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Amazing New Books for Your Quaran-Tweens | Artists & Authors

Updated: Aug 13

By Sarah J. Kings


If you are a parent with a passion for reading, chances are you have at least attempted to pass your love for books on to your little ones. Flooding your home with Dr. Suess and Shel Silverstein, and eventually, Louis Lowery and Natalie Babbitt was an easy task. But as your baby develops into… well, not a baby, you may find it hard to find suitable reading material to bring into your home.


I’ve never been one to censor my daughter’s reading, but I felt the need to search for some mommy-approved titles during the quarantine. After rereading all of her old favorites, creating a whole world on Animal Crossing, and nearly exhausting all of Netflix, my tween daughter finally hit me with a classic mother-child interaction.


“Mom, I’m bored.”



Of course, as any prolific reader and writer would, I immediately retorted with, “read a book.” Since her massive children’s library was filled with either “baby books” or things she has already read, I suggested she look up some books she’d like me to order online.

A quick google search led to a request, from my nearly 11-year-old, that I purchase Fifty Shades of Gray. My heart almost stopped, and for a variety of reasons, I nearly threw up. That’s when I decided to do a little research and try to find age-appropriate reading material for my book-loving kid.


The solution to my Fifty Shades of problems came by way of a YA author named Krysten Lindsay Hager. The author of such titles like Dating the It Guy, and Best Friends Forever?, Hager writes for publishing house Clean Reads. The publisher boasts that their books offer “wholesome reading without compromise.” They promise “rich and vibrant [stories] with life.” And Krysten Lindsay Hager’s books deliver on that promise.


I allowed my tween to peruse Hager’s large selection of titles, and she chose, In Over Her Head: Lights, Camera, Anxiety.


After my near brush with having to explain BDSM to my 5th grader, I decided to read the novel along with her. The storytelling is excellent, and the plot is so engaging. The main character, Cecily, is a model and actress living in a big city. The story tackles big issues, romance, and the drama surrounding social media. My daughter loved it, and so did I.


If you are looking for fun and exciting—age-appropriate— books, author Krysten Lindsay Hager is your newest go-to!



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