Young Adult / High School Book Share Form

*General Details
Your Name
Book Title
Date Published
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*Initial Reactions:
What are some of the first things you noticed about the book?
Describe the cover and/or internal art.
Please provide a synopsis (overview) of the book.  As you write your synopsis, you may want to consider the following questions:

  • What is the main thrust of the plot?
  • How would you describe the characters?
  • Where and when does the story transpire?
  • What is the conflict or problem?
  • Is there an identifiable central conflict or problem, or a complex of conflicts and problems?
  • Is the conclusion fulfilling?
  • How is the theme revealed?
  • Is the pace satisfying?
  • How does the point of view affect the story?
  • What stylistic elements are used?
  • How is the tone set?
  • Does the book remind you of others by the same author, or in the same genre?
  • Is the book part of a series or tied to another work of fiction?
  • What is the purpose of the book?
  • What is the topic of the book?
  • What is the scope of the book?
  • Who will find this book most useful?
  • What level of experience is needed to use the information in the book?
  • What text structural pattern (sequence, description, cause/effect, comparison/contrast) is used to organize the book?
  • What text features are available (i.e. table of contents, headings, italics, maps, photos, graphs and charts, etc.)?

Please describe your reaction to the book.  As you explain your reaction, you may want to consider the following questions:

  • How are the various elements of the plot (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution/conclusion) handled?
  • Is the plot primary or secondary to some other essential elements of the story (i.e. setting, character, style, theme, etc.)?
  • Are there any gaps in the plot?
  • Are the characters believable or phony, dynamic or static?
  • Are the characters flat or multi-dimensional?
  • Do the characters develop naturally?
  • How does the point of view affect the story?
  • Is the pace satisfying?
  • Does the book appeal to the intended audience?
  • Do you like the book? Would you recommend it to a young adult reader?
  • Does the title reflect the book's purpose?
  • Does the book accomplish its purpose?
  • Is the book suitable for its intended audience?
  • Is the book reliable and accurate?
  • Do the text features focus the reader's processing of the text in ways that aid comprehension?
  • Does the text structure help the reader build a coherent model of the text?
  • What are the author's qualifications for writing on this topic?
*Teaching Applications:
  • How can you use this book in the classroom?
  • How will your students benefit from using this book in the classroom?
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