Teen Readers Making a Difference

The Reading Tub, Inc. is proud of its partnership with Be the Star You Are!® a sister public charity that incorporates literacy as part of its mission to empower youth at risk. Be the Star You Are!® works to raise their skill levels and their self-esteem. In March 2004, Be the Star You Are!® created a Star Teen Book Review Team just for us! The members of the team read books for ages 8 to 12 that we send them. Then we post their reviews on our site (just look for the Be the Star You Are!® logo on the top of profiles!) Over the past (nearly) three years, the Team has read nearly 200 books! You can imagine how … Read more

The Bookbag, Books for Ages 8 to 12, November/December 2006

Happy Chanukkah to those who begin celebrating the festival of lights this evening. And Merry Christmas to those who are getting ready to celebrate Christ’s birth and/or Santa. If you’re searching for a great gift for a middle reader/teenager, we’ve got some titles they may enjoy. Many of these have been “road tested” with their target audience. The Teen STAR Review Team at Be the Star You Are!(tm) has sent us their reviews. Crine through Time: Iced by Bill Doyle. Nick Fitzmorgan is going through his paces at the Private Detective Agency. Right in the middle of a field exercise, he’s pulled away and sent home. Except that when Nick gets home, his Dad is missing. Using his expert detective … Read more

The Bookbag, Books for Ages 8 to 12, September/October 2006

First a quiz: Do you know what November 15 is? It’s been proclaimed as I Love to Write Day in at least eight states. Last year, more than 20,000 schools across the United States held special writing activities and events. Participation is FREE. I Love to Write Day is a day when people of all ages are encouraged to write something: a poem, a short story, an essay, a letter to the editor, start a novel, finish a novel…the possibilities are endless. For additional information about I Love To Write Day, please contact John Riddle at ilovetowriteday@ilovetowriteday.org Now on to our regularly scheduled program … Crime Scene Science: Detective Notebook by Andrea Campbell. This “pocket encyclopaedia” of crime scene science … Read more