Tweens Read 2020

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the uncertainty surrounding school schedules in the fall of 2020, as well as the fact that most authors are not traveling in the fall for the same reason, Tweens Read 2020 will be a VIRTUAL EVENT!

All Tweens Read books will come with a custom bookplate signed by the author. Bookplates will be available while supplies last. To purchase books, scroll through this page and add them to your cart!

To register for a panel:

  1. Click on the name of the panel you want to attend.
  2. Click the link that says please click here to register.
  3. Type in First and Last name as well as school campus and school district. NOTE: If you are not affiliated with a school/school district, you may list your employer or n/a
  4. Click the blue "Register" button. 

The panels will be uploaded to the Tweens Read YouTube page and will remain there for 2 weeks.  PLEASE NOTE:  Individuals are not allowed to record panels for future viewing.

This year's panels are:

Monday, October 19th

11am CDT - #InRealLife with Brandy Colbert, Lamar Giles, Saadia Faruqi and Laura Shovan!

1pm CDT - Myth and Magic with Jen Cervantes, Adrianna Cuevas, and Nnedi Okorafor!

Tuesday, October 20th

10am CDT - Friends and Family with Kereen Getten, Tae Keller, and Gillian McDunn!

12:30pm CDT - A Picture's Worth a Thousand Words with Lily LaMotte, Chad Sell, Varian Johnson and Shannon Wright!

Wednesday, October 21st

10am CDT - Keeping It Real with Debbi Michiko Florence, Daniel Nayeri, and James Ponti!

1:30pm CDT - Get Serious with James Bird, Dusti Bowling, and Alicia Williams!

Thursday, October 22nd

10am CDT - Say Something with K.A. Holt, Tanya Lloyd Kyi, and Janae Marks!

1pm CDT - Back in Time with Nathan Hale, Chris Schweizer, Kate Hannigan and Alex Graudins!

Friday, October 23rd

10am CDT - Speak Out with Lisa Moore Ramée, Leila Sales, and Kelly Yang!

1pm CDT - Fact and Fiction with Alyssa Hollingsworth, Christina Soontornvat, and Nic Stone!

Saturday, October 24th

1pm CDT - Keynote with Jerry Craft with Jerry Craft and Eric Velasquez!

Blue Willow Bookshop expects all participants to maintain an atmosphere of respect and fairness. Any attendees, as well as comments or questions that violate this standard of behavior including any form of harassment, may, at the discretion of the organizers, be immediately removed.

Tweens Read have a list of Frequently Asked Questions on their website that may answer some of your questions about these virtual events.

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A Place at the Table Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780358116684
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Clarion Books - August 11th, 2020

A timely, accessible, and beautifully written story exploring themes of food, friendship, family and what it means to belong, featuring sixth graders Sara, a Pakistani American, and Elizabeth, a white, Jewish girl taking a South Asian cooking class taught by Sara’s mom.

Sixth graders Sara and Elizabeth could not be more different.


Alamo All-Stars (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales #6): A Texas Tale Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9781419719028
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 29th, 2016

All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys' Soccer Team Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781536209457
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Published: Candlewick - October 13th, 2020

A unique account of the amazing Thai cave rescue told in a heart-racing, you-are-there style that blends suspense, science, and cultural insight.


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BenBee and the Teacher Griefer: The Kids Under the Stairs Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452182513
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 22nd, 2020

From the author of Rhyme Schemer, House Arrest, and Knockout!

The Kids Under the Stairs: BenBee and the Teacher Griefer is a funny, clever novel-in-verse series about Ben Bellows—who failed the Language Arts section of the Florida State test—and three classmates who get stuck in a summer school class.


Blades of Freedom (Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales #10): A Tale of Haiti, Napoleon, and the Louisiana Purchase (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales) Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9781419746918
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Published: Amulet Books - November 24th, 2020

Discover the story of the Haitian Revolution and the Louisiana Purchase in this installment of the New York Times bestselling graphic novel series!
 
The Louisiana Purchase (1803) is today seen as one of history’s greatest bargains. But why did Napoleon Bonaparte sell this seemingly prosperous territory?


The Brave Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250247759
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - June 30th, 2020

Perfect for fans of Rain Reign, this middle-grade novel The Brave is about a boy with an OCD issue and his move to a reservation to live with his biological mother.


The Campaign Cover Image
By Leila Sales, Kim Balacuit (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781419739743
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 29th, 2020

The Canyon's Edge Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316494694
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 8th, 2020

Hatchet meets Long Way Down in this heartfelt and gripping novel in verse about a young girl's struggle for survival after a climbing trip with her father goes terribly wrong.


The Cardboard Kingdom Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781524719388
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - June 5th, 2018

Perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier, Awkward, and All's Faire in Middle School, this graphic novel follows a neighborhood of kids who transform ordinary cardboard into fantastical homemade costumes as they explore conflicts with friends, family, and their own identity.


Caterpillar Summer Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781547603145
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - October 6th, 2020

This beautifully written, emotional debut perfect for fans of Lynda Mullaly Hunt or Ali Benjamin tells the story a girl, her special needs brother, and the summer they will never forget.

