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Katie Raynolds, the high school linguaphile we interviewed in our magazine last year, emailed from Seattle asking if she could intern in our New York office during spring break. Our answer: But of course! Katie just spent a busy and fun week with us. Here's a list of book recommendations for teenagers she put together:

"Just for girls"

Gossip Girl, by Cecily von Ziegesar
"I'm the first to admit that this series is complete fluff; there are no deep, intellectual conversations, no defining moments, and no witty dialogue. However I believe that these books provide a great opportunity for girls that don't normally read. I find that my friends that shun other reading material tend to enjoy this series."

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, by Ann Brashares
"The first of a series of four, this book is a great story about four girls that stay in touch over the summer through a 'magical' pair of pants. There are moments that tempt you to roll your eyes but it remains a sweet story about friendship, travel and the jeans that tie them together."

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, by Louise Rennison
"While the title of this book makes girls in the book store blush, the story behind the title is well worth the embarrassment. Told through the diary of British girl named Georgia, this series had me crying with laughter. Georgia's British slang is so outlandish that each book requires a glossary for translations, yet her story is relatable and risible in any language."

"For boys and girls"

Fight Club, by Chuck Palahniuk
"Chuck Palahniuk's books are twisted and darkly funny; he's perfect for teens that are dissatisfied with some of the superficial work that's marketed toward them today. The stories' content is more explicit, so I recommend this book for older teens. The books are not always cheerful or politically correct, but I guarantee that you'll laugh in spite of yourself."

Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen
"Hatchet is a book that I read over and over again. Brian Robeson's plane crashes in the middle of Canadian wilderness, and he learns to thrive with just a hatchet and a few remains from the plane. His story inspires the often-suppressed urge to reconnect with nature, and I always finish believing that maybe I, too, could make rafts and start fires."

The Giver, by Lois Lowry
"While I am not an avid reader of science fiction, I classify this book among other utopian classics such as Brave New World and Fahrenheit 411. 12-year old Jonas lives in 'the ideal society,' but as he matures he discovers the dark side of the community that controls him. This book leaves myriad questions unanswered, and you get to decide for yourself what really happens in the end."

Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card
"Again, I am not usually a fan of alien invasions and spaceship battles, but this book offers intense action that I found irresistible. Ender Wiggin is chosen to save the world from aliens, and he struggles with his identity as he faces this mission. Most of the book focuses on military strategy and battles, yet this also gives meaning to the author's final message in the epilogue."


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Tuesday April 24th 2007, 2:49 PM
Comment by: Daniel D.
You need to include the definition of "florid" that includes "ruddy" or reddish. I've found this use in a novel that I teach perennially: "Rebecca". Favell's complexion is described as "florid".

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