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What do teenagers like to read?

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Books Set in Dystopian Societies
Books Tackling Serious Subjects
• Portray circumstances unfamiliar
and more challenging than their own.
• Tackle tough subjects including illegal drug use, teen suicide, sexual assault
(Layfield)
Books with Teenage Protagonists
• Teenage narrative voice
• Familiar, comfortable and approachable
• Gives the teen reader a better grasp of the story, especially if the setting or conflict is unfamiliar
(Layfield)

What do teenagers like to read?
Empower student by trusting them with roles far beyond reality.
• An apparently bleak world is re-imagined and lit up by children who understand clearly what is worth saving as they step from childhood to adulthood.
• Frequently family is let go, while friendship or trust in others becomes the future foundation.
(Layfield)
• Reader only has to invest and familiarize himself with one set of characters or circumstances which carries from book to book.
• Has already broken thorough the first challenge of reading : entering the story world
(Layfield)
Books Written as Series
• Love books that reveal how other people live in both realistic and invented settings.
• Accounts for the popularity of science fiction, fantasy, and dystopian novels
• Protagonist often is rebelling against the established, controlling society
• Themes teenagers can easily relate to (Eccleshare)

Works Cited
Eccleshare, Julia. "Why Do Teens Like Dystopian Fiction So Much?" N.p., 08 July 2013. Web. 12 Oct. 2014. <http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2013/jul/08/book-doctor-teens-like-dystopian-fiction>.

Layfield, Emily. "What Do Teenagers Like to Read?" EHow.com. N.p., 30 July 2014. Web. 12 Oct. 2014. <http://www.ehow.com/about_4600029_what-do-teenagers-like-read.html>.

“Teenagers and Reading. “Teenagers and Reading. Reading is Fundamental, n.d. Web. 11 Oct. 2014 <http://www.rif.org/us/literacy-resources/articles/teenagers-and-reading.htm>.

Interview Responses
FICTION
Roar
Maze Runner / Scorch Trials series
Magic Tree House Series
Hunger Games
Hunger Games
Night
VietNam: I Pledge Alligeance
Diary of Wimppy Kid series
Chains
Hunger Games (required)
I don't read
Hunger Games (required)
I don't read

I don't read

I don’t read



Maze Runner
Everyone's Angel



Eragon series
Percy jackson series
Maze Runner series
WWII historical fiction

GRADE
9th grade female



9th grade male




10th grade female

10th grade male


11 grade female

11th grade male



12th grade female




12th grade male




NON FICTION
My Story:Elizabeth Smart



Through My Eyes:Tim Tebow




Left to Tell (required)

Left to Tell (required)








Heaven Is For Real
90 Minutes in Heaven
Fault of our Stars


Sports Illustrated
Modern Day Technology



Books by Grade Level

Students read a lot of series books. It is a great way to get students interested in reading and to keep them reading. The first challenge of reading is "entering the story world" (Layfield) and understanding the setting and characters. Series alleviate that problem.

What I have learned
Dystopian fiction is very popular. In these books, the protagonist is often rebelling against the established, controlling society. Many readers may feel empowered when they step into roles beyond reality. However, I worry about students escaping to this imagined place where society is in some important way undesirable or frightening. I only hope they are able to distinguish real from imaginary.
• Have a variety of reading materials available
• Give students opportunity to choose their own books
• Build on teens’ interests and books written for teens
• View pleasure reading as a value in itself
– read for fun!
• Make reading a natural part of life
– set an example by reading
• Make a list of books other teenagers have enjoyed
• Let one good thing (like a book) lead to another
(RIF :Teenagers and Reading)

A Summary to Share with Teachers
I am still saddened by those who only read
required reading. Maybe I can change
that "I don't read" attitude.
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