Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Tween Tuesday

Tween Tuesday is a weekly meme to highlight great tween reads. Include your Tween Tuesday post in the comments below!

The Naked Mole Rat Letters by Mary Amato

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary

About the Book: When Frankie reads an e-mail sent to her widowed father from a woman he recently met and it appears there may have been kissing involved, Frankie decides to take matters into her own hands. She begins a correspondence with Ayanna, who is a zookeeper and caretaker of naked mole rats. Through the letters Frankie learns about growing up, family, and naked mole rats.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I read this book a few years ago when it was nominated for the Mark Twain Award (Missouri's grades 4-6 book award) and it became my favorite nominee. I recommended to every reader who was working through the Mark Twain list and I still find myself asking reader's if they've read this one.

I love Frankie's voice! She's fresh and funny and made me laugh out loud. The book is told through Frankie's diary entries and e-mails which makes for a fast read. Not only does Frankie deal with her feelings about her father entering a new relationship, but she's also having some problems with the school play and a boy named Johnny.

The Naked Mole Rat Letters introduced me to Mary Amato's books and I've enjoyed all that I've read from her. She's a tween author worth checking out! Give The Naked Mole Rat Letters to readers looking for a heartfelt humorous read.

Full Disclosure: Originally read as a library book, I now own my own copy.


  1. I'm a naked mole rat fan, they are so strange! Might have to look into this more!

  2. This sounds so good! I'm requesting it right now in fact. And I love a quick read too. Thanks for the recommendation.


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