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  • An attention grabber is something exciting or interesting that happens in the book that you describe to get your audience's attention and get them interested in hearing more. A cliff hanger is something that leaves the audience on the edge of their seats not knowing what is going to happen next. The book jacket is the book cover that often has a description of what happens in the book and these can often give you examples of style ideas for your book talk. Backs of books also sometimes have similar ideas, or movie trailers (previews) have similar ideas you could follow. I'm talking about the kinds of descriptions like 'Sarah and Tom thought they were going on their dream vacation, but it turned out to be their worst nightmare...' That could be a (cheesy) attention grabber.
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How To Give A Book Talk How To Give A Book Talk Presentation Transcript

  • A Survival Guide
    Book Talks
  • Know Your Audience
    Consider the interests of your audience
    Choose a book with broad rather than narrow appeal
    Select a book at the reading level of your audience
  • Book Selection Tips
    Choose a book you love
    Never choose a book you haven’t read
    Select a book that others will enjoy but one they might not otherwise notice
  • Develop Your Speaking Skills
    Wear clothes you’ll feel good about that won’t be too distracting
    Make eye contact with your audience
    Show your audience you like them and the book by your tone of voice and mannerisms
    Relax and smile at your listeners
    Practice in front of a mirror
  • Presentation Format: Introduction
    Display the book, stating the title and author
    Tell the genre and author details if possible
    Discuss the setting of the book
    Introduce the main character(s) and your opinions of them
  • Presentation Format: Continued
    Briefly discuss the conflict of the book—but never reveal the resolution; you have to “hook” your readers
    Give your opinion of the book’s theme
    State why you would recommend this book or to what audience you would recommend it
    Never book talk a book you wouldn’t recommend
  • Pointers
    Limit your book talk to under five minutes
    Try to relate an interesting event from the book that is typical of the entire book
    Make the book talk interesting so that your audience will want to read the book
    Do not reveal the conclusion of the book—let your listeners read the book to find out what happens for themselves
  • Recommendations
    Remember: A book talk is not a review; think of it like a movie trailer
    Start with an attention-grabber
    End with a cliff-hanger
    Make an outline on paper
    Read the book jacket or book reviews for ideas
    Practice!