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Big A the Book Reviewer: Good Reads for Tweens

Publishers have been sending me all sorts of youth literature, which I have been giving to our little book worm. I am so thrilled that Big A has embraced reading to the same extent as Adam and I. There is only one difference though: she is a much faster reader than either of us! She is in the top 95th percentile for speed of reading!!

As useful as this will be for her, it means she is going through books fast, and always begging for more.

Here are a few reviews she's done for me on books were were sent:

Spies in Disguise: Boy in the Tutu (by Kate Scott)

Its about a boy who's parents are secret agents and they get found out, like their cover gets blown and the boy needs to find this computer chip to save his parents. I liked the part about how the two main characters had to take ballet lessons. The only thing I didn't like is maybe there could have been more conflict.

Rating: 9.9/10

Earning my Spots (by Mark Eastburn)

Its about this boy and his family are shape shifters, and he has to save his parents who were kidnapped. Its very detailed and a long book, so it took me a while to read. I found it hard to keep track of all the characters because there were so many things going on.

Rating: 3/10

Blind Guide to Normal (by Beth Vrabel)

I just read it again, like for the 12th time. Its amazing. I like Rider's point of view, the main character. He lost one of his eyes to cancer, I like that you get see what things are like for him. I would love a future book to be from Jocelyn's point of view, because she is an interesting character too.

Rating: 10/10

Okay, so she's not the most eloquent reviewer, even she says this isn't her strong suit. Despite being a fast and voracious reader, Big A's favorite subject in school is actually math. I don't see an English degree in her future.

So its the Blind Guide to Normal for the win. You may recall Big A reviewed Vrabel's book Blind Guide to Stinkville, and loved that one too. She is determined to read every single thing Vrabel has ever written or ever writes in the future. So, wow, that's a pretty strong recommendation!

If you are looking to buy a book for the tween in your life, it sounds like any of Vrabel's books are a good bet.


  1. Big A, thank you for this amazing review! I'm so glad to hear that Ryder's story resonates with you and am honored to read your thoughts about the book.


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