Tween Tuesdays (10)

Tuesday May 11, 2010

Tween Tuesdays 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!

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda 
by Tom Angleberger
April 2010
GoodReads Summary: In this funny, uncannily wise portrait of the dynamics of a sixth-grade class and of the greatness that sometimes comes in unlikely packages, Dwight, a loser, talks to his classmates via an origami finger puppet of Yoda. If that weren’t strange enough, the puppet is uncannily wise and prescient.

Origami Yoda predicts the date of a pop quiz, guesses who stole the classroom Shakespeare bust, and saves a classmate from popularity-crushing embarrassment with some well-timed advice. Dwight’s classmate Tommy wonders how Yoda can be so smart when Dwight himself is so clueless. With contributions from his puzzled classmates, he assembles the case file that forms this novel.

Review: This is one of those middle grade reads that will definitely have a waiting list here in the library. A humorous mystery that will crack up fans of Stars Wars with plenty of Yoda-isms..."Let go of your feelings, Mike. Hate and revenge to the dark side only lead." The Diary of a Wimpy kid style of this book will only add to its popularity!

by Wendy Mass
March 2010
Scholastic Press
GoodReads Summary:You can pierce your ears when you're twelve. You can go to the mall with your friends when you're twelve. You can babysit little Timmy next door when you're twelve. You can get a cell phone when you're twelve. Hey, you can even ride in the front passenger-side seat when you're twelve. 

When you're twelve, when you're twelve, when you're twelve . . .
My name is Rory Swenson, and I've been waiting to turn twelve my whole life. In exactly 18 hours, 36 minutes, and 52 seconds, it will finally happen. 

My life will officially begin.

Review: In this sequel to 11 Birthdays, Rory is ready to turn twelve and start living life. She soon finds out that growing up too fast isn't all its cracked up to be and that wearing make-up and shaving your legs definitely has drawbacks.

When Rory and her friends are selected to be extras in movie, she also realizes that having all her growing up mishaps end up on film isn't exactly what she had in mind. With all the typical middle school hurdles, including her first boy-girl party, Rory takes it all like a champ and realizes that you don't always have to have all the can figure them out along the way. Awesome middle-grade chick lit!

Cinderella Cleaners: Change of Dress
by Maya Gold
April 2010
Scholastic Press
GoodReads Summary: Behind the counter at Cinderella Cleaners, Diana watches the clothes come and go. She loves to imagine the exciting events that the different outfits might be worn to. Then one day, Diana reaches into the pocket of a fancy coat - and finds an invitation to a glittering gala in New York City. Since the coat's owner is out of town, Diana gets a wild idea. With the help of some savvy friends, one glamorous dress, and a lot of improvising, Diana pretends to be someone she's not, and makes it into the party! Will she be discovered, or will her disguise come off without a hitch?

Cinderella Cleaners #2: Prep Cool 
by Maya Gold
April 2010
Scholastic Press 
GoodReads Summary:This week at Cinderella Cleaners, someone has dropped off a private-school uniform. Diana has always wondered what it would be like to attend a posh academy…and now she has the chance to find out. Her best friend's cell phone is stolen, and in order to catch the culprit, Diana has to sneak into super-snooty Foreman Academy. But she never counted on mayhem, mean girls, and a pop quiz! Can Diana convince everyone she's a prep-school student, or will she flunk big-time?

Review: A new middle-grade series that follows eighth grader Diana Donato who lives with her dad, step-mom and (of course) her "evil" spoiled step-sisters.

The story closely follows the original Cinderella tale including co-workers at her fathers dry cleaning business who may remind you of a few helpful mice :)...We also have a Ball in the form of a Broadway opening, a prince (the show's young star) and even an lost shoe!

Book 2, Prep Cool, has Diana "borrowing" a school uniform that has been dropped off for cleaning at Cinderella cleaners and ends up sneaking her way into a posh private school where she is determined to fit in.

With the premise of discovering new and exciting clothes at her fathers dry-cleaning business as the basis of these stories, we can only imagine what book 3 will is entitled Rock Star!

Fun, easy reads that has this series destined to be a hit with middle-grade readers :)


loreleimarsh said...

I am in love with the Origami Yoda book. Thanks for the heads up!

GreenBeanTeenQueen said...

Origami Yoda has hold list at my library and our children's librarian loved it! I just got the Change of a Dress in-they look cute! And I have yet to read 11 birthdays, but I've liked the other Wendy Mass books I've read. Great picks!

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

I just finished Origami Yoda today! Very cute and fun with just enough of a lesson :) I knew both 11 Birthday's and Finally 12, but I didn't realize 12 was a sequel - cool! I love Wendy Mass!

SariJ said...

Gee, I am 45 and I want to read Origami Yoda! Thanks for sharing these gems with us. All look good.