Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Do you remember your favorite tween book series? Check out Rock Harbor Search and Rescue by Colleen Coble PLUS A GIVEAWAY!

Summer is coming . . . well, here in San Antonio, it really is here already. It's been in the 90's now for awhile. 

As a child, I used look forward to and relish the lazy hazy days of summer. I loved playing in the sprinkler, going to the pool, and voraciously reading as many books as I could get my hands on among other things like VBS. I always thought about how fun it would be to be on the other side of that coin watching my children do all these things and more. As I sit here thinking about what we should do this summer (and trying not to get overwhelmed), I realize how amazing our own moms were to plan and organize fun things so we wouldn't be bored all summer. A special thanks to my mom for all she did to ensure I had fun and learned as much as I could cram into my brain each summer!

As I think back on my summer days, I remember several fun book series I read in my tween years that will forever be near and dear to my heart. 

The Chronicles of Narnia
The Mandie Books
Elizabeth Gail Series
Love Comes Softly Series
Nancy Drew
Trixie Beldon
Babysitters Club
Grandma Attic
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Maud Hart Lovelace Betsy Books
Francis Hodgson Burnett
L. Frank Baum

Ok, ok, I'll stop! Anyone else remember these! 

I am super excited to get my kids reading this summer! We made our first library visit of the "summer" today! Super fun and I am pleased to report that Grace is no longer scared of the stuffed monkey at the library!!

I have a fun new series to share with you for your tween girls! I love Colleen Coble's adult books, so I was super excited to discover she has a tween series!! 

Based on Colleen Coble’s bestselling Rock Harbor series for adults, kids will enjoy the mixture of pets, adventure, suspense, and a mystery!
*Ages 8-11
*Girls will be drawn in by the mystery and suspense, along with the social issues presented
*First book in a new middle grade fiction series

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  1. Didn't really read much during those years so I don't have a favorite.

  2. I read every Nancy Drew book I could find

  3. Ooh! Mandie's one of my favorites!

  4. I was a HUGE babysitter's club reader...I am fairly certain I had them all growing up. Your tween list brought back some fond memories for me (especially of summers past!). I now find myself having to find books for my niece, a pre-teen, and after all the babysitters club books had been handed over I screen all the new ones out there (many that I enjoy reading myself). I will definitely look into Colleen Coble :) The book that I have to recommend is “The Beat on Ruby’s Street” by author Jenna Zark ( Ruby is a character that is 12 going on 30 and her stubbornness and humor seems to aid in quite a few bad decisions! Ruby lives in Greenwich Village and dreams of meeting the famous poets of her time (e.g. Jack Kerouac) while writing her own poetry. Instead, she is accused of trying to steal fruit from a local vendor and ends up in a children’s home. The book goes into detail about the “Beat Generation” a fascinating culture that rebels against mainstream society. Ruby’s parents have taught her creative freedom and to fend for herself but her lack of real schooling and structure ultimately lead to her poor choices. Once in the children’s home Ruby has to follow her heart to get back to her parents and to the life she once knew. A book that I enjoyed and my niece enjoyed! I hope you and your teens/pre-teens will give it a read!




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