The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

The Princess Diaries is not your typical princess story.   You would think that a girl might be somewhat thrilled at the idea of finding out that she is a princess, but this is not the case for Mia.   Her parents kept it from her until it became clear that her father could no longer […]

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

This classic by Louisa May Alcott is simply a must read for every little woman out there.  This Charming story is about four little women starting out in their lives.  The fun part is that the reader gets to observe them grow up, from childhood to womanhood and for some motherhood. Most of the story however revolves […]

The Queen of Cool by Cecil Castellucci

Libby Brin is The Queen of Cool but she is oh so bored with it. Her friends are jerks and she does the same things all the time.   Libby gets descent grades for not trying, imagine the grades she could get if she applied herself.   In a moment of a mental break down Libby sees a signup sheet for a winter internship at […]

Brave (Movie 2012)

Brave: Movie 2012 (PG 93 min)  Ages 9 and up Disney movies are always fun for everyone. Merida is not your typical prim and proper princess instead she prefers to live life with a little more freedom.  This gets her into a bit of a pickle when her mother decides to have the clans send their leader’s sons to compete for […]

Is Dystopian Fiction Tween Appropriate?

Lets face it dystopian fiction can be a bit depressing.  It can be  full of violence and other emotionally disturbing things.  But it can also bring attention to societal problems that can become catastrophic in the future.  One example would be the quest for sameness.  The Giver by Lois Lowry explores the consequences of this quest.  The society created by Lowry has sought sameness and in […]

Cultural Diversity in Fiction

It is said that fiction increase/improves empathy. How can reading books from diverse cultures and lifestyles help increase our cultural competence, as well as tweens? There is an interesting article on the topic of cultural diversity in fiction written by Colleen Mondor, Kids of Color and the New American Whitewashing.  Mondor talks about the covers of book having white model featured […]

Books About Tough Issues

Serving Young Teens and ‘Tweens by Sheila B. Anderson talks about how tweens are going through a lot at this stage in their lives. This is also a time when they begin to pull away from their parents, for this entry we will say they pull away from their parents as a source of information […]

Judy Blume: Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret

Question: Are there boy books and girls books? Do we embrace this as a professional necessity or do we actively try to fight stereotypes. I am sorry to say that this is one stereotype that is sticking around.  There are diffidently certain books that have strict gender lines. Judy Blume’s Are You There God It’s Me, Margaret is a great example I can’t […]