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Episode 25 — Hit the Beach With Lauren Myracle


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Chatting About Books: Recommendations for Young Readers

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Podcast Series Chatting About Books: Recommendations for Young Readers
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Duration 8:13
Original Air Date Published July 21, 2010

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eleven_coverEleven by Lauren Myracle, Puffin Books 2004

Meet Winnie Perry, age 11. This is the first book in Lauren Myracle’s ‘tween series that follows Winnie Perry through a year starting with her birthday, March 11. Young girls will enjoy and connect with this series as Winnie manages all the ups and downs of growing up.



twelve_coverTwelve by Lauren Myracle, Dutton Children’s Books 2007

Winnie’s twelfth year brings lots of changes and growing up. She picks out her first bra with her mom (embarrassing!), goes skinny dipping for the first time, and starts her period (what a pain!). And the hardest of all the growing up is learning about friendship. Winnie learns important lessons about being a loyal friend, falling into peer pressure, and letting friends go. Being twelve is definitely not easy.


thirteen_coverThirteen by Lauren Myracle, Puffin Books 2008
2009 Children’s Choice Book Award Winner

What could be better than turning 12? Turning 13! Winnie is officially a teenager. Let the teenage angst begin! In this book, Winnie gets a boyfriend...ahhhhh Lars! He’s a year older, which is great for status but not so great when he’s in high school and Winnie is still in junior high. There seem to plenty of freshman girls who have their eyes on Lars too. If boyfriend troubles weren’t enough, Winnie still has to balance her family and friends. With a mom who is pregnant and friends that are high maintenance (at times), there is plenty of room for drama.


thirteen-plus-oneThirteen Plus One by Lauren Myracle, Dutton Children’s Books 2010

Winnie is back and she’s just turned 14. Being 14 is great, or it should be, except when your older sister is leaving for college, your two best friends are making you crazy, your boyfriend gets you a Starbucks card instead of the cupcake birthday scene you’ve been imagining, and high school is just around the corner. Join Winnie on her summer adventure as she conquers her list of must-dos before she starts her freshman year.


Check out more information about these and other books written by Lauren Myracle at her website.


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Emily shares her interview with author Lauren Myracle. Lauren dishes on which spazzy Winnie moments really happened to her, shares her thoughts about her books being on the Banned Book list and Children’s Choice Book Award list, and gives the scoop on her newest book, Thirteen Plus One.