"An engaging, honest book." --Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, Newbery Honor-winning author of The War That Saved My Life


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City Spies Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534414914
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Published: Aladdin - March 10th, 2020

A New York Times bestseller!
A GMA3 Summer Reading Squad Selection!
“Ingeniously plotted, and a grin-inducing delight.” —People
“Will keep young readers glued to the page…So when do I get the sequel?” —Beth McMullen, author of Mrs.


Class Act Cover Image
By Jerry Craft, Jerry Craft (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062885500
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Published: Quill Tree Books - October 6th, 2020

New York Times bestselling author Jerry Craft returns with a companion book to New Kid, winner of the 2020 Newbery Medal, the Coretta Scott King Author Award, and the Kirkus Prize.


Clean Getaway Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781984892973
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - January 7th, 2020

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Nic Stone comes a timely middle-grade road-trip story through landmarks of the Civil Rights movement and the map they lay for contemporary race relations.

How to Go on an Unplanned Road Trip with Your Grandma:
Grab a Suitcase: Prepacked from the big spring break trip that got CANCELLED.


Dear Justyce Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781984829665
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - September 29th, 2020

The stunning sequel to the #1 New York Times bestseller Dear Martin. Incarcerated teen Quan writes letters to Justyce about his experiences in the American juvenile justice system. Perfect for fans of Jason Reynolds and Angie Thomas.


Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: Donner Dinner Party Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9781419708565
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harry N. Abrams - August 6th, 2013

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Doodleville Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781984894717
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - June 9th, 2020

For fans of Svetlana Chmakova's Awkward and Raina Telgemeier's Smile comes an inventive new story from Cardboard Kingdom creator Chad Sell about a group of young artists who must work together when one of their own creations becomes a monster.


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Everything Sad Is Untrue: (a true story) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781646140008
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Published: Levine Querido - August 25th, 2020

At the front of a middle school classroom in Oklahoma, a boy named Khosrou (whom everyone calls "Daniel") stands, trying to tell a story. His story. But no one believes a word he says. To them he is a dark-skinned, hairy-armed boy with a big butt whose lunch smells funny; who makes things up and talks about poop too much.


The Fire Keeper (A Storm Runner Novel, Book 2) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781368042376
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - September 1st, 2020

Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents J.C. Cervantes' fiery and fast-paced sequel to The Storm Runner.

Zane Obispo has an impossible choice to make: save other godborns like him from the angry gods, or rescue his father Hurakan from his eternal prison.


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Framed! Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781481436311
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Published: Aladdin - May 2nd, 2017

Get to know the only kid on the FBI Director’s speed dial and several international criminals’ most wanted lists all because of his Theory of All Small Things in this hilarious start to a brand-new middle grade mystery series.

So you’re only halfway through your homework and the Director of the FBI keeps texting you for help…What do you do? Save your grade?


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From the Desk of Zoe Washington Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062875853
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - January 14th, 2020

An Amazon Best Book of the Month * #1 Kids Indie Next List * A Junior Library Guild Selection * Four Starred Reviews

From debut author Janae Marks comes a captivating story full of heart, as one courageous girl questions assumptions, searches for the truth, and does what she believes is right—even in the face of great opposition. 


Front Desk (Scholastic Gold) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781338157826
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - June 25th, 2019

Winner of the Asian / Pacific American Award for Children's Literature!

* "Many readers will recognize themselves or their neighbors in these pages." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Mia Tang has a lot of secrets.


Genesis Begins Again Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781481465816
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 18th, 2020

“Reminiscent of Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye.” —The New York Times

“One of the best books I have ever read…will live in the hearts of readers for the rest of their lives.” —Colby Sharp, founder of Nerdy Book Club

“An emotional, painful, yet still hopeful adolescent journey…one that needed


History Comics: The Great Chicago Fire: Rising From the Ashes Cover Image
By Alex Graudins (Illustrator), Kate Hannigan
$12.99
ISBN: 9781250174260
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Published: First Second - June 30th, 2020

In History Comics: The Great Chicago Fire, writer Kate Hannigan and illustrator Alex Graudins tell the true story of how a city rose up from one of the worst catastrophes in American history, and how this disaster forever changed how homes, buildings, and communities are constructed.


History Comics: The Roanoke Colony: America's First Mystery Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781250174352
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Published: First Second - June 30th, 2020

In History Comics: The Roanoke Colony, Chris Schweizer investigates one of America's oldest and most intriguing mysteries.

Over a hundred years before the pilgrims, the very first English settlers arrived on Roanoke Island. But without warning, these colonists abandoned their new home and disappeared without a trace.


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Ikenga Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780593113523
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - August 18th, 2020

Nnedi Okorafor's acclaimed first novel for middle grade readers introduces a boy who can access super powers with the help of the magical Ikenga.


The Invisible Boy Cover Image
By Alyssa Hollingsworth, Deborah Lee (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250155726
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - September 8th, 2020

If no one sees him, does he exist? This superhero-inspired adventure story explores friendship and what it means to be truly brave.


