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Don’t know much about these titles yet? Take a closer look before making your choice!

 When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New York City neighborhood. They know where it’s safe to go, and they know who to avoid. Like the crazy guy on the corner.

But things start to unravel. Sal gets punched by a kid on the street for what seems like no reason, and he shuts Miranda out of his life. The apartment key that Miranda’s mom keeps hidden for emergencies is stolen. And then a mysterious note arrives, scrawled on a tiny slip of paper. The notes keep coming, and Miranda slowly realizes that whoever is leaving them knows things no one should know. Each message brings her closer to believing that only she can prevent a tragic death. Until the final note makes her think she’s too late.

Riding Freedom by Pam Munoz Ryan

In this fast-paced, courageous, and inspiring story, readers adventure with Charlotte Parkhurst as she first finds work as a stable hand, becomes a famous stage-coach driver (performing brave feats and outwitting bandits), finds love as a woman but later resumes her identity as a man after the loss of a baby and the tragic death of her husband, and ultimately settles out west on the farm she’d dreamed of having since childhood. It wasn’t until after her death that anyone discovered she was a woman.


Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson

In James Patterson’s blockbuster series, fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride, better known as Max, knows what it’s like to soar above the world. She and all the members of the “flock”–Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel–are just like ordinary kids–only they have wings and can fly. It may seem like a dream come true to some, but their lives can morph into a living nightmare at any time…like when Angel, the youngest member of the flock, is kidnapped and taken back to the “School” where she and the others were experimented on by a crew of wack jobs. Her friends brave a journey to blazing hot Death Valley, CA, to save Angel, but soon enough, they find themselves in yet another nightmare–this one involving fighting off the half-human, half-wolf “Erasers” in New York City. Whether in the treetops of Central Park or in the bowels of the Manhattan subway system, Max and her adopted family take the ride of their lives. Along the way Max discovers from her old friend and father-figure Jeb–now her betrayed and greatest enemy–that her purpose is save the world–but can she?

The Wanderer by Sharon Creech

“The sea, the sea, the sea. It rolled and rolled and called to me. Come in, it said, come in.”

Thirteen-year-old Sophie hears the sea calling, promising adventure and a chance for discovery as she sets sail for England with her three uncles and two cousins. Sophie’s cousin Cody isn’t sure he has the strength to prove himself to the crew and to his father. Through Sophie’s and Cody’s travel logs, we hear stories of the past and the daily challenges of surviving at sea as The Wanderer sails toward its destination—and its passengers search for their places in the world.

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

Jason has a problem. He doesn’t remember anything before waking up on a school bus holding hands with a girl. Apparently she’s his girlfriend Piper, his best friend is a kid named Leo, and they’re all students in the Wilderness School, a boarding school for “bad kids.” What he did to end up here, Jason has no idea-except that everything seems very wrong.

Piper has a secret. Her father has been missing for three days, and her vivid nightmares reveal that he’s in terrible danger. Now her boyfriend doesn’t recognize her, and when a freak storm and strange creatures attack during a school field trip, she, Jason, and Leo are whisked away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood. What is going on?

Leo has a way with tools. His new cabin at Camp Half-Blood is filled with them. Seriously, the place beats Wilderness School hands down, with its weapons training, monsters, and fine-looking girls. What’s troubling is the curse everyone keeps talking about, and that a camper’s gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist they are all-including Leo-related to a god.

Rick Riordan, the best-selling author of the Percy Jackson series, pumps up the action and suspense in The Lost Hero, the first book in The Heroes of Olympus series. Fans of demi-gods, prophesies, and quests will be left breathless–and panting for Book Two.

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Thanks for voting for what to do next in iTwixie’s Book Club! So here’s what you need to do:

Make a book list! Together we’ll make a book list. Next week we’ll vote for which one to read. Then the following week, we’ll start reading it. Sound good? So, jot a book YOU want to read, right here, in the comments section below.

Then, next week, beginning November 6, we will vote for the next Book Club Book! 

Can’t wait to see which books YOU jot down, right here:

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Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
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Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

Far off the coast of California looms a harsh rock known as the island of San Nicholas. Dolphins flash in the blue waters around it, sea otter play in the vast kep beds, and sea elephants loll on the stony beaches.

