Booktalks

Tales from Outer Suburbia Booktalk

  • Grades: 6–8

Even in the suburbs, there’s room for the strange and inexplicable and unnatural.

Snapshots from the suburbs, glimpses of the strange and mysterious and inexplicable things that sometimes happen when we’re least expecting them…things that force us to look at ourselves and our surroundings in a whole different way, as if they world has suddenly been turned on its side.

A man in an ancient diving suit, wet and slimy, even on the hottest summer day, walks the streets, searching for something or someone.

What happens to poems that aren’t read?  Where do they go and what do they do?  Will anyone ever see them again?

Stick figures, part of the suburban landscape.  No one knows where they came from, why they are here, or why they watch us so intensely.

Do we ever really know what goes on behind the closed doors and shrouded windows of our neighbors’ homes? Slamming doors, shattering glass, loud shouts. But what does it really tell us?

Back in Grandpa and Grandma’s day, weddings took a lot longer and were a lot more complicated than weddings are today.

It’s the nameless holiday, when you choose your most precious possessions, and wait to see which one will be chosen.

You’ll never know how useful an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile can be, till the government issues you one of your own.

Can’t figure out what kind of pet you should get?  Make one of your own instead—it’s not that hard!!

Snapshots, bits of life waiting for you to give them meaning. Take them all in and let them change how you see things.

The booktalk was written by Joni Richards Bodart, university professor, librarian, consultant, and internationally known booktalking expert.

 

  • Subjects:
    Understanding Self and Others
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