Thursday, May 17, 2012

Five Sites for Finding Cool Reads for Teens

Here are five of the best places on the web to find information about the coolest books written for teenagers. These sites are targeted for teenagers, but they are certainly adult friendly too.

Guys Lit Wire
Guys Lit Wire reviews and reccomends books for dudes, specifically teenage guy dudes. They explain their mission this way: "Guys Lit Wire exists solely to bring literary news and reviews to the attention of teenage boys and the people who care about them. We are more than happy to welcome female readers - but our main goal is to bring the attention of good books to guys who might have missed them." In addition to their reviews, you should also check out their Live Wires section for themed reading lists.

No Flying No Tights
No Flying No tights reviews and reccomends graphic novels, manga and anime to all ages, but their main audience is teens. The creator of the site says " I decided to create a page devoted to graphic novel reviews specifically for those who read them the most — mainly teens — and for those who might be involved in distributing them to teens — namely teachers, librarians, and parents." For newbies, there is a Comics 101 section and a resource section for boring teacher and librarian types.

The readergirlz organization does more than just review books. Their mission includes being a "cutting-edge literacy and social media project for teens." They encourage reading and donate books too. Their blog, the place where they put their reviews,showcases "strong female protagonists while aiming to include: multicultural titles; various socioeconomic circumstances; the overlooked, quiet, literary works; and the commercial successes that everyone is excited about." They also help support Teen Lit Day with their Rock the Drop initiative.Good stuff.

Reading Rants
Reading Rants! Out of the Ordinary Booklists! is a collection of themed booklists from an awesome schoo librarian (yeah, I said it). She describes the purpose of the blog this way: "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." The site is structured as a blog, so if you want to see all of the books in a category, click the tags at the bottom of the description or click on a list category on the left side under Reading Rants Lists.

Teenreads is part of the Book Report Network of websites. The site has reviews, feature articles, newsletters, interviews with authors and all kind of other information about books for teenagers.

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