On Tuesday 30 October we held our final event for the National Year of Reading 2012.
‘Hear It! A panel of guest speakers discussing reading and writing for teenagers’.
Our guest speakers Declan Fay, Tim Pegler and Bec Kavanah were funny, informative and inspiring and the students, parents and staff on the night could not say enough about them. Everyone loved hearing personal stories from each of the speakers about what writing and reading meant to them now, and when they were growing up and at school.
During the course of the evening certain books, authors and websites were mentioned and this post will hopefully provide you with most of that information.
Where possible I have included a link to the author website or where there is none, a link to a website with information or a review on the book. If authors or books listed were also mentioned by another member on the panel their name will be in brackets at the end. Many of these books and authors are available from our library so please come in and ask if you are interested.
Bec and Tim also generously provided us with a list of book recommendations and these can be found on our Book Recommendations page here on the library blog.
Bec’s blog First impressions : thoughts about books
Scott Gardner in general but his book “Burning Eddy” was mentioned. (Tim)
“The ballad of the sad cafe” by Carson McCullers.
“Hell Island” by Matthew Riley (the book Bec suggested to her book shop colleague who did not read) Matthew Riley has many other titles which would we would also recommend.
Anything by John Green. (Tim)
“The fault in our stars” is the book about the young girl suffering from cancer. Other titles mentioned : “Paper towns”, “Looking for Alaska”, and “Will Grayson, Will Grayson” (written with David Levithan)
John Green has a video blog with his brother Hank called Vlog Brothers and a Ning called Nerdfighters. They also have a couple of other educational video channels one called Crash Course which features Biology and World history and Hank his brother has a SciShow Channel. I highly recommend John Green as well and love his books. These sites and YouTube channels are funny and informative and I encourage you to check them out.
“Slaughterhouse five“ by Kurt Vonnegut (her response to “the book you revisit” question)
Books that Bec loved that had animal cruelty in them, and they they stayed with her because of the impact of a scene which was shocking and hard to read.
“Happy as Larry“ by Scott Gardner (Tim)
“The night beach” by KirstyEagar (surfing)
“Checkers” by John Marsden
“The ask and the answer” by Patrick Ness (this is book 2 in the Chaos Walking trilogy click on this link to read a book review about why the reviewer loved Chaos Walking better than the Hunger games series.) And I agree, one of my favourite series & I would also highly recommend.
Bec also mentioned an online community that helped you find the book that you cannot remember the title or author of but can leave a brief description and other readers will try and help. The site is called What was that book? : This community reunites people with the books they’ve lost!
Tim’s blog Thunder Road : an author’s odyssey
Neil Gaiman – probably anything by him as well.
“The outsiders” by S.E. Hinton
“He died with a felafel in his hand” by John Birmingham (The story Declan mentions in his intro about living in shared houses)
“The great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald (also Declan’s response to “the book you revisit” question)
Paul Jennings story about rescuing a cow and then jumping off Westgate bridge is a story called “Frozen Still” found in “Uncanny” a collection of stories by Paul Jennings
“A heartbreaking work of staggering genius” by Dave Eggers.
- Viewpoint Magazine available to read in the library
- Magpies Magazine available to read in the library
- Inside a dog – Youth Literature at State Library of Victoria *** excellent site and highly recommended by library staff.
- Fancy Goods Bookseller+Publisher blog
- Voiceworks is a national, quarterly magazine that features exciting new writing by Australian young writers. It is a unique opportunity for young writers and artists (under 25) to publish their poetry, short stories, articles and comics, illustrations, drawings and photos, as well as receiving feedback on their submission. It is produced entirely by young people and relies totally on contributions from the readers to make up the content.
- Blogs by young teenager in the USA Tavi Gevinson.
No specific publishers were mentioned but I have listed a few just to get you started. Many publishers also have YouTube channels which feature book trailers.
- Allen and Unwin
- Walker Books
- Penguin Australia
- Text Australia
- Harper Collins – Sign up for TeenTalk – the source for hottest new books, exclusive videos, author interviews and much, much more for teen readers’.
During question time:
The Gone series by Michael Grant (the series mentioned that is similar to “The Lord of the Flies”)
Declan’s new show on the ABC “Problems”
Young adult fiction authors from Australia who have been successfully published at a very young age.
One of our students asked about the National Novel Writing Month : thirty days and nights of literary abandon.
Also Australian author Cecilia Dart-Thornton who was published after submitting chapters on an Online Writing Workshop for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. I have read and can recommend her Bitterbynde series.