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  • Great Reads for Teens: The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle
    from working so America must venture out and seek employment Her foray into seedy illegal worker practices opens her up to a world of harassment and abuse causing Candido great distress and regret about bringing America across the border Candido and America s story is juxtaposed with the story of Delaney and his family just up the ravine in their prosperous community Their biggest concern is about the plans that are underway to build an enormous wall to keep out the coyotes from their backyards as well as the suspected illegal aliens who they blame for robbing their homes As the story progresses the residents become more vigilant about protecting themselves Delaney initially expresses concern that the residents are locking themselves up in their fancy homes but through a series of events his view becomes increasingly aggressive against anyone who crosses the border illegally As the book comes to a stunning conclusion there are no answers to the questions raised about these social issues just more questions The Tortilla Curtain is a well written journey of two very disparate couples It makes the reader look at the subject of immigration in the United States in a way they may not have thought of before I think this is an excellent read for high school age kids because it lends itself to interesting discussions Erin Bishop Rosen is a television writer entrepreneur and mom Teen Review By Aidan Rosen The Tortilla Curtain is a book that talks about a seemingly never ending battle between Mexican immigrants and a wealthy couple Candido Rinco and his pregnant wife America fled Mexico to live in a hut in Topanga Creek Delaney Mossbacher and his wife Kyra live in a gated community up Topanga Road These two couples show sides of themselves and of how they live that you would have never imagined Their paths intertwine throughout the book with the immigrants just trying to make it and the wealthy just trying to keep the immigrants away The wealthy couple expresses racism towards all Mexican immigrants throughout the book especially in the end when well you re going to have to read it to find out Through America s experiences readers are introduced to the awful way illegal workers are treated especially the women The first place where the couples paths intertwine is on Topanga Road when a car strikes Candido The driver of course is Delaney He is very worried that he dented his car and in fact has no thoughts about whom or what he hit After he realizes he hit Candido he gives Candido 20 and flees the scene Candido accepts the offering and leaves because he worries the police will question him and find out that he is an illegal immigrant Candido is injured very badly and unable to work so his wife is forced to work Through America s experiences readers are introduced to the awful way illegal workers are treated especially the women While all of Candido and America

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  • Book Review: The Martian by Andy Weir - Your Teen for Parents
    or Joseph Conrad s impenetrable darkness Or it could have explored the pain of separation from the familiar Although one might argue that The Martian is a genre novel and therefore does not need to do any of those things what attracts us to good science fiction is least of all the science Even though Ray Bradbury s work has the formal properties of science fiction he attends to language and we linger on his words The rocket stood in the cold winter morning making summer with every breath of its mighty exhausts from Bradbury s Martian Chronicles This kind of writing demands closer and slower reading and engages us in higher order thinking While The Martian is stylistically deficient it can nonetheless be a valuable read for teenagers As a pragmatic and tenacious risk taker Watney demonstrates qualities that we want to instill in our teens who in all probability will also find themselves in unfamiliar habitats As Terence the ancient Roman playwright said fortune favors the bold Marina Vladova is chair of the English Department and Creative Thinking Initiative coordinator at Andrews Osborne Academy She has worked as a magazine editor and writer in New York and London before returning to Ohio to be closer to family and mentor young writers TEEN REVIEW By Jacob Conley Mars on average lies roughly 140 000 000 miles from Earth The atmosphere is 96 percent carbon dioxide and 100 times thinner than Earth s allowing dangerous amounts of UV rays as well as meteors to reach the surface Huge dust storms roam the planet carving out canyons and valleys from the rust stained surface The land is pockmarked by hundreds of thousands of meteor craters It is a barren planet a frozen wasteland completely devoid of life except for one lone individual The Martian The Martian is an entertaining novel that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a daring sci fi adventure The Martian is actually a man a biologist engineer astronaut named Mark Watney Stranded on Mars after a dust storm forces his crew to abandon him and with all of Earth believing him to be dead Watney must find a way to survive While Watney is not the sole character in Andy Weir s novel he is the focal point of the story and luckily he is interesting enough to keep the reader engaged as the story progresses His humor and ingenuity drive the novel as he manages to overcome obstacle after obstacle with his clever ideas However I would not say that Watney is a particularly dynamic character Neither his mental nor emotional state are truly investigated or developed apart from the occasional comment of panic or loneliness For the most part Watney is a wise cracking quick thinking astronaut and nothing more His character is fleshed out somewhat in his interactions with his crew members specifically messages that he sends to them later in the novel that reveal a more compassionate and serious side to his

