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Friday, April 23, 2010

Teen Book Groups

There are several libraries in our system that have had very successful book discussion groups for teens. If you are thinking of doing something like this, there are a few resources right here in western Wisconsin for you to consider!

Susan Pesheck from River Falls has had a well-attended and rewarding book discussion group for teens for several years.

Chris Byerly in Frederic is working with a treatment facility in town and holding book discussion groups for at-risk teen girls. She even got a grant from ALA to continue this great work!

Elaine Meyer from Amery is a past recipient of grants from ALA for book discussions for at-risk kids, and she also can talk to you about Manga discussion groups, and general discussion groups with teens.

How about you? Do you have a group for teens? What has worked? What hasn't worked? How do you choose books? Let us know!

The Amery library has large sets of books they can lend for book discussions--just contact the library. Here is a list of Amery's collection, which Elaine has used in a variety of discussion settings. There's some great variety in this list!

Speak By Laurie Halse Anderson 12 copies

A Spell For a Chameleon By Piers Anthony 8 copies

Tithe By Holly Black 11 copies

Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte 9 copies

Ender's Game By Orson Scott Card 10 copies

My Antonia By Willa Cather 10 copies

The House on Mango Street By Sandra Ciseros 11 copies

City of Bones By Cassandra Clare 12 copies

Gingerbread By Rachel Cohn 6 copies

House of the Scorpion By Nancy Farmer 13 copies

Hound of the Baskervilles By Arthur Conan Doyle 9 copies

The Eyre Affair By Jasper Fforde 9 copies

Lord of the Flies By William Golding 10 copies

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time By M. Haddon 10 copies

King Solomon's Mines By H. Rider Haggard 11 copies

Godless By Pete Hautman 11 copies

Invisible By Pete Hautman 11 copies

Siddhartha By Herman Hesse 11 copies

Geeks By Jon Katz 10 copies

Secret Life of Bees By Sue Monk Kidd 9 copies

Crack in the Line By Michael Lawrence 9 copies

The Call of the Wild By Jack London 9 copies

The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency By Alexander McCall Smith 8 copies

I Am Legend By Richard Matheson 12 copies

Tree Girl By Ben Mikaelsen 9 copies

Dairy Queen By Catherine Murdock 10 copies

The Car By Gary Paulsen 9 copies

My Sister's Keeper By Jodi Picoult 10 copies

The Golden Compass By Phillip Pullman 11 copies

Ishmael By Dan Quinn 7 copies

The Radioactive Boy Scout By Ken Silverstein 8 copies

A Walk to Remember By Nicholas Sparks 7 copies

Uncle Tom's Cabin By Harriet Beecher Stowe 10 copies

Falling Through the Earth By DAnielle Trussoni 9 copies

Stuck in Neutral By Terry Trueman 10 copies

The Traveler By John Twelve Hawks 10 copies

Saturday Night Dirt By Will Weaver 12 copies

Double Helix By Nancy Werlin 10 copies

The Picture of Dorian Gray By Oscar Wilde 10 copies

Make Lemonade By Virginia Euwer Wolff 9 copies

The Book Thief By Markus Zuzak 10 copies

1 comment:

  1. Great to know, I've been thinking about starting a teen book club.