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I was organizing my bookshelves recently and came across some of my favorite books from when I was a tween and thought that would be a fun list to share. So here are my all time favorite books from my tween years (and yes, as a librarian, these are some of my go-to recommendations for tweens!):
-The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi-If you're looking for adventure, read this book! I read this in sixth grade, wrote a letter to the author about how much I loved it (which I still have!), and I even made a version of hardtack to share with my class after we read the book. Yep, I was obsessed with this book-mystery and adventure on the high seas-what's not to love?
-The Nina Tanleven Series (The Ghost in the Third Row, The Ghost Wore Grey, The Ghost in the Big Brass Bed) by Bruce Coville-My fifth grade teacher gifted everyone in our class with a book and I was lucky enough to get a copy of The Ghost in the Big Brass Bed. I loved mysteries and this series did not disappoint. I still remember the details of each mystery-they made that much of an impression on me. Such a great series and I was always so sad there were only three books featuring Nina. I obsessively checked the library shelves for more every time I visited!
-Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman-I loved Catherine! I read and re-read this book. I loved Catherine's adventures, her spunk, and her story always made me laugh. I loved the diary style and there was just the right bit of romance at the end-it's perfect storytelling.
-From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg-I checked out this book on audio (on cassette tape!) in fourth grade and listened to it bit by bit every night before bed. I ended up listening to it so much I had certain parts of the tape memorized. What kid doesn't want to run away to a museum? (But don't even ask me about the terrible made for TV movie that came out when I was a young teen-it was so awful it broke my heart!)
-A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle-I was very much Meg Murry growing up, so I think that's why this book resonated with me so much. Plus, I read it at a time when I was really starting to like science fiction/fantasy and time travel and this book was a perfect fit. (This is another one with terrible made for TV movie. There's a new movie in the works and I hope it's much better.)
-Catwings and Catwings Return by Ursula K. LeGuin-I didn't read animal books as much as others, but there was just something about the Catwings books. The stories are about Cats with wings and there's such a great fantasy tale in this short little books. I remember checking these out every time I went to the library!
-Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia Maclachlan-OK, so this one might have had to do with sharing the same name with the character, but I loved this book. I was obsessed with stories of farm life and prairie life (maybe because I grew up a city girl?) and this book is short and sweet and I wanted to visit Maine because that's where Sarah was from. I also loved the movie and watched it multiple times.
-Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery-Oh, how I wanted to be Anne! I had her temper, I had her imagination, and I wanted so badly to live on Prince Edward Island and escape to Avonlea-and of course if Gilbert was there, even better! I remember the feeling of reading these books and being completely swept away by them-when I stopped reading, I'd have to shake myself out of a reading fog because I had been transported into Anne's world. And of course, I was equally obsessed with the movie which I watched faithfully and was frequently trying to get my little sister to play Anne of Green Gables with me!
What were your favorite reads as a tween?