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Teens Now Talk (Winter 2012)

March 29, 2013

Bibliographic Information (APA Style): Bowden, Jessica (Ed). Teens Now Talk (Winter 2012). Teens Now Talk Magazine Publishing Inc: Nova Scotia, Canada.

Category: Teen Magazine

Summary: Teens Now Talk is Halifax’s local magazine and website aid, written by teens for teens! The content has a more local focus on real-life experiences, local resources, community events, economic possibilities, and social concerns for YA (such as bullying and teen violence).

Book Talking Hooks: “Be Seen. Be Heard. Be the Voice” (Teens Now Talk, 2012, p 3). That is the empowering message of the magazine and it represents the opportunity for young adults to be a part of their community. For example, this issue focuses on teen violence and what someone can do if they find themselves in dangerous or bad situations (Teens Now Talk, 2012, p. 38). Teens Now Talk is a really relatable magazine to the community and offers opportunities for active involvement in a local publication for teens that want to explore career choices like journalism or writing, or the opportunity to just get involved in local activities (Teens Now Talk, 2012, p. 11).

Relatable circumstances are talked about, such as teen violence issues, along with other ideas about where to find resources. For example, this issue has an article about upcoming job opportunities developing in Halifax over the next five years and a job fair that highlighted this for teens (Teens Now Talk, 2012, p. 14, 42, & 43).

There are lots of fun ideas for cheap activities with healthy benefits. For example, the publication talks about homemade face mask recipes for different skin types (Teens Now Talk, 2012, p. 12). It’s inexpensive and something different to try!

Evaluative Comments: 4/5. This is a really great publication released four times a year that offers teens the chance to see themselves in their own community and to be a part of it. Teens Now Talk presents lots of ideas for teens to think about and places to get help if they need it. It is bright, colourful, creative, and draws on local talent (Teens Now Talk, p. 26). However, it might be better is the magazine was published more often, as this would keep a reader’s interest a little more current and focusing on new things to encourage greater teen involvement in community activities and in self-investment.

Readers’ Advisory Notes: Teens Now Talk is Interactive, engaging, creative, descriptive, resourceful, and really encouraging to local talent and involvement. All-round inspiring! I would advise a teen to also view the corresponding website for more ideas.

Reason for Inclusion: Teens Now Talk is a publication that teens can relate to as it often deals with real-life issues (such as bullying and teen violence in the case of this issue), but it is also fun, with small project ideas, sports pages, and listings and reviews of local art performances (Teens Now Talk, p. 10, 22, 34). This is not just a ‘fun’ magazine, but also an access point for teens to become engaged and invested in their community and in themselves.

Suggested Audience: Anyone at all who wants to know more about their community and about their place in it, but especially teens who might be new to the community. Teens Now Talk is a great resource for finding out what is going on locally! Therefore, I would recommend this publication for teens ages 12 to 18.

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