NOTE: I needed to swap my episode order this month, so the “how-to” episode I planned to do this week will be going up next week instead. Stay tuned!
I’m a fan of The Life History of a Star by Kelly Easton for several reasons. Because I like fiction stories that are written as journals (and those are easy to adapt into first-person booktalks), and because it’s a historical fiction book about a period of time that’s not frequently covered in young adult novels.
Oh, and here’s a little booktalking trick I use a lot that might be helpful for you. As I’m writing my booktalk, I like to use repetition or lists/series of things because it makes it easier for me to memorize it. If you look back through my earlier booktalks, you’ll see just how often I use that trick!
My name is Kristin Folger. I’m 14, but I feel like I’m 50. My English teacher gave me this journal to keep track of my thoughts because, as she put it, “They’re really quite unusual.” Well, here’s an unusual thought: I don’t believe in God, but if I did, I’d have a lot to say to him. You know, if I believed in God, I would tell him off for making it so that one week out of every month I feel fat, tired, and suicidal. If I believed in God, I’d ask why my best friends are acting so weird that I don’t even know them anymore. If I believed in God, I’d ask him for normal parents who actually talked to each other, instead of just fighting all the time. If I believed in God, I’d ask why he allowed the Vietnam War to happen, because it broke my family into a million little pieces. And if I believed in God, I’d ask him why we were living with a ghost. A ghost that has the body of someone I used to love, but not his mind … not anymore.