Welcome to TweenCity!

Welcome to TweenCity!

This blog is designed to be a selection resource for children between the ages of 9-14, as well as a reader's advisory tool for both current and future librarians.

PLEASE NOTE: An appropriate age range is given for each title, however this is merely a suggestion. Children, especially tweens, read at many different levels which cannot be determined simply by age or grade level. Therefore, it is important to assess each child's reading level before suggesting titles. In addition, since this blog is designed for tweens only, some titles listed may also be appropriate for children older or younger than ages 9-14, but these ages will not be listed.

Ages 9-12: Elementary school level (Grades 3-6)
Ages 12-14: Middle school level (Grades 7-8)

Tuesday, October 5

Griffin, Adele. Amandine. Hyperion, 2001. ISBN 0786806184. Ages 12-14.

Delia Blaine is the new girl in town, her weight issues and insecurities made worse by her parents’ insistence that she make friends and not “play the loner.” So when she meets the over-the-top, larger-than-life Amandine, her parents couldn’t be happier. And neither can Delia—at least a first. But as Amandine drags Delia down into her crazy world of fantasy and games, Delia begins to see the cracks in the character that is Amandine. She begins to see her for what she truly is—damaged and disturbed. Amandine is a product of an unstable environment, one that begins to frighten Delia away. But when Delia finally decides to distance herself from Amandine, it is then that the true Amandine rears her ugly head. Now Delia must face her fears and stand strong as the world she and Amandine have built up around them comes crashing down. Amandine is a story like no other, addressing everyday tween issues while juxtaposing them with serious mental and personality disorders. She is the epitome of the damage that can be done by one young girl with a vivid imagination and a need for revenge.