Tween birthdays, on the other hand, don’t feel nearly as easy. When I first started writing The Beat on Ruby’s Street, my friend Susan (the book’s first editor) suggested writing for middle school kids. “Ten and eleven year olds are starting to be young adults, but they’re not into sexual situations or romance and in a way, that makes them a lot more interesting to write for,” she said. I agree.
But what does that mean for birthdays? Bar and BatMitzvah and Confirmation ceremonies for Jews and Catholics mark rite of passage times for teens; but other sorts of passages happen much earlier. What does that mean for a ten or eleven year old's birthday?
Face photo: Dustin Moore
Young girl: Christina Welsh