take care of the chickens. But most of all she wishes she could go back to school. When Joan’s father punishes her by burning her precious books, Joan has had enough. She packs up her measly belongings, takes the money her money left her, and heads to Baltimore to find a job as a hired girl. Told through diary entries, this book follows Joan as she goes through the new experiences of life away from the farm as she makes new friends, finds her faith, and finally gets the education she has always wanted.
The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz
In Real Life by Cory Doctrow
Coarsegold Online is more than a game, it is an opportunity to become an entirely new person through your avatar. You could become a warrior or healer, or like some a lowly gold farmer who’s job is to collect objects and sell them, illegally, for real money to support themselves. When Anda begins to play Coursegold Online she knows nothing of the politics, she just knows that she is having a great time playing with her all women guild . While playing the game Anda befriends one of the gold farmers and learns of the life that he lives outside of the game. Living in China he has no health coverage, no benefits, and barely makes enough to survive. The once black and white rules of the game are now blurred as Anda has to make the choice to be loyal to her guild which despises gold farmers or her new friend who is just trying to survive.
Dorthea is bored. What is the point of living in a magical world if she is not allowed to leave the walls of the Emerald Castle? This is all because of that vague curse a witch put on her family, once upon a time… ages ago. The curse proclaims that *eventually* *one* of the long line of emerald princesses will BURN DOWN THE WORLD. This curse has been on her family forever, and there hasn’t been so much as a campfire. However, the curse is enough to make people awfully jumpy about letting her outside. Thank Grimm, for her spellphone and Hans Christian Louboutin shoes because all these princes hanging around hoping to get into her riches are really starting to pix her off. When she makes an ill-advised wish upon a star, everything changes, and she leaves her home for the first time ever to try to fix the world she has royally messed up. Armed only with a sarcastic sidekick, ruby-soled shoes, and the least charming prince of them all, you’d better pray to the storymakers that they can figure out how to stay out of the witches’ clutches, fix the magic in the world and bring her parents back before it is too late. Why should you read this book? Why the spell not?
Keywords: Fantasy, Fairy Tale Mash Up, Humorous, Hint of Romance, Sarcastic, Punny
Keywords: Fantasy, Horror, Dark, Creepy, Adventure, Gruesome, Gory, Mild Cursing
Keywords: Historical Fiction, Diary, 1911, maid, Baltimore
Keywords: Graphic Novel, Online multiplayer role playing game, female gamers
Keywords: Realistic, Contemporary, Mystery, Psychological Thriller, Suspenseful, Dark, Mild cursing
Keywords: High Fantasy, Quietly Magical, Quirky, Humorous, Wacky Characters, Clean Read
When Ella finds herself swept off to Prince Charming’s palace after a night of dancing and what seems like love, she realizes that palace life is not everything it seems with its endless etiquette classes and a prince that is dreadfully dull. After deciding that she would rather face finding her own way in the world rather than marry the Prince, Ella must find a way to leave the very insistent prince.
Keywords: Mystery, missing father, New York City
Keywords: Realistic, Historical, War, World War II, Afrika Korps, Tanks, Clean Read
Keywords: Science Fiction, Adventure, First crush/light romance
Keywords: Science Fiction, Moon, Military adventure
Keywords: Realistic, High School, Unique, Outsider
Keywords: Realistic, Contemporary, Mystery, Graphic Novel Hybrid, IT’S PURPLE!
Keywords: Fantasy, Historical, Adventure, Magical, Fey, Quietly humorous, Squeaky clean read, Great audiobook
Keywords: Historical, 1906, San Francisco Earthquake, Chinese American
Keywords: Fantasy, Alternate history, Libraries, Book smugglers
Keywords: Realistic, Contemporary, Suspense, Unexpected Endings, Mild cursing
Keywords: Realistic, Contemporary, Foster Care, Sad, Sincere
Keywords: Historical Fantasy, Regency era, magic, mishaps
Keywords: Horror, Haunted house, Ghosts
Keywords: Realistic, Adventure, Survival
Keywords: Fantasy, Alternate History, Steampunk, Innocent Romance, Espionage, Magic
Keywords: Graphic Novel, Superhero, Comic, Superhero, Asian American
Keywords: Realistic, High School, Bullying, Anxiety Disorder, Romance, Great Audiobook
Keywords: Fantasy, Fairy Tale, Beauty and the Beast, Magical Curses, Mystery, Clean Read
Keywords: Realistic, Contemporary, Sports, Hip-Hop, Music, Family, Coming of Age, Story in Verse
Keywords: Historical Fantasy, Dracula, mystery, Romania
Keywords: Historical Mystery, Murder, Literature
Keywords: Realistic, Humorous, Wilderness Survival, Camp, Unexpected Twists
Sophronia has a little more spunk that her family can handle. She doesn’t act like a respectable fourteen year old, which is what is expected of her as a lady in Victorian England. Therefore her mother has made the decision that she is to attend Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Ladies of Quality. What her mother doesn’t know is that she has actually sent Sophronia to a finishing school where the young ladies of quality will learn how to finish people as spies and assassins. In her first year at school Sophronia excels at most of her studies, but still manages to find time have a few adventures on the side.
Keywords: Steampunk, Victorian England, Finishing School, Spies, Paranormal, Clean Read