Mini Booktalk on The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
I haven’t used this with teens yet, but feel free to use it in a library if you’d like.
Life isn’t easy on greasers, and greasers aren’t easy on life. These teens throw punches at their friends for fun, and pull out switchblades and guns on their rivals, the rich kids in their town. Ponyboy, yes that’s his real name, lives with his two older brothers, and the greaser life is all they know.
Late one night, a chance encounter with the rich kids will leave one rival dead, and two greaser friends on the run from the law. Can Ponyboy handle the tough life, and can his brothers keep him safe? To find out more about how these boys laugh at danger and live to tell the tale, read The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.
Posted in Library Career, Young Adult Literature
Tagged book talk, Booktalk, S.E. Hinton, The Outsiders, YA Fiction, YA Lit, YA Literature, Young Adult books, Young Adult Librarianship, Young Adult Literature
Oh my! It’s been awhile since I last posted. I’m sorry! My summer class on children’s literature, along with the move to my new apartment, has kept me safely away from blogging for too long.
The fall semester just started, and I’m settling in nicely to my new place. This semester, I’m taking three courses: management of school library media centers, resources for the school curriculum, and young adult literature (this one with a particularly prominent player in the field).
Even though I’ve just begun the semester, I feel like I’ve been doing a lot of teen reads of note recently:
-The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins was phenomenal.
– The Midnight Palace by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, author of my beloved Shadow of the Wind, was alright but largely disappointing.
–The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, one of the new classics I somehow missed during adolescence.
–Monster by Walter Dean Myers is shaping up to be the first audio book I’ve really enjoyed. Most other audio books I’ve felt forced to finish, scarcely desiring to change the CD in my car. This one, however, is most engaging.
For the YA Lit course, every week is dedicated to a different genre, and I get to choose the trade books I want to read from a list of a half dozen or so for each genre. I like being able to choose what I like, especially in some genres that may have pronounced variation within them. I plan to write miniature book talks for each, in order to remember what I liked best about them. More to come soon….
Posted in Blogging & Writing, Master's Degree - MLS, Young Adult Literature
Tagged Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Hunger Games, Monster, moving, S.E. Hinton, Suzanne Collins, The Midnight Palace, The Outsiders, Walter Dean Myers, YA, YA Fiction, YA Lit, YA Literature, Young Adult Literature
The list of top ten teen fiction books was announced this month. Here’s the link to promotional video material featuring WWE Diva Eve Torres.
Here’s the list:
- Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
- City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
- Heist Society by Ally Carter
- Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
- Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
- Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
- Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
- If I Stay by Gayle Forman
- Fire by Kristin Cashore
- Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Can anyone make a personal recommendation of any of these from the list? I haven’t read any of these yet, and I’d like something to read after I finish Sharp North.
Posted in Book Lists, Young Adult Literature
Tagged ALA YALSA, Patrick Cave, Sharp North, Teen Fiction, Teen Lit, Teen Literature, Teens' Top Ten, YA, YA Fiction, YA Lit, YA Literature, YA Top Ten, YALSA
Thanks to my friend and fellow library professional, Christy Hartigan, I happened upon this great site supporting young adult (YA) literature. Sync seeks to encourage young adults (ages 13+) to listen to audiobook versions of both contemporary and classic titles in YA lit.
According to the Sync homepage:
What is SYNC?
• SYNC is an online community that seeks to build the audience for audiobooks among readers 13 and up.
• Each week, SYNC will give away 2 FREE downloads–a popular Young Adult title paired with a Classic title that appears on Summer Reading lists–starting July 1 through September 1, 2010.
• SYNC is hosted by Audiobook Community, a new social networking site for the discovery of audiobooks.
• Listeners can choose to join a conversation about these titles with authors, narrators, publishers, librarians, and other listeners. (Listeners are not required to join Audiobook Community to follow the conversation on SYNC nor to download FREE titles from SYNC.)
In addition to the free weekly downloads, they offer great freebie downloads for librarians & educators: bookmarks, posters, newsletters, and more. So download this week’s free audiobook and enjoy the YA audiobook community. Tell me what you think of this recommendation in the comments section – anyone try out Sync?
Posted in Audiobooks, Library Work, Young Adult Literature
Tagged audio book, Audiobook Sync, Audiobooks, children's books, Children's librarianship, classics, contemporary, fiction, library, Sync, YA, YA Lit, Young Adult, Young Adult Literature