It can be hard to tell if a social experiment book will have a lasting place in literature, but if any do, Popular should definitely be one of them. Maya’s writing is timeless, and the idea of updating classic advice is something that will never go out of style. Before too long, Maya’s advice might be considered “classic” itself!
Find how to make different paper beads here:
“How to Make Paper Beads.” WikiHow. Mediawiki, n.d. Web. 19 Jul. 2015.
Find how to make a paper bow tie here:
“How to make origami ties.” Origami-Make.com. N.p., 2015. Web. 19 Jul. 2015.
Maya Van Wagenen not only experimented with becoming classy by wearing pearls, she turned around and made her own project into a book! Teens can do something similar during this craft program. Let them film short videos explaining how to make the beads and bow ties from start to finish. Upload them on the library’s social media sites so other teens can learn how to do these crafts at home.
Cornell, Betty. Betty Cornell’s Teen-Age Popularity Guide. New York: Dutton Books for Young
Readers, 2014. Print.
If you’re not into retro advice or changing your social status, you can spice up your life in other ways, with a variety of social experiments. This book is framed within your high school career, but most of the suggestions will fill your time after school hours.
Stalder, Erika and Steven Jenkins. 97 Things to Do Before You Finish High School. San
Francisco, CA: Zest Books, 2008. Print.
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books 67.10 (2014): 546. Project Muse. Web. 19 Jul. 2015.