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  • Book Review: Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones - Your Teen Magazine for Parents
    sch ool children over the course of 60 days As loss follows loss for the villagers Mr Watts reminds the children of what no one can take from them their minds and their imaginations Mr Watts presents Pip s story as the story of an emigrant and the act of reading itself becomes a sort of emigration as the narrator Matilda Laimo and her classmates escape the stresses of war to enter into the nineteenthcentury London of Pip Estella Magwitch and Miss Havisham Thirteen year old Matilda an unflinching witness to change and tragedy writes what she sees and experiences in language that is all the more powerful because of her simple and straightforward style She tells her own story as she tells the story of Mr Watts the versions he offers and the version that Matilda later unfolds for herself Through her eyes we also see the lushness of her island home her love for a mother too often angry and distant and the exhaustion and illness behind the ruthlessness of the soldiers I found Mr Pip both believable and fantastic simple and complex a skillfully woven tale of loyalty and betrayal heroism and sacrifice and above all the power of stories and storytelling While I don t read Great Expectations aloud in class I do teach it every year I m always finding new depths to the book through conversations with my students You don t have to have read Great Expectations to read and enjoy Mister Pip but reading Mister Pip just might inspire you to pick up Mr Dickens TEEN REVIEW By Hannah Margolis While originally overwhelmed by Charles Dickens literary complexity I became accustomed to his writing in Great Expectations the more I read It was not long before it felt like Pip and I were growing up together Thus it is not surprising that a book titled Mister Pip caught my eye while skimming the shelves of our local library I felt a pinch of happiness as I delicately opened its plastic wrapped binding and heard that one ofa kind crackling noise that signals the fire of the story has hit the oxygenated air with a burst Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones is the story of a young girl named Matilda who lives on the war torn island of Bouganville Papua New Guinea When the children s teachers begin to flee from the violence of the occupying soldiers the only white man living on the island Pop Eye decides to take their place To the children s surprise Pop Eye reads aloud Great Expectations at the end of each day As time goes on Matilda builds a strong connection with Pop Eye Pip and Dickens befuddling use of language Mister Pip is one of those rare books with a fulfilling yet thought provoking ending While it is not unusual for me to find camaraderie in the fictional characters I meet the relationships I formed with the characters in Jones book submerged me in a

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  • Books for Teens: Chime by Frannie Billingsley
    a tough self proclaimed wolfgirl while at the other she is a paper doll cut from moonlight Billingsley s references to poetry and children s nursery rhymes provide an interesting auditory element The childish nature of the lyrics when combined with the eerie Swampsea setting create a chilling effect Allusions to Comin thro the Rye by Robert Burns and This is the House that Jack Built create a nostalgic recursive spiraling to a time gone by when monsters lurked under the bed The author sets her off beat descriptions to whimsical rhythms reminiscent of Roald Dahl Hurrah for the smell of gravy all blood and butter and yum Hurrah for the smell of pork all sizzle and dark and chomp Hurrah for a snickly boy all round and grubby and snug Billingsley s characters are lured into bogs attacked by Mucky Face and pestered by Brownies At times the descriptive language is a bit oppressive but Billingsley s inventive connect the dots approach to storytelling rewards the patient reader Chime is recommended for those who find themselves craving a different type of fairy tale Julie Reyers is an English Faculty and Adolescent Guide at The Montessori High School at University Circle Cleveland Ohio TEEN REVIEW By Kalie Jane Vitek Chime by Franny Billingsley is about a girl named Briony Larkin who is undoubtedly sure she is a wicked person Thanks to her stepmother Briony feels she is responsible for all of her family s sufferings Her guilt has hung over her for so long that hating herself is just another part of her daily routine Briony tries to escape her feelings by going on adventures in the swamp and writing stories about the Old Ones the spirits of the swamp whom she encounters there But only witches can see the Old Ones and in Briony s hometown of the Swampsea witches are sentenced to death Briony lives in constant fear that her secret will be discovered even though she believes she deserves the worst punishment for her wickedness Then Eldric Clayborne comes along with his golden lion eyes and treats Briony like she is special From that point on everything starts to change in Briony s life The secrets she had kept are revealed and the secrets she never knew come forth from the shadows When I first began reading Chime I was not sure if I was going to like it because Briony s attitude was very negative and self deprecating She claimed not to be a regular girl and believed she should be hanged for hurting her family The author s style made me feel disheartened at Briony s hatred for herself A girl can have the face of an angel but have a horrid sort of heart Briony said but I did not believe that to be true as I read about how Briony cared for her disabled sister I was relieved when Eldric came into her life and started treating her like she unknowingly longed to

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    College Life Social Life Friends Dating Bullying Health Physical Health Mental Health Teen Sexuality Drugs Alcohol Technology Family Life Communication Discipline Parent Humor Tips From Parents Driving Sports Stuff We Love Blogs Recipes Book Recommendations Celebrity Interviews Products Video and Podcasts Home book review Book Review Chime by Franny Billingsley 0 I recommend this book to readers who enjoy a thrilling magical story of overcoming obstacles says our teenage reviewer more 04 Aug 2015 Tag book review Parent Book Review The Last Lecture 0 The Last Lecture PARENT REVIEW by Jody Podl I love reading with my kids When they were younger I d read stories to them while they ate meals I loved that we knew the same characters and we often made up sequels or new endings More importantly however was the fact that sharing this experien more 09 Feb 2012 Tag book for parents and teens to share book review Randy Pausch reading with kids The Last Lecture Want more from Your Teen Join the 11 000 parents who get our weekly updates Email Address Search our site Sponsored Get Expert Advice Tweets by YourTeenMag Subscribe Today Six issues a year for only 15 About Your Teen

