The Who, What, When, Where and Why
What it is for teens:
A group of booklists for teens out there who need a good read, but are wondering if there’s life after Judy Blume and Brian Jacques.
What it is for grown-ups:
A website featuring out of the ordinary booklists for teens, written by Jennifer Hubert (that’s me!) and designed by Andrew Mutch that has been an online presence since 1998. In May 2007, Andrew transformed the original website into an interactive blog, where teens can not only respond to my reviews but write their own. Reading Rants also exists as a book for adult professionals who work with teens: Visit Reading Rants! The Book! to read more, or visit Amazon to order a copy.
What it ain’t and never will be:
A source for adults who work with teens where they can find complete book ordering information or age level book recommendations. If you want that kind of info, you can book me for a professional workshop. I believe that teens can and should read anything that they want to or feel that they are ready for, and I don’t want to color that intuition by recommending books by age level. I know parents, teachers and librarians read this site and enjoy it and I am SO grateful that they do and that they pass it along to their teens, but this site is FOR TEENS. It is written TO TEENS. So adult readers, please don’t ask me for age-level lists. Teen readers, you can ask me anything you want, except…(see below).
A book report service for teens who haven’t read the book by the night before the report is due and think that I will dash off a quick summary for them. Please don’t ask me, or I might just have to use your email address to track you down and inform your teacher!
Where do you get your suggestions?
These suggestions are just books that I love, both as a librarian and a teen — because I read some of these books when I was a teen! I would also like to take suggestions for books and book list ideas from teens who read this blog. You can leave your suggestions and opinions through the comments section anywhere on the site. Or you can email me: firstname.lastname@example.org I’d love to hear from you!
If you are an author or publisher, and would like to submit your book to Reading Rants for review consideration, please send it care of:
Little Red School House/LREI
272 Sixth Avenue
New York, NY 10014
PLEASE understand that submitting a book for review DOES NOT GUARANTEE a posted review on the Reading Rants site. Please DO NOT send me follow-up emails asking when I plan to review the book you have submitted or it will not only go to the bottom of the pile, but probably to the nearest used-book seller. (You can see that I have obviously been traumatized by this sort of thing in the past:)
*Please note that I do not review self published works in either paper or electronic form. I am a member of Netgalley, and am open to review requests of e-books from that site.*
Why are you posting these lists?
Because I love working with teenagers and I love it when they find a book that speaks to them.
Because I love being the person responsible for giving a teen a book that speaks to them.
Because I LOVE Young Adult literature, and I LOVE being a middle school librarian.(I know, it’s kind of geeky, but I don’t even care, I LOVE it!)
Because I think the level of teen literature has not only risen in the past ten years or so to rival literature that is written for adults, but has, in many cases, surpassed it in quality and scope.
Because some of my most favorite authors, like Emily Frank, Libba Bray, Chris Crutcher, Adam Rapp, Sarah Dessen, Laurie Halse Anderson, David Levithan, Blake Nelson, Sharon G. Flake, Susanna Vance, Melvin Burgess, Sonya Hartnett, Walter Dean Myers, and Randy Powell use their amazing talent to write for a teen audience, and wouldn’t I hate like heck to miss one single word of their amazing stuff?
A Final Note to my Readers — Not all of these titles will necessarily be found in the Young Adult or Teen section of your local library or bookstore. That’s okay, as a teen, you know what adult books you like. You’re not just limited to the Teen section. Browse around! Help your parents figure out what to read next.
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