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)

Monday, November 15

Boyce, Frank Cottrell. Cosmic. Walden Pond Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0061836831. Ages 9-12.

It’s not Liam’s fault he keeps getting mistaken for an adult—he’s abnormally tall for a twelve-year-old and already has facial hair. And he can’t act his age because everyone says, “He should know better.” So after being mistaken for the father of his friend Florida, Liam decides to try his hand at being an adult. Soon Liam and Florida are on their way to China after winning a father/child contest to be one of the first kids in space, only Liam isn’t a "kid" anymore. So when the dads get to compete to see who gets to join the children on the spaceship, Liam uses his inner child to win the final spot. But all goes wrong once they take off, and Liam finds himself stuck between two worlds once again.

Liam is the quintessential tween—no longer a child but not yet an adult. And even though he is not allowed to do adult things, he keeps getting mistaken for one anyway! Ironically, Liam finds himself viewing life and the world around him as an adult and a father when he chooses to play the role with Florida. And as he finds himself making more adult decisions, he soon comes to admire and appreciate the role that adults and parents play in their children’s lives. Stuck out in the middle of space, Liam manages to find a middle ground between being responsible and “adult-like,” while still allowing himself to embrace not growing up just yet.