The Compulsive Reader: In the News and a Call for Reccomendations

Monday, September 8, 2008

In the News and a Call for Reccomendations

Just a few things in the news today...

Here's the PW announcement of Sarah Dessen's ninth book, Along for the Ride, which is set to come out in June. It seems like such a long time away, doesn't it?

Also, have you guys heard about the new clause Random House is sticking in their contracts with children's authors? It's called a morality clause, and basically what means is that if you do anything damaging to your rep as a children's author, they have the right to withdraw your advance and terminate the contract! Can you believe that? Sure, no one really likes to hear about children's authors doing something that you wouldn't want their readers to know about, but for heaven's sake! They can't control authors like that! What do you think?

Since we're on the subject of kids books...a middle school teacher from a parochial school (my alma mater, actually) asked for reccomendations for her tween (fifth and sixth grade) girls. One of them was reading a Clique book (It's Not Easy being Mean), and the teacher felt that it wasn't appropriate for this particular school's settings. What I need from you guys: reccomendations of books that would be appropriate for these girls, not to baby-ish, and not too mature, but anything from any genre that they would enjoy. They are smart girls, but some just aren't mature enough for the raw emotion of a lot of young adult books. Also, while I we have nothing against books like the Clique series, they're just not what I'm looking for. On the other hand, I personally wouldn't hesistate to reccomend Mary Hogan's Susanna series to them.

Any reccomendations would be welcome! Thanks a bunch!



Anonymous said...

Keeping children's authors from acting out is complete crap.

I might recommend Meg Cabot's 1-800-WhereAreYou and Mediator series. My neice absolutely loves them and she's twelve. They're actually a pretty good read.

wdebo said...

I do not believe they should control the authors, sure they could do bad things but Barney and Big Bird did too, I seriously do not believe the kids care, they just want their entertainment.

Ooh, I love the 1-800-where-are-you books, very good. The only things I can think about is Chronicals of Narnia, I'll try to think of more.

BobbieC said...

Saw your request for not-so-intense books and thought you might want to take a look at our Beacon Street Girls series -- specifically designed for tweens (9-13) with an understanding of the issues girls are going through (friendship and social issues, being the new kid, cyber-bullying, etc.) but also that they don't want to be reading anything babyish. Even the Beacon Street Girls website is designed to be a safe, age-appropriate place for girls that mimics "friending" (like Facebook). Http://www.beaconstreetgirls.com

Anonymous said...

Just a quick note- apparently, that's only in the UK, not here in the US.

I'm totally excited for Sarah's next book, and you already know my recs. hehe.

Anonymous said...

from madison finn's files are good.
maybe for 5th graders with divorced parents.
if they're in that young romance phase, innocent of course they are always good reads.

if they're smart for 6th graders i suggest sweet 16 by kate brian.
it may seem typical at the beginning but i learned many valuable lessons from this book, it was life altering.
that's all i could think of!
hope it was helpful.

Unknown said...

Hey, I was seaching teen/tween books and saw your blog pop up!! It's great and thanks for reccomending amazing books. First of all, I have to say you should read When It Happens by Susane Colasanti. The author is incredibly descriptive and it's cool because the stoy is told in two different points of view.
Plus I also reccomend Saving Zoe by Alyson Noel and anything else by her...

..For the girls in the class I would agree with bsgbobbie and say the Beacon Street Girls. I have the first 8 books and think they are perfect for who you're describing. They're not extremely babyish and not too mature. And the girls are positive. So thanks for having such a cool blog!! Your books are definitely worth checking out. =]

..Kell Bell..

The Compulsive Reader said...


I have read both of Susane Colasanti's books, and I love them! I'll have to check out ALyson Noel's books though. Thanks so much for the kind words on the blog, and thank you everyone for the suggestions!