Multnomah County Library Podcasts (booktalks - teens)

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Trash (Booktalk)

Trash by Andy Mulligan

Fourteen-year-olds Raphael and Gardo team up with a younger boy, Rat, to figure out the mysteries surrounding a bag Raphael finds during their daily life of sorting through trash in a third-world country's dump.

Audience: Teen

Direct download: 20111220_Trash_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Teens -- posted at: 4:10pm PDT

White Crow (booktalk)

White Crow by Marcus Sedgwick

Sixteen-year-old Rebecca moves from London to a small, desolate village crumbling into the sea, when her policeman father is involved in a scandal at his job.  She becomes friends with Ferelith, a Goth girl who likes "things that are frightening." They spend the summer together exploring the village's sinister history. Back in 1798, the town's local priest was involved in a devilish experiment, one that suddenly also involves the two girls. Warning: you will have to finish this book, if you want to be able to sleep without nighmares!

Audience: Teen

Direct download: 20111220_MCL_White_Crow_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Teens -- posted at: 2:19pm PDT

I am J (booktalk)

I am J by Chris

J, who feels like a boy mistakenly born as a girl, runs away from his best friend who has rejected him and the parents he thinks do not understand him when he finally decides that it is time to be who he really is.

Audience: Teen

Direct download: 20111220_MCL_I_Am_J_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Teens -- posted at: 2:03pm PDT

Anya's Ghost (Booktalk)

Anya's Ghost by Vera Brogol

In this graphic novel, Anya, embarrassed by her Russian immigrant family and self-conscious about her body, feels like she'll never fit in with kids at school. Then she falls down a well, where she stumbles onto a skeleton. And meets a ghost. The ghost needs her help, and offers in return, to help Anya survive in school. At first, having a ghost for a friend is great. Until the ghost starts taking over...

Audience: Teens

 

Direct download: 20111220_Anyas_Ghost_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Teens -- posted at: 9:13am PDT

Where the Streets Had a Name (Booktalk)

Where the Streets Had a Name by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Thirteen-year-old Hayaat of Bethlehem faces check points, curfews, and the travel permit system designed to keep people on the West Bank when she attempts to go to her grandmother's ancestral home in Jerusalem with her best friend.

Audience: Teen

Direct download: 20110524_MCLWheretheStreethadaNameCC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Teens -- posted at: 11:56am PDT

Smile

Smile by Raina Telgemeier

From sixth grade through tenth, Raina copes with a variety of dental problems that affect her appearance and how she feels about herself.

Audience: Kids and teens.

Direct download: 20110524_MCLSmileJP.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Teens -- posted at: 11:46am PDT

Half Brother (Book Talk)

Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel

In 1973, when a renowned Canadian behavioral psychologist pursues his latest research project-- an experiment to determine whether chimpanzees can acquire advanced language skills-- he brings home a baby chimp named Zan and asks his thirteen-year-old son to treat Zan like a little brother.

Audience: Teen

Direct download: 20110322_MCLHalfBrotherLC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Teens -- posted at: 1:32pm PDT

Stolen

Stolen by Lucy Christopher

Sixteen-year-old Gemma, a British city-dweller, is abducted while on vacation with her parents and taken to the Australian outback, where she soon realizes that escape attempts are futile, and in time she learns that her captor is not as despicable as she first believed.

2011 Prinze Honor Award

Audience: Teen

Direct download: 20110322_MCLStolenJP.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Teens -- posted at: 1:27pm PDT

Revolver (Book Talk)

Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick

Finland, 1910: Fifteen-year-old Sig is shocked to see a hole in the frozen lake outside his family's cabin and to find his father's corpse nearby. Why did Einar steer his dog sled across the lake instead of taking the safer land route? Sig's sister and stepmother go for help, leaving Sig alone with Einar's body in the cabin. Soon after, an armed stranger barges in, demanding a share of Einar's stolen gold.

2011 Prinze Honor Award.

Audience: Teen

Direct download: 20110322_MCLRevolverJP.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Teens -- posted at: 1:19pm PDT

Ship Breaker (Book Talk)

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.

2011 Prinze Award Winner

Audience: Teens

Direct download: 20110322_MCLShipbreakerCC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Teens -- posted at: 1:14pm PDT