Tween Tuesdays (19)

Tuesday December 7, 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!

Three great books this week!

The Forbidden Sea
by Sheila A. Nielson
July 2010
Goodreads Summary: When Adrianne comes face-to-face with the mermaid of Windwaithe Island, of whom she has heard terrible stories all her life, she is convinced the mermaid means to take her younger sister. Adrianne, fierce-willed and courageous, is determined to protect her sister from the mermaid, and her family from starvation. However, the mermaid continues to haunt Adrianne in her dreams and with her song. 

Yet, when the islanders find out about Adrianne's encounters with the mermaid she is scorned, for this small and superstitious community believes the mermaid will bring devastation to the island if Adrianne does not give herself to the sea.

A powerful and lyrical story of one girl who must choose between having everything and having those she loves.

Review: A fun new paranormal twist on the Cinderella tale. Adrianne is living a hard life on her island where she is mostly ignored by boys who prefer prettier and wealthier girls than herself. After an experience with a mermaid, Adrianne is left with a choice....leave her human life behind and live a fairy tale among the mermaids or stick around for the people she loves. A little bit of suspense mixed in with romance makes for a great read and of course the mermaid aspect of the story will appeal to the paranormal crowd!
Touch Blue
by Cynthia Lord
August 2010
Goodreads Summary: The state of Maine plans to shut down her island’s schoolhouse, which would force Tess’s family to move to the mainland--and Tess to leave the only home she has ever known. Fortunately, the islanders have a plan too: increase the numbers of students by having several families take in foster children. So now Tess and her family are taking a chance on Aaron, a thirteen-year-old trumpet player who has been bounced from home to home. And Tess needs a plan of her own--and all the luck she can muster. Will Tess’s wish come true or will her luck run out? 

Newbery Honor author Cynthia Lord offers a warm-hearted, humorous, and thoughtful look at what it means to belong--and how lucky we feel when we do. Touch Blue, sure as certain, will touch your heart

Review: Like most of you out there I totally adored the book Rules which is also written by Cynthia Lord, so I was excited and happy to receive this particular read for review!  Tess is a more-than-likable girl who loves her life on the island. When Aaron comes to live with her family Tess must step outside her own wants and help Aaron adjust to his new home. After being tossed around from family to family while in foster care he has become resentful and would rather go home to his alcoholic mother. Tess just wants Aaron to be as happy as she is but things aren't working out exactly how she planned. A true coming of age story set against the backdrop of a loving, heartwarming island community. I think I especially liked this book because of its underlying theme...whatever happens, happens for reason.