Category: Tweens



What do you get when you mix Kurosawa’s samurai films & anthropomorphic animals?

December 5, 2017 |
You get Stan Sakai’s legendary anthropomorphic rabbit character, Usagi Yojimbo (兎用心棒 Usagi Yōjinbō, literally Japanese for “rabbit bodyguard”). Based upon the real life legendary 17th century samurai, Miyamoto Musashi, this deliciously rambling and expansive period fantasy Keep Reading »

A Dog in the Cave: the Wolves Who Made Us Human by Kay Frydenborg

VOYA Reviews 2017 February This book explores the history and origins of the human relationship to and with man’s best friend. It also looks at how that relationship shaped and was shaped by the evolution Keep Reading »

The Rangers, with their dark cloaks and shadowy ways….

June 22, 2017 |
The Ranger’s Apprentice Series by John Flanagan They have always scared him in the past—the Rangers, with their dark cloaks and shadowy ways. The villagers believe the Rangers practice magic that makes them invisible to Keep Reading »

Shackles From the Deep: Tracing the Path of a Sunken Slave Ship, a Bitter Past, and a Rich Legacy by Michael H. Cottman

Kirkus Reviews 2016 November #2 A Pulitzer Prize-winning African-American journalist recounts how his passion for scuba diving led to an emotional connection to a shipwrecked slave vessel.The story of the discovery of the wreckage of Keep Reading »

Heroes & Villains

Do you enjoy adventure books, fantasy, historical fiction, or comics?  Not sure?  Discover your favorite genre or author in the latest installment from Jon Scieszka’s Guys Read Library.  Heroes & Villains features ten stories from acclaimed writers including Keep Reading »

A little boy changes everything

A country couple, John and Marta, wake up one morning and find a sleeping boy on their front porch . They tiptoe around him, fearful waking him will frighten him, and they watch him slumber. Keep Reading »

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

April 17, 2017 |
With only a library book as his guide, fourteen-year-old William changed his life forever. William Kamkwamba used junk parts and an amazing imagination to build the windmill he read about for his Malawian village, harnessing Keep Reading »

Sachiko: a Nagasaki Bomb Survivors Story

SLJ Reviews 2016 September Gr 5–8—Sachiko Yasui was just six years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on her hometown of Nagasaki. On August 9, 1945, she went from playing house with her friends Keep Reading »

Third-born kids must hide

March 21, 2017 |
The Population Police – an intriguing concept for middle-grade readers. In her book “Among the Hidden,” Margaret Peterson Haddix explores the idea of a world where the government, fearful of a food shortage, dictates that Keep Reading »

Artemis Fowl

March 16, 2017 |
Fairies exist. They dwell underground, away from the mess of the world that humans have created. It’s true. 12 year old super genius Artemis Fowl has found proof and he if he could capture one, he Keep Reading »