Multnomah County Library Podcasts (booktalks - teens)

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Survivors Club; The Secrets and Science that could Save your Life

Survivors Club; The Secrets and Science that could Save your Life by Ben Sherwood

From award-winning journalist Sherwood comes a fascinating exploration of survival that can help prepare you for life's inevitable struggles, from cancer and crime to car accidents and airplane crashes.

Audience: Teen and Adult

Direct download: 20100917_MCL_Survivors_Club_KH.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Teens -- posted at: 3:40pm PST

Trickster's Choice

Teen Librarian, Sara Ryan, gives an enticing preview of the popular book, Trickster's Choice by Tamora Pierce.

Direct download: 20100901_MCLTricksters_Choice.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Teens -- posted at: 11:48am PST

Children of the Sea Volume 1

Children of the Sea Volume 1 by Daisuke Igarashi

When Ruka was younger, she saw a ghost in the water at the aquarium where her dad works. Now she feels drawn toward the aquarium and the two mysterious boys she meets there, Umi and Sora. They were raised by dugongs and hear the same strange calls from the sea that she does.

Audience: Teens


Direct download: 20100716_MCLChildren_of_the_Sea_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Teens -- posted at: 4:06pm PST

Trickster; Native American Tales A Graphic Collection

Trickster Native American tales a Graphic Collection Compiled and Edited by Matt Dembicki


Meet the trickster, a crafty creature or being who disrupts the order of things, often humiliating others and sometimes himself in the process. Whether a coyote or rabbit, raccoon or raven, tricksters use cunning to get food, steal precious possessions, or simply cause mischief.

Audience: Kids and Teens

Direct download: 20100716_MCLTrickster_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Teens -- posted at: 2:52pm PST


Nothing by Janne Teller 

When thirteen-year-old Pierre Anthon leaves school to sit in a plum tree and train for becoming part of nothing, his seventh grade classmates set out on a desperate quest for the meaning of life. If you had to sacrifice something meaningful to you to prove life had meaning, what would you give up? Your pet? Your little finger? What might your friends make you sacrifice?

Like The Lord of the Flies or The Lottery, this book questions what happens when control goes out of control.  

Target Audience: Teen

Direct download: 20100716_MCL_Nothing_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Teens -- posted at: 4:11pm PST

Bog Child (Booktalk)

Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd. 18-year-old Fergus runs high in the Irish hills to escape. His brother, an IRA sympathizer, is on a hunger strike in prison, and might die soon. Fergus needs to succeed in school to get to continue his studies. And now even his running is no escape, because he's been asked to be a courier for strange packets he suspects are drugs. When Fergus finds a bog mummy from the year AD 80 he's amazed at how her story parallels his own.

Direct download: 20090821_MCL_Bog_Child_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Teens -- posted at: 2:31pm PST

Facts of Life; Stories (Booktalk)

Facts of Life; Stories by Gary Soto. What do you do when you find out your new friend  is secretly robbing people's houses? What would you do if you found out you weren't a legal citizen - and your parents never told you? Ten short stories about Latino kids who all have to make an important choice. The decision is up to them!

Direct download: 20090821_MCL_Facts_of_Life_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Teens -- posted at: 1:30pm PST

Brothers Torres (Booktalk)

Like the book The Outsiders? Check out Brothers Torres by Coert Voorhees. Right when Frankie gets up the nerve to ask Julianne to Homecoming, it all blows up with his older brother Steve, who's been staying out all night with local Cholos and picking fights in their small New Mexican town.

Direct download: 20090821_MCL_Brothers_Torres_CC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Teens -- posted at: 1:16pm PST


The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. Todd Hewitt has spent his life listening to the Noise -- the thoughts of every living thing on the New World. But it's the day he hears nothing that changes everything.




Direct download: 20090424_MCLKnifeofNeverCC.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Teens -- posted at: 2:48pm PST

The Boy Who Dared, by Susan Bartoletti. A thrilling adventure of a 17-year-old boy, who dared to oppose the Nazis.

Direct download: 20081008boywhodaredbt.mp3
Category:Booktalks - Teens -- posted at: 10:40am PST