Throwback Summer Reads – Tween Edition


We hope you enjoyed last week’s blog on summer reads for kids. This week, we want to share with you some great books for tweens and teens that we loved reading growing up. We promise these suggestions are still relevant to teens today and won’t induce eye-rolling. Did we miss your favourite coming-of-age novel? If so, share in the comments section below or tweet us! #throwbackreads

1. Ronia the Robber’s Daughter by Astrid Lindgren

A book about a girl who is the only child of a band of robbers. Chaos ensues when she sparks a friendship with the son of a rival band member.

Grade 5 and up

2. Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt


A book about the journey (both emotional and literal) of four siblings who brave through a tough situation to find a new home.

Grade 7 and up

3. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume

Are You There, God- It's Me, Margaret
The story of a young girl struggling to figure out her own religious beliefs, while simultaneously confronting pre-teen female issues for the first time.     

Grade 5 and up

4. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

The story of a courageous young girl in Denmark who helps her friend escape from the Nazis during World War II.

Grade 5 and up

5. The Cat Ate My Gymsuit by Paula Danziger

A book about a young girl whose only wish is to be “normal”, and whose exeperiences force her to reconsider what is important in life and how to stand up for herself.

Grade 5 and up

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For other tips, suggestions, and support in encouraging a love of literature in tweens, please contact Ruth Rumack’s Learning Space at 416.925.1225 or visit our website.


Top 5 Throwback Summer Reads for Kids

The end of school is here and we’re sure that your little ones were counting down the days until summer. With the weeks stretching out ahead, and hours to spend relaxing in a hammock with a good read, the teachers here at RRLS have been reminiscing about the books we enjoyed reading as kids.  Some of these books were favourites for multiple teachers and they brought back a lot of fun childhood memories. We hope you and your munchkins enjoy reading these as much as we did!

Purple, Green and YellowPurple Green and Yellow by Robert Munsch.

The tale of a girl who loves to colour and takes it to a whole new level.

The Balloon TreeThe Balloon Tree by Phoebe Gilman.

The story of a brave young princess with a magical balloon tree. This fairy tale is perfect for inspiring and encouraging spirited young girls to be feisty and courageous.

Only the Cat SawOnly the Cat Saw by Ashley Wolff

The story of a cat that sees all of the small details that we, as humans, often miss.

Princess SmartypantsPrincess Smartypants by Babette Cole

A book about a non-traditional princess who has no interest in getting married, and is full of great ideas on how to get rid of her many suitors.

My Mother is Weird by My Mother is WeirdRachna Gilmore

A story about what moms are like in the morning before the coffee finishes brewing.

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For other tips, suggestions, and support in maximizing your child’s academic potential over the summer, please contact Ruth Rumack’s Learning Space at 416.925.1225 or visit our website.