Teen Titles

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The latest issue of TEEN TITLES (Issue #35) - the lavishly-produced magazine about Young Adult books produced by the City of Edinburgh Council - is the bigges yet: a 48 page issue filled with the usual mix of reviews and interviews (Paul Bajoria, Catherine Forde, Catherine Webb, Mary Hooper) and author factfiles, all colourfully illustrated with large book jacket reproductions.
To enquire about subscribing to Teen Titles, phone 0131 469 3328 or contact Paul Beryman.

I admire the way there is no attempt to cosmeticise the often less-than-flattering adolescent reviews. Here's one boy's comment on the Carnegie-shortlisted Tamar by Mal Peet: "I seriously hated this book. There is absolutely nothing to grab you in the first ten pages. The plot is very difficult to follow. Dull."

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Yes this is a fantastic production - and I agree, those reviewers don't pull any punches. What impresses me about this venture is that it has been going for such a long time - I've been receiving my copy for, oh, at least six years, probably longer. Just think about that. Years and years of finding the funding, enthusing an ever changing cast of young reviewers, keeping contact with schools and publishers, getting review copies... Hats off to the organisers - thanks to them, the art of reading with a critical eye is alive and kicking (sometimes very hard!)in Edinburgh schools.

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