Booktalks and More: Motivating Teens to Read


Inspire teenagers to read quality literature and help them explore issues relevant to their lives. This outstanding book offers motivational, ready-to-use booktalks for more than 100 of the best new reads for teenagers, guaranteed to pique teen interest. Each booktalk comes with complete bibliographic information, a detailed plot summary, helpful presentation tips, curriculum connections, and suggestions for related books and media. Grades 7-12.

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Inspire teenagers to read quality literature and help them explore issues relevant to their lives. This outstanding book offers motivational, ready-to-use booktalks for more than 100 of the best new reads for teenagers, guaranteed to pique teen interest. Each booktalk comes with complete bibliographic information, a detailed plot summary, helpful presentation tips, curriculum connections, and suggestions for related books and media. Grades 7-12.

To help you keep the booktalk momentum going, Lucy Schall provides engaging follow-up discussion questions and activity ideas that will enhance every teen's reading, writing, and speaking skills. With a focus on recently published fiction and nonfiction titles in a wide variety of genres and themes, these dynamic booktalks center around issues, problems, and challenges that young adults are facing—from family concerns, expectations, and leadership to prejudice, good and evil, and the future. These lively booktalks and activities will motivate your teens to explore the complex world around them through unforgettable literary journeys.

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Editorial Reviews

Schall, a retired English teacher, follows up her work in Booktalks Plus by providing booktalks for over 100 YA titles (grades 7-12) published between 1997 and 2001. The books are grouped by themes: challenge, achievement, dedication, and legacy are the overarching concepts, and within these sections are various subcategories. For example, one subcategory is headed "Supernatural Forces Intrude," and the titles listed are Tamsin, Hidden Talents, The Grave, The Other Shepards, and Bone Dance. For each title, Schall gives bibliographic information, a thoughtful paragraph or so of summary/description, a lively booktalk designed to entice readers, suggestions for related activities, such as research projects, discussion questions, or writing topics, and an annotated list of related works. Nonfiction is included as well as fiction. The titles chosen are excellent ones, and the brief booktalks are engaging. This is a valuable resource for any YA librarian. KLIATT Codes: P*; Exceptional book. 2003, Libraries Unlimited, 278p. bibliogs. index.,
— Paula Rohrlick
This wonderful tool could also be subtitled "motivating teens who read." Its content is rich for leading reluctant as well as avid readers to the next good book. Librarians and teachers have long realized the power of a good booktalk to get teens to read, and those booktalks are here, but so is much more. Organized into ready-made thematic units, the titles are also recent (1997-2001 copyright) and include many award-winning books for teens. Looking for biography and memoir? "Teaching and Leading" offers the lives of people who inspire, from Sir Walter Raleigh to Ida B. Wells. Are your teens discussing conformity and peer pressure? Try the titles in "Strangers Judge," from Monster to Stargirl. Each unit offers a variety of formats and genres, including nonfiction, short stories, poetry, and adult books with YA hooks. The author expands the scope of the traditional booktalking tool to include book summaries, suggested activities to deepen reader response, and additional titles for related reading experiences. Librarians, teachers, media specialists-anyone working with teens and books-will applaud the focus that connects today's best books for teens with curricula, similar titles and authors to look for, as well as with older works and classroom reading list staples. For teens immersed in The Scarlet Letter, there is Speak; for the poetry and drawings of William Blake, Schall suggests Skellig; for teens dissecting Cormier's Heroes, try a new biography of Alamo hero Jim Bowie. Even if the professional shelf is full of other booktalk tools, this one is a must. 2003, Libraries Unlimited, 296p.; Index., $40 pb. Ages 17 to Adult.
—Mary Arnold
School Library Journal
Schall provides more than 100 booktalks for titles published between 1997 and 2001. The majority are fiction, but there is a good selection of nonfiction as well. The author introduces each one with a clear, concise summary, followed by a short booktalk with just enough information to whet teens' appetites. The "Related Activities" section that follows each one will be most useful to teachers, especially those who teach English or the social sciences. The final section, "Related Works," is an excellent resource for reader's advisory as well as for further booktalking ideas. Following Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak, for instance, Schall refers readers to an interview with the author published in Voya, a nonfiction book about rape, and two fiction titles that deal with sexual assault and abuse. School librarians will find this volume particularly relevant, especially if they are working with teachers to integrate more YA literature into the curriculum, but public librarians will benefit almost as much from the wealth of suggestions.-Miranda Doyle, San Francisco Public Library Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563089824
  • Publisher: Libraries Unlimited
  • Publication date: 6/30/2003
  • Series: Book Clubs and Booktalking Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

