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Beach reads for tweens

These popular, engaging titles will keep older kids' interest all summer long.

By Danielle Marshall

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Listening for Lions

Listening for Lions

Listening for Lions, by Gloria Whelan
HarperTrophy (2006), $5.99
Amazon / IndieBoundPowell's

Thirteen-year-old Rachel Sheridan is living in British East Africa in 1918 when she loses her missionary parents to influenza. She's taken in by unscrupulous neighbors who cook up a plot to send her, because of her likeness to their deceased daughter, back to England to collect an inheritance from an ailing relative. The post-WWI setting, the animals, and the Masai people are what make Gloria Whelan's story come to life. Readers will root for Rachel as she bonds with the grandfather she was sent to dupe and triumphs over evil. Award-winning author Whelan has penned a rich, historical coming-of-age adventure. 194 pages.

Danielle Marshall is a former longtime bookseller, most notably for Powell's Books in Portland, Ore. She continues her love of all things book related by working as the marketing manager for Beyond Words Publishing, best known as the publisher of The Secret.

Comments from GreatSchools.org readers

07/2/2012:
"Another good tween book: Laughing with the Moon by Shana Burg Likely another award winner from this author "
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