What's in and out with Tweens? Fall 2016

Every time Ms. A. and I see one of our regulars, we love to ask: What's popular with tweens? 

Our tweens are a very generous bunch, and they love the opportunity to share what they think is in and out with their age group. According to them here is what is hot right now : 


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Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, and Rachel platten (pop music)

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Star Wars 

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Pokemon (but its not as popular) 

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I mentioned this in previous posts, but tweens are not watching TV as much as generations before. Instead, they have turned to YouTube for entertainment. Some of the most popular are : 

Aglife - offers tweens tips such as how to get your best school picture

How to prank this is from the tv station Nickelodeon

Rclbeaauty101- funny video, craft ideas, and make up tutorials

TheFallen Jedi - youtuber who makes videos about Star Wars.

Just2good-A Lego Youtube Channel.

As far as what is "out," the tweens I talked to all agreed that the movie Frozen has gone cold. If you like Frozen or sing the songs, you are made fun of. According to our tweens, this is so out. 

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This is just from our tweens. All tweens are different and are at a range of maturity levels and interests. What are some things that your tweens are interested in? 

WWII Books for Tween & Teens

We all of those favorite reader's advisory questions. I'm a history buff, and one of my favorite reader's advisory questions is when someone is seeking a historical fiction recommendation. 

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Lately, I have been flooded with questions with book requests on quality fiction books set WWII.  
I secretly love it. 

 With these questions, I have been trying to making a running list of some of the best ones. 

Here are some of my favorites : 

Salt to the Sea
Published : February 2016
Age : Grades 9 and up 

Girl in the Blue Coat
Published: April 2016
Age: Grades 9 and up 

The Last Cherry Blossom
Published : August 2016 
Ages: Grade 9 and up 

The Book Thief
Published : March 2006 
Ages : Grades 9 and up 
Awards: ALA’s Michael A. Printz Honor Award, 2007

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Published : May 2013
Ages : Grades 9 and up 
Award : Winner of ALA’s Michael A. Printz Award, 2013

The Berlin Boxing Club
Published: April 2011
Age: Grades 9 and up 
Award : Winner of YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2012

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Published : April 2015
Age: Grades 9 and up
Award : Winner of  ALA’s Notable Children’s Book award, 2016

Published : March 2014
Age: Grades 6 and up
Award: Winner of Kirkus Review’s Best Teen Book, 2014

Prisoner B-3087
Published : March 2013
Ages: Grades 6 and up 
Award: Winner of YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2014

Published : October 2014
Age : Grades 4 and up
Award: Winner of Outstanding International Books, 2015

Number the Stars
Published : 1989 
Ages: Grades 4 and up 
Awards: 1990 Newbery Award

Published : January 2015
Ages: Grade 4 and up
Awards : 2016 Newbery Honor book
2016 Schneider Family Book Award Winner

Published : February 2015
Age : Grades 4 and up 
Award: 2016 Newbery Honor

Hidden: A Child's Story of the Holocaust
Published: April 2014
Ages: Grade 4 and up 
Historical Graphic Novel 
AwardsWinner of ALA’s Notable Children’s Books, 2015
Winner of ALA’s Mildred L. Batchelder Award,  2015

Paper Wishes
Published : January 2016 
Grades: 4 and up 

Classic Biographies 

I am sure I will be adding to this list periodically.
Did I miss any? What is your favorite reader's advisory question?