Friday, December 17, 2010

Books for Teeagers

Who's Cooking Tonight? with Claire Gourley (Penguin)
ISBN: 978-0-143-20542-5 RRP$36.00

Hungry teeangers will find plenty of scrummy recipes to cook up quickly and scoff down with siblings and friends. Claire's mother Glenda supplied the recipes and teenage author Claire has written the recipes in a way that makes them appealing and talks the language of her peers. Teenage cooks will find snack recipes such as omelette for one, Tuscan chips with guacamole, seafood chowder; dinner for the family - chicken and tomato wedges, vegetable slice, beef fried rice, rapid ratatouille with lamb chops; classic dishes - meatloaf with scalloped potatoes, cheesy pasta bake, cottage pie, creamy fish pie; quick meals - butter chicken with the trimmings, burritos, spaghetti and meatballs, chilli chicken; and not forgetting sweet things - chocolate brownie, berry nice cupcakes, chocolate cake and berries, fresh fruit platter with toffee caramel drizzle. Teenagers can see how things are done by going to her website: (she's also on Twitter, Facebook and You Tube). Claire's nine year old brother William edited the video clips and downloaded them on You Tube. Claires other brother and friends helped with the taste testing, and photography. The book is packaged to catch the eye of teenagers with bright colours and lots of photographs. An excellent Christmas present for teenagers who enjoy cooking (or for mothers to buy for their teenagers to give them a hint 'it's their turn to cook tonight').

Claire says she wanted to collect favourite recipes together in one place before she left home, and while she was doing this she started to think she could make them available so that other teenagers could benefit from it too. She imparts a healthy eating message throughout the book but reassures teenagers they had to taste and look good too. This is one media savvy teenager - expect to see more of her in the future.

Cor Blimey, Mate: Action Stories for Young Hunters by Marion Day
ISBN: 978-0-9864680-0-1 RRP $

I'd been waiting a long time for this hunt. Been harassing my old man, begging him to take me, and all I ever got was, "You're too young. You'll be a nuisance. Maybe next year."

I even resorted to showing him some underarm fuzzy bits of hair to prove how ready I really was.

"That's bum fluff, boy," he'd said, throwing his head up like one of those ugly laughing hyenas.

"Cor, Dad. Cor blimey. When can I go then? Please?" I asked straight back, determined.

Cor Blimey, Mate is written for young hunters; full of gory stories of pig hunts, being out in the bush with dogs, riding helicopters and using guns. Marion based many of the 18 short stories on true events and has used the language of the hunter (so expect to see some swearing) to make it realistic. The book is illustrated with colour photographs and black and white cartoons. Would suit boys who are reluctant readers and come from the farming community.

I just want to be ... Me! Building resilience in young people by Timothy and Sandra Bowden (Exisle Publishing) ISBN: 978-1-921497-47-6 RRP$22.99

I Just want to be ... Me! is a self help book for teenagers teaching them the principles of ACT (Acceptance and Commitment therapy). Helpful for teeagers with low self-esteem or depressed. It gives them the tools to deal with their demons and how to get back onto the journey of life. It is told in graphic cartoon style making it appealing to teenagers. It would be a helpful resource for the Health programme for Years 6 upwards. Teachers and parents can download free resources to go with the book on the website:

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