Tween Tuesdays (2)

Tuesday October 20, 2009
Tween Tuesdays

Tween Tuesday is a meme I first saw at Green Bean Teen Queen and really liked because she is also a librarian who deals with teens and tweens. So, since most of my blog is devoted to YA and teen books I figured that on Tuesdays I can do posts for all the tweeners out there!

Today I have two rather new releases that are perfect for teens and tweens!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
by Jeff Kinney
Available Now!
It’s summer vacation, the weather’s great, and all the kids are having fun outside. So where’s Greg Heffley? Inside his house, playing video games with the shades drawn. Greg, a self-confessed “indoor person,” is living out his ultimate summer fantasy: no responsibilities and no rules. But Greg’s mom has a different vision for an ideal summer . . . one packed with outdoor activities and “family togetherness.” Whose vision will win out? Or will a new addition to the Heffley family change everything?

I can't imagine that anyone hasn't heard about this super popular series. I can not keep them on my shelves in the library. They don't even usually get checked in! One student will usually give them directly to another student for checkout! They are fun reads and a sure hit!

I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I want to be Your Class President
by Josh Lieb
Available Now
Family Guy meets Election in this hilarious young adult debut!

Twelve-year-old Oliver Watson’s got the IQ of a grilled cheese sandwich. Or so everyone in Omaha thinks. In reality, Oliver’s a mad evil genius on his way to world domination, and he’s used his great brain to make himself the third-richest person on earth! Then Oliver’s father—and arch-nemesis—makes a crack about the upcoming middle school election, and Oliver takes it as a personal challenge. He’ll run, and he’ll win! Turns out, though, that overthrowing foreign dictators is actually way easier than getting kids to like you. . . Can this evil genius win the class presidency and keep his true identity a secret, all in time to impress his dad?

Definitely a quirky read! Oliver plays dumb at school (he does a great job) but is really an evil genius who thinks his parents are idiots...although he does appreciate his mothers toasted cheese making abilities. In order to prove to his dad being class president is no huge feat Oliver must run for the office despite his rather geeky and insipid reputation.

This is Josh Lieb's debut novel. Josh Lieb is the Emmy-winning producer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He worked on The Simpsons and Newsradio.

This is a pretty funny book and I did find myself snickering out loud more than once. I think it may take a little bit higher of reading level to get all the jokes but none-the-less a great book for middle schoolers!


GreenBeanTeenQueen said...

Great picks! I love the Wimpy Kid series. I've heard about genuius unspeakable-I'll have to check it out-sounds very funny!

Jill of The O.W.L. said...

This both look good - Diary of a Wimpy Kid has a great track record. I'm reading aloud the first one to my son, and I have to stop because I'll start giggling.