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

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

by John T. Gillespie, Corinne J. Naden
     
 

Award-winning author and literature expert John T. Gillespie and author Corrine Naden treat you to lively and detailed commentary on 100 of the most recent, popular, and often-read books for young adults at the junior and senior high school level. You will easily be able to familiarize yourself with the books and deliver tantalizing booktalks on some of the hottest

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Overview

Award-winning author and literature expert John T. Gillespie and author Corrine Naden treat you to lively and detailed commentary on 100 of the most recent, popular, and often-read books for young adults at the junior and senior high school level. You will easily be able to familiarize yourself with the books and deliver tantalizing booktalks on some of the hottest titles for teens. The guide covers books in a wide range of subjects and interests—books that appeal to various reading levels and abilities. For each title, the authors provide background information on the book and the author; character lists; a plot summary; comments on suitability; lists of themes; passages for booktalking; similar titles; and resources for more information. A must-have booktalk guide! Grades 7-12.

Here's everything you need to create compelling booktalks for school assignments and pleasure reading books for teens in junior and senior high. Books are organized by genre and theme into 9 sections: teenage life and concerns, social and family problems, mystery and adventure, science fiction and fantasy, historical fiction and other lands, sports in fact and fiction, biography and general nonfiction, guidance and health, and challenging adult titles. Grades 7-12.

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Editorial Reviews

KLIATT
Gillespie, former Dean and Instructor of Library Science at Long Island Univ., New York, has teamed up with freelance writer/editor Naden to offer 100 thoughtful booktalks for teenagers. The titles are well chosen and mostly recent YA fiction and nonfiction, and include some adult titles with YA appeal as well: e.g., Speak, Stuck in Neutral, Into Thin Air, Far North, A Single Shard, Timeline, Ender's Shadow, Forgotten Fire, The Joy Luck Club, The Nazi Olympics, and Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul. The booktalks are organized into nine sections: teenage life and concerns, social and family problems, mystery and adventure, science fiction and fantasy, historical fiction and other lands, sports in fact and fiction, biography and general nonfiction, guidance and health, and "Challenging Adult Novels," such as Girl With a Pearl Earring, Oliver Twist, and Their Eyes Were Watching God. For each book, there is background information on the author; a brief description of the principal characters; a plot summary about a page long; "suitability and critical comment," indicating appropriate audience and grades; themes and subjects; suggested passages for booktalking; and additional selections, books with related themes. Brief bibliographies "about the book," listing reviews, and "about the author" follow. Author, title, and subject indexes make it easy to locate material. This is a well-organized resource that will be useful to any YA librarian, and of interest to English teachers seeking new titles for their curricula. KLIATT Codes: P-Recommended. 2003, Libraries Unltd, 342p. bibliogs. indexes., Ages adult.
— Paula Rohrlick
School Library Journal
While booktalking is beneficial for middle and high school students, it is difficult for media specialists to keep up with the many titles that are published each year. This guide provides abundant information about 100 books with references to several hundred more. The books are organized by theme, including social and family problems, challenging adult novels, and sports in fact and fiction. Each title begins with a bit about the author and bibliographic information. Characters are described, followed by plot summaries, themes, and critical comments. Related or similar titles are mentioned, along with suggested passages to read aloud. Each annotation concludes with sources for further information about the book or author. Potentially controversial scenes are described and an age range for each title is suggested. Author, title, and subject indexes add to the usability of this well-organized resource. While this volume is no substitute for reading the titles one booktalks or recommends, it is a well-designed and thoughtful starting point to help professionals select and become familiar with a wide range of literature.-Susan McCaffrey, Haslett High School, MI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563089213
Publisher:
Libraries Unlimited
Publication date:
09/30/2003
Series:
Book Clubs and Booktalking Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
12 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

JOHN T. GILLESPIE is former Dean and Instructor of Library Science at Long Island University, New York. He has authored numerous books in areas of library management, school libraries, and children's and young adult literature.

CORINNE J. NADEN is a freelance writer and editor and has published more than 30 books.

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