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  1. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    Teens and Trauma
    Young adult literature about teens and trauma provides a window into mental illness and the toll it takes on young people. Stories of teens who are dealing with depression, anger, or the wish to die can be difficult to read, but they are important. They give voice to a particular kind of suffering, and they help us develop a deeper understanding of emotional pain. Just as important, they show us how people survive that pain and begin the process of healing. Tune in to hear about six new novels that focus on teens, trauma, and mental illness.
  2. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    Teens as Change Agents
    Books featuring teens as change agents call attention to young people who are lobbying for change in their schools, communities, and the larger world. Tune in to hear about teens who work for change by participating in political campaigns, defying social hierarchies, and even going to war.
  3. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    Teen Sexuality
    Tune in to hear about an array of nonfiction books on teen sexuality – some about the mechanics of sex, some about the media and body image, some written by teens themselves. You'll hear about books for older as well as younger readers, boys as well as girls, gay teens as well as those who are straight or questioning.
  4. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    Teens on the Margins
    In this episode, you'll hear about an assortment of old and new titles featuring teens who live on the margins of middle class society - teens whose lives too often go unseen.
  5. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   4 – 8  |  Activity & Project
    Unveiling Idioms: A Game of Concentration
    Brainstorm popular expressions with friends and family, then explore their meanings through game play and writing/drawing/cut-and-paste activities.
  6. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    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.
  7. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    Visual Texts for Teens
    Readers of picture books and graphic novels know that visual images sometimes tell a story in a way that words cannot. Tune in to hear about newly-published middle grade and young adult fiction, graphic novels, biographies, travel memoirs, and informational books, all of which use visual material in ways that enrich the text's meaning.
  8. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    #weneeddiversebooks
    Even if they are few in number, diverse books do exist. Tune in to hear about recently-published YA titles that celebrate diversity in a range of genres. There's something for every reader here: comic book superheroes, Civil Rights history, love stories, humorous essays, poetry, artwork, and stories of suspense.

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