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  • Book Recommendations for Teenagers - Your Teen Magazine for Parents
    teenagers reviewed by teenagers teachers and parents Reviews in alphabetical order The Age of Miracles Big Mouth Ugly Girl Brave New World Chime Defending Jacob The Fault in Our Stars The 5th Wave Just Listen The Language of Flowers The Last Lecture Looking for Alaska The Martian The Maze Runner Mister Pip Montana 1948 Notes from the Midnight Driver Stolen The Tortilla Curtain Ten Things We Did And Probably Shouldn t Have A Thousand Splendid Suns Twenty Boy Summer A Visit from the Goon Squad Winter s Bone Latest Book Recommendations Book Review The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh 0 I have never read a book so inspiring in all of my 14 years says our teen reviewer of Vanessa Diffenbaugh s The Language of Flowers And her dad loved it too more 17 Jul 2015 Book Review Ten Things We Did And Probably Shouldn t Have by Sarah Mlynowski 0 Don t miss this thrilling page turner of a book says our teen reviewer more 02 Jul 2015 Tag books we like parent teen book review Book Review The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey 0 You won t be able to put this book down say dad and teen daughter our reviewers more 23 Jun 2015 Book Review Brave New World 0 The conversations prompted by this 1930 s classic dystopian novel are no less relevant today than when the book was first published 83 years ago more 27 Mar 2015 Book Review The Age of Miracles 0 Karen Thompson Walker s The Age of Miracles is a coming of age story that s not to be missed say our reviewers more 13 Feb 2015 Book Review Just Listen by Sarah Dessen 0 This novel sucked me in and never let me go I was never bored My

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  • Book Recommendations for Teenagers - Your Teen Magazine for Parents
    Book Recommendations Book Recommendations Great books for teenagers reviewed by teenagers teachers and parents Reviews in alphabetical order The Age of Miracles Big Mouth Ugly Girl Brave New World Chime Defending Jacob The Fault in Our Stars The 5th Wave Just Listen The Language of Flowers The Last Lecture Looking for Alaska The Martian The Maze Runner Mister Pip Montana 1948 Notes from the Midnight Driver Stolen The Tortilla Curtain Ten Things We Did And Probably Shouldn t Have A Thousand Splendid Suns Twenty Boy Summer A Visit from the Goon Squad Winter s Bone Latest Book Recommendations Book Review Notes from the Midnight Driver 0 What happens when a teenager gets drunk and takes the car for a spin You ll have to read Jordan Sonnenblick s excellent Notes from the Midnight Driver says our mom daughter revie more 31 Aug 2014 What to Read this Summer 0 Book recommendations by teenagers for teenagers more 01 Jul 2014 Looking for Alaska by John Green 0 Best selling author Jamie Ford and his daughter Madi tell you why it s a must read more 12 Jun 2014 Your Teen Book Review Winter s Bone 0 This quotable novel includes important life lessons and through beautiful writing unveils an incredible story more 11 Mar 2014 Top 10 Summer Reads for You and Your Teen 0 Our editor s picks for can t put em down summer reads more 25 Jun 2013 Stuff We Love The Secret of Happy Families 0 Are you searching for a family paradigm that might make the morning chaos more orderly or the family vacation more peaceful Bruce Feiler did all the work for us He researched in more 03 Apr 2013 Tag ability to be agile Bruce Feiler happy family secrets secret to happy families 1

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  • Book Recommendations for Teenagers - Your Teen Magazine for Parents
    The Martian The Maze Runner Mister Pip Montana 1948 Notes from the Midnight Driver Stolen The Tortilla Curtain Ten Things We Did And Probably Shouldn t Have A Thousand Splendid Suns Twenty Boy Summer A Visit from the Goon Squad Winter s Bone Latest Book Recommendations Parent Teen Book Review Twenty Boy Summer 0 Having absolutely no time for leisure reading during the school year I was in need of a good book to delve back into the habit Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler was the perfect more 25 Feb 2013 Tag parent teen book review parenting teens Sarah Ockler teenage angst Twenty Boy Summer Book Recommendation by Mom The Maze Runner Trilogy 0 Get our parent book review on The Maze Runner Trilogy by James Dashner Find out why teenage boys and girls as well as parents will enjoy this series more 31 Oct 2012 Tag friendship James Dashner teen book review teen leadership The Maze Runner Books We Like What s 50 Shades of Grey Teaching Teenagers 3 What message is 50 Shades of Grey sending teenage girls Find out what our book reviewer and Mom of two teenage girls thinks about this new obsession more 13 Aug 2012 Tag 50 Shades of Grey abusive relationship E L James teen dating violence Books We Like 3 Keys to Keeping Your Teen Alive 0 Have a new teen driver Find out what our parent reviewer thinks about the book 3 Keys To Keeping Your Teen Alive a book for parents of new drivers more 10 Aug 2012 Tag books we like keeping your teen alive parent book review teenage driving Books We Like A Parent Review of Defending Jacob 0 Looking for a great summer read Eca Taylor reviewed Defending Jacob this might be the perfect book for

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