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Radical Reads 2: Working with the Newest Edgy Titles for Teens

Radical Reads 2: Working with the Newest Edgy Titles for Teens

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In Radical Reads, Joni Richards Bodart identified 101 young adult books that featured gritty, complex plots, focused on multidimensional characters, and tackled such difficult subjects as teenage pregnancy, dysfunctional families, gangs, prejudice, violence, drugs, or other provocative issues. Teen readers were drawn to such books because they could identify with both the characters and the situations depicted in these raw and edgy works of fiction. In Radical Reads 2: Working with the Newest Edgy Titles for Teens, Bodart continues where the first book left off, examining more than a hundred titles published since the previous edition. The books featured here are engaging and tough, yet well written and accessible to readers. For each novel, Bodart lists the main characters, major themes and subject areas, and offers a brief summary. Along with providing book report ideas, she cites the strengths of each work, excerpts important reviews, and lists any awards the book has received. Indexed by author, title, subject, curriculum area, reading level, interest level, and genre, Radical Reads 2 is an indispensable tool for librarians, teachers, and parents alike, and will appeal especially to teens looking for relevant and topical fiction.
In Radical Reads, Joni Richards Bodart identified 101 young adult books that featured gritty, complex plots, focused on multidimensional characters, and tackled such difficult subjects as teenage pregnancy, dysfunctional families, gangs, prejudice, violence, drugs, or other provocative issues. Teen readers were drawn to such books because they could identify with both the characters and the situations depicted in these raw and edgy works of fiction. In Radical Reads 2: Working with the Newest Edgy Titles for Teens, Bodart continues where the first book left off, examining more than a hundred titles published since the previous edition. The books featured here are engaging and tough, yet well written and accessible to readers. For each novel, Bodart lists the main characters, major themes and subject areas, and offers a brief summary. Along with providing book report ideas, she cites the strengths of each work, excerpts important reviews, and lists any awards the book has received. Indexed by author, title, subject, curriculum area, reading level, interest level, and genre, Radical Reads 2 is an indispensable tool for librarians, teachers, and parents alike, and will appeal especially to teens looking for relevant and topical fiction.

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This collection of a hundred teen novels covering roughly the last decade of publishing for young adults is indicative of the seeming contest among young adult writers to become more and more realistic and controversial with no holds barred. Dysfunction is the key element in the plots here complete with the accompanying struggles and a dim prospect of a happy ending, but hopefully with a bit of maturity stirred in. The question here is, who likes to read about other’s misfortune? Does it make a teen more comfortable knowing that a fictional character is in the same mud puddle? If you have patrons demanding such literature, Bodardt picks the best of the lot and for each title gives a myriad of ideas for promotion, use, theme, subjects, plot, reviews and anything else imaginable that teen public librarians and teacher librarians might find useful. Sample titles include: Almost Home, Boy Meets Boy, Cut, Double Helix, Holdup, Luch, Sandpiper, Twisted, and Zigzag. Bodart makes various lists worth reading such as Risks and strengths of the title. For example, in Hurricane Song, risks include: gangs of bullies rob, rape, and kill; brutal descriptions of violent deaths. For strengths, she lists: realistic dialog, settings, and characters; characters change and gain insight; shows how quickly civilization can be stripped away. An example of a theme for this title is: What you love gives back everything you put into it, whether is football or music. Extracts from reviews are given for each title so the reader can know, in the selection process, whether the title fits the needs of the teens in a local community. So, as a selection tool and usage tool, this work is thorough and informing. And, if this genre of literature fits your collection, this is an excellent selection guide.
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