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Middle School Students Argue About Books
14 minutes | Nov 18, 2020
S2 - Episode 2: Hot or Not? Middle School Lit Edition
This week our panel of students, Dhruv, Nicolas, and Ella, argue about what's hot, and what's not, in the world of middle school literature. Which books are no longer popular that once were? Which books are super popular now, but we think they'll be out in 10 years? Which books do we think will stand the test of time?
11 minutes | Oct 21, 2020
S2 - Episode 1: Stereotypes in books that drive us nuts!
Ever read a book that just annoyed you for some reason, but you couldn't quite put your finger on it? Well it might have been the way that author's often write their characters, and especially their secondary characters, as stereotypes -- not fully fleshed out people, more like one dimensional representations of a certain type, whether it's the dumb blonde, the nerdy asian kid, or the tragic but beautiful heroine. In this episode, our new podcast team, including Summer, Ella, Angelina, and Mrs. Collins, dive into some of the stereotypes that really bug us, as well as some of the books that do a great job of turning those stereotypes on their heads.
13 minutes | May 19, 2020
Episode 9: Books you haven't heard of (but should TOTALLY read!)
In this, our second to last episode of the season, tune in to get some great book recommendations that you almost definitely haven't heard of from our student panel of Tove, Abi, and Sean, and of course Mrs. Collins, your friendly school librarian.
18 minutes | Apr 28, 2020
Episode 8: Books and reading while in quaratine
In this episode our student panel of Asha, Abi, Angelina, and Sean chat with Mrs. Collins about reading in quarantine in general, what we are reading, and more!
22 minutes | Apr 21, 2020
Episode 7: Should middle school students be allowed to read controversial or difficult issues? (with Stacey Lee!)
On today's episode our student panel of Abi, Angelina, Sean, Tove, and Elise are joined by Stacey Lee, author of such fabulous young adult fiction titles as Under a Painted Sky, Outrun the Moon, The Downstairs Girl, and The Secret of a Heart Note to discuss one of the most common sources of contention between middle school students and their parents and teachers -- controversial or difficult issues in middle school books. Specifically, should middle school students be allowed to, or even encouraged to, read books that include violence, profanity, sex, drugs and alcohol, or other difficult topics? What value, if any, is there in reading books that include these topics?
35 minutes | Apr 15, 2020
Episode 6: Movie Adaptations of YA novels -- the good, the bad, and the ugly
This week our student panel of Abi, Angelina, and Tove dive into movie adaptations. Fair warning, as book nerds, we all pretty much think the book was ALWAYS better, but we do have a few good things to say about some movie adaptations...
13 minutes | Apr 7, 2020
Episode 5: Realistic Fiction vs. Fantasy!
This week Angelina, Elise, Abi, and Mrs. Collins geek out on one of our favorite genre argument -- which is better: realistic fiction or fantasy? It's officially spring break for us this week, so extra thanks to the students who showed up to argue today!
20 minutes | Mar 31, 2020
Episode 4: Which are better -- realistic fiction graphic novels, or more traditional superhero/superpower comics?
This week we will be pitting old against new and arguing about which is better, the new generation of realistic fiction graphic novels (think Raina Telgemeier, Svetlana Chmakova, Vera Brosgol), or more traditional superhero/superpower comics a la DC, Marvel and others. Our student panel of Angelina, Tove, and Ben will be joined this week by young adult graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang, author of American Born Chinese, Boxers/Saints, the Secret Coders series, the Avatar: the last airbender series, and more recently, Superman Smashes the Klan.
18 minutes | Mar 24, 2020
Episode 3: Should middle school students read historical fiction (with Gennifer Choldenko!)?
Gennifer Choldenko, author of the hit historical fiction series for middle grade readers Al Capone does my Shirts, as well as the very timely historical fiction book Chasing Secrets, which tells the story of the outbreak of Bubonic Plague in San Francisco in 1900, joins us this week to argue about historical fiction, and whether or not middle school readers should read it! Our student panel this week is Asha and Elise, both of whom are avid historical fiction readers, and Angelina, who pretty much only reads fantasy and science fiction.
20 minutes | Mar 10, 2020
Episode 2: Is Harry Potter the greatest young adult fantasy series of all time?
In this episode, Ruth, Simone, Sean, Asha and Mrs. Collins get into it about Harry Potter. Fair warning, this isn't much of an argument -- we have a LOT of HP fans in the club and it was hard to find anyone who wasn't an immediate yes, but it was a fun discussion nonetheless! Notes: In answer to our debate about whether it has sold the most copies, I did some research. According to Wikipedia, who probably copied it from somewhere else, "Having sold more than 500 million copies worldwide, Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling is the best-selling book series in history. The first novel in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, has sold in excess of 120 million copies, making it one of the best-selling books of all time."
4 minutes | Mar 3, 2020
Episode 1: Is Marie Lu a God, or is she the devil?
In this very brief first podcast, the A-Team, Angelina, Allisyn, Asha, and Abbie, argue about whether or not Marie Lu, popular author of the best-selling young adult series Legend, The Young Elites, and Warcross, is a God among authors, or just really mean.
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