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Episode 2 — Teen Time Travel


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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 11:37
Original Air Date Published May 01, 2008

Music in this podcast is courtesy of Scott Andrew.


Teen Time Travel


Teen Time Travel

Readers with an interest in science fiction-or those who are simply curious about what the future may hold-will surely find something they like in this episode. Each book presents a different vision of what life in the future may be like, both for better and for worse.

Featured Title: Unwind by Neal Shusterman (Simon and Schuster, 2007)

  • A 2008 YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, Unwind is a novel that will have readers absorbed in its well-developed characters and thrilling plot as they read ... and ready to talk about the issues it raises for days after finishing it. Shusterman presents a vision of the future that is both engaging and disturbing.

Additional Recommendations

  • Feed by M.T. Anderson (Candlewick, 2002); audiobook read by David Aaron Baker (Random House Audio, 2003)
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry (Bantam, 1993)
  • Taken by Edward Bloor (Knopf, 2007)
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (Harper Perennial, 1932)
  • The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (Anchor, 1985)

Encourage adolescent readers to read more than one recommended book and then help them use the ReadWriteThink Venn Diagram Tool or the Compare & Contrast Map to form a response to two different visions of the future!