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Tween Tuesday

Tween Tuesday is a new feature where I will post a few of my favorite tween reads.


A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban

I listened to the audiobook of this one, and reviewed it here. But I enjoyed it so much, it's worth mentioning again. It's a pitch perfect debut and I can't wait to read more from Linda Urban. Zoe dreams of playing piano at Carnegie Hall, but then her father buys her an organ. There's a lot packed into this one-Zoe's relationship with her father, a friendship (and possible romance) with a boy at school, and her organ lessons and upcoming
performance in the "perform-o-rama." It's a sweet, touching story that tweens, and older, can surely relate to.



Emma-Jean is one of my favorite tween characters ever. Some reviewers have tagged her as autistic, but the reader can decide from themselves as they read about the smart, and socially awkward, Emma-Jean. Emma-Jean is another charming read that will stick with you. I'm looking forward to catching up with Emma-Jean again in the sequel, Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell in Love, which came out in May.

Comments

  1. Terrific books and insights! And congrats on the nomination for Best YA blog. If you have any suggestions for getting young adults to read, please let me know. I have a Reluctant Reader blog (http://jeffrivera.typepad.com/jeff_rivera/), and would love your input!
    -Jeff Rivera

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  2. I love your Tween Tuesdays! A Crooked Kind of Perfect is in our book order forms. I think I'll make sure to order it. I haven't heard of Emma Jean, but I'll be looking for it now.

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  3. I love Emma Jean! I've read both books and look forward to a third (please, Ms. Tarshis). These books made me wish I had daughters.

    Thanks for spreading the word about Emma Jean Lazarus.

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Hello! My name is Sarah and I am a Youth Services Manager who works with kids, tweens and teens. I love being asked about great books to read! I started my blog in 2008 as a way to keep track of what I've been reading and to use a reference tool for reader's advisory and it's grown into much more than I could have ever anticipated. In addition to book reviews, I also enjoy posting audiobook reviews, booklists and my adventures in being a librarian. 2017 Library Journal Mover and Shaker Committees: 2021 Newbery Committee 2018 Odyssey Committee 2016 Caldecott Award 2013 Michael L. Printz Committee- Fabulous Films Committee I have also served on the Cybils, Missouri State Library Association Readers Selection Lists, and as an Audies judge. Presentations :  I have offered various presentations at local, state and national libraries and conferences. Topics have included:  What's New in Children's & Teen Literature Engaging Teens in Reader's Advisory Gee