Pink, Purple and Powerful: Girls in the Know!
Are you a girl looking for a good book to read? Something between Rainbow Fairies and Twilight? Try one of these books for “tweens”–girls in upper elementary or early middle school. Most of the girls in these books are eleven or twelve, looking for answers, just like you.
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Angle, Kimberly. Hummingbird
In spite of a busy life on the family pumpkin and watermelon farm in Jubilee, Georgia, twelve-year-old March Anne Tanner feels that something is missing, and when Grenna, the grandmother who has helped raise her since her mother died when she was three, also passes on, March Anne finds that she must act on her feelings of loss.
Baskin, Nora. The Truth about My Bat Mitzvah
Caroline’s mom is Jewish, her dad isn’t, and Caroline has never really thought of herself as any religion. But when her nana dies and leaves Caroline a Star of David necklace, Caroline begins to wonder about her heritage. If she starts going to synagogue, won’t that upset her dad? Should she have a Bat Mitzvah like her best friend, Rachel? Does Caroline want to be Jewish? The more she thinks about it, the more questions she has.
Bolden, Tonya. Finding Family
When her Aunt Tilley dies, Delana confronts her pent-up curiosities and embarks on a quest to unravel her aunt’s fictions and draw out her mysterious grandfather. In searching for her true history, Delana finds herself, and a home in the one place she never thought to look..
Day, Karen. No Cream Puffs
Madison is the first girl in Southern Michigan to play on a boys’ team. The press call her a trailblazer, but Madison just wants to play ball. Who knew it would be so much pressure? Her team will win the championship—if she can keep up her pitching streak. Meanwhile, she’s got a crush on a fellow player, her best friend abandons her for the popular girls, the “O” on her uniform forms a bulls-eye in a bad spot, and the boy she punched plans to bean her in the championship game.
Dee, Barbara. Solving Zoe
Zoe Bennett feels invisible at school. That is to everyone but the weird new kid, Lucas, who thinks Zoe’s a code-reading genius. She read a single cipher in his notebook, and now he won’t leave her alone. When cryptic, anonymous notes appear in students’ lockers, Zoe becomes a suspect.
Dee, Barbara. This is Me From Now On
At first Evie doesn’t know what to think about her amazing new neighbor. Francesca’s wild and funny, with a crazy sense of style, but the only rules she follows are the ones she invents herself. Evie’s two best friends don’t trust Francesca, but Evie is desperate for a change. Ultimately, she comes to see friendship–and life–in a whole new light.
Dunbar, Fiona. The Truth Cookie
Magic and cooking combine when Lulu Baker finds herself pitted against her father’s gruesome fiancee.. Her deliverance comes in the form of a mysterious cookbook discovered in a strange bookshop. It contains a recipe for cookies that cause the consumer to speak only the truth. Now it’s a race against time as Lulu must find the rare ingredients for the sweets and discover a way to get her enemies to eat them before that final walk down the aisle.
Eland, Lindsay. Scones and Sensibility
In a small New Jersey beach town, Polly Madassa, who speaks like a character in her two favorite novels, “Pride and Prejudice” and “Anne of Green Gables,” spends the summer making deliveries for her parents’ bakery and playing matchmaker, with disastrous results.
Frederick, Heather. The Mother-Daughter Book Club
Megan, Cassidy, Emma, and Jess have been signed up for Book Club, mostly against their wishes. What begins as a mom-imposed reading Little Women soon helps four unlikely friends navigate the drama of middle school. From stolen journals to secret crushes to a fashion-fiasco first dance, the girls are soon up to their Wellie boots in drama. They can’t help but wonder: What would Jo March do?
Gifford, Peggy. Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Practicing the Piano (but she does love being in recitals)
Moxy is preparing to play “Heart and Soul” with her sister in a piano recital. She’s excited to dress up and go onstage in front of a large, adoring audience, but one small detail stands in her way: she can’t seem to find the time to practice!
Graff, Lisa. Umbrella Summer
After her brother Jared dies, ten-year-old Annie worries about the hidden dangers of everything, from bug bites to bicycle riding, until she is befriended by a new neighbor who is grieving her own loss. Friendship, shared moments, and some careful listening help Annie deal with her umbrella of sadness
Houts, Michelle. The Beef Princess of Practical County
Libby, the daughter of an Indiana cattle farmer, raises two calves in hopes of winning the annual steer competition at the county fair, but fails to follow her father’s warning about developing a bond with animals that are destined to be sold at auction.
Jones, Kimberly. The Genie Scheme
When Janna buys a hat for a bag lady, her kindness is rewarded. The bag lady is actually a genie, and Janna is now her master. When she wishes for all the cool stuff she doesn’t have, Janna learns that genies can’t make something out of nothing, and everything Janna gets comes from somebody else.
