The Teen Titles cycle never stops!

The minute we complete the final proof reads and edits of one issue of Teen Titles, we get right on to starting the process for the next issue, and the forthcoming issue number 73 is no different.

This July, we were delighted to visit the Publication Unit in their brand new home at Central Library on George IV Bridge where we found over 100 books representing the latest in Young Adult literature which had been kindly sent to us from a range of publishers across the UK and beyond.

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We quickly set to work weeding out books which we knew had been reviewed in issue 72, then we arranged the books by genre so that we could evenly distribute to the 8 sub editors of the Teen Titles Team.

That done, we fairly distributed the books to each team member, making sure that everyone had a range of genres and a similar number in their pile. Then, we take a note of what we are sending out to each person so that we can have an accurate record of what we have received.  Next steps are to parcel up the piles of books and mail them out to the team. This is what 106 titles look liked bagged up!

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The team gets 3 weeks to read their pile of books and prepare a short synopsis of the plot (no spoilers, obviously!) before distributing the books to the 2 or 3 schools in their sub group. It works like a no-strings attached pyramid scheme!

We all intentionally have a quick turnaround to make sure that students have at least 6 weeks to read their book and write their review… the next review deadline is the start of October. Yikes!

On top of this we organise approximately 3 interviews per issue. Interview opportunities present themselves at random times so we are regularly in touch with publicists and authors to make sure we get the best possible content!

Teen Titles is available in Edinburgh school and local libraries.

Teen Titles 71 cover

Teen Titles 71

To purchase your own subscription to Teen Titles, contact the Publication Unit  learning.publications@ea.edin.sch.uk.

 

The latest issue of Teen Titles is just out!

Issue 71 of Teen Titles has just arrived in school and public libraries across Edinburgh and beyond, and we could not be more happy with it if we tried.

Teen Titles 71 cover

Teen Titles 71

The magazine features over 120 student reviews of the latest literature for young adults.  The cover book for this issue is The Dead I Know by Scot Gardner. The novel is about a boy whose life is a mess but who gets the fresh start he needs when he gets an apprenticeship in a funeral parlour. As Andi Christie, the reviewer from Drummond Community High School, says ‘the book focuses on death in a solemn but poetic way’.

We had a bumper crop of high quality interviews in this issue!  Students from Broughton High interviewed Non Pratt who was talking about her latest book Second Best Friend. Her novel is an incredibly accessible story that focusses on a teenage girl who is determined to win a high school election, and just how difficult it can be to navigate female friendships. The S2 class who interviewed Non were delighted, inspired and entertained by her chat.

Photograph of Non Pratt with pupils from Broughton Highschool

Non Pratt meets students from Broughton High School

Faye Bird was interviewed by students from Gracemount High who identify as being her keenest readers! Faye is the author of My Second Life and What I Couldn’t Tell You, a novel about Selective Mutism that the reviewers felt was ‘raw and emotional’ and Faye divulged that she loves reading dark books, and boy, does she like to do her research.

Photograph of Faye Bird with pupils

Faye Bird meets pupils from Gracemount High School

A Portobello student email interviewed Juno Dawson about her latest book Grave Matter, a hair raising book about a boy grieving over the death of his best friend and desperate to do anything to bring her back to life.

Finally, Sophie Cameron launched her debut novel Out of the Blue at Broughton High and was interviewed by a S1 class. Out of the Blue is set in Edinburgh but not Edinburgh as we currently know it – angels are falling from the sky and Jaya’s dad is determined to find out why! All Jaya can focus on, however, is her mother who died a few months ago. Sophie revealed that she wanted to keep the angels as mysterious as possible and that she might revisit them in a future book! The reviewers felt that her book was a ‘beautiful story of modern day life and far away fantasy’.

Teen Titles focusses on publishing reviews of the latest books for teenagers and interviews with top Young Adult authors, and every word of the honest and un-edited content is written by teenagers from the City of Edinburgh’s secondary schools.

To purchase your own subscription to Teen Titles, contact the Publication Unit  learning.publications@ea.edin.sch.uk.

The latest issue of Teen Titles is just out!

Teen Titles is the book review magazine that is packed full of Edinburgh teenagers’ (very) honest and uncensored opinions of the latest books for teenagers.

Publishers send copies of their latest books for young adults to the Teen Titles editorial team, who read each book, carefully write a synopsis, and then send on to each secondary school library in Edinburgh.

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Teen Titles Issue 70

In effect, students from every high school in the city get the opportunity to contribute, and the result is a magazine that honestly reflects what students think, making it a very valuable resource for students, authors and publishers alike.

The magazine is available from every public and school library and TT70 features these interviews and highlights:

Cat Clarke talks to Craigmount High School about her new book Girlhood, why her novels always have female leads and why she is not afraid to examine in them potentially taboo subjects such as mental illness, death and loss.

St Thomas of Aquin’s chat to Cathy MacPhail about her new novel Between The Lies which tells of a girl’s sudden disappearance, why social media can be both a good and a destructive influence, and why she has decided to collaborate on her next book with her son!

Pupils at St Thomas of Aquin's met Cathy MacPhail

Pupils at St Thomas of Aquin’s met Cathy MacPhail

John Young speaks to Boroughmuir High School about his debut novel Farewell Tour of a Terminal Optimist – which is about a teenager dying of cancer who goes on a wild road trip across Scotland to find his dad – and how his daughter’s own illness inspired his story.

Author, John Young at Boroughmuir High School

Author, John Young visits Boroughmuir High School

The Royal High School meet Kiran Millwood Hargrave, whose award-nominated novel The Island at the End of Everything is set on the Philippines Island of Culion and ask why she has made leprosy and butterflies its main subjects.

There are also reviews of over 60 books, factfiles about many of the authors we are featuring, and our popular Readers Write column.

Teen Titles is the only magazine of its kind in the UK, we think! It can boast subscribers from all over the UK and abroad, and publishers and authors are not only very keen to get their books included, but are desperate to know what their readers genuinely think of them.

To purchase your own subscription to Teen Titles, contact the Publication Unit  learning.publications@ea.edin.sch.uk

The latest issue of Teen Titles has hit the shelves in Libraries and Schools !

Teen Titles is the book review magazine that is packed full of (very) honest and uncensored opinions of the latest books for teenagers, contributed by teenagers from Edinburgh and around the UK, as well as interviews with popular authors. In this issue students meet authors Sarah Govett, Geraldine McCaughrean, Danny Weston and Mary G Thompson.

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The magazine is produced by a team of Edinburgh School Librarians and the Publications Unit and is the only magazine of its kind in the UK, we think!

Sarah Govett author of The Territory was interviewed by students from Gracemount High.

Publishers send copies of their latest books for young adults to the Teen Titles editorial team, who read each book, write a short blurb, and then send on to each secondary school library in Edinburgh. Publishers and authors are not only very keen to get their books included, but are desperate to know what their readers genuinely think of them!

Students from St Augustine’s got the low-down from Mary G Thompson on her latest book. Photo: John Thompson

School librarians distribute these brand new books to their students and ask them to read and review the books. Librarians work hard to match up the right book to the right students, and students are encouraged to give their honest opinions about each title.

The Leith Academy interview of Geraldine McCaughrean

Students from every high school in the city get the opportunity to contribute, as do students from subscribing schools around the UK and the result is a magazine that honestly reflects what students think, making it a very valuable resource for students, authors and publishers alike!

What happened when students from Forrester High met Danny Weston.

TT69 is distributed free to every public and school library in Edinburgh. To purchase your own subscription to Teen Titles, contact the Publication Unit at learning.publications@ea.edin.sch.uk