Thursday, April 27, 2017

Tween picks

I am a JTAB ( Junior Teen Advisory Board ) member at the Peter White Public Library. At our monthly meeting we like to talk about our  favorite books.  Here our some of my personal favorites!

Warriors: Into the Wild  by Erin Hunter.  This book comes up a lot in conversation because it is so good! It is about a small “Kittypet” named Rusty who stumbles upon “Clan Cats” and his new life is born. Surely once you read the first book of this series, you will be hooked right in.

Smile by Raina Telgemeier. This wonderful graphic novel is about Raina herself! She tells us about a dental disaster involving her two front teeth.  She goes to Junior High school and all her friends seem to think Raina has not grown up a bit since elementary school. Raina starts to feel self-conscious about her new appearance. Read the book to hear her story and feel her emotions. Will she get over her dental-drama? Read the book to find out!

El’ Deafo by Cece Bell. Like Smile, Cece tells her story about her childhood too! Little Cece Bell manages to pick up meningitis which causes Cece major hearing loss. She goes to a new school with lots of new people. Cece must get a super special “Phonic Ear” which helps Cece hear.  Cece must go to a regular school again and that means more new technology to help Cece hear. She has a microphone attached to her and a microphone on the teacher.  This graphic novel is super funny and is sure to make you laugh.

Lumberjanes by Shannon Watters. The Lumberjane scouts are at it again! The camp for Hardcore Lady-Types seems to have some hardcore wacky-antics going on! For instance, The kitten holy, Dinosaurs, and Lake monsters!!?? What does all this mean?  Read the book to find out.

Goldie Vance by Hope Larson. Goldie Vance seems to be the modern-age Nancy Drew! She is a amazing, hard-working super sleuth who is just itching to solve a case. She dreams of becoming a full-time super detective. One day, the home-town detective stumbles along a case he can't solve.  He takes in Goldie for her hard-working spirit and her random skills. If you love a good mystery, this graphic novel is perfect for you!

Baby-Sitter’s Club (Graphic Novel Edition) by Raina Telgemeier. This is another great graphic novel by Raina herself! In this book, Kristy decides she and her friends should start a club just for babysitters! She and her friends in the BSC go through some big changes and wacky activities. You should read this book if you like to laugh.  This is the perfect graphic novel series to read with your friends.

Amelia’s Notebook by Marissa Moss. Amelia’s family has to move to a different town due to their job situations. Her mother gets her a notebook to write down her feelings. She starts out not so fond of the notebook but starts getting the hang of it.  The move is too much to handle for her older sister, Cleo. And Amelia isn’t happy being so being many miles away from her best friend in the world, Nadia. This book is super funny and has amazing illustrations. Read it to see how Amelia handles moving to a different town. If you like diary-type books, this book is perfect for you!     

--Hayden Steltenpohl, 11, PWPL Junior Teen Advisory Board Member

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