Category Archives: Tween book

When My Sister Started Kissing

Helen Frost‘s masterful novel-in-poems When My Sister Started Kissing features Claire and Abigail at their summer cottage on the lake, where they navigate a new stepmother, boys, kissing, and memories. Claire, the younger of the two, is the main narrator, and can’t … Continue reading

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Loving Vs. Virginia

Loving Vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case by Patricia Hruby Powell and illustrated by Shadra Strickland is a large, beautifully made historical novel-in-verse. Well-researched (there are lists of the author’s interviews and sources in the back) … Continue reading

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Heartbeat

Annie runs barefoot with Max, her neighbour, and sits with her grandfather who doesn’t leave the house much anymore. She jokes with her mom and dad about the alien baby which grows into a pumpkin baby which grows into the baby … Continue reading

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Bread and Roses, Too

A historical novel about both the mill strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts and how the people of Barre, Vermont provided help for children of the strike, Bread and Roses, Too, written by Katherine Paterson, follows Rosa and Jake and their vastly different experiences. … Continue reading

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Jane, The Fox & Me

Jane, The Fox & Me, a beautiful graphic novel looks much like a picture book, both with its size and its style of illustrations. Hélène, a middle schooler in Montreal, Quebec, is suddenly outcast by her friends, and she believes the graffiti … Continue reading

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Counting By 7s

What makes a home? Is it a sister? Parents? A brother? A backyard filled with plants, plants you love? This is what I thought about as I read Holly Goldberg Sloan‘s Counting By 7s, a beautifully, thoughtfully written book about twelve-year-old … Continue reading

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A Mango-Shaped Space

Thirteen-year-old Mia can see colours, colours in words, colours in sounds, but no one knows because of one incident when she was in grade three. She keeps this mystery to herself until she finds out what she has: synesthesia. (Find … Continue reading

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