Amy Says Read This

Seriously, you should totally read this.


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5th Grade Adventure Booktalk

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High School Banned Books Booktalk

Here! Have a booktalk presentation I did to my local library’s TeensReach group for Banned Books Week 2013. (If I had been planning this better, I would have posted this during THIS year’s Banned Books Week. Oh well.)


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Chickenhare by Chris Grine

Grine, C. (2006). Chickenhare. Graphix. ISBN: 9780545485081

Reaction: Well, this was just delightful. I really enjoyed this quick, fun romp featuring weird animals and a scary Santa Claus figure. I think 10-13 year old boys, in particular, would really enjoy this.

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The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

This is the second book trailer I have created for my Booktalking and Book Trailering class. I used Windows Movie Maker 2.6 (the old version) to create this, and I’m really happy with how it came out!

On a review-ish note, I loved this book. I’ve been really interested in reading more books about running recently; I find them very inspirational, and they help remind me of all the things I love about running. This book was no exception. I really felt for Jessica, and I thought her journey was very realistic and relatable, and in the end, this book is just so wonderful and heartwarming that I kind of want to cuddle it. It’s a total upper of a book, even though the subject seems really heavy.


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Booktalk – Adult Fiction

Hey y’all! So someday, I’ll be done with school, and I’ll have a lot more free time, and I’ll start posting book reviews again! Hooray! (I even already have some reviews written that just need editing, that how busy I’ve been; I don’t have time to edit an already written review.)

In the meantime, I am currently taking a class all about Booktalking and Booktrailering (which is like a little 1-3 minute commercial for a book). Now that we’re nearing the end of the semester, I’ve done three booktalk presentations: one for older children (5th grade), ones for teens and the most recent one for adults.

I’m not gonna lie, the adult fiction talk was the most challenging for me. I don’t read a lot of adult books, and most of what I’d read recently wasn’t good enough that I wanted to recommend it to everyone. But I started thinking about titles that my friends might enjoy or ones that I have really enjoyed in the past, and I put together a pretty decent booktalk presentation. It’s not the best one I’ve done; I’m super proud of my teens talk, but one of my classmates said she really enjoyed it and thought all the books sounded interesting.

So, here, have a booktalk!

I’ll be posting the rest of my assignments from this class in the coming weeks.