For those who didn't know, Reading Teen has a "child" called Reading Tween. Amy and Andye's youngest kids write reviews of Middle Grade and Young Reader books for this blog. The Reading Tween crew consists of (Amy's kids) Drew, Anna, Adrian, (Andye's kids) Reagan, Bransen, (their friends) Faith, and Olivia. Sometimes there are reviews from "Nana" or Mom or Austin, or even from other blogger's kids. If you or your child would like to write a review for Reading Tween, email us (ReadingTween @ Readingteen.net) and let us know! Here's a few of the books they've reviewed and loved. Click "review" to see what they had to say.
Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl's castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there's far more to Howl—and herself—than first meets the eye.
Reagan gives this: (review)
Cam Jansen is a girl with a photographic memory. Cam loves to solve mysteries. She and Eric, her friend, are selling rice cakes and chocolate fudge for their school when they stumble across a mystery. Cam thinks that she sees a man in a house that should be empty. They read about a man who robbed a bank, and wonder if this is the same man. Will Cam and Eric catch the thief?
Bransen gives this: (review)
If an entire nation could seek its freedom, why not a girl?
As the Revolutionary War begins, thirteen-year-old Isabel wages her own fight...for freedom. Promised freedom upon the death of their owner, she and her sister, Ruth, in a cruel twist of fate become the property of a malicious New York City couple, the Locktons, who have no sympathy for the American Revolution and even less for Ruth and Isabel. When Isabel meets Curzon, a slave with ties to the Patriots, he encourages her to spy on her owners, who know details of British plans for invasion. She is reluctant at first, but when the unthinkable happens to Ruth, Isabel realizes her loyalty is available to the bidder who can provide her with freedom.
From acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson comes this compelling, impeccably researched novel that shows the lengths we can go to cast off our chains, both physical and spiritual.
Janeth (Nana) gives this: (review)
When a marauder destroys the underground sanctuary that Eva Nine was raised in by the robot Muthr, the twelve-year-year-old girl is forced to flee aboveground. Eva Nine is searching for anyone else like her, for she knows that other humans exist, because of an item she treasures—a scrap of cardboard on which is depicted a young girl, an adult, and a robot, with the strange word, “WondLa.”
Faith gives this book: (review)
For years, Jacob Reckless has been escaping to another world--a world behind the mirror, where witches haunt the forests and fairies and dwarfs roam. A world for treasure hunts and magnificent quests--but also a world locked in a deadly war.
Jacob's secret seems safe, until one day his younger brother Will follows him, to disastrous consequence. Faced with a curse that is quickly turning Will to stone, the Reckless brothers are thrust into a race against time to find a cure before one of them is lost forever.
Inspired by the Brothers Grimm, master storyteller Cornelia Funke introduces a lush, enchanting landscape of fairy tales and legends re-imagined as never before. Reckless is a thrilling adventure and a tale of heroism, filled with danger, mystery, and above all, magic.
Andye gave this: (review)