Seventeen (Magazine)

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Seventeen  ASIN: B000LXS9PE, Hearst Magazines.

Plot Summary:

Geared towards teenage girls, this magazine is filled with info on how to look good and eat smart. Plus a whole lot of ads. Readers will also find exercise tips and stories from real teens.

Critical Evaluation:

Readers may wonder if Seventeen has managed to remain relevant to today’s youth. The answer is yes. Why? The secret to Seventeens success is obvious upon one look through the magazine: teen concerns over trying to look to their best are never going to go away. 

Information about the author:

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Reader’s Annotation:

Tips on hair, clothes and makeup.

Genre:

Magazine

Curriculum Ties:

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Booktalking Ideas:

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Reading Level/Interest Age:

Grades 9 and up

Challenge Issues:

Parents may be dismayed by the emphasis placed on looks.

I would make sure that all material was purchased in accordance with my library’s collection development policy and make sure to keep a file containing positive reviews for books that I thought might be challenged. In the event of a challenge, I would actively listen to the parent’s concern and ask if they had read the book. I would then explain why the book had been added to the collection and provide with the reviews and a copy of the collection development policy. I would affirm that they are within their rights to limit what their children read, but that other parents also have the right to determine what their children can read. If all else failed, I would provide the parent with a reconsideration form.

Reasons for inclusion:

It is still one of the top selling magazines for teens

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