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, December 14

Creech, Sharon. Love That Dog. HarperCollins, 2001. ISBN 978-0060292874. Ages 9-12.

This story, written in freeform poetry by Jack, tells of his initial reluctance to write poetry, as well as his growing interest in and penchant for writing that which he thought he could not. Many loose elements eventually come together in his final poems, which are both insightful, as well as heart wrenching. A quick and easy read, the book’s freeform gives the reader a chance to see directly into Jack’s innermost thoughts and feelings. Though written as poetry, the poems as a collective tell a story, and each element of the story builds into one major story about a boy and the loss of his dog. Reluctant readers will enjoy this simple book, and perhaps may be inspired to write some poetry of their own, as the book gives a variety of examples of different styles and techniques.