Books for tweens set in New York City
May 24, 2014 5:41 PM Subscribe
Some friends are coming to visit NYC and I'd like to get their kids some fiction set in the city.
posted by The Elusive Architeuthis to Media & Arts (19 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
They are an 8yo boy and 11yo girl; enthusiastic readers, never been to NY. My knowledge of the genre doesn't get much more recent than things like The Cricket in Times Square and The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Nothing wrong with those, of course, but I'd love some recommendations for books or graphic novels that are slightly more recent. Nonfiction is also welcome but the intent is more entertainment than education. Optimally I would just get them books they could both read and enjoy but I'm willing to be a bit more targeted.
I'd like to keep things lighthearted and G rated and avoid adult or frightening themes/key plot elements. I don't know the kids well enough to judge what they're ready for in that way. (A little mild peril in a Hardy Boys kind of way is fine but A Tree Grows in Brooklyn would be a bit much coming from a casual family friend). I'd also like to avoid things that are vehicles for toys like the American Girl books.