LUCY SCHALL, a retired English teacher with more than 30 years of experience, is a book reviewer for VOYA and lives in Meadville, Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

1 The World Reacts 1
Life in the Fat Lane 1
The Starplace 4
Petey 6
I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade 8
The Dangers of Tattooing and Body Piercing 10
The Journal of William Thomas Emerson: A Revolutionary War Patriot 12
Cowboy Ghost 15
Tangerine 16
The Spirit Window 19
Saratoga Secret 21
The Tuesday Cafe 23
White Wolf 26
Backwater 28
Out of the Dust 30
Over the Top of the World: Explorer Will Steger's Trek Across the Arctic 32
Holes 35
No Man's Land: A Young Soldier's Story 37
No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War 39
The Journal of James Edmond Peace 42
War and the Pity of War 44
Cast Two Shadows 46
The Fated Sky 48
Armageddon Summer 50
The Heavenly Village 52
A Door Near Here 54
Stephen Fair 56
2 We Act 61
Go and Come Back 61
Tenderness 64
Stone Cold 66
Fire Bed and Bone 68
Love Among the Walnuts 70
The Music of Dolphins 72
The Pirate's Son 74
No More Strangers Now: Young Voices from a New South Africa 77
Victor 79
Making Up Megaboy 82
C. S. Lewis: Christian and Storyteller 84
The Singing Mountain 86
The Sacrifice 89
Sirena 91
A Hope in the Unseen 94
Bull Catcher 96
Venus to the Hoop 99
Safe at Second 101
Black Hands, White Sails: The Story of African-American Whalers 103
Black Hoops: The History of African Americans in Basketball 106
Gone A-Whaling: The Lure of the Sea and the Hunt for the Great Whale 108
Slam 110
Parrot in the Oven 112
Rules of the Road 114
Wanted! 117
The King's Swift Rider 119
My Life As a Girl 121
Buried Onions 124
Ophelia Speaks 126
A Fly Named Alfred 128
3 Forces Try to Confound Us 131
King Arthur 131
Sensational Trials of the 20th Century 133
The Terrorist 135
Star Wars: Episode I, Incredible Cross-Sections, The Definitive Guide to the Craft of Star Wars: Episode 1 138
Star Wars: Incredible Cross-Sections, The Ultimate Guide to Star Wars Vehicles and Spacecraft 138
Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary, the Ultimate Guide to Star Wars Characters and Creatures 140
Sexually Transmitted Diseases 142
The Science, Spread, and Therapy of HIV Disease 144
Invisible Enemies 146
Kissing Doorknobs 148
Depression 150
Walk the Dark Streets 153
Come All You Brave Soldiers 155
The Hidden Children of the Holocaust: Teens Who Hid from the Nazis 158
Summer Soldiers 160
Masada: The Last Fortress 162
Tomi: A Childhood Under the Nazis 164
A Beautiful Place on Yonge Street 166
Hush Little Baby 168
Coping in a Blended Family 170
P. S. Longer Letter Later 172
Snail Mail No More 173
When She Was Good 176
A Hive for the Honeybee 179
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 181
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 182
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 183
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 184
Sang Spell 187
The Boxes 189
The Transall Saga 192
4 We Struggle and Give 195
Just People & Paper/Pen/Poem: A Young Writer's Way to Begin 195
Boss of the Plains: The Hat That Won the West 197
Jack London: A Biography 199
Blues: Its Birth and Growth 201
Martha Graham: A Dancer's Life 203
Circus: An Album 206
Chuck Close Up Close 208
Special Effects in Film and Television 210
Michelle Kwan, My Story: Heart of a Champion 212
How to Write Poetry 215
Where I'm From: Where Poems Come From 217
I, Too, Sing America: Three Centuries of African American Poetry 219
Ethan Between Us 221
Hero 223
Liberation: Teens in the Concentration Camps and the Teen Soldiers Who Liberated Them 225
A Traitor Among Us 228
Forgive the River, Forgive the Sky 230
The Joy of Pi 232
Samuel Adams: The Father of American Independence 234
Shimmy Shimmy Shimmy Like My Sister Kate: Looking at the Harlem Renaissance Through Poems 236
Princess Ka 'iulani: Hope of a Nation, Heart of a People 238
Harlem 241
Mine Eyes Have Seen 243
Thomas Jefferson: Architect of Democracy 245
The Quakers 248
Author/Title Index 251
Subject Index 263
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