Classic Teenplots: A Booktalk Guide to Use with Readers Ages 12-18

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Everything you need to create compelling booktalks featuring outstanding young adult novels that are mainstays in library collections. For each of the 100 titles selected, there is background information on the book and the author, a list of principal characters, a detailed plot summary, critical comment and notes on suitability, material on key themes and subjects, passages for booktalking, and selected titles that link these classics to contemporary titles.

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Overview

Everything you need to create compelling booktalks featuring outstanding young adult novels that are mainstays in library collections. For each of the 100 titles selected, there is background information on the book and the author, a list of principal characters, a detailed plot summary, critical comment and notes on suitability, material on key themes and subjects, passages for booktalking, and selected titles that link these classics to contemporary titles.

Everything you need to create compelling booktalks featuring outstanding young adult novels. The authors have chosen 100 classic YA titles published over the past 30 years based on literary merit, continued popularity, and availability (all titles are in print); and have categorized them into broad genres (Teen Life, Adventure, Sports, etc.). For each title, they provide an introduction that gives background information on the book and the author; a list of principal characters; a detailed plot summary; critical comment and notes on suitability; material on key themes and subjects, passages for booktalking; and references to sources of more information on the book and the author. Entries also feature selected titles that link these classics to contemporary titles. Building on previous volumes in the Juniorplots and Seniorplots series, this is an information-packed and lasting guide; it is a must-have for librarians who serve teens. Grades 6-12.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This book includes everything you need to create compelling booktalks for young adult novels. The authors have chosen 100 classic young adult titles from the past 30 years based on literary merit, continued popularity, and availability. . . . For each title, the guide provides an introduction that includes background information on the book and author, a list of principal characters, a detailed plot summary, critical commentary and notes on suitability, material on key themes and subjects, passages for booktalking, and references to sources for further information on the book and the author."

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Christian School Teacher

"Libraries in which the Juniorplots series is still available already have much of this material, but the updating and convenient one-volume format make this a worthwhile purchase."

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Booklist/Professional Reading

"This resource will appeal to those interested in presenting book talks to young people ages 12–18, or perhaps even younger with some titles. There is an eclectic mix of nearly one hundred old and new fiction titles with definite teen appeal. . . . Librarians, teachers, parents, and even students will find this a useful resource."

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Christian Library Journal

"Librarians looking for new booktalk material will find a treasure trove in this compilation of information about 100 titles. The authors present a variety of classic and newer literature, grouped by topics such as Teenage Life and Concerns, Science Fiction and Fantasy, and Important Nonfiction. They intentionally exclude Newbery and Printz winners, which are treated in The Newbery/Printz Companion (Libraries Unlimited, 2006). Each entry includes introductory material, a list of main characters, a plot summary, discussion of themes and subjects, highlighted points for booktalking, additional titles of interest, and pointers to more information about the book and its author. The entries are indexed by author, title, and subject, and the preface, A Guide to Booktalking, can serve as an introduction or a refresher course."

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School Library Journal

"Author, title, and subject indexes will assist in ease of use. Classic Teenplots will be welcomed by librarians, both school and public, who have long relied on the authors' out-of-print tools."

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VOYA

"Starred RevieW This book should become a staple for high school librarians. . . . Each title provides the reader with an introduction that gives background information on the book and author; a list of principal characters, plot summary; critical commentary and notes on suitability, key themes and subjects, passages for booktalking (I really liked that!), and reference sources of more information on the book and the author. This book is clearly written, easy-to-use, and features excellent indexing including not only author, title, and subject, but also selected websites on children's literature and authors. Highly recommended."

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Library Media Connection

VOYA - Ruth Cox Clark
Prefaced by a brief guide to booktalking are one hundred entries for in-print classic titles for teens, taken from the out-of-print Juniorplots and Seniorplots series. Additional titles have been added to round out the eight theme/genre-based sections, which include topics such as Teenage Life and Concerns, Historical Fiction and Other Lands, and Important Nonfiction. Each entry includes an introduction of the author and the title, with depth of author coverage varying greatly among entries. Principle characters are listed along with extensive plot summaries. Themes and subjects are addressed, passages of text for excerpt-style booktalks are listed, as well as four other titles similar in theme. A bibliography of professional resources about the author, from a handful to a myriad per entry, is included. For the librarian or English teacher seeking plot summaries of well-known realistic fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and historical fiction titles that have weathered the test of time, this excellent resource offers from sixteen to twenty titles per section. The sections for animal and sports stories as well as nonfiction have only five titles each, however. The appendix listing Web sites related to children's literature will be useful, but the only site specific to young adult literature is the Michael L. Printz Awards, none of which are included in this resource. Author, title, and subject indexes will assist in ease of use. Classic Teenplots will be welcomed by librarians, both school and public, who have long relied on the authors' out-of-print tools.
School Library Journal

Librarians looking for new booktalk material will find a treasure trove in this compilation of information about 100 titles. The authors present a variety of classic and newer literature, grouped by topics such as "Teenage Life and Concerns," "Science Fiction and Fantasy," and "Important Nonfiction." They intentionally exclude Newbery and Printz winners, which are treated in The Newbery/Printz Companion (Libraries Unlimited, 2006). Each entry includes introductory material, a list of main characters, a plot summary, discussion of themes and subjects, highlighted points for booktalking, additional titles of interest, and pointers to more information about the book and its author. The entries are indexed by author, title, and subject, and the preface, "A Guide to Booktalking," can serve as an introduction or a refresher course.
—Beth GallegoCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

Meet the Author

JOHN T. GILLESPIE, former Dean and Instructor of Library Science, Long Island University, N.Y., has authoried numerous books in the areas of library management, school libraries, and children's and young adult literature.

CORINNE J. NADEN is a freelance writer and editor based in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. She has published more than 30 books.

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Table of Contents

A brief guide to booktalking
1 Teenage life and concerns 1
2 Social concerns and problems 71
3 Science fiction and fantasy 131
4 Historical fiction and other lands 183
5 Adventure and mystery stories 231
6 Animal stories 277
7 Sport stories 291
8 Important nonfiction 307
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