Keep It Together, Keiko Carter Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338607529
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Published: Scholastic Press - May 5th, 2020

Fans of Wendy Mass and Lisa Greenwald are sure to fall head-over-heels for this sweet story about first crushes, friendship drama, and finding the courage to stand up for yourself.


The Last Last-Day-of-Summer (A Legendary Alston Boys Adventure) Cover Image
By Lamar Giles, Dapo Adeola (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780358244417
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Published: Versify - September 8th, 2020

"The Last Last-Day-of-Summer reminds me that all children deserve to exist in magical spaces where their imaginations and familial bonds will them into heroism. Every single child should have the freedom to be one of The Legendary Alstons.


The Last Mirror on the Left (A Legendary Alston Boys Adventure) Cover Image
By Lamar Giles, Dapo Adeola (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780358129417
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Published: Versify - October 20th, 2020

In this new Legendary Alston Boys adventure from Edgar-nominated author Lamar Giles, Otto and Sheed must embark on their most dangerous journey yet, bringing a fugitive to justice in a world that mirrors their own but has its own rules to play by.

Unlike the majority of Logan County's residents, Missus Nedraw of the Rorrim Mirror Emporium remembers the time freeze from


Me and Banksy Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780735266919
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Published: Puffin Canada - January 7th, 2020

A Banksy-style protest against cameras in classrooms brings a group of middle-grade students together. For fans of Rebecca Stead, Susin Nielsen and Gordon Korman.


Measuring Up Cover Image
By Lily LaMotte, Ann Xu (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062973863
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Published: HarperAlley - October 27th, 2020

For fans of American Born Chinese and Roller Girl, Measuring Up is an own voices graphic novel debut from Lily LaMotte and Ann Xu!


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New Kid Cover Image
By Jerry Craft, Jerry Craft (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062691194
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Published: Quill Tree Books - February 5th, 2019

Winner of the Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Author Award, and Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature! 


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The Only Black Girls in Town Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316456388
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

Award-winning YA author Brandy Colbert's debut middle-grade novel about the only two Black girls in town who discover a collection of hidden journals revealing shocking secrets of the past.


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The Parker Inheritance (Scholastic Gold) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780545952781
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - June 25th, 2019

A Coretta Scott King Author Honor and Boston Globe / Horn Book Honor winner!

"Powerful.... Johnson writes about the long shadows of the past with such ambition that any reader with a taste for mystery will appreciate the puzzle Candice and Brandon must solve." -- The New York Times Book Review


The Queen Bee and Me Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781681197517
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - March 3rd, 2020

From the highly acclaimed author of Caterpillar Summer comes a heartfelt story about the sweetness and stings of middle-school friendship.


The Shadow Crosser (A Storm Runner Novel, Book 3) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781368052771
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - September 1st, 2020

Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents J.C. Cervantes' epic finale to the Storm Runner trilogy, a tale of mystery, magic, and mayhem featuring gods from both Maya and Aztec mythology.


Something to Say Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062836717
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Published: Balzer + Bray - July 14th, 2020

From the author of A Good Kind of Trouble, a Walter Dean Myers Honor Book, comes another unforgettable story about finding your voice—and finding your people. Perfect for fans of Sharon Draper, Meg Medina, and Jason Reynolds.


The Storm Runner Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781368023603
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - August 20th, 2019

Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents J.C. Cervantes' take on Maya mythology featuring a boy who has to stop the god of death.


Strong Voices: Fifteen American Speeches Worth Knowing Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9780062572042
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Published: HarperCollins - February 11th, 2020

"A wide-ranging collection of speeches and a worthwhile resource for students of American history." —Booklist

"A golden celebration of the multicultural voices who demand the U.S.—and the world—do better." —Kirkus


Three Keys (A Front Desk Novel) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338591385
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 15th, 2020

The story of Mia and her family and friends at the Calivista Motel continues in this powerful, hilarious, and resonant sequel to the award-winning novel Front Desk.

Mia Tang thinks she's going to have the best year ever.


The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780374313609
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - July 21st, 2020

In this magical middle-grade debut novel from Adrianna Cuevas, The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez, a Cuban American boy must use his secret ability to communicate with animals to save the inhabitants of his town when they are threatened by a tule vieja, a witch that transforms into animals.


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Twins (Twins #1) Cover Image
By Varian Johnson, Shannon Wright (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338236132
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Published: Graphix - October 6th, 2020

Coretta Scott King Honor author Varian Johnson teams up with rising cartoonist Shannon Wright for a delightful middle-grade graphic novel!


When Life Gives You Mangos Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780593173978
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Published: Delacorte Books for Young Readers - October 20th, 2020

"A wonderful story with great heart, mystery, and insight. Kereen Getten is a bright new voice." —Clare Vanderpool, author of Newbery Medal winner Moon Over Manifest and Printz Honor book Navigating Early 


A Wish in the Dark Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536204940
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Published: Candlewick - March 24th, 2020

A boy on the run. A girl determined to find him. A compelling fantasy looks at issues of privilege, protest, and justice.