Readers Advisory For Secondary Schools
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Ways and means of supporting and developing young adult readers.
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Eight YA Authors Recommend Books for Teenage Guys

Eight YA Authors Recommend Books for Teenage Guys | Readers Advisory For Secondary Schools | Scoop.it
"When confronted with over a hundred books, it can be really helpful to have expert recommendations – sort of like reader’s advisory about the reader’s advisory, if that’s not too meta for you all.  While we were putting together yesterday's wall - 140+ Books for the Boys of YA – we thought we might branch out a little bit and ask some of the authors featured in the wall itself for recommendations."
This post covers an impresive variety of quality (and fun) books for the young & young at heart - or even those who can just barely remember either state.
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The Best of the Young Adult 'B-Sides': Suzanne Collins, Markus Zusak, and More

The Best of the Young Adult 'B-Sides': Suzanne Collins, Markus Zusak, and More | Readers Advisory For Secondary Schools | Scoop.it
"Before there was The Hunger Games trilogy, there was Suzanne Collins' middle-grade series, Gregor the Overlander. We pay some attention to the best B-sides from a few of our favorite Y.A. and children's authors."
Exploring a favourite author's backlist can be like striking gold.
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Guest Post: Karen Rock on Let's Hear It for the Boy(s)!

Guest Post: Karen Rock on Let's Hear It for the Boy(s)! | Readers Advisory For Secondary Schools | Scoop.it

A wise article about what works in YA fiction, with words from a number of authors, some new to me that I'll be following up.

Next step: Which Australian writers are producing books of this kind?

"Writing books that appeal to boys is a joy and a challenge.
Here are some “boots on the ground” perspectives from readers, teachers, and librarians, as well as invaluable insights shared by children’s authors Darren Shan, Ellen Hopkins, Tim Wynne-Jones, and break-out debut novelist, Scott Blagden on how to reach this important readership."


Via Heather Stapleton, Wilma Carter
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Michael Morpurgo: We are failing too many boys in the enjoyment of reading

Michael Morpurgo: We are failing too many boys in the enjoyment of reading | Readers Advisory For Secondary Schools | Scoop.it
Author of a big shelf full of books for young readers (including the wonderful War Horse), Morpurgo has some common sense ideas about developing readers.
"Perhaps it is partly that we need to love books ourselves as parents, grandparents and teachers in order to pass on that passion for stories to our children. It's not about testing and reading schemes, but about loving stories and passing on that passion to our children. This might seem naïve and of course the problem is cultural and deep-seated too and therefore unlikely to be resolved quickly, but there must be things we could perhaps do to try to turn things around over time."
Via Heather Stapleton
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