My 14 yr old sister Diamond, felt this blog would be dorky if I didn't include one of her favorites. Last year I was reading a review in a local newspaper about this book and it was highly recommended so I bought a copy for her. Although I couldn't get into it myself, my sister couldn't put it down. The tweens & teens in your life are sure to enjoy this one if not just for the pictures inside it alone. "Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children" by Ransom Riggs is great for the unconventional reader.

1979 version

2012 edition
"The Westing Game" by Ellen Raskin is one of those little gems you just have to read for yourself. It's a cool story about a group of tenants in an apartment complex racing to become millionaires if they can solve a series of puzzles and mysteries. This book gets the reader to play along too and is sure to leave a lasting impression on any Tween.

1990 version

2010 edition
The general rule of thought for almost every tween is that "life is not fair". Between the ages of 11 to 14, every incident is looked upon as being the absolute worst and any comments made are viewed as being apart of some personal vendetta against a poor, pitiable tween. We've all been there. I personally, believed at the ripe, old age of 11 that everyone was out to get me and indeed, nothing was fair. No one understood me or anything I went through, especially in school. That's where this prize of a book enters the picture. I bought this book at a school book fair and it literally changed my life. Not only did it cement my view of the world as sometimes being unfair, but it made me laugh, cry and cheer. It also taught me some lessons that have carried me through my tweens, teens & now adult years. No summary or synopsis is needed! Just take my word for it. You'll kick yourself if you never get this book for all the tweens you know. They may view circumstances in their lives as unfair, but by reading "Nothing's Fair In Fifth Grade" by Barthe DeClements, they'll come to realize that there are others much worse off than themselves and just maybe not everything in life is all that bad.

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