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Five Family Favorites with Author Maria T. Lennon

Maria T. LennonThe Children’s Book Review | August 20, 2014

The Giving Tree with CD By Shel SilversteinThe Giving Tree

By Shel Silverstein

It’s one of my all-time favorites and my children love it too. They think it’s sad and horrible that the tree keeps giving away everything it has. They can’t believe the tree is so dumb. I tell them they will understand the tree when they are parents. They laugh.

Ages 4-8 | Publisher: HarperCollins | Feb. 18, 2014 (Reprint) | ISBN-13: 978-0060256654

The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread By Kate DiCamilloThe Tale of Despereaux 

By Kate DiCamillo

Because it is so well written, it can be read to a six year old and a nine year old at the same time. Also they love the mouse and it’s good to love all creatures great and small.

Ages 7-10 | Publisher: Candlewick | Aug. 25, 2003 | ISBN-13: 978-0763617226

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian By Sherman AlexieThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

By Sherman Alexie

This is a book I always recommend to kids. It is funny, sad, tough, mean, kind all at once. The character’s journey is such a noble one and yet it is written as though it weren’t noble at all. Beautiful.

Ages 12 and up | Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | Apr. 1, 2009 | ISBN-13: 978-0316013697

A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning: The Short-Lived Edition By Lemony SnicketA Series of Unfortunate Events

By Lemony Snicket

This is a great series for young readers because it is so focused—two orphans with a large fortune and a crazy uncle who wants to steal it again and again. The voice is masterful and the plots are so clever. We start by reading it together and then they’re off reading it on their own, in bed, under the covers with a small light. I love it.

Ages 8-12 | Publisher: HarperCollins | Aug. 25, 1999 | ISBN-13: 978-0064407663

The Poems of Pablo Neruda

I have about four books of poetry from Pablo Neruda and love his words. Sometimes, at night, I’ll read four or five poems and ask the younger kids what they think he means. It’s great because the boys are mesmerized by the imagery he creates so vividly about the sea and the island he lived on while in exile.

About the Author
Maria Lennon Photo credit: Chiara Berruto

Maria Lennon
Photo credit: Chiara Berruto

Maria T. Lennon is a graduate of the London School of Economics, a novelist, a screenwriter, and the author of Confessions of a So-called Middle Child, the first book featuring the irrepressible Charlie C. Cooper. When not driving one of her four children to school or volunteering at school libraries, she can be found sitting in a parked car, a café, or a library, writing novels, travel articles, or just passed out. To learn more, and to download a free curiculum guide, visit her website: http://confessionsofasocalledmiddlechild.com/.

Watch Out Hollywood! More Confessions of a So-Called Middle Child coverWatch Out, Hollywood!: More Confessions of a So-called Middle Child

By Maria T. Lennon

Hilarious tween heroine Charlie C. Cooper—reformed bully, misguided fashionista, and so-called middle child—is back! This sequel to Confessions of a So-called Middle Child will delight fans of Louise Rennison, Mean Girls, andHarriet the Spy.

Charlie’s adventures offer a fresh look at middle school, bullying, and mean girls. In Book Two, Charlie navigates sudden celebrity and auditions for a television series, but a little white lie may endanger the one friendship Charlie can truly count on—and her connection to swoon-worthy crush Bobby! Poignant and seriously funny, Charlie’s account of her dilemma is one all tweens will relate to.

Charlie knows what it feels like to be stuck in the middle, but it’s finally her time to shine. After saving her friend Marta in the old Houdini tunnels of Los Angeles, Charlie’s become a local hero, gained sudden celebrity, and *MIGHT* just become a TV star! But will Charlie let her newfound fame go to her head? Watch out, Hollywood!

Ages 8-12 | Publisher: HarperCollins | Aug. 26, 2014 | ISBN-13: 978-0062126931

Follow all of the stops on Maria Lennon’s blog tour!

Wed, Aug 13
The Hiding Spot
Mon, Aug 18
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Tues, Aug 19
The Book Monsters
Wed, Aug 20
The Children’s Book Review
Thurs, Aug 21
Kid Lit Frenzy
Fri, Aug 22
Booking Mama
Mon, Aug 25
Read Now, Sleep Later
Tues, Aug 26
Once upon a Story
Wed, Aug 27
The Late Bloomer’s Book Blog
Thurs, Aug 28
The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia
Fri, Aug 29
Beauty and the Bookshelf

Enter to win copies of both CONFESSIONS OF A SO-CALLED MIDDLE CHILD and WATCH OUT, HOLLYWOOD! MORE CONFESSIONS OF A SO-CALLED MIDDLE CHILD, by Maria T. Lennon. Giveaway ends September 19, 2014, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

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