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Tween Tuesday: Give Me Your Suggestions!!

Tween Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted here at GreenBeanTeenQueen to highlight great reads for tweens. Join the fun and leave your Tween Tuesday link below.

I read a lot of MG/tween books because I think it's important to keep up. Even though I work primarily with teens, I have a lot of younger readers that want to start reading YA or are looking for something a little more advanced, so I try to keep up with MG as well. This isn't always easy though and can sometimes be a bit overwhelming!

So I thought I'd ask you for tween suggestions! What books have been big hits with your tween readers? What did you read as a tween that you loved? What tween book should not be missed? Let me know and if it's one I haven't read yet, I'll read and review it on the blog. I'll also compile a list of all the suggestions!


  1. I really liked Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick. The local middle school librarian told me her book club teens voted for this book to be the school's "1 Read" because they liked it so much. Definitely a good choice! Here is my review if you're interested:

    P.S. Thank you for posting this blog entry...I'm really interested in getting some more tween recommendations!

  2. My favorite Tween reads:
    The Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull
    The Penderwicks & The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall
    The Mother Daughter Book Club (series) by Heather Vogel Fredrick
    Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer
    The Echo Falls books by Peter Abrahams

    My student's favorites:
    Warriors series by Erin Hunter
    Goosebumps & Fear Street by RL Stine (still! these suckers are old!)
    the Georgia Nicolson books by Louise Rennison
    Anything by Caroline B. Cooney

    I am pushing Lois Duncan on them lately as a Fear Street alternative.
    I am sure there are so many more...this is just what comes to mind as I am sitting here glancing around.

  3. I would recommend the Cat Royal series by Julia Golding. They are excellent historical fiction and so much fun.

  4. I love this post. I'm looking forward to seeing the list you compile.

    Off the top of my head:

    The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
    The Penderwicks (and sequel) by Jeanne Birdsall
    the Charlie Bone series by Jenny Nimmo (great for kids who would love Harry Potter but are a little too young).

  5. If you haven't looked at the shortlists for Cybils in MG fiction and MG SFF/Fantasy, do check those out. They are all kinds of excellent.

  6. I agree with Karen, the Cat Royal is a great series.

  7. I liked The Lost Hero and Radiance. I would like to find more upper middle grade books to read so look forward to your reviews. There really isn't enough focus on middle grade, especially upper middle grade.

  8. Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull
    Masterpiece by Elise Broach
    Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan (actually anything by that man is awesome)
    The Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan
    Gregor the Overlander series by Suzanne Collins
    The Missing series by Margaret Peterson Haddix
    Ottoline series by Chris Riddell
    The Search for Wondla by Tony DiTerlizzi

    Anything on the Bluestem list.

  9. Ooo I second Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie!

    My MG age sister loves The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, Heat, The Watsons Go to Birmingham (Hilarious!), Yankee Girl.

    I would also 110% recommend Ninth Ward and 8th Grade Superzero!

  10. Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat. . .SO clever and funny, but hasn't gotten nearly the recognition I think it ought to have.

  11. Try Julia Devillers. She has a lot of new titles, like Liberty Porter, that my 6th graders are liking a lot. You have a lot of good suggestions here!

  12. The Candymakers by Wendy Mass was such an awesome book, it had so many great twists and turns.

    I also loved the Fairy Tale Detectives by Micheal Buckley.


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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