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THE Top Zillion Best Reads: Tween Time

By Jackie Burrell
Friday, May 29th, 2009 at 5:32 am in Books.

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins As we mentioned yesterday, we asked 24 Bay Area book clubs, with members of all ages, to help us assemble a Top 10 list of great summer reads for our A&E section. But some of those clubs, including Storyteller’s dozen-plus groups for kids ages 7 to 18, gave us so many fantastic titles, we just had to share them all. Yesterday, we gave you nine suggestions for teens. Today, we’re moving on to the tween portion of the list. Take a peek, then click “comments” and add your faves too.

Suzanne Collins “Hunger Games” was insanely popualr with the Lafayette bookstore’s mother-tween book groups – and a sequel, “Catching Fire,” is due out this fall. Story line?
Each year, 24 teenagers — two from each district in the apocalyptic ruins of North America — are forced to compete in the Hunger Games. Only one will make it home again. And every moment will be televised for the teeming, brutal crowds. Imagine a novel that’s equal parts “Running Man,” “Mad Max” and Theseus and the Minotaur.

Also on the list…
The Ranger’s Apprentice.” John Flanagan’s fantasy series introduces the Rangers and their newest young apprentice, who must protect the kingdom against bullies, wild boars and evil invaders.

The “Tunnels” series by Brian Williams and Roderick Gordon offers a riveting view of secret, subterranean societies hidden deep beneath the city of London. And soon, our intrepid teenage hero is a prisoner.

Last Olympian by Rick RiordanPercy Jackson: The Last Olympian,” the final book in Rick Riordan’s bestselling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series comes to a close in this saga set atop Mount Olympus, in downtown Manhattan and Las Vegas. Sixteen-year-old Percy has been embroiled in a battle against the Titans ever since he — and they — discovered he was a demigod, not a regular teen. Now a war that will determine the future of Western civilization rages in New York’s streets.

Blood on the River: James Town, 1607” by Elisa Carbone. Orphans, Pocahontas, danger and intrigue.

Twelve” by Lauren Myracle (and the sequel “Thirteen”) offers a charming, humorous glimpse of middle school life, from friends and frenemies to puberty.

The Mysterious Benedict Society” series by Trenton Lee Stewart. A strange newspaper ad – “Are you a gifted child looking for Special Opportunities?” – draws orphan Reynie Muldoon into the clutches of an evil mastermind looking for young henchmen.

The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman. Forget Mowgli. Here, a baby is raised by the denizens of a graveyard in this gothic fantasy.

Scat” by Carl Hiassen. This rollicking madcap tale sends two teens, Nick and Marta, scampering into the Florida swamps in search of their missing biology teacher, all while avoiding evil oilmen, alligators and a panther.

More tomorrow!

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2 Responses to “THE Top Zillion Best Reads: Tween Time”

  1. Faith Says:

    So if I want to bookmark this post do I have to join Technorati?

  2. Jackie Burrell Says:

    Not at all. Just go to the top of your browser, pick the “bookmarks” tab and hit “bookmark this page” – or whatever your particular browser has that’s similar. And thanks. We’d love to be bookmarked! :-)

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