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Websites For Teens! NEW LINKS-2/25/14

Reading Rants has  its own book lists AND links to other sites in the webosphere that offer reviews, opinions and discussions about TEEN BOOKS.

LitPick’s team has a passion for promoting teen literacy and consists of members from Harvard College, Harvard Business School, Harvard School of Education, and high school with experience in coding, design, web analytics, and the Young Adult publishing industry. The team is led by Seth Cassel, who founded LitPick’s predecessor, Flamingnet.com, in 4th grade with his father, Gary, and quickly realized that he had discovered an idea with huge potential.  LitPick’s mission is to help preteens and teens develop a lifelong love of reading by empowering young readers to share their opinions in a social community. We hope to change the way students interact with literature and become a leader in the growing intersection of education and technology.

At Nerdfighters we’re about bringing nerdfighters together to increase awesome and decrease world suck.  Teen author John Green (An Abundance of Katherines, Looking for Alaska, and Paper Towns) and his brother Hank (Technological Genius) have created a “made of awesome” site for you.

Generation We - the Millennials – has arrived. You are emerging as a powerful political and social force. Your huge numbers and progressive attitudes are already changing America. And the world. You were born between 1978 and 2000 and you are 95 million strong!  Find out what you’re up to.

Figment is a community where you can share your writing, connect with other readers, and discover new stories and authors. Whatever you’re into, from sonnets to mysteries, from sci-fi stories to cell phone novels, you can find it all here. 

Marvel Comics has put a huge number of comics on its site. Most are available by paid subscription only, but more than 100 are available for free—from classics like first issue of The Amazing Spider-Man to recent releases like Dark Tower.

Digital Comic Museum  The mission of DCM is to provide as close to a free resource as possible where users can easily download public domain golden age comics without the need to ask or worry about searching the net for them. The site presents hundreds of unique comics in their original format, and visitors will need to complete a short registration form before you can get started.  Many of the comics at the site were published decades ago by long-gone companies such as the Croydon Publishing Company and Key Publications.  You can make your way through 1950s classics like “Black Cobra,” the war-time classic “Joe Yank” and “Sparky Watts”, who was billed as the “World’s Strongest Funny Man”.

Brigid Alverson blogs at MangaBlog.

Get Graphic – Comix and graphic novels.

Naruto fans! Naruto Shippuden will be available for download just days after its release in Japan from the official Naruto website. A new English-subtitled episode will be added every Thursday.

For anime and drama try Crunchyroll.

Kiki MagazineThe web site says: “Kiki is a magazine for girls who love life, appreciate creativity, and recognize good ideas. A Kiki reader thinks for herself, has her own look, and is on her way to being a confident, strong, and smart young woman. She’s a girl with style and substance!” The magazine is getting good reviews elsewhere as well.

Spark is a “mostly for girls” online book club.

Shmoop is an educational website for high school and college students that covers literature, US history, and poetry. Don’t let their playful name throw you off; their content is painstakingly researched and their writers are primarily Ph.D. and Masters students at Stanford and Berkeley.  A real homework helper!  It’s totally free and doesn’t require a login!

Girl Zone is a hip and healthy website which provides girls with a chance to voice their opinions.  While most traditional media for teen girls only offer up features on beauty, boys and fashion, Girl Zone offers content related to all aspects of a girl’s life.  Girl Zone re-launched in April 2009 with a fresh, fun website with new features such “Mind-Spirit-Me” and “Girls Get Green” as well as a collection of seven regularly updated blogs.

Ypulse – its whole site is all about marketing to you.  This page is about books.  A list of nice links here.  Worth a look.

The Harlequin™ Teen Panel is an online reader panel for teens between the ages of 13 and 17.

Harper Teen is Harper/Collins publisher’s teen site.  While they want you to buy their books, there are some neat things to do and contests to enter.

Don’ Buy It! is a Consumer/advertising education site for YOU.

Meet Me is a social networking site created by teens!

Teen Scene is an online teen magazine, founded by a teen.

For you Wordsmiths…the headquarters for Poetry Slam.

If you’re a fan of the Maximum Ride series, then you want to go to The Official James Patterson site.  Max Ride & other characters blog here. If you’re a fan, go here!

For an internet site devoted to the interests of teens, visit the Internet Public Library’s Teen Space.

The Week in RapTwenty-somethings Alex Rappaport and Blake Harrison have come up with a great way to get you interested in current events; their “Week in Rap” sums up the latest news using video and clever hip-hop lyrics in a way that’s fun and engaging. It’s a new addition to their Web site, Flocabulary, which uses hip-hop to foster literacy and promote academic success in the classroom.  Alex studied music at Tufts and Blake studied English at UPenn.

Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls - Amy Poehler, Meredith Walker and Amy Miles celebrate girls who are changing the world by being themselves. These are pretty neat, even though they’re presented by “Barbie”!

