[Surfnetkids: 1 Mar 2006] Teen Book Reviews

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Sponsor’s Spot: Ready-Made Internet Handouts
3. Weekly Topic: Teen Book Reviews
4. Link to Teen Book Reviews
5. Note from a Reader
6. Related Games
7. Quote of the Week
8. Classified Ads
9. Subscription Management

#1. March 1, 2006

Barbara J. Feldman
Dear Barbara,

Now that JokesByKids.com has been up for a month or so, it’s humming along pretty smoothly. We have over 750 jokes, but we could use a few more. In fact, I’d like to get to 1000 clean, funny jokes within the month. So, I need your help.

Tell your friends, tell your teachers, tell your kids. It’s a joke casting call at JokesByKids. Think your joke rates? Submit it at http://www.jokesbykids.com/submit-joke.php and see if it makes the grade.

You can watch along as we grow our joke collection. To see the current joke count, look under the heading “About JokesByKids” in the right-hand column.

See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"

#2. Ready-Made Internet Handouts

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#3. Teen Book Reviews

by Barbara J. Feldman

Teen Book Reviews Printable (** for premium members only)

How do you decide what to read? Do you rely on friends, teachers or librarians? How about book reviews written especially for teens, often by teens themselves? Today’s sites have thousands of book recommendations. You are bound to find one (or a dozen) you’ll want to put on your reading list.

At Flamingnet, a father and son team from Baltimore manage a team of student reviewers that read current books and prepubs (books that are not out yet) for preteens and teens. Books are rated on a scale from 1 to 10, and some are given a smiley face content rating. Click the “What’s this?” link below the yellow smiley faces to learn what the different ratings mean. The site also has a civil war section (wish they explained why), and a bulletin board for posting comments on any of the reviewed books.

Reader’s Club: Teen Corner
The Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County has created a whopper of a “guide to enjoyable books.” The reviews are organized (as librarians are prone to do) into twenty-two categories such as Action/Adventure or Humor/Satire. Highlights of the site are Celebrity Book Reviews, a form to submit your own 100-word book review, author interviews, and a personal reading log (requires free registration). After all this, if you are still stumped about what to read next, the nice librarians will send you a few personal recommendations if you tell them what books and authors you like (click on What to Read.)

Teen Ink: Books
Teen Ink is a website and print magazine “devoted entirely to teenage writing and art.” Their book reviews section contains more than 600 reviews written by teens. Unfortunately they are only browse-able in reverse chronological order, or alphabetically, so it is impossible to peruse a specific genre. Best click is the form to submit your own reviews. In addition to books, Teen Ink accepts movie, music and college reviews.

… to continue reading, visit Surfnetkids: Teen Book Reviews.

#4. Link to Teen Book Reviews

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#5. Note from a Reader

Dear Barbara,
Thanks for everything. Love to pieces your organisation and US History, for I am a real sucker for History of the World. Keep up the good work, and seriously am enjoying it thoroughly.
Regards, and best wishes for the future,

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#6. Related Games

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#7. Quote of the Week

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#9. Subscription Management


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