Tween Recommended Reads

Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library
Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library By Grabenstein, Chris Book - 2013 J GRA Available in some locations

Annotation:"Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello), with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape"

The False Prince
The False Prince By Nielsen, Jennifer A. Book - 2012 J NIE Available in some locations

Annotation:In the country of Carthya, a devious nobleman engages four orphans in a brutal competition to be selected to impersonate the king's long-missing son in an effort to avoid a civil war.

Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms
Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms Magic, Mystery & A Very Strange Adventure By Evans, Lissa Book - 2012 J EVA Available in some locations

Annotation:As if being small and having S. Horten as his name isn't bad enough, now 10-year-old Stuart is forced to move far away from all his friends. But on his very first day in his new home, Stuart's swept up in an extraordinary adventure: the quest to find his great-uncle Tony--a famous magician who literally disappeared off the face of the earth--and Tony's marvelous, long-lost workshop.

The Hypnotists
The Hypnotists By Korman, Gordon Book - 2013 J KOR Available in some locations

Annotation:Twelve-year-old Jackson Opus is descended from two powerful hypnotist bloodlines, but he has just begun to realize that he can control other peoples' actions with sometimes frightening results--especially when the head of the Sentia Institute plans to use Jackson for his own benefit.

In A Glass Grimmly
In A Glass Grimmly By Gidwitz, Adam Book - 2012 J GID Available in some locations

Annotation:Companion to: A tale dark & Grimm. Frog joins cousins Jack and Jill in leaving their own stories to seek a magic mirror, encountering such creatures as giants, mermaids, and goblins along the way. Based in part on fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen.

Jinx By Blackwood, Sage Book - 2013 J BLA Available in some locations

Annotation:A young boy named Jinx encounters magic and danger as he grows up in the deep, dark forest known as the Urwald and discovers that the world beyond--and within--the Urwald is more complex than he could imagine.

Keeper of the Lost Cities
Keeper of the Lost Cities By Messenger, Shannon Book - 2012 YA MES Available in some locations

Annotation:At age twelve, Sophie learns that the remarkable abilities that have always caused her to stand out identify her as an elf, and after being brought to Eternalia to hone her skills, discovers that she has secrets buried in her memory for which some would kill.

Liar & Spy
Liar & Spy By Stead, Rebecca Book - 2012 J STE Available in some locations

Annotation:Seventh-grader Georges adjusts to moving from a house to an apartment, his father's efforts to start a new business, his mother's extra shifts as a nurse, being picked on at school, and Safer, a boy who wants his help spying on another resident of their building.

Odessa Again
Odessa Again By Reinhardt, Dana Book - 2013 J REI Available in some locations

Annotation:When nine-year-old Odessa Green-Light stomps out her frustration at being sent to her room after shoving her annoying little brother, one particularly big stomp sends Odessa flying through the floorboards and mysteriously twenty-four hours back in time.

The One and Only Ivan
The One and Only Ivan By Applegate, Katherine Book - 2012 J APP In-library use only at this time in some locations

Annotation:When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.

P.S. Be Eleven
P.S. Be Eleven By Williams-Garcia, Rita Book - 2013 J WIL Available in some locations

Annotation:"Eleven-year-old Brooklyn girl Delphine feels overwhelmed with worries and responsibilities. She's just started sixth grade and is self-conscious about being the tallest girl in the class, and nervous about her first school dance. She's supposed to be watching her sisters, but Fern and Vonetta are hard to control. Her uncle Darnell is home from Vietnam and seems different. And her pa has a girlfriend. At least Delphine can write to her mother in Oakland, California, for advice. But why does her mother tell her to 'be eleven' when Delphine is now twelve?" -- from publisher's web site.

The Lions of Little Rock
The Lions of Little Rock By Levine, Kristin, 1974- Book - 2012 J LEV Available in some locations

Annotation:In 1958 Little Rock, Arkansas, painfully shy twelve-year-old Marlee sees her city and family divided over school integration, but her friendship with Liz, a new student, helps her find her voice and fight against racism.

