Saturday, June 2, 2012

Teen Boat!

Title: Teen Boat!  
Author: Dave Roman 
Illustrator: John Green 
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt  
Publication Date: May 8, 2012
Genre/Format: Teen Issues/Graphic Novel 
GoodReads Summary: High school can be a time of terrible angst—Fs on tests, bullying jerks, broken hearts, and late-stage puberty are just some of the potential issues that all teen boys face. But what about the issues facing a Teen Boat? In this hilarious send-up of teen story tropes, the best-selling author Dave Roman and the cartoonist John Green deliver high school and high seas drama with a boatload of laughs. 
What I Think: When I heard Dave Roman talk about this concept it sounded very funny. It sounded like him and a friend just started joking around about a boy who can turn into a boat and then it became more and more plausible until they had a whole graphic novel devoted to a boy who can change into a boat. Let me tell you, life's not so easy for a boy who can turn into a boat. He finds himself trying to fit in at school while also trying to find a girl - but does he want to find a girl to date or a boat to date? He finds himself in rough waters a few times trying to figure out where he fits in and who his real friends are.
Read Together: Grades 7 - 8 
Read Alone: Grades 7 - 12 
Read With: Astronaut Academy by Dave Roman, Smile by Raina Telgemeier, Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol, Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke, Sidekicks by Dan Santat 
Snatch of Text:  

Mentor Text For: Making Connections, Visualizing, Making Inferences, Personal Narrative
Writing Prompts:  Write about a time in your life when you tried to fit in with people but ended up not being true to yourself. What did you realize about yourself and what did you do when you recognized that you were changing to try to fit in and/or they weren't good friends?
Topics Covered: Friendship, Fitting In, Adversity, Bullies, Peer Pressure, Love, Relationships
Jen *hearts* It:

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