Kimmel, Elizabeth. Spin the Bottle
Phoebe Hart has waited a long time Middle School Drama Club. The stage, after all, is the one place she can let her inner star out. But when she learns of the opening night tradition, things suddenly get way more complicated. Is it worth all the drama for a girl who just wants to fit in, and maybe prove her acting chops along the way?
Leavitt, Lindsey. Princess for Hire
Desi Bascomb has been longing for a bit of glamour in her Idaho life. So when a flawlessly dressed woman steps out of an iridescent bubble and wants to know if Desi would like to become a substitute princess, of course she agrees. But being a substitute princess is harder than she thought! But Desi deals, one royal fiasco at a time.
Margolis, Leslie. Boys are Dogs
When her mother gets a new boyfriend, Annabelle gets to cope with a new town, a new school, and a new puppy and, while training her puppy, she decides to apply some of the same techniques to tame the unruly boys that are making her middle-school life miserable.
Maitlin, Marlee. Leading Ladies
Megan’s class is putting on their own musical based on The Wizard of Oz, and Megan wants to play Dorothy. Since she’s deaf, she will sign the songs for her audition. However, a problem develops when Lizzie, her best friend from camp, transfers to Megan’s class – and signs the same two songs that Megan was going to do! Luckily, Megan has some other ideas up her sleeve…
Montalbano, Andrea. Breakaway
LJ knows her place in the world is on the soccer field. But being a big-shot on the field has started going to her head. She’s been alienating everyone around her with her behavior. But when LJ is forced to be a spectator instead of a star, she realizes that sometimes it takes more skill and guts to make others look good instead of yourself. And that by losing a little glory, you can win more than just championships.
Naylor, Phyllis. Agony of Alice
Life, Alice McKinley feels, is just one big embarrassment. Here she is, about to be a teenager and she doesn’t know how. It’s worse for her than for anyone else, she believes, because she has no role model. Help and advice can only come from her father, manager of a music store, and her nineteen-year-old brother, who is a slob. What do they know about being a teen age girl? She needs to find her own role model, and quick!
O’Dell, Kathleen. Agnes Parker: Keeping Cool in Middle School
Agnes Parker tries to maintain her old persona and keep a low profile in middle school, but her best friend Prejean’s problems, persistent harassment from the eighth-grade boys, and a friendship with an interesting boy in her art class make it difficult.
Runholt, Susan. Rescuing Seneca Crane
Kari and her best friend Lucas are at the Edinburgh Arts Festival, where they befriend piano prodigy Seneca, who leads a very restricted life. The three girls have fun hanging out together between concerts. When Seneca is kidnapped, Kari and Lucas attempt to rescue her.
Schaeffer, Laura. The Teashop Girls
Lifelong friends Annie, Zoe, and Genna are beginning to grow apart. When Annie takes a job at her grandmother’s tea shop, she’s hopeful that her new job will bond the Teashop Girls back together. It does as the girls try desperately to save the old-fashioned teashop, while Annie also learns to accept the inevitability of change.
Schroeder, Lisa. It’s Raining Cupcakes
If Isabel becomes a finalist in a Baking Contest, she’ll finally get to do something she’s always wanted to do—travel! Her Chocolate Jam Tarts are delicious and original; but with her mother’s cupcake store is about to open, and a winning cupcake entry from her daughter would be an excellent way to advertise. Isabel will have to be resourceful if she wants to make their dreams come true!
Stone, Phoebe. Deep Down Popular
In a small, Virginia town, Jessie Lou Ferguson has a crush on the hugely popular Conrad Parker Smith. When he suddenly develops a medical problem and the teacher asks Jessie Lou to help him. Soon she, Conrad, and quirky Quentin become friends; working together to save their favorite store from closing.
Urban, Linda. A Crooked Kind of Perfect
As soon as she gets a baby grand piano, Zoe will be on her way! Trouble is, what Zoe gets is an organ. How will she ever be discovered if her lesson book is The Hits of the Seventies? With a mom who’s always at work, a dad who’s afraid to leave the house, and an odd boy who follows her home from school every day, Zoe discovers that life is full of surprises–and that maybe a little quirkiness will help her find what she’s hoping for.
Weissman, Elissa. Standing for Socks
When Fara Ross accidentally wears mismatched socks, she has no idea it will ignite her political career. Who knew a wardrobe malfunction could become a perfect platform in the race for sixth-grade student council president?
Wilson, Jacqueline. Candyfloss
When her mother plans to move to Australia with her new husband and baby, Floss must decide whether her loyalties lie with her mother or her father, while at the same time, her best friend begins to make fun of her and reject her.
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Put on your favorite pink socks or flip flops (which there seem to be many of on these covers!) and read a girl power book. And if you have a favorite type of book you’d like to see in a booklist, let us know!