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)

Wednesday, October 6

Shan, Darren. Cirque Du Freak: A Living Nightmare. Little, Brown and Company, 2000. ISBN 0316603406. Ages 12-14.

Darren Shan is intent on going to the Cirque Du Freak, a freak show on its way through town. His fate is sealed when he and his best friend Steve manage to get two tickets to the forbidden show. Awestruck and terrified, Darren leaves the show with one goal in mind—he must return to the Cirque Du Freak and steal Madame Octa (only the most fabulous spider ever!) for himself. The only problem is she belongs to a vampire. Things are looking up when he successfully captures Madame Octa and trains her to do all sorts of tricks. Then one huge mistake leaves Darren with a difficult decision to make—for the only way to save his friend is to make a deal with a vampire, and say goodbye to the one world he has ever known. Will Darren resist the vampire’s wishes, or become the vampire’s assistant, destined to be one of the undead for the rest of his life? Join Darren in his terrifying journey through death and this macabre underworld of terrifying creatures.