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Episode 3 — Life's Journeys: Help Along the Way


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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 11:30
Original Air Date Published June 01, 2008

Music in this podcast is courtesy of Scott Andrew.


Life's Journeys: Help Along the Way


Life's Journeys: Help Along the Way

Adolescent readers may already be familiar with the important roles mentors play in their own lives and in some narratives, especially movies. Recent movies such as Surf's Up and Cars, and more classic films such as Star Wars and The Karate Kid, feature prominent adolescent-mentor relationships.

These movies can provide the starting point for your recommendation of one or more of the titles in this episode's podcast. Tap into teen and preteen readers' interest in adolescent-mentor relationships with these recommendations!

Featured Title: 47 by Walter Mosley (Little, Brown, 2005)

47 is a strange and wonderful combination of historical fiction and science fiction. A young slave known only as "47" is guided to maintain his dignity while never taking way that of another by a mysterious mentor named Tall John. Readers who enjoy this title may want to check out some of the books recommended in Text Messages Episode 2: Teen Time Travel, as well.

In the podcast, Scott recommends talking about what readers expect from historical fiction and science fiction. Download and print this ReadWriteThink Genre Characteristics resource to get that conversation started!

Additional Recommendations

  • Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya (Grand Central, 1973)
  • The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver (Harper Perennial, 1988)
  • Zach's Lie by Roland Smith (Hyperion, 2001)
  • One Shot by Susan Glick (Henry Holt, 2003)
  • Akeelah and the Bee, wirtten and directed by Doug Atchison (Spelling Bee Productions, 2006)