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

Libraries Unltd. 342p. bibliogs. indexes. c2003. 1-56308-921-1. $48.00.

Gillespie, former Dean and Instructor of Library Science at Long Island Univ., New York, 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, and include some adult titles with YA appeal as well: e.g., Speak, Stuck in Neutral, Into Thin Air, Far North, A Single Shard, Timeline, Ender's Shadow, Forgotten Fire, The Joy Luck Club, The Nazi Olympics, and Chicken Soup 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, 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 seeking new titles for their curricula. Paula Rohrlick, KLIATT
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Date:Jan 1, 2004
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