Tweens Read 2021

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Tweens Read 2021 will be a VIRTUAL EVENT!

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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 18th

10am CDT - That's the Truth with Maisie Chan, Sharon Draper, and Elizabeth Eulberg!

1pm CDT - Joyful Dreams with Kwame Mbalia and Kelly Yang!

Tuesday, October 19th

10am CDT - Who's Looking for Adventure? with Rena Barron, Elizabeth C Bunce, and Sheela Chari!

1pm CDT - Getting Graphic with Hope Larson, Misako Rocks!, and Emma Steinkellner!

Wednesday, October 20th

10am CDT - Amazing Stories with B.B. Alston, Christian McKay Heidicker, and Karla Arenas Valenti!

1pm CDT - No Easy Answers with Josephine Cameron, Veera Hiranandani, and Gordon Korman!

Thursday, October 21st

10am CDT - Not Just Pictures with Terri Libenson and Nadia Shammas!

1pm CDT -  Story Capers with Julie Berry, Nizrana Farook, and Lisa McMann!

Friday, October 22nd

10am CDT - Between Worlds with Samira Ahmed, Alex London, and Maleeha Siddiqui!

1pm CDT -  Time for Change with Ellen Hagan, G. Neri, and Jewell Parker Rhodes!

Saturday, October 23rd

11am CDT - Keynote with Soman Chainani!

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.

Danny Chung Sums It Up By Maisie Chan, Natelle Quek (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Maisie Chan, Natelle Quek (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781419748219
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Published: Amulet Books - September 7th, 2021

Maisie Chan’s Danny Chung Sums it Up is a touching and funny middle-grade story about a boy whose life is unraveled when his Chinese grandmother moves in—illustrated by Natelle Quek.
Eleven-year-old Danny’s life is turned upside down when his Chinese grandmother comes to live with his family in England.

Out of My Heart (The Out of My Mind Series) By Sharon M. Draper Cover Image
ISBN: 9781665902168
Availability: Usually Ships in 4-7 Days
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - November 9th, 2021

A New York Times bestseller!

Melody faces her fears to follow her passion in this stunning sequel to the acclaimed, New York Times bestselling middle grade novel Out of My Mind.

Melody, the huge-hearted heroine of Out of My Mind, is a year older, and a year braver.

The Best Worst Summer By Elizabeth Eulberg Cover Image
ISBN: 9781547601509
Availability: Special Order
Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - May 4th, 2021

From the acclaimed author of The Great Shelby Holmes comes a new middle grade story about two summers-three decades apart-and the box of secrets linking them together.

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Black Boy Joy: 17 Stories Celebrating Black Boyhood By Kwame Mbalia (Editor) Cover Image
By Kwame Mbalia (Editor)
ISBN: 9780593379936
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Published: Delacorte Press - August 3rd, 2021


Celebrate the joys of Black boyhood with stories from seventeen bestselling, critically acclaimed Black authors—including Jason Reynolds, Jerry Craft, and Kwame Mbalia.

Room to Dream (Front Desk #3) By Kelly Yang Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338621129
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 21st, 2021

New York Times bestselling author Kelly Yang is back with another heartwarming and inspiring story of Mia and friends!

Mia Tang is going for her dreams!

After years of hard work, Mia Tang finally gets to go on vacation with her family -- to China! A total dream come true! Mia can't wait to see all her cousins and grandparents again, especially her cousin Shen.

Maya and the Return of the Godlings (Maya and the Rising Dark #2) By Rena Barron Cover Image
ISBN: 9780358106326
Availability: Backordered
Published: Clarion Books - September 21st, 2021

In this highly anticipated sequel, Maya and the godlings must return to the sinister world of The Dark to retrieve the one thing keeping the veil between the worlds from crumbling: her father’s soul. Perfect for fans of Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky and Willa of the Wood. 

Cold-Blooded Myrtle (Myrtle Hardcastle Mystery 3) By Elizabeth C. Bunce Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616209209
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - October 5th, 2021

An Edgar® Award Winning Series

Myrtle Hardcastle—twelve-year-old Young Lady of Quality and Victorian amateur detective—is back on the case, solving a string of bizarre murders in her hometown of Swinburne and picking up right where she left off in Premeditated Myrtle and How to Get Away with Myrtle.

