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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 24:02
Original Air Date Published April 27, 2014

Music in this podcast is courtesy of Scott Andrew.

 

Podcast Episodes

Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode

A Conversation with Patricia McCormick

While all YA authors focus in some way on the process of young people coming of age, very few do so with the depth and versatility you will find in the novels of Patricia McCormick. Tune in to hear the story behind her latest novel, Never Fall Down, the harrowing and heartbreaking account of Khmer Rouge survivor Arn Chorn-Pond.

 

Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode

A Conversation with Chris Crutcher

Tune in to hear the about the ideas behind Crutcher's newest book, Period 8; his thoughts on writing in honest language for teenagers; and what readers have told him about the impact of his stories.

 

Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode

A Conversation with Kristin Cashore

Kristin Cashore is one of those rare authors whose books are deep and beautiful, and whose work helps readers gain perspective on their own lives. Tune in to hear about Kristin’s process of writing Bitterblue, how music helps her with writing, and how she copes when writing gets hard.

 

Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode

A Conversation with Judy Blume

Tune in to hear Judy Blume talk about how she got her start and learned the craft of writing from her long-time editor, Dick Jackson; what it’s like returning to her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, which is the setting for her current novel; and how she’s responded to the many parodies and tributes that seal her place in popular culture.

 

Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode

A Conversation with Walter Dean Myers

If there is anyone in the world of children’s and young adult literature who could be described as a living legend, it’s Walter Dean Myers. Tune in to hear how his own experiences as a reader have shaped his approach to storytelling, what he seeks to offer young people through his writing, and the thinking behind a select handful of his novels – books that incorporate concepts as varied as magical realism, the social contract, and oral histories with our nation’s war veterans.

 

Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode

A Conversation with Matt de la Peña

Tune in to hear Matt discuss some of the thinking behind his newest novel, We Were Here.

 

Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode

A Conversation with Laurie Halse Anderson

In this episode, Laurie Halse Anderson talks about her newest book, Wintergirls.

 

Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode

A Conversation with John Green

Tune in to hear John discuss why he writes for teens, what he believes readers can gain from their English classes, and some of the thinking behind his newest book, Paper Towns.

 

Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode

A Conversation with Sara Zarr

Tune in to hear Sara Zarr discuss religious faith and some of the thinking behind her newest novel, Once Was Lost.

 

Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode

A Conversation with Nancy Werlin

In the world of YA fiction, there’s no one better than Nancy Werlin at sucking you into a suspenseful tale that will also lead you to reflect deeply on human nature. Tune in to hear Nancy discuss the appeal of dark stories and the inspiration for her newest novel, Extraordinary.

 

Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode

A Conversation with Deborah Wiles

Tune in to hear how Deborah Wiles uses visual artifacts-including news headlines and song lyrics, maps and snapshots, cartoons and excerpts from speeches-to tell a story about the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis through the eyes of an eleven-year-old girl.

 

Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode

A Conversation with Matthew Quick

Matthew Quick's debut YA novel, Sorta Like a Rock Star, offers up a story of hope. Tune in to hear Quick talk about main character Amber Appleton, the ways she affects people, and the challenges of writing novels that foreground hope.

 

Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode

A Conversation with A.S. King

Tune in to hear about the seeds behind her newest novel, Everybody Sees the Ants. We’ll discuss how several of the novel’s key elements came about during Amy’s writing process, how The Vagina Monologues connects thematically to elements of the text focused on bullying and torture, and how satire helped her to make a key point about Lucky Linderman’s process of coming to terms with the adult world.

 

Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode

A Conversation with Coe Booth

Tune in to hear how Coe Booth worked through the challenges of writing Bronxwood, how she makes sense of her characters’ actions, and how her books challenge readers to develop critical social consciousness.

 

Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode

A Conversation with Francisco X. Stork

In the world of young adult literature, there are certain authors readers can count on to engage both their minds and their hearts in a good story. Francisco X. Stork is one of those authors. Tune in to hear how Francisco’s novels explore themes of religious faith and ambition, how his own life experiences are reflected in his books, and how he thinks about the diverse Latino characters he has created.

 

Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode

A Conversation with E. Lockhart

Tune in to hear E. Lockhart talk about creating girl characters who try to ignite social change and challenge social hierarchies, the approach she takes to the writing process, and her thoughts on reader response to her books.

 

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