TeenVoicesGET PUBLISHED in Teen Voices. Teen Voices is an intensive journalism and mentoring leadership development program for teen girls in Boston whose mission is to support and educated teen girls to amplify their voices and create social change through media. Through its program, teen girls create an internationally distributed print and online alternative magazine reaching 45,000 readers worldwide and receiving 88,000 annual visitors from 177 countries.

Free Book Friday for Teens – They give away free books every Friday.  Each week,  a new YA author is featured with an exclusive Q&A and a drawing to win free signed copies of his/her book. All you have to do to enter to win each week is sign up! Winners are chosen at random and posted on the site every Friday morning. Hence the name, “Free Book Friday!”

Flamingnet offers you student reviews and recommendations on past, present, and future preteen, teen, and young adult books.

Young Adult (& Kids) Books CentraYou will find book reviews by teens, author information, news releases about YA books and writers, blogs about books, and more. If you’re looking for a good book to read, you’re sure to find one here!  There are also pages for kids.

Sweet Designs MagazineTry this Teen Online magazine.

Guys, looking for something to read? Check out Guys Lit Wire – It exists solely to bring literary news and reviews to the attention of teenage boys and the people who care about them. They are more than happy to welcome female readers – but their main goal is to bring the attention of good books to guys who might have missed them. The titles will be new or old and on every subject imaginable. They guarantee new posts every Monday through Friday and have a list of twenty-three individual scheduled contributors plus several additional occasional posters all of whom have different literary likes and dislikes. They hope to provide something for everyone and will strive to accomplish that goal.

Readergirlz says that its mission is to promote teen literacy and leadership in girls; Readergirlz features a different YA novel and corresponding community service project every month. That’s putting it mildly!  If you are a girl and you love reading, this site is for YOU!

Get published in Teen Ink RAW – RAW is a new site of unedited submissions to Teen Ink.  You be the judge by rating articles (up to one vote per article per day) and leaving comments or feedback for the writer. Articles that receive the highest ratings will be prominently displayed on the website.  Articles posted on RAW are screened for inappropriate content or language. Submissions are not checked for plagiarism. Every article will be considered by our editors for publication in Teen Ink Magazine. Writers selected for publication in the magazine will be notified by mail.

Teenreads purports “to bring teens info and features about their favorite authors, books, series and characters. We are a part of The Book Report Network, a group of websites founded in 1996 that share thoughtful book reviews, compelling features, in-depth author profiles and interviews, excerpts of the hottest new releases, literary games and contests, and more with readers every week.”

The Corner Book ClubHe Raps. He Reads. It’s Common. Common, the rapper known for his socially conscious themes and intricate lyrics, is a Grammy Award winner as well as the author of three books for children. A longtime advocate for urban youth, Common launched the Corner Book Club, an interactive book club for teens, on the Web site of his charity, the Common Ground Foundation.

For the latest in movies, try Movies.Com or Coming Soon. If knowing the latest about the Harry Potter movies obsesses you, try the Leaky Cauldron.

Like scary stories?  Check this site out! Monsterlibrarian.com

Filmwise is a site for movie trivia buffs featuring puzzles, contests forums and other stuff that movie lovers love.

Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through life-changing programs and experiences that help girls navigate gender, economic, and social barriers. Research-based curricula, delivered by trained, mentoring professionals in a positive all-girl environment equip girls to achieve academically; lead healthy and physically active lives; manage money; navigate media messages; and discover an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. The network of local Girls Inc. nonprofit organizations serves 125,000 girls ages 6 – 18 annually across the United States and Canada. 

The Ophelia Project serves youth and adults who are affected by relational and other non-physical forms of aggression by providing them with a unique combination of tools, strategies and solutions. To achieve long-term systemic change, we help build capabilities to measurably reduce aggression and promote a positive, productive environment for all.

Girls For A Change (GFC) is a national organization that empowers girls to create social change. We invite young women to design, lead, fund and implement social change projects that tackle issues girls face in their own neighborhoods.  They are dedicated to creating safe social climates.

The Fun Works web site is about careers. Not just the interesting ones other people have, but the ones YOU can have. Don’t know where to start? Well, dive right in and:  EXPLORE many different areas, not just the ones that seem obvious, THINK about what you enjoy. See where it leads you, EXPERIENCE lots of ideas

You may not know now exactly what you want to do as an adult, but this site will help you start. Discover who you are, what you like to do and what you do best.

Teens Health is a safe, private place for teens who need honest, accurate information and advice about health, emotions, and life. TeensHealth is accessible 24 hours a day so you can get the doctor-approved information you need to make educated decisions — or help a friend who needs advice. There’s a lot of confusing, misleading, and just plain wrong health information on the Web. Our mission is to tell it to you straight.

 

 

updated 5/13/2014