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Archive for November, 2012

This blog’s for you Carly: suggestions for a girl who loves Wendy Mass…

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

I saw my young family friend Carly today, and among other things, we had a nice chat about books–what she likes to read and what she is reading in class this year. And she asked me for some suggestions. She is an avid reader and likes books somewhat above her fifth grade level, like so many girls her age. She told me that she loves Wendy Mass, and prefers realistic fiction (though I was trying really hard to sell her on some fine dystopian or fantasy lit :-) ). I thought I would share my official StorySnoops reply to Carly publicly because she is part of a pretty large demographic of girls who have similar reading parameters. So Carly, for you and anyone else who shares your taste in books, here are our collective StorySnoops thoughts for books you might enjoy. These cover a wide range of subjects and all come highly recommended. A couple of them even push the boundary a little bit into the fantasy genre, just in case you want to branch out. And if anyone has anything else to add to this list, don’t be shy!

And of course, in case you haven’t read them all, here’s our list of books by Wendy Mass :-) You may also want to check out this list of books for Tween Girls Reading Up. So much good stuff to read, and so little time. Enjoy, Carly!

-Eden, StorySnoop

Black Friday Book Bonanza!

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

It’s hard to believe the holidays are upon us!  Is it just us or does it seem like the holiday paraphernalia gets displayed earlier each year?  Do we really need to be able to purchase our holiday gift wrap before Halloween? But now that it’s Thanksgiving, we Snoops are getting in the holiday spirit. And to make your lives easier should you choose to jump into your shopping in a post-turkey-induced coma, we have pulled together our picks that are sure to be a hit with the tween and teen readers on your list, and even a few adults.

Books for Tween Boys

Books for Tween Girls

Books for Teen Guys

Books for Teen Gals

To see our full Holiday Gift Guide, click here for tween boys, tween girls, teen guys, and teen gals. And be sure to check out our list of books for teens adults might enjoy.

Happy reading!

-The Snoops

Giving thanks…

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

As this holiday in particular is one on which we count our blessings, I am going to start by being thankful for my fellow Snoops. Because of what we have collectively created, I am thankful that every day I get to do what I love and I get to share it with people who share my vision and my passion for books and reading.  Thank you for being everything that you are ladies!

In the world of children’s and young adult literature, there is much to be thankful for! I am thankful for the truly exceptional books I have read for this site – for the ones that reminded me of valuable lessons, for the ones that brought me to tears, for the ones that made me laugh out loud, and for some remarkable characters that I will never forget.

I am thankful for the authors who pour their blood, sweat and tears into books that bring meaning to the lives of young people, for the authors who craft entertaining and engrossing stories that just beg to be read, for the publishers who make sure these books get on the shelves and to the readers who love them so much.

I am thankful for the authors who have been so willing to let us interview them and who are so willing to discuss their work. We have been incredibly blessed with amazingly gifted writers who have been fun and funny and enlightening and so darn pleasant to interact with!

I am thankful for the books I have read that I have been able to share with my own son and daughter, who have loved them as much as I did. I am thankful for bookstores (the few that still exist!) and libraries, and even for e-readers – anything that can get a book into my hands! Most of all, I am thankful for the beauty that can exist in the written word.

Happy reading and Happy Thanksgiving!

-Tiffany, StorySnoop

12 Books for Teens Adults May Enjoy — Suggestions Welcome!

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

I recently finished Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn and really loved it. I was completely engrossed from start to finish. I may have loved it a bit too much because I started feeling sorry for myself about the lack of literature written for adults in my must read pile. Being an optimistic person (and since I really have no choice), I realized that there a quite a few books I have read for StorySnoops that I actually would have chosen to read had I not been a writer of children’s book reviews. Here are some of the books we Snoops have read that may be enjoyed by teens and adults alike. Let us know what books for teens you’ve enjoyed. We’d love to add some slam-dunks to our piles!

-Jen, StorySnoop

Super Scoop–Capture the Flag by Kate Messner

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Attention teachers and librarians! Looking for great addition to your elementary school library? Well, I have a fun recommendation for you.

Capture the Flag by Kate Messner is a smartly-written and really fun mystery/action/adventure book. The premise of the book is that four seventh graders, who have never previously met, are snowed in together at an airport in Washington D.C. When news comes that the actual famous flag that inspired the song “The Star-Spangled Banner” has been stolen, the kids have a sneaking suspicion that the culprits are right there in the airport, snowed in with them. So begins a fun, action-packed, mystery that will keep those pages turning to find out just whodunit!

Capture The Flag is wholesome while still being exciting. The characters are both male and female, and this book will appeal equally to either gender. This crowd-pleaser would be a fun read-aloud, addition to a classroom library, or just a great book to check out for 3rd-7th graders, depending on his or her reading level.

Happy Reading!

–Shannon, StorySnoop

P.S. Here are two other great middle grade titles by Kate Messner that we loved.

Six Survival Stories

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Although StorySnoops is based in California, my thoughts are with all of those who are dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Sometimes it takes children a little while to process their feelings after a traumatic event. And some sensitive souls who are not even directly affected can experience anxiety just imagining what could have been. With these kids in mind, here are six books in which characters triumph during natural disasters or other life-threatening situations. You never know, these survival stories may provide some comfort to those who now have survival stories of their own.

Good luck.

-Jen, StorySnoop