Connecting with Reluctant Teen Readers: Tips, Titles, and Tools

Hardcover (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 96%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (7) from $1.99   
  • New (1) from $57.60   
  • Used (6) from $1.99   


The advice you need to transform reluctant readers! It may sometimes seem impossible to get some kids to read, but YA experts Patrick Jones, Maureen Hartman, and Patricia Taylor believe in some proven tips, titles, and tools to make the impossible happen. They show you how to entice reluctant readers, what types of books are most likely to grab and keep their interest, and how to connect different kinds of readers with different genres (graphic novels, realistic fiction, mystery, fantasy, magazines, nonfiction, short stories, and more). The featured lists include over 600 sure-fire books, magazines, and series:
• Best Books for Struggling Middle School Readers
• Best Books for Boys of All Ages
• Best New Adult Fiction and Classics for Teens
• Best Turn-Around Titles that Get Non-Readers Reading
• Best Magazines and Comic Books You will also find quick and easy guidance for using booktalks (including 50 ready-to-use scripts), reading surveys, and an exhaustive bibliography of resources to consult. Throughout the book, popular YA authors—Michael Cart, Rachel Cohn, R.L. Stine, and many more—share their thoughts on teen reading and how they entice their readers. Patrick Jones—winner of ALA's 2006 Grolier Award for stimulation and guidance of reading by children and young people—Maureen Hartman, and Patricia Taylor have assembled the one-stop resource you need to transform reluctant readers.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Diane Emge Colson
For teachers and librarians working with teenagers, witnessing the transformation from reluctant reader to avid reader is one of life's sweetest triumphs. Youth who begin by professing that they "hate reading" end up pestering their young adult librarians for more and more suggestions. If one is looking for inspired ways to get more kids from the "hate reading" to the "love reading" stage, here is the perfect book. A masterful compilation of "tips, titles, and tools" is amassed from the expertise of YA librarians, teachers, and researchers across the country. As many professionals working with teens already suspect, there is no one model of reluctant teen reader, and thus no one remedy that will sweep everyone along the path of happy reading. In one chapter, four types of such readers are identified (dormant, uncommitted, unmotivated, and unskilled), and strategies for engaging each type are suggested. Elsewhere the professional tendency to classify certain kinds of reading (e.g. magazines, repair manuals) as substandard is examined. Are librarians consistently discouraging readers with their well-meaning guidance toward the same set of award-winning books? The entire second half of the book is devoted to booklists, the majority of which are annotated. For most librarians and teachers, good readers' advisory starts with good recommendations, and this book includes more than 150 pages of suggested titles, all indexed by title, subject, and author. Go ahead and invest in this book to really make a difference in the reading lives of teenagers.
School Library Journal

Well written and well researched, this practical hands-on guide to defining and wooing reluctant readers is a must-read for librarians and teachers who work with adolescents. It is divided into three parts: "Tips That Work," "Titles That Work," and "Tools That Work." Reluctant readers are identified and interviewed as to why they do not want to read, and techniques are suggested for guiding them through required reading. Books that will engage nonreaders are listed by category, such as science fiction and fantasy, graphic novels, audiobooks, biography, and changing bodies. Among the many helpful lists are "Best Forty Magazines for Reluctant Readers" and "Turnaround Titles-Fifty-Seven Varieties of Great Reading Experiences." And there is a wonderful chapter on booktalking. A 12-question reading survey will enable librarians to ask their students about their reading interests and to provide feedback when planning programs or purchasing new materials.
—Kathleen A. NesterCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555705718
  • Publisher: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 314
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Tips that work 1
1 Who are reluctant readers? 7
2 Why are they reluctant to read? 17
3 How can we help? 35
4 What kinds of books work? 75
Pt. II Titles that work 115
Turnaround titles - fifty-seven varieties of great reading experiences 117
Fiction 121
Nonfiction 159
Graphic novels and comics 191
Other lists 201
Pt. III Tools that work 229
Booktalking 101 231
Reading survey 263
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)