Here, in the early 1800s, according to history, an Indian girl spent eighteen years alone, and this beautifully written novel is her story. It is a romantic adventure filled with drama and heartache, for not only was mere subsistence on so desolate a spot a near miracle, but Karana had to contend with the ferocious pack of wild dogs that had killed her younger brother, constantly guard against the Aleutian sea otter hunters, and maintain a precarious food supply, even when it meant battling an octopus.

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Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai


Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai

For all the ten years of her life, Ha has only known Saigon: the thrills of its markets, the joy of its traditions, the warmth of her friends close by, and the beauty of her very own papaya tree. But now the Vietnam War has reached her home. Ha and her family are forced to flee as Saigon falls, and they board a ship headed toward hope.

This is the moving story of one girl’s year of change, dreams, grief, and healing as she journeys from one country to another, one life to the next.


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Ida B by Katherine Hannigan


Ida B by Katherine Hannigan

About Ida B:
Ida B. Applewood believes there is never enough time for fun.
That’s why she’s so happy to be homeschooled and to spend every free second outside with the trees and the brook.
Then some not-so-great things happen in her world. Ida B has to go back to that Place of Slow but Sure Body-Cramping, Mind-Numbing, Fun-Killing Torture—school. She feels her heart getting smaller and smaller and hardening into a sharp, black stone.
How can things go from righter than right to a million miles beyond wrong? Can Ida B put together a plan to get things back to just-about perfect again?

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When You Reach Me


When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Four mysterious letters change Miranda’s world forever.

Shortly after sixth-grader Miranda and her best friend Sal part ways, for some inexplicable reason her once familiar world turns upside down. Maybe it’s because she’s caught up in reading A Wrinkle in Time and trying to understand time travel, or perhaps it’s because she’s been receiving mysterious notes which accurately predict the future. Rebecca Stead’s poignant novel, When You Reach Me, captures the interior monologue and observations of kids who are starting to recognize and negotiate the complexities of friendship and family, class and identity.

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Girl Power by Ashley Rice


Girl Power by Ashley Rice

Ashley Rice’s much-loved character Penelope J. Miller leads the reader through all the different ways to have girl power. Adorable illustrations accompany the important messages about never giving up, making a difference, overcoming obstacles, and more in this book that encourages girls to be the best they can be.

Write a review of this book! It’s a Tween Girls Book Club book! Just write what you think in the comments below…

or give it a smile rating  :)  to  :) :) :) :) :)  in the comments below!


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Show Us Your Savvy
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This section of the book happens on or near the Pink Bus – how funny is that? Now you can read about 5 situations from this part of Savvy and tell iTwixie what you would do!

Just write what you think you would do in the comments or Reply section below. You will win Power Reader points for your entries and remember these are your ideas — no right or wrong answers.

1. The Beaumont family has family secrets that Mibs tries to keep even when keeping the secrets makes life hard on her. What would you do?

2. Mibs loves her father so much she is willing to do ANYTHING to try and help him. Is there a limit to what you would do to help your father?

3. Mibs can tell Will likes her a lot but she pretends not to notice until she can decide what she wants to do. Would you take that path ever?

4. Mibs has 2 brothers with her on the bus who are very protective of her. Would you find that to be nice or annoying? What would you do?

5. Mibs can tell what people are thinking if they have any ink or tattoos on them. At one point, she puts an ink face on Will so she can tell what he is thinking. What would you do?



SAVVY by Ingrid Law

Thirteen is when a Beaumont’s savvy hits—and with one brother who causes hurricanes and another who creates electricity, Mibs Beaumont is eager to see what she gets. But just before the big day, Poppa is in a terrible accident. And now all Mibs wants is a savvy that will save him.
Just click on the picture above or the title and author and you can read a lot of the book right online!

  • Are you liking Savvy? If you haven’t started yet, there’s still time! On May 29, we’ll have a party for the whole book Savvy - so fun!
  • Next  Wednesday, May 29, we’ll also announce more Power Reader Winners!
  • AND THERE’S MORE! Just click on iTwixie’s Book Club to chat about more book club stuff ;)

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The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander


The Fourth Stall By Chris Rylander

Get ready to laugh out loud, as imagination and quirk come together to create a hilarious story of the friendship and adventure of middle school boys who will stop at nothing to fix their classmates problems.

Remember, you can read part of the book just by clicking on the picture!

Write a review of this book! It’s a Tween Girls Book Club book! Just write what you think in the comments below…or give it a smile rating  :)  to  :) :) :) :) :)

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