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Episode 8 — Books Worth Owning


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Text Messages: Recommendations for Adolescent Readers

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Grades 6 – 12
Podcast Series Text Messages: Recommendations for Adolescent Readers
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Duration 12:46
Original Air Date Published November 01, 2008

Music in this podcast is courtesy of Scott Andrew.


Books Worth Owning


Books Worth Owning

With so many books being published for teens, how do readers go about deciding which ones are good enough to own?  Hearing about the distinctive qualities of outstanding young adult literature can help readers to make informed choices.  In this episode, you'll hear about those qualities along with a wide range of great new titles including adventure books, historical fiction, coming of age books, and story collections.

After listening to this episode, be sure to print out this list of recommended titles to take to the library or book seller.

Recommendations in this episode include

  • Impossible by Nancy Werlin (Dial, 2008)
  • The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson (Henry Holt, 2008)
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic, 2008)
  • The Compound by S. A. Bodeen (Feiwel & Friends, 2008)
  • Mexican WhiteBoy by Matt de la Pena (Delacorte, 2008)
  • The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart (Hyperion, 2008)
  • Laika by Nick Abadzis (First Second, 2007)
  • Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson (Simon & Schuster, 2008)
  • Does This Book Make Me Look Fat? edited by Marissa Walsh (Clarion, 2008)
  • Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan (Arthur A. Levine, 2009)
  • Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott (Simon Pulse, 2008)