The Interplanetary Expedition of Mars Patel By Sheela Chari Cover Image
ISBN: 9781536209570
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Published: Walker Books US - October 12th, 2021

Mars is on Mars! But as techie colonists and scrappy rebels clash, can Mars and his friends survive long enough to discover the planet’s dark secrets? Based on Season 2 of the Peabody Award–winning podcast.

All Together Now (Eagle Rock Series #2) By Hope Larson, Hope Larson (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Hope Larson, Hope Larson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780374313654
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - August 4th, 2020

All Together Now is New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Hope Larson's pitch-perfect graphic novel follow-up for fans of All Summer Long, music lovers, and anyone navigating the ups and downs of friendship.

Bounce Back By Misako Rocks! Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250806291
Availability: Backordered
Published: Feiwel & Friends - November 16th, 2021

Lilico, with the help of her cat, must learn to adjust to a new country, a new school, and new pressures in Bounce Back, a middle grade graphic novel from author/illustrator Misako Rocks! about finding your team and finding yourself.

Lilico’s life in Japan is going well. She has great friends and is the captain of the school's basketball team. She’s happy!

The Okay Witch and the Hungry Shadow By Emma Steinkellner, Emma Steinkellner (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534431485
Availability: Usually Ships in 4-7 Days
Published: Aladdin - July 6th, 2021

“A satisfying, brilliant sequel, solidifying Steinkellner’s reputation as a graphic novelist to watch.” —School Library Journal (starred review)

In this hilarious and heartwarming sequel to the bestselling and critically acclaimed graphic novel, The Okay Witch, half-witch Moth Hush uses magic to boost her confidence with disastrous results

Amari and the Night Brothers (Supernatural Investigations #1) By B. B. Alston Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062975164
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 19th, 2021

New York Times bestseller!

Artemis Fowl meets Men in Black in this exhilarating debut middle grade fantasy, the first in a series filled with #blackgirlmagic. Perfect for fans of Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, the Percy Jackson series, and Nevermoor.

Scary Stories for Young Foxes: The City By Christian McKay Heidicker, Junyi Wu (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250181442
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - August 31st, 2021

From Christian McKay Heidicker, author of the Thieves of Weirdwood trilogy, comes the heart-stopping companion to the 2020 Newbery Honor recipient Scary Stories for Young Foxes, chronicling the adventures of three fox kits desperate to survive the terrors of a frightening new world.

Lotería By Karla Arenas Valenti, Dana Sanmar (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Karla Arenas Valenti, Dana Sanmar (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780593176962
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 7th, 2021

The turn of a card could change your destiny in this captivating middle grade adventure based on the Lotería card game and perfect for fans of Coco. While searching for her missing cousin, a young girl is transported to a mythical kingdom, becoming entangled in a perilous game of chance.

Not All Heroes By Josephine Cameron Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374314439
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - May 18th, 2021

Even though her family moved across the country for a “fresh start” after her little brother’s death, eleven-year-old Zinnia Helinski still feels like she’s stuck waiting for her new life to begin. Then she spots her new neighbor, Kris, climbing down the fire escape of their apartment building. He’s wearing a black eye mask! And Spandex leggings. . . . And a blue body suit?

How to Find What You're Not Looking For By Veera Hiranandani Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525555032
Availability: Special Order
Published: Kokila - September 14th, 2021

New historical fiction from a Newbery Honor–winning author about how middle schooler Ariel Goldberg's life changes when her big sister elopes following the 1967 Loving v. Virginia decision, and she's forced to grapple with both her family's prejudice and the antisemitism she experiences, as she defines her own beliefs.

Linked By Gordon Korman Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338629118
Availability: Usually Ships in 4-7 Days
Published: Scholastic Inc. - July 20th, 2021

An unforgettable novel from the New York Times bestselling Gordon Korman.

