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Text Messages: Recommendations for Adolescent Readers

Text Messages: Recommendations for Adolescent Readers

Podcast for Grades 6 – 12

Text Messages is a monthly podcast providing families, educators, out-of-school practitioners, and tutors reading recommendations they can pass along to teen readers. Each episode will feature in-depth recommendations of titles that will engage and excite teen readers.



Jennifer Buehler, Ph.D.

Jennifer Buehler, Ph.D.

Jennifer Buehler taught English for ten years before earning a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan's Joint Program in English and Education. As a high school teacher, she developed an 800-book classroom library designed to engage and inspire her ninth grade students as readers. Watching students select reading materials led Jennifer to expand her own reading accordingly, allowing her to match books successfully with teens' wide-ranging tastes and interests.

As a teacher consultant with the Eastern Michigan Writing Project, Jennifer regularly led workshops on young adult literature for parents, area teachers, and students in university methods classes. Now Assistant Professor of English Education at Saint Louis University, Jennifer teaches classes on English methods and young adult literature.  She serves on the board of NCTE's Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN), and she was a member of ALAN's first Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Committee.

In addition to writing for ReadWriteThink, Jennifer is the host of Text Messages: Recommendations for Teen Readers, a monthly podcast focusing on the best of new young adult literature.


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Episode 37  |  Published April 05, 2011

New and Noteworthy Nonfiction

Tune in to hear about newly-published biographies, memoirs, and essay collections as well as titles that explore history, science, and social issues.


Episode 36  |  Published February 24, 2011

Musical Books for Teens

In this episode, you'll hear about fiction and nonfiction books that explore the importance of music in the lives of young people.


Episode 35  |  Published February 01, 2011

Celebrating Teen Book Awards

This year’s American Library Association Youth Media Awards celebrate books in a range of style and subject matter. Tune in to hear a report on the year’s most distinguished titles for teens.


Episode 34  |  Published January 11, 2011

Vampires, Werewolves, Zombies, and More

Vampire books—along with books about werewolves and zombies—are a big business in YA publishing today. Tune in to hear about some of the most popular vampire, werewolf, and zombie titles currently being read and shared by teens, plus titles that offer funny spoofs and satires of the Twilight trend.


Episode 33  |  Published December 20, 2010

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.

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