Tween (Ages 9-12)

Alivin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look

Reviewed by D’Andre Grant

Timid, young Alvin Ho is afraid of almost any and everything that the human mind could imagine. At school, he is as silent as possible. He claims to be “allergic” to school on a regular basis because this is most of his fears confined to one building.

This feel-good, funny book is sure to be a page turner for students in grades 5-7!

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Reviewed by Eily Priest

In this endearing story, a little girl, her pig, and a spider show us that anything is possible. Fern Arable wakes up one morning to find that her father is planning on killing a baby pig, the runt of the litter.

After a convincing argument, Fern’s father decides to give the pig to his daughter  as a pet. Fern and her new pig, Wilbur, grow to be the best of friends and soon Wilbur moves into Mr. Zuckerman’s barn and makes a new friend, Charlotte, the spider. This book shows us love, loyalty, and friendship as we learn more about Wilbur and his barn animal companions. It is a heart warming story and a great choice for any children’s first chapter book.

The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling

Reviewed by Victoria Flora

Storyline: humorous
Pace: slow paced
Tone: funny, semi- dramatic, thought-provoking

 A boy named John who is addicted to chocolate. One day when he is walking to his friend’s house, he finds a little coin. He keeps walking along and finds a candy store. When the storekeeper welcomes him, he tells John that the coin that he has is the only kind of money he takes. John gets a box of chocolate, and when he goes to bed he rips open the box to only find one single chocolate. The next day when he is brushing his teeth, the tooth paste turns into chocolate. His breakfast then turns into chocolate. Then his trumpet, lunch, pencil, a doctor’s spoon, and finally his mother all turn into chocolate. The boy who love chocolate now has everything in his life to always be chocolate, is this   his greatest wish or his biggest fear? Will he ever get his mom back? Any 9-12 year old would love this funny book.

Danny, Champion of the World by Roald Dahl

Reviewed by D’Andre Grant

Danny is a youngster who loses his mother at a very young age.  He is left to live with his father, the owner, operator of a one pump filling station. The two ive in an old gypsy caravan. Danny and his father form an unbreakable bond as the story unfolds and tells the readers of their various adventures.

This attention grabber is sure to be a hit with the midle aged children, ages 9-12.

Fly By Night by Randall Jarell

Reviewed by James Ebersole

Tone: Atmospheric, Creepy, Moving, Whimsical, Quiet
Pace: Fast-Paced

Fly By Night is a fast-paced book that is very bleak. There is not much emotion. The term melancholy describes this book perfectly. The characters in the book are randomly introduced. The story is always moving. The illustrations that are drawn in this book are creepy and dark. If you are looking for a book to just read and get away from regular stories, this book will really give you another perspective of a fictional story. David starts out in his bed and then starts floating around the whole house. After that, he goes on to float outside. While he floats at night, we get descriptions on who David is and his secrets. He is unable to fly in the day. He also loses his memory of night life in the daytime.

Frindle by Andrew Clements

Reviewed by Douglas Cambridge

Storyline: issue-oriented
Pace: fast-paced
Tone: funny, sweet, thought-provoking

This book was very interesting. The idea of creating a word is very moving. It is a way that a person can always be remembered. There may be people who oppose something new, like Mrs. Granger, but perserverance can push through any wall. At the end of the story, Mrs. Granger congratulates Nick on his accomplishment, realizing he has done something special. This story promotes thought and open ideas for the reader.

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Reviewed by Victoria Flora

Storyline: character driven
Pace: fast paced
Tone: mysterious, suspenseful, dramatic, thought-provoking

Percy Jackson is twelve years old, and he decides to tell us the story of his past year. On the first day of summer, just after his sixth-grade year, Percy discovers that something is wrong. He learns that he is a half-blood: half-human, half-god. He is taken to Camp Half-Blood in New York, a camp for kids just like him that is safe from monsters that like to attack half-bloods. Percy meets Poseidon and Zeus. That summer at Camp Half-Blood, Percy has a great time living the life of a hero. He procrastinates making a decision about whether he will stay at Camp Half-Blood year round, or whether he will go home and live with his mom in Queens. Only time will tell, where Percy will decide he wants to live.

This book is to be a hit among the tweens. It is attention grabbing and very suspenseful.

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

Storyline: issue driven
Pace: fast-paced
Tone: high-drama, reflective
 

This book is a very good book for readers who struggle with problem solving. The story is about an origami yoda made by a student named Dwight. This Yoda is the key to solving all the students’ problems who ask. Dwight’s friend, Tommy, decides to investigate how Yoda fixes all the problems because he wants to be sure he can fix his problem by asking Yoda. This book provokes problem solving and investigation skills.

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