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Tween Tuesday: Blog Tour: The Map of Me by Tami Lewis Brown

Tween Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted here at GreenBeanTeenQueen to highlight great tween reads! Join the fun and add your link below.

This week, I have a blog tour stop for Tami Lewis Brown's debut middle grade novel, The Map of Me. Check out the next stop on the tour at The Book Monsters.

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary

Release Date: 8/30/2011

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Find out more about Tami and download an activity kit at her website

About the Book: When Peep and Margie arrive home to find a note on the fridge from Momma that says only "I have to go" Margie is convinced that she knows where Momma went. Momma has to be at the International Poultry Hall of Fame to find the Henny Penny Coin Bank to complete her chicken collectables. It's up to Margie to find her and bring her home. So Margie finds an extra key to Daddy's Faithful Ford and Margie and her younger sister are off in search of Momma. As Margie sets off on a trip to find Momma, Margie discovers she may be learning more about herself as well.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: The Map of Me is a short middle grade novel that has a nice emotional family story. The book is 150 pages, so I think it could easily be used as a classroom read aloud.

Margie is full of spunk and she doesn't realize how funny she is. Although Margie is the oldest, she feels overshadowed by her sister Peep, who is super smart and been moved up to sixth grade-Margie's grade. I thought this gave the book an interesting dynamic, because you don't often see older siblings who feel overlooked by the younger ones. Margie has a hard time seeing her own worth because she feels that Peep is the perfect one that everyone loves, but throughout her journey, Margie learns more about herself.

The story isn't spoon-fed to the reader and there's a lot to be inferred-especially with the storyline with Momma. There are some things that aren't really resolved, but left to the reader to decide how they turn out. Because of this, I think this would be a good book to read in a group setting and discuss with readers-it would be interesting to hear their thoughts on Margie, Peep, Momma and Daddy.

The Map of Me is a quick read with two memorable sisters on a heartwrenching journey of self discovery.

Book Parings: Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo, The Hole in the Wall by Lisa Rowe Fraustino

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from ARC sent by publicist for blog tour

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  1. Sounds like a great book that can be real aloud! I like characters who are funny but do not know it. Always gives a book an interesting dynamic.

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  2. Sounds like an interesting book. I hadn't heard of it. Thanks for the review.

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  3. Thanks Natalie and Karen! I love the read aloud idea! I do free classroom and scout troop Skype visits and I'd love to "drop in" after or during a classroom read aloud. Visit my website www.TamiLewisBrown.com to schedule.
    Tami

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