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Writing & Books for Teens


Book Sites 

Reading Rants
out of the ordinary teen book lists on every topic featuring out of the ordinary booklists for teens. An an interactive blog, where teens can  respond to Jen’s reviews and write their own.

Join the Online Book Club
Monday-Friday, receive an email with a five-minute selection from a chapter of a book. By the end of the week, you’ll have read 2-3 chapters.

Reader's Club
This public library site offers book reviews by teens and for teens.

THE online place for teens to discuss their favorite books and find the hottest new titles

Favorite Teenage Angst Books
Want a good book about teen love, peer pressure, or fitting in? Try this site. Read teen reviews and recommendations for casual reading. Check out "Cool Bits" and "Links" for more great teen sites.

Fabulous Fiction
If you're not really into reading for fun, this site's for you. Two 13-year-old boys have created this award-winning website offering great books to read for teens.


Big Dog's Grammar
This site offers a list of the bare essentials of grammar. These are the things that English teachers love to comment on in your papers. Big Dog will help you with the little things, like commas and fragments, when writing your papers.

Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation
Use this site to help answer your questions concerning proper English grammar and punctuation. Easy to use, with links to other helpful sites for writers.

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 APlus Research and Writing for High School and College Students
An extensive online guide to writing a research paper. Follows a step by step process from finding a topic, gathering information, preparing to write and then writing and revising your paper. Also available to be downloaded.

Diary Project, The
The Diary Project is a site where teens can share their innermost secrets and feelings with honesty, openness and connectedness, anonymously. You'll meet new friends from other countries and cultures who will acknowledge and understand your feelings as a teenager.

Merlyn's Pen
Teen authors share their thoughts on art, life, and being published (or not being published). Read both humorous and serious short essays by teen writers.
Motivating Moments
"Motivational quotes for teens submitted by teens."

Style Manuals  

Citing Sources, Guide to Library Research
This guide gives examples of how to cite a specific source using the format the APA, Chicago, MLA, and Turabian style guides. Included are examples for electronic books, online magazines, and Web pages.

 APA Style
Site offers guidelines for electronic citations using the American Psycholgial Association Style format. . Keep current with the latest information for citing all your electronic sources, including E-mail, web sites, electronic databases, etc.

MLA Style
This site offers an authoritative explanation of MLA (Modern Language Association) style and includes the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers for high school and college students.

Style Manuals
Based on Harnack and Kleppinger's Online! A Reference Guide to Using Internet Sources, this site gives examples for MLA, APA, Chicago, and CBE.