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Tween

Middle Grade Reads on the Power of Patience

by Devon A. Corneal

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Photo credit: Ariel Skelley, DigitalVision/Getty Images

Oh, if only I were a patient person! I could wait for cookies to cool and avoid burning my tongue, I would always drive the speed limit, and I would never, ever lose my temper. Despite my best intentions, those things rarely happen. Just ask my seventh grader. But, as I remind him, he’s not very patient either. This is why we like reading together — especially when the stories we’re reading teach us how to be calmer, less impulsive, and more easy-going. So, if you or your preteen find yourselves more irritable than usual, maybe one or two of the books on this list will help you find your inner Zen and keep frustration at bay.