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)

Friday, April 1

Sis, Peter. The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007. ISBN 978-0374347017. Ages 9-12.

Growing up during the Cold War in Soviet-ruled Czechoslovakia, the author tells the story of his life behind the Iron Curtain, where children were taught to report their parents to authorities, anything deemed Western or American was forbidden, and many longed to be free. This book exists on several reading levels—there is the simple story at the bottom of the page that complements the author’s illustrations, and then there are the additional blurbs and comments written throughout the story that give it much more depth and meaning for more advanced readers.  While younger readers may not fully comprehend the story in its entirety the first time through, as they grasp the story’s meaning they can reread it with the additional commentary and get a better picture of the story as a whole.

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