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)

Sunday, October 17

Spinelli, Jerry. Stargirl. Alfred A. Knopf, 2000. ISBN 0679886370. Ages 10-14.

Stargirl is one of a kind. From the moment she enters Leo Borlock’s life at Mica High, he is completely enchanted by her. And so are the rest of the students at the school, until one day everyone turns against her for being exactly who she always has been—different. Now Leo is desperate to hold on to both his relationship with Stargirl and his status at school. So he asks her to do the one thing that might just save them both—be normal. But when Stargirl dies and Susan takes her place, everything changes in a way Leo never expected.

This book is a perfect commentary on the social structure of school and the roles tweens and teens play in them. When Stargirl does not fit into any conventional role, she is at first admired and then shunned simply because no one understands her. Her refusal to conform illustrates the importance tweens and teens place on popularity, and how unimportant it really is when compared to everything else in the world around us. Add in a charming tale of a budding first love, and Stargirl offers a high school experience most everyone can relate to.