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Episode 14 — Teen Literature and Technology


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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 15:16
Original Air Date Published May 01, 2009

Music in this podcast is courtesy of Scott Andrew.


Teen Literature and Technology


Teen Literature and Technology

Over the past five years, a variety of authors have taken up the Internet as a source for the plotlines and the format of their novels.  In this episode, you'll hear about books that "break the rules of writing" by telling stories in the form of emails, blog entries, and instant messages.  Also featured are books that raise questions about the risks of online interactions and the reasons why teens go public with online writing.  Finally, you'll hear about online resources that provide even more information about great books for teens.

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

  • TTYL (Talk to You Later), part of the Internet Girls Series by Lauren Myracle
    (Amulet Books, 2004)
  • Rob & Sara.com by P.J. Petersen and Ivy Ruckman (Delacorte, 2004)
  • Heart on My Sleeve by Ellen Wittlinger (Simon & Schuster, 2004)
  • Something to Blog About by Shana Norris (Amulet Books, 2008)
  • Serafina67 *urgently requires life* by Susie Day (Scholastic, 2008)
  • The Truth about Truman School by Dori Hillestad Butler (Albert Whitman & Company, May 2008)
  • Katie.com (A Girl's Life Online in paperback) by Katherine Tarbox (Dutton, 2000)
  • Geeks: How Two Lost Boys Rode the Internet Out of Idaho by Jon Katz (Villard, 2000)