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Gillespie, John T. & Naden, Corinne J. Teenplots; a booktalk guide to use with readers ages 12-18.

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Gillespie, former Dean and Instructor of Library Science at Long Island Univ., New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of
, has teamed up with freelance writer/editor Naden to offer 100 thoughtful booktalks for teenagers. The titles are well chosen and mostly recent YA fiction and nonfiction non·fic·tion  
1. Prose works other than fiction: I've read her novels but not her nonfiction.

2. The category of literature consisting of works of this kind.
, and include some adult titles with YA appeal as well: e.g., Speak, Stuck in Neutral, Into Thin Air, Far North, A Single Shard A Single Shard is the winner of the 2002 Newbery Medal, awarded for excellence in children's literature. The novel was written by Linda Sue Park, and is set in 12th-century Korea. , Timeline, Ender's Shadow, Forgotten Fire, The Joy Luck Club, The Nazi Olympics, and Chicken Soup chicken soup Chicken broth Folk medicine Jewish penicillin A fowl broth with a long tradition as a home remedy for URIs, which may be a nasal decongestant, inhibit growth of pneumococci in vitro, and stimulate immune responsiveness in WBCs Mainstream medicine A  for the Teenage Soul. The booktalks are organized into nine sections: teenage life and concerns, social and family problems, mystery and adventure, science fiction and fantasy, historical fiction and other lands, sports in fact and fiction, biography and general nonfiction, guidance and health, and "Challenging Adult Novels," such as Girl With a Pearl Earring The Girl with a Pearl Earring (Dutch: Het meisje met de parel) is one of Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer's masterworks and as the name implies, uses a pearl earring for a focal point. , Oliver Twist, and Their Eyes Were Watching God.

For each book, there is background information on the author; a brief description of the principal characters: a plot summary about a page long; "suitability and critical comment," indicating appropriate audience and grades; themes and subjects; suggested passages for booktalking; and additional selections, books with related themes. Brief bibliographies "about the book," listing reviews, and "about the author" follow. Author, title, and subject indexes make it easy to locate material. This is a well-organized resource that will be useful to any YA librarian, and of interest to English teachers English Teachers (airing internationally as Taipei Diaries) is a Canadian documentary television series. The series, which airs on Canada's Life Network and internationally, profiles several young Canadians teaching English as a Second Language in Taipei, Taiwan.  seeking new titles for their curricula. Paula Rohrlick, KLIATT
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Date:Jan 1, 2004
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