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Banned Books Week: 9 middle grade books that have been banned

<strong>The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian</strong> by Sherman Alexie
<br><br>Despite winning the National Book Award in 2007 for young people’s literature, in 2011, the Richland (WA) School Board voted to prohibit The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian for all grades, though the initial complaint came in regard to its use for ninth-grade English classes. However, a month later, following public outcry and after board members read the novel, the book was declared to be "outstanding" and the decision to ban it was reversed, according to the <a href="http://www.nypl.org/blog/2013/09/09/banned-book-list" target="_blank">New York Public Library</a>.<br><br>Alexie said of the efforts to ban his book, "“It almost makes me happy to hear books still have that kind of power,” Mr. Alexie said in <a href="http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/apr/12/collins-alexie-make-list-of-challenged-796698753">The Washington Post.</a>
Banned Books Week is September 21 – 27 and celebrates the freedom to read as well as the value of free and open access to information. The event hopes to draw national attention to the harms of censorship. Books popular with tweens are often challenged, often for explicit language or sexual situations. See some of the... Read more »

Top 10 tween books that have stayed with readers for a lifetime

Top 10 tween books that have stayed with readers for a lifetime
There’s a big trend of Facebook asking people to share the top ten books that have stayed with them or influenced them.  I’m loving reading these lists. What fascinates me is how many of the books I keep seeing listed are great books that are often first read during the tween years. Here are the... Read more »

Review of Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek, the tale of a tween who broke the rules of middle school

Review of Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek, the tale of a tween who broke the rules of middle school
Maya Van Wagenen wrote her first book, Popular: Vintage Wisdom For The Modern Geek, by the time she turned 15 years old and it details how she followed Betty Cornell’s Teenage Popularity Guide from the 1950′s as an eighth grader in the 2010′s. Dreamworks has optioned the rights to her book, but the project did not... Read more »
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Book Review: Middle School Makeover helps make the tween years easier for parents and kids

Book Review: Middle School Makeover helps make the tween years easier for parents and kids
The tween years are notoriously tough, and while puberty doesn’t make much of anything easier, they have gotten a bit of a bum wrap. The middle school years could use a PR person, because they aren’t always a bad as everyone seems to think. Michelle Icard may be the closest thing to that needed PR... Read more »

Out of this world, fun summer science activities to fight brain drain

Out of this world, fun summer science activities to fight brain drain
School is out for some kids and the countdown of the final days is on for most other students. Parents are pretty aware of the summer brain drain and their efforts often focus on reading and social sciences like history and geography that tie in to summer trips. Science can be an academic area that... Read more »

New book Her Next Chapter shows how mother-daughter book clubs can empower girls

New book Her Next Chapter shows how mother-daughter book clubs can empower girls
Being a tween girl in today’s plugged in, sexed up, media saturated, fast paced world is far from easy. Being a parent of a tween girl isn’t a walk in the park, either. Psychologist, parenting coach  and author Lori Day wrote the book Her Next Chapter: How Mother-Daughter Book Clubs Can Help Girls Navigate Malicious... Read more »
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Book Review: Discovery Girls Guide to Growing Up

Book Review: Discovery Girls Guide to Growing Up
Puberty isn’t easy, for kids going through or their parents. But fear not! There is help available for both and Discovery Girls Guide to Growing Up: Everything You Need to Know about Your Changing Body is a comprehensive book that takes away the fear, gives solid information and makes girls feel less alone. I really... Read more »

Kate DiCamillo: A look at the best books by the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

<b><a href="http://rcm-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=twus-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=076366040X">Flora &amp; Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures</a></b>

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This is DiCamillo’s most recent book, and she explained that it took the longest to write in part because it has many graphic elements. My tween read it this fall and while she liked it, she said that she prefers <span style="text-decoration: underline;">The Tale of Despereaux</span>. She appreciated that the main character’s parents were divorced and that it seemed a bit more mature than some of DiCamillo’s other books. Ulysses, by the way, is a squirrel, and I don't look at the ones in our back yard the same way after reading this book.
Kate DiCamillo is a favorite author of both my tween and myself. I’m a firm believer that a really good story can be a fabulous adventure enjoyed by all ages, and DiCamillo’s many novels are perfect examples. Today, she was named the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. My tween and I were fortunate enough... Read more »

Fun, cheap and educational gifts for kids: 8 present ideas under $17

<strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Elenco-SCP-06-Circuits-Flying-Saucer/dp/B000FMLVMO/ref=pd_sim_t_7" target="_blank">Snap Circuits Flying Saucer</a></strong>
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This teaches some basic electronics and circuitry without any soldering. Reviewers say it assembles quickly and is a big hit. If you have a more advanced scientist, consider a larger, more involved kit, but for most tweens and teens just getting into this area and who do not appreciate delayed gratification, this is fast and fun. $12.05 on <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Elenco-SCP-06-Circuits-Flying-Saucer/dp/B000FMLVMO/ref=pd_sim_t_7" target="_blank">Amazon.com</a>.
Kids want presents that are fun, parents want gifts that are both fun and educational. Parents also want gifts that won’t cost a fortune. Tween Us has everyone covered this holiday season. Here are 8 awesome educational gifts, all under $17 and favorably reviewed by users. While tweens and teens can handle these items solo,... Read more »
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Meet the tween blogger and parents behind the popular site This Kid Reviews Books

Meet the tween blogger and parents behind the popular site This Kid Reviews Books
An amazing tween, Erik, runs a popular website called This Kid Reviews Books. He started blogging about books he had read when he was 9 and two years later, his blog is going strong and he has covered a ton of books. It’s a great site to get new ideas for tween readers. Erik’s parents... Read more »