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Episode 20 — Connecting with the Classics


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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 15:38
Original Air Date Published November 01, 2009

Music in this podcast is courtesy of Scott Andrew.


Connecting with the Classics


Connecting with the Classics

A growing number of books from the field of YA literature give teens a range of innovative ways to connect with classic works of literature. Tune in to hear about recent titles that retell or reinvent classic stories, others that reimagine the lives of classic authors, and still others that invoke classic texts in contemporary storylines.

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

  • Beowulf by Gareth Hinds (Candlewick, 2007)
  • King Lear by Gareth Hinds (Candlewick, 2009)
  • The Merchant of Venice by Gareth Hinds (Candlewick, 2008)
  • Hamlet by John Marsden (Candlewick, 2009)
  • Exposure by Mal Peet (Candlewick, 2009)
  • The Ghosts of Kerfol by Deborah Noyes (Candlewick, 2008)
  • Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath by Stephanie Hemphill (Knopf, 2007)
  • A Voice of Her Own: Becoming Emily Dickinson by Barbara Dana (HarperTeen, 2009)
  • Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson (Putnam, 2007)
  • In Search of Mockingbird by Loretta Ellsworth (Henry Holt, 2007)
  • King Dork by Frank Portman (Delacorte, 2006)
  • Shelf Discovery: The Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading by Lizzie Skurnick (HarperCollins, 2009)