Readers of "chick lit," beware -- the woman-targeted fiction genre might not be as harmless as it seems. Reading about a protagonist with low body-esteem could affect how you feel about your own appearance.
On of my most anticipated young adult sequels of 2013 was Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi. I recently finished the book, and it more than exceeded my expectations. I spoke with Mafi about her latest book, her love life and Shakespeare (naturally).
"As of right now, I have a book club formed with my students from tenth to twelve grade. They pick the books and we read them. Actually, they take turns choosing the books with the promise that we will finish any book that has been picked out of respect for the picker. In my place of work, I have had the wonderful opportunity to be trusted. I asked for a set of books, and if the budget allows, they are purchased. My closet consists of wonderful, new fiction and nonfiction that is written for a 21st century teenager."
"Welcome to the NUT’s Reading4Pleasure zone. Here you can find the NUT’s policy booklet on the importance of reading for pleasure, as well as the on-line resources guide. This contains a wealth of practical suggestions about how activities to promote reading for pleasure can be introduced back into the classroom or organised on a whole school basis. The on-line guide also suggests professional development activities, ideas for whole school policy development and sources of further information designed to extend teachers’ knowledge of high quality reading resources."
"Graphic novels have done something for my school library that I never thought was really possible. It has brought my grade 7 and 8 boys running into the library when they hear I have a new graphic novel. I now have to be careful about my new books since I can literally be mobbed if I hold up a new book to a class."
"I tweeted a while back how frustrating it was many of a class of fourteen year olds seemed incapable of reading for fifteen minutes without distraction. I could understand it if I had handed out copies of The Origin of Species, but they choose the reading material. They can bring in their own books or borrow them from the school library (or my own selection), or they can bring magazines."
Interesting post from a science teacher discussing (with links) strategies to encourage reluctant teenage students to read and seeking suggestions for options that have worked.
"...we’d like to present this wall of over 140 books that we think will speak to the boys of YA. They’re full of adventure, magic, real-world issues, and romance. Some of them are even written by - *gasp* - women. They give us all kinds of male figures: strong, brave, struggling, emotional, confused, and yes - even a few great role models. Most of all, they give us great stories for any reader -- almost all of these books appeal to us as adult women even though we are probably not the target audience from a marketing perspective. That being said, while we do think that there will always be outlier readers who feel comfortable reading anything and everything (and we love them for it), we also realize that it might be a struggle to hand-sell a book with a girl in a dress on the cover or a romance-driven plot to the "average" boy. We'd love to think of this list as a tool for educators, librarians, parents, and teens to find a great read for the boys in their lives, but anyone who enjoys a great story will find something in this wall of books."
In this young adult novel, characters encounter one another again and again.
Debbie Northway's insight:
The title of Sedgwick’s most recent novel is “Midwinterblood,” which is chilling and brilliant because it succinctly and evocatively hints at what’s to come. Seven intense story lines stretch from the near future to the distant past, together forming a labyrinthine story of love, sacrifice and blood. Over and over again, a cast of vampires, Vikings and high priests encounter one another in various forms — with dire consequences for both their past and future incarnations.
I'm nineteen. I write books for teenagers, including Girl Saves Boy (2010) and All This Could End (February 2013, both Text Publishing). I live in Queensland, Australia. This is a blog about reading and writing YA, mostly. It's a pleasure to make your acquaintance.
ReadPlus contains over 13,000 titles of books and films arranged under themes. It also contains links to author sites, reviews and teacher materials. The books range from picture books to adult fiction and are organised into different age categories.
Welcome to the deep of winter, the time when the nights are longest and you basically never want to get out of your warm bed. This is the perfect time to get sucked into a long, complicated relationship with a book series.
"There is ongoing discussion in education about teens not reading as they used to do. However, this is confused by different perceptions about what ‘reading’ means. Because of the digital environment, literacy for teens today may involve multimodal delivery platforms. In other words, they’re still reading (and writing) - just not always in the traditional ‘book’ way.
This section looks at the area of teen reading, the benefits, motivations and types of reading that they engage with."
There is much to celebrate and much reading to be done.
Your votes have been streaming in all year, so here are the top 10 Aussie Books for 2012, as chosen by you.
Cloudstreet - Tim Winton The Book Thief - Markus Zusak A Fortunate Life - A.B. Facey The Harp in the South - Ruth Park The Power of One - Bryce Courtenay Jasper Jones - Craig Silvey The Magic Pudding - Norman Lindsay The Slap - Christos Tsiolkas The Secret River - Kate Grenville Picnic at Hanging Rock - Joan Lindsay
You can also browse the top 50 books from this popular vote. Some young adult books have made the list and many others which will appeal to older teens or those who are ready for a challenge.
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