Posts tagged "book"

Family book club: Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea

Family book club: Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
Becuase of Mr. Terupt is the first novel by Rob Buyea, and it is a good one. Mr. Terupt is a fifth grade teacher, and the book details the academic year through the eyes of seven very different students in his class. With my daughter being in fifth grade, this book was right up her... Read more »

Cheap and fun tween gift ideas for under $15

Overlook the spelling of the game, because tweens love it.  Suggested by a Tween Us reader, it is a big hit with all genders and a pretty wide age span. Find it on at Target for $14.09 (Amazon has it for $18.)
Tweens are notoriously hard to buy gifts for, and the items on their wish lists can be pricey.  Gone are the days of the cheap Candy Land game and playing with the cardboard box.  Sniff, sniff. But that doesn’t mean it is time to turn into Scrooge. You can still bring smiles and laughter by... Read more »

Louis Armstrong biography makes jazzy holiday gift for kids

Louis Armstrong biography makes jazzy holiday gift for kids
Play, Louis, Play!: The True Story of a Boy and His Horn by Muriel Harris Weinstein details Louis Armstrong’s childhood in a book that is great for younger tweens, approximately grades 3-5. The book details Louis  Armstrong’s childhood and the hardships he encountered growing up very poor in New Orleans, his love of his family... Read more »
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Lola Zola and the Lemonade Crush is a great tween Spring Break book

Lola Zola and the Lemonade Crush is a great tween Spring Break book
Lola Zola and the Lemonade Crush is a  novel by Marcy Winograd and Jackie Hirtz aimed at middle grade students.  My tween very much enjoyed the novel that features sixth grade heroine Lola Zola who sets up a lemonade stand to make money when both her parents are laid off from their jobs. Although the... Read more »

No "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel" for my kid

No "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel" for my kid
It’s here! Finally! Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel, the 7th book in the series, was released today! Every one in our household is a big fan of Jeff Kinney’s books about tween Greg Heffley, his brother Rodrick and Manny, and the adventures he has with his family and friends. My tween just... Read more »

I will never be the "cool mom" Book Review: Bonding over Beauty

I will never be the "cool mom"  Book Review: Bonding over Beauty
Bonding over Beauty by Erika Katz is targeted to moms of tween girls and the book aspires to be a “comprehensive guide on hair, skin, makeup, hair removal, puberty and more.” The book offers information and advice about everything from hair care of the hair you want (on your head), with to the removal of... Read more »
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Author Judy Blume shares cancer diagnosis with wit and honesty

Author Judy Blume shares cancer diagnosis with wit and honesty
Much of our family reading time this summer was spent with Judy Blume books.  It was a treat to revisit the adventures of the Hatchers in “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing,” “Fudge” and “Superfudge.”  It was also a treat to revisit Blume’s work, to remember parts of the books I had forgotten, and to... Read more »