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Tween Book Talks

Elizabeth L with a copy of "Cast Away"

April 16, 2020

Everyone needs something new to read from time to time, even tweens! 

Occasionally, we'll post tween book talks right here on www.mcpl.us. The talks will cover a wide range of novels aimed at late elementary and middle school-age kids. The talks can be experienced in two different ways. Tweens can either watch the YouTube video discussion associated with each book below, or can download an MP3 file of the talk to their computer, tablet or smartphone and listen to it podcast-style!


Cast Away: Poems for Our Time by Naomi Shihab Nye
Available from the library as a book (see link below)


The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis
Available from the library as a book (see link below), or via Wisconsin's Digital Library as an e-book


House of Dreams by Liz Rosenberg
Available from the library as a book (see link below), or via Wisconsin's Digital Library as an e-book


When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Available from the library as a book or audiobook (see link below), or via Wisconsin's Digital Library as an e-book or audiobook


The Line Tender by Kate Allen
Available from the library as a book or audiobook (see link below), or via Wisconsin's Digital Library as an e-book or audiobook


The Boggart by Susan Cooper
Available from the library as a book or audiobook (see link below), or via Wisconsin's Digital Library as an e-book


The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente
Available from the library as a book or audiobook (see link below)


A Place to Belong by Cynthia Kadohata
Available from the library as a book or audiobook (see link below), or via Wisconsin's Digital Library as an e-book or audiobook



Book Cover: A PLACE TO BELONG

"A PLACE TO BELONG" by CYNTHIA KADOHATA

12 year-old Hanako and her family, reeling from their confinement in an internment camp, renounce their American citizenship to move to Hiroshima, a city devastated by the atomic bomb dropped by Americans.

Book Cover: THE GLASS TOWN GAME

"THE GLASS TOWN GAME" by CATHERYNNE M. VALENTE

Whisked away to a magical historical land of their own invention as they are about to depart for boarding school, sisters Charlotte and Emily Brontë find themselves fighting Napoleon to obtain a potion that raises the dead, a situation that is complicated by the abduction of their siblings, Anne and Branwell.

Book Cover: THE BOGGART

"THE BOGGART" by SUSAN COOPER

After visiting the castle in Scotland which her family has inherited and returning home to Canada, twelve-year-old Emily finds that she has accidentally brought back with her a boggart, an invisible and mischievous spirit with a fondness for practical jokes

Book Cover: THE LINE TENDER

"THE LINE TENDER" by KATE ALLEN

Following a tragedy that further alters the course of her life, twelve-year-old Lucy Everhart decides to continue the shark research her marine biologist mother left unfinished when she died years earlier. 

Book Cover: WHEN YOU REACH ME

"WHEN YOU REACH ME" by REBECCA STEAD

As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1970s television game show, "The $20,000 Pyramid," a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.

Book Cover: HOUSE OF DREAMS

"HOUSE OF DREAMS" by LIZ ROSENBERG

Once upon a time, there was a girl named Maud who adored stories. When she was fourteen years old, Maud wrote in her journal, "I love books. I hope when I grow up to be able to have lots of them." Not only did Maud grow up to own lots of books, she wrote twenty-four of them herself as L. M. Montgomery, the world-renowned author of "Anne of Green Gables."

Book Cover: THE BREADWINNER

"THE BREADWINNER" by DEBORAH ELLIS

oung Parvana lives with her family in one room of a bombed-out apartment building in Kabul, Afghanistan. Because Parvana's father has a foreign education, he is arrested by the Taliban. Women cannot appear in public unless covered head to toe, go to school, or work outside the home, so the family becomes increasingly desperate until Parvana conceives a plan.

Book Cover: CAST AWAY: POEMS FOR OUR TIME

"CAST AWAY: POEMS FOR OUR TIME" by NAOMI SHIHAB NYE

Poet Naomi Shihab Nye shines a spotlight on the things we cast away, from plastic water bottles to refugees


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