Tween Tuesdays (23)

Tuesday April 19, 2011

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!

As a middle school librarian I must hear fifty times a day..."Are there any Diary of a Wimpy Kids books in?" More often than not I tell them no and instruct them to put the book on hold. In the meantime I recommend a few books they might like as well or even are just a few!

Big Nate: In a Class by Himself
Big Nate Strikes Again
by Lincoln Peirce
Available Now

Transitioning from popular comic strip to chapter book, the author uses the popular style of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, to debut its star, Big Nate. In the first book, Sixth grader Big Nate knows that he is destined for greatness especially after his fortune cookie declares "Today you will surpass all others,"….what he doesn’t know is that his best friend Teddy slipped him the fortune. Unfortunately, Nate seems to find himself in less than fabulous situations like being in detention. This is a funny book and kids will relate to the annoying older sister and prankster friend stories as well as the issues Nate has at school. Funny stories and hilarious comic illustrations will make this one a sure hit with The Wimpy Kid crowd. 

Here is an example of one of the comic strips:

The Loser List
by H.N. Kowitt
April 1, 2011
Scholastic Press
When Danny gets caught trying to cross his name off the "Geek" list in the girls' bathroom, he's sent to detention. Bullies torment him mercilessly -- until they discover that Danny can draw. He enjoys his new "bad boy" status, supplying tattoos and graffiti, until he's unknowingly drawn into a theft. Turns out the bullies took a comic book from Danny's favorite store. Can he steal it back before they get caught -- and break off with the bullies before he gets in too deep? 
With its Wimpy Kid design and set-up its sure to draw in that crowd and likeable Danny will keep them reading!