Tween Tuesdays (12)

Tuesday June 8, 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!

by Patrick Carman
May 1, 2010
Scholastic Press
Goodreads Summary: In the 21st century landscape of bits and bytes, everyone leaves a digital footprint ... even the most advanced cyber criminals. And that’s where the Trackers come in. Four tech-savvy kids armed with high-tech video cameras and esoteric coding skills, the Trackers can find almost anyone, anywhere.

Told through a collage of videos, text, and websites, Trackers #1 follows Adam, Finn, Lewis, and Emily as they become entangled in a high-tech, high-stakes game of cat and mouse with Shantorian, the world’s most dangerous hacker. At least, that’s who they think they’re tracking.... 

As the four dig deeper into the shadowy world of online crime, they soon learn that things aren’t always as they seem.

Review: The first book in a new website/book adventure combo from the author of the popular Skeleton Creek series.

With the popularity of online gaming and anything computer this book will definitely intrigue readers who enjoy computer games along with a good mystery! Throughout the book there are passwords provided for readers to find clues and to even follow the criminals they are tracking on Google maps! 

A fun, interactive adventure that will keep readers interested through a combo of interactive videos and clues as well as a pretty good story line. Best suited for grades 5 - 8.

The Deadlies: Felix Takes the Stage
by Kathryn Lasky
May 1, 2010
Scholastic Press
Goodreads Summary: The Deadlies are like any other family with a loving mother and bright, rambunctious children. Except they're spiders. Really, really poisonous ones. But Edith and her children are kind and cultured. In fact, the Deadlies had been happily living in a symphony hall until Edith's son, Felix, had a . . .well... "misunderstanding" with the maestro. 

Now they're on the hunt for a new home. That is, if they can outwit the overzealous arachnologists and evil exterminators on their tail. Will they ever find a place to live in peace?

Review: A new series from the author of the Guardians of Ga'hoole that will surely be a crowd pleaser with upper elementary and tween readers.

When Felix disobeys his mother's strict rule of letting a human see him when he gets to close to the symphony director he devotedly admires things get a little out of hand. In fact, Felix looses a leg in the melee (which is thankfully regenerated later) and the conductor faints from fright. Fleeing from the exterminator they know is coming Felix and his family experience adventure as they search for a new home.

A funny, fast-paced story that will be enjoyed by early readers on up to tweens. The author infuses the story with facts about spiders and gives some details on the shy yet poisonous Brown Recluse spider at the end of the book.


Caradith Craven said...

I enjoyed reading these great reviews for tweens.
Wendelin van Draanen's final book in her humorous Gecko and Sticky series (The Power Potion)is now available. You might want to review it on Tween Tuesday sometime this summer. The series is a delightful read for intermediate/middle grades and a perfect read-aloud story.

Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

I'm looking forward to Trackers. Thanks for the review!

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

I've had a couple of kids read Trackers and really like it! They enjoyed the on-line part as well.