11 episodes

The Library Club students of Greene Middle School and Mrs. Collins, the Librarian, argue about books -- which authors are the best, whether Harry Potter is still worth reading, the book vs. the movie, etc.

Middle School Students Argue About Books Greene Middle School Library Club

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The Library Club students of Greene Middle School and Mrs. Collins, the Librarian, argue about books -- which authors are the best, whether Harry Potter is still worth reading, the book vs. the movie, etc.

    S2 - Episode 2: Hot or Not? Middle School Lit Edition

    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?

    • 14 min
    S2 - Episode 1: Stereotypes in books that drive us nuts!

    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. 

    • 11 min
    Episode 9: Books you haven't heard of (but should TOTALLY read!)

    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. 

    • 12 min
    Episode 7: Should middle school students be allowed to read controversial or difficult issues? (with Stacey Lee!)

    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?

    • 22 min
    Episode 6: Movie Adaptations of YA novels -- the good, the bad, and the ugly

    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...

    • 35 min
    Episode 5: Realistic Fiction vs. Fantasy!

    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!

    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

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Fun Format

I am a middle school historical fiction author. I really enjoyed listening to your podcast with the “key readers” expressing their feelings about their favorite genres and what they liked and disliked about historical fiction.

What a great idea! Kudos for coordinating the podcast with the “true experts.” I loved hearing directly from excited middle school readers. :-)