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- Pink Monkey - This study aid site offers a host of resources for students and teachers from junior-high through college. Probably the most prominent of these are 100 Barron's Booknotes and 200 MonkeyNotes book summaries, searchable by keyword or browseable by title or author. The site also offers subject guides, SAT and GRE exam guides, a digital library of some 2,000 out-of-copyright works, college planning and test preparation advice, among others. Free registration is required, and the site is advertiser-supported. Still, there is quite a bit here and worth a look.
Books and Book Reviews
Books and Book Reviews for Teens.
- ALA’s list of best books for young adults – Compiled by the American Library Association.
- ALA’s list of Great graphic novels for teens – Compiled by the American Library Association.
- ALA's list of outstanding books for the college-bound – Compiled by the American Library Association.
- FLP’s list of Graphic novels for Teens – Compiled by the Free Library of Philadelphia.
- FLP's list of Graphic Novels for Women and Girls – Compiled by the Free Library of Philadelphia.
- If You Liked Twilight... – Suggested reading from the Free Library of Philadelphia.
- Most Popular Teen Books at FLP – Complied by Free Library of Philadelphia
- Philadelphia Teen reader recommendations – High school students participating in the Free Library’s community service program recommend their favorite books.
- Teenreads – Website dedicated to reviews of teen books.
Poetry websites for Teens.
- IPL's Teen Poetry Forum – Teen Poetry wiki site for teens to post and share their writing.
- Youthspeaks.org – Provides safe spaces to empower the next generation of leaders, self-defined artists, and visionary activists through written and oral literacies.
Outlets for Teen to publish their writing.
- Blurb – Publish a book through Blurb. Customized printing and distribution options available. Price varies.
- CRED magazine – Local magazine focusing on art and culture. Submit your work today.
- Lulu – Publish a book through Blurb. Customized printing and distribution options available. Pricing varies.
- Teen Ink – Collection of magazines, websites and books written by teens. Submit work and connect with other writers around the country.
Writing, Games and Activities
- The Difference Between Fantasy and Science Fiction – Articulating the difference between fantasy and science fiction can become surprisingly contentious as anyone who has witnessed furious debates about which books can enter science fiction awards can testify. However, there are a few key differences in the genres that can help us to separate one type of book from the other in the ‘science fiction vs fantasy’ debate.
- Fact vs. Fiction: a Science Fiction Webquest for 8th Graders – This webquest seeks to uncover the science facts and separate them from the fiction in stories. It leads students through activities about time travel, asking them to flex their science muscles and their imagination as they discover how science fiction authors work with real science to build believable stories.
- 43 Must-visit Websites for Sci-fi Writers – 43 Must-visit Websites for Sci-fi Writers
- Frodo's Notebook – Frodo's Notebook is an online literary journal for teens and tweens, containing poetry, fiction and essays, as well as creative writing tips and a page of links of interest to teen writers. You can even submit your own work for the editors' consideration