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)

Thursday, April 7

dePaola, Tomie. 26 Fairmount Avenue. Penguin Putnam Books, 1999. ISBN 978-0399232466. Ages 9-11.

In dePaola’s first chapter book, he accesses the best story he could create—a real one.  The first in his 26 Fairmount Avenue series, dePaola tells of the trials and hardships his immediate and extended family must endure while waiting for their new family home to be built. Readers of dePaola’s picture books will recognize characters from those books in his own family—Nana Upstairs, Nana Downstairs, and Tom.  The book itself does not read like nonfiction or a biography, but more like just another one of dePaola’s stories with its familiar illustrations and vivid storytelling.  Readers will enjoy reading all about dePaola’s life without even realizing that they are.

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