Link, Michael, and Dana live in a quiet town. But it's woken up very quickly when someone sneaks into school and vandalizes it with a swastika.

Nobody can believe it. How could such a symbol of hate end up in the middle of their school?

Truly Tyler (Emmie & Friends) By Terri Libenson, Terri Libenson (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Terri Libenson, Terri Libenson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062894564
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 4th, 2021

A story about being your truest self—and trusting your truest friends—from bestselling author Terri Libenson. Perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier and Shannon Hale.

Cliques. Crushes. Comics. Middle school!

Crime and Carpetbags (Wishes and Wellingtons) By Julie Berry, Chloe Bristol (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Julie Berry, Chloe Bristol (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781728231495
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Published: Sourcebooks Young Readers - October 19th, 2021

From award-winning author Julie Berry comes the second installment in the fantastically adventurous Wishes and Wellingtons series, in which our heroine, Maeve Merritt, embarks on a magic-powered and most dangerous quest to help her friends.

The Girl Who Stole an Elephant By Nizrana Farook Cover Image
ISBN: 9781682632857
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Published: Peachtree - March 2nd, 2021

Inspired by the lush terrain of Sri Lanka, this fun tale of friendship, risk, and reward is just right for middle grade fans of fantasy and page-turning adventure.

Chaya, a nobleman's rebellious, outspoken, no-nonsense daughter, just can't resist the shiny temptations the king's palace has to offer.

Clarice the Brave By Lisa McMann Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593323373
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - October 12th, 2021

The New York Times bestselling author of The Unwanteds brings us an epic animal adventure story perfect for fans of Pax and A Wolf Called Wander.

Amira & Hamza: The War to Save the Worlds By Samira Ahmed Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316540469
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 21st, 2021

Kirkus Best Middle Grade Book of 2021!

From New York Times and indie bestselling author Samira Ahmed comes a thrilling and magical adventure intertwining Islamic legend and history, perfect for fans of Aru Shah and the Land of Stories.

On the day of a rare super blue blood moon eclipse, twelve-year-old Amira and he

Barakah Beats By Maleeha Siddiqui Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338702064
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 19th, 2021

"This book about friendship and faith absolutely sings." -- Buzzfeed

Perfect for fans of The First Rule of Punk or Save Me a Seat, this is a sweet, powerful, and joyous novel about a girl who finds her voice on her own terms.

Twelve-year-old Nimra Sharif has spent her whole life in Islamic school, but now it's time to go to "real school."


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City of Thieves (Battle Dragons #1) By Alex London Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338716542
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 21st, 2021

In a modern mega-city built around dragons, one boy gets caught up in the world of underground dragon battles and a high-stakes gang war that could tear his family apart.

Once, dragons nearly drove themselves to extinction. But in the city of Drakopolis, humans domesticated them centuries ago.

Reckless, Glorious, Girl By Ellen Hagan Cover Image
ISBN: 9781547604609
Availability: Special Order
Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - February 23rd, 2021

The co-author of Watch Us Rise pens a novel in verse about all the good and bad that comes with middle school, growing up girl, and the strength of family that gets you through it.

Polo Cowboy By G. Neri, Jesse Joshua Watson (Illustrator) Cover Image
By G. Neri, Jesse Joshua Watson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781536207118
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Published: Candlewick - October 12th, 2021

How does a Black kid from North Philly wind up playing polo? The much-anticipated sequel to Ghetto Cowboy, now a major motion picture starring Idris Elba and Stranger Things’s Caleb McLaughlin.

Paradise on Fire By Jewell Parker Rhodes Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316493833
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 14th, 2021

From award-winning and bestselling author Jewell Parker Rhodes comes a powerful coming-of-age survival tale exploring issues of race, class, and climate change.​
Addy is haunted by the tragic fire that killed her parents, leaving her to be raised by her grandmother. Years later, Addy’s grandmother has enrolled her in a summer wilderness program.

Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales By Soman Chainani, Julia Iredale (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Soman Chainani, Julia Iredale (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062652638
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Published: HarperCollins - September 21st, 2021

You think you know these stories, don’t you?

You are wrong.

You don’t know them at all.