The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee
The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee By Angleberger, Tom Book - 2012 J ANG Available in some locations

Annotation:McQuarrie Middle School's students miss Origami Yoda when Dwight leaves for Tippett Academy, but he sends Sara a paper Fortune Wookiee that seems to give advice just as good as Yoda's--even if, in the hands of girls, it seems preoccupied with romance.

Shadow on the Mountain
Shadow on the Mountain By Preus, Margi Book - 2012 J PRE Available in some locations

Annotation:In Nazi-occupied Norway, fourteen-year-old Espen joins the resistance movement, graduating from deliverer of illegal newspapers to courier and spy. Includes historical note, code-breaking activity, and instructions for making invisible ink.

The Spindlers
The Spindlers By Oliver, Lauren, 1982- Book - 2012 J OLI Available in some locations

Annotation:Accompanied by an eccentric, human-sized rat, Liza embarks on a perilous quest through an underground realm to save her brother Patrick, whose soul has been stolen by the evilest of creatures--the spider-like spindlers.

Splendors and Glooms
Splendors and Glooms By Schlitz, Laura Amy Book - 2012 J SCH Available in some locations

Annotation:When Clara vanishes after the puppeteer Grisini and two orphaned assistants were at her twelfth birthday party, suspicion of kidnapping chases the trio away from London and soon the two orphans are caught in a trap set by Grisini's ancient rival, a witch with a deadly inheritance to shed before it is too late.

Starry River of the Sky
Starry River of the Sky By Lin, Grace Book - 2012 J LIN Available in some locations

Annotation:An innkeeper's chore boy discovers that a visitor's stories hold the key to returning the moon to the Starry River of the Sky.

A Tangle of Knots
A Tangle of Knots By Graff, Lisa, 1981- Book - 2013 J GRA Available in some locations

Annotation:"Destiny leads 11-year-old Cady to a peanut butter factory, a family of children searching for their own Talents, and a Talent Thief who will alter her life forever"--Provided by publisher. Includes cake recipes.

Three Times Lucky
Three Times Lucky By Turnage, Sheila Book - 2012 J TUR Available in some locations

Annotation:Washed ashore as a baby in tiny Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, Mo LoBeau, now eleven, and her best friend Dale turn detective when the amnesiac Colonel, owner of a café and co-parent of Mo with his cook, Miss Lana, seems implicated in a murder.

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp
The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp By Appelt, Kathi, 1954- Book - 2013 J APP Available in some locations

Annotation:Twelve-year-old Chap Brayburn, ancient Sugar Man, and his raccoon-brother Swamp Scouts Bingo and J'miah try to save Bayou Tourterelle from feral pigs Clydine and Buzzie, greedy Sunny Boy Beaucoup, and world-class alligator wrestler and would-be land developer Jaeger Stitch.

Wonder By Palacio, R. J. Book - 2012 J PAL Available in some locations

Annotation:Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.

Drama By Telgemeier, Raina Paperback - 2012 J741.5973 TEL All copies in use Availability details Holds: 1 on 5 copies

Annotation:Callie rides an emotional roller coaster while serving on the stage crew for a middle school production of Moon over Mississippi as various relationships start and end, and others never quite get going.

Doll Bones
Doll Bones By Black, Holly Book - 2013 J BLA Available in some locations

Annotation:Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl.

Chomp By Hiaasen, Carl Book - 2012 YA HIA Available in some locations

Annotation:When the difficult star of the reality television show "Expedition Survival" disappears while filming an episode in the Florida Everglades using animals from the wildlife refuge run by Wahoo Crane's family, Wahoo and classmate Tuna Gordon set out to find him while avoiding Tuna's gun-happy father.

Almost Home
Almost Home By Bauer, Joan, 1951- Book - 2012 J BAU Available in some locations

Annotation:Sixth-grader Sugar and her mother lose their beloved house and experience the harsh world of homelessness.

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List of Recommended Reads for Tweens from ALA's 2013 list.