Net News: 17th December 2012

1. The discussion continues…

In last week’s Net News the debate on which books are appropriate for high school literature studies was raging.  Over the last few days this has morphed into a discussion on what place enjoyment of reading should play within the school curriculum.  The Centre for Youth Literature’s founder, Agnes Niewenhuzen wrote an opinion piece  ‘How our schools are robbing students of the joy of reading’ that passionately addressed the need for joy to be an important element in teaching to read, rather than the focus on the assessment.

Two young people also have their thoughts on the VCE debate at Lip Mag and Alpha Reader that are an interesting and well thought out.

Our Program Coordinator, Adele Walsh, also gave her two cents worth on Friday.  Look forward to regular opinion pieces from the Centre for Youth Literature in the new year.

2. Interactive fiction with Twine

Twine is a free resource that assists users in creating interactive fiction – a great means to “… consider story structure, pacing and the motivations of characters”.  The Bright Ideas blog (a great way of styaing abreast of all the great technology for book-related fields) posits that it’s a worthwhile tool to create visual representations of narrative.  We recommended checking out the full benefits of this tool, and the Bright Ideas blog.

3. Richard Glover on why reading matters

ABC states this author’s discussion covers “… reading, its role as a “gymnasium of empathy” and its impact on social change. Along the way, there are mentions of Tolstoy, Caitlin Moran, Jeanette Winterson, PG Wodehouse, the debate over Shakespeare’s authorship and the utility of what is sometimes discounted as “book learning”.

Definitely worth the fifteen minute watch.

4.  Look familiar?

Some young adult covers can be less that impressive but what about those ones that have you saying “I know HER”?  Huffington Post has collated a series of titles where the model is someone very familiar to us.  I don’t think Debbie Harry really got ahead (pun intended) on this one.

5.  Read-a-likes

The lovely Emily Gale and Holly Harper over at Readings have compiled a great list of read-a-likes for teen readers.  From video gamers, to creepy and crawlies, to contemporary reads, they have you covered.


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