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#357567 - 12/01/07 11:26 PM What Should Our Teens be Reading?
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Are there limits for teen readers? Some writers/books such as Michel Faber or "The Girl With The Pearl Earring" go down a storm with young adult readers, but should teens be reading them?

Ideas/Caveats/Recommendations ?
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#357578 - 12/02/07 06:56 AM Re: What Should Our Teens be Reading? [Re: BellaShorts]
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Why would anyone limit or censor what anyone else reads? Why would teens not read anything they wish to read. Seems to be that a teen reading is wonder enough. Most teens would rather be doing most anything else. I guess, tho, one way to get a teen to read is to tell him the book is off limits.
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#357623 - 12/02/07 10:40 AM Re: What Should Our Teens be Reading? [Re: pondlady]
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Thanks Pondlady Jan! for telling it like it is! That's one way of looking at it.

What does anyone else think?

I'll get our new teen Ed over here to give an opinion. I know my teens are very definite in their views! They read a variety with some manga and anime too.
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#357746 - 12/03/07 09:15 AM Re: What Should Our Teens be Reading? [Re: BellaShorts]
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I had a chat with my daughter about this - she just tried to read Emma Tennants - The Harp Lesson but didnt think much of it and took it back. She says she enjoyed Anne Franks Diary when she was younger.


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#358488 - 12/07/07 05:14 AM Re: What Should Our Teens be Reading? [Re: BellaShorts]
Melissa Editor Offline
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Hmmmm... very interesting question. I remember as a teen that I devoured anything (but I was and am a geek -- shh, don't tell). I have to say that I learned a lot about things no one else would tell me through reading. Some of it I wished that I hadn't read (Jurassic Park comes to mind) so young.

But as for what kids should be reading, I don't think that we can stop them. They are going to pick up books off the shelf and read and I especially agree with Jan that if we tell them no they are definitely going to check it out (Lady Chatterly's Lover, anyone?).

On the other hand, I think that if we have good rapport with a teen, we can suggest things to read and perhaps get them to expand beyond Harry Potter. There is a whole world of options and topics out there that, I think, are being overlooked. And if they think we are cool enough, they might crack open the cover. Some books that come to mind that I will sometimes suggest to especially teenager girls (and may seem a bit racy but I think pertinent to teens today --perhaps 15 and up -- today) are:

Walk Two Moons
Wicked
The Handmaiden's Tale
The Red Tent
Anything by Ray Bradbury
The Other Boylen Sister
The Princess Bride

What do others think?
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#358563 - 12/07/07 01:34 PM Re: What Should Our Teens be Reading? [Re: Melissa Editor]
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Wow Melissa - thats a good list and yes, there are some racy ones on there. Maybe not as racy as Crimson Petal though. I liked what you said about finding things out - that chimed with me - I did also regret however opening Lady Chatterleys Lover and Anne frank - I couldnt finish either of them - shame to think of teens getting shocked or upset by something they read, but its a learning curve I guess. I find Michel Faber too stark for young minds but my daughter takes it all in her stride!

What about sons LOL, or did we give up on them already? Maybe they are a Lost Cause !! Any thoughts folks?
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#358568 - 12/07/07 01:58 PM Re: What Should Our Teens be Reading? [Re: BellaShorts]
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I loved the list for girls, thanks. I will pass on some of them to my daughter. Right now she is reading stories about dysfunctional families. (Argggghhh-- we're not that dysfunctional! I hope...) I have The Red Tent and never thought about pulling it out for her and I think that she would love it.

As for my boys, I did give up on them early, but they excelled in math and science and put time into their studies, so it never seemed so bad. Their spare time was spent with sports, they didn't get into any trouble... Yes, I gave up on them early, but I still think they turned out ok. My oldest gets through science journals (college biology major), my middle will scan numbers (college business major), but neither will read for enjoyment. I'm not sure pushing them to read more would have helped them much.
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#358577 - 12/07/07 02:16 PM Re: What Should Our Teens be Reading? [Re: Carol- Today In History]
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I don't believe in censoring what they can/cannot read. I was never censored. There, were (and will be) many discussions regarding the content of books I brought home.
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#358580 - 12/07/07 02:31 PM Books for Sons [Re: Lynn_B]
Melissa Editor Offline
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Hmmm. Interesting question about boys. Usually, I find that while girls are willing to read widely, boys follow their passion. For instance, I have a young man I work with who absolutely adores insects. He reads everything he can get his hands on about them. But if you asked him if he likes to read, he would say no. I think he is still reading for pleasure, though. Usually, when I suggest reading to boys, I try and already know what they love first. Often it sends them to the nonfiction section, but what the heck, right? If they enjoy it, it is still the written word and they are still reading.

On the topic of censoring, I definitely agree with Lynn and say no. On the other hand, I strongly suggest good discussions afterwards. I also say the same thing about movies and television shows. While there are definitely things that I think young eyes shouldn't be watching, I think that they can handle more than we think as long as we are there to help interpret it for them. The same goes for books. Some of the deepest discussion that happen in our family are around books. For instance, I just recently read a book by Stephen King and so did my sister. Neither of us is really a King reader and so I found it absolutely shocking. But really abosrbing and so we had a great discussion about the process of writing and what makes a good read. (Of course, it helps that we are both writers ourselves).

Anyway....great discussion!



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#358584 - 12/07/07 02:53 PM Books For Sons [Re: Melissa Editor]
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You two are brave souls !! If I saw a Stephen King on a dark night I would Run the other way! although I had no idea he was That scary - thanks for the tip-off !! My daughter thinks Im lame too!
I wouldnt knowingly offer horror or supernatural to my teens, I think it might "mess with their heads" but I respect the right of others not to censor - my daughter and I chat loads about fiction - she reads what she likes and usually has plenty to say!

What do you think of Catcher in the Rye?


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