My oldest niece is turning 11 and I must say I had no idea what to make for an eleven year old. Then I remembered that just like I was at her age she always has her nose in a book. I did a little random piecing from my scrap basket, added some heavy interfacing in the middle, and ribbon at one end and had myself a book mark. She probably is a little young for Hemingway but it should be the perfect accessory for any novel. I made the super easy bag from Last Minute Patchwork & Quilted Gifts to match. It is the perfect size for bringing home new adventures from the library.