Tween Tuesdays (4)

Tuesday February 2, 2010

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!

8th Grade Superzero
by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
January 2010
For middle schooler Reggie McKnight, being called “Pukey” is the least of his problems. School elections are coming up, but he’s as far away from being school President as he is from shutting down his enemy Donovan or meeting up with the beautiful Mialonie. His friends Ruthie and Joe C. have his back, but let’s face it: Reggie can only be a superhero on the pages of his graphic novel, Night Man.

Then Reggie gets involved with a local homeless shelter, the Olive Branch. Haunted by two of the clients there -- George, a once proud man now living on the streets, and five-year-old Charlie, who becomes his official “Little Buddy” -- he begins to think about making a difference, both in the world and at school. Pukey for President? It can happen...if he starts believing.

Reggie Mcnight is one of those characters from a book who grabs you from the very beginning a never lets go. Everything about him is flawed perfection :o) This is one of the best middle grade books I've ever read...funny, heartwarming, sad and inspiring, it has just about everything you could want in a good book!

This wonderful read deals with the sensitive issues of race, bullying, poverty and homelessness. The characters are so fully developed, that when I finished reading the book it really felt like they were kids I knew who moved away and I was sad to see them go!

This book is a must read for Tweens and middle-grade readers! Get it now!

Hey, even you young adult readers will find a gem here!

Lockdown : escape from furnace
by Smith, Alexander Gordon
October 2009
by Farrar Straus Giroux
Furnace Penitentiary: the world’s most secure prison for young offenders, buried a mile beneath the earth’s surface. Convicted of a murder he didn’t commit, sentenced to life without parole, “new fish” Alex Sawyer knows he has two choices: find a way out, or resign himself to a death behind bars, in the darkness at the bottom of the world. Except in Furnace, death is the least of his worries.

Soon Alex discovers that the prison is a place of pure evil, where inhuman creatures in gas masks stalk the corridors at night, where giants in black suits drag screaming inmates into the shadows, where deformed beasts can be heard howling from the blood-drenched tunnels below. And behind everything is the mysterious, all-powerful warden, a man as cruel and dangerous as the devil himself, whose unthinkable acts have consequences that stretch far beyond the walls of the prison.

Together with a bunch of inmates—some innocent kids who have been framed, others cold-blooded killers—Alex plans an escape. But as he starts to uncover the truth about Furnace’s deeper, darker purpose, Alex’s actions grow ever more dangerous, and he must risk everything to expose this nightmare that’s hidden from the eyes of the world.

Wow, this was a fast moving, action intense read! From the very first chapter I was hooked on this original, dark and scary story. Great writing and detailed descriptions of Alex's predicament will have you right there with him. A frustrating cliff-hanger will have readers counting the days until book 2! Boys and girls will enjoy this read but middle school boys will be all over this!


GreenBeanTeenQueen said...

Great picks! I'm looking forward to reading these.