Friday 5: Top 5 Proto-Tween Reads

I was a tween before we even knew what a tween was. I am just that old. And legit. There were no emo-stained growing-pained love-maimed vampires for me, just the usual full-blooded adult fare courtesy of Anne Rice or Bram Stoker, thankyouverymuch. Still, I managed to read books that rocked my mind into bliss, tapped into the thrum of my adolescence and took my consciousness out those lame-o middle-school blues.

Here’s a run-down of my favorite reads somewhere between age 10 and 14. Add yours in and then let’s play MASH behind the bleachers.:

Top Five Proto-Tween Reads

1. Like Water for Chocolate, Laura Esquivel

2. Number the Stars, Lois Lowry

3. The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros

4. Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger

5. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov (but only the first half, when it’s still sexy, and please note I thought Humbert was 100% reliable as a narrator at the time, and quite romantic; so I suppose I am saying – if you are the parent of a 14-year-old girl, please, for goodness’ sake, don’t try this at home.)

So, fellow-proto-tweens, what were yours? And any super-for-ser-tweens out there right now, how about you? Comment and share and whatever you do, don’t rename your Junior High crushes Humbert because you think it’s hot. It’s not. It’s creepy. Happy weekend, all!


  1. Aaron Zimmerman says

    To Kill A Mockingbird x 5.

  2. Nancy Weber says

    Of Mice and Men, Animal Farm, Wuthering Heights, Frankenstein