UNPLUGGED: Hundreds of Activities for Teens to Do Without a Screen By Paul Walker, Alexandra Boyden Walker and Calvin Boyden Walker
The Walkers, Paul, Alexandra and Calvin, debut authors introduce us to their book about having a richer life by going, “UNPLUGGED”:
INTELLIGENT AND FUNNY, this book is designed for teenagers; it has hundreds of fun activities that teenagers can do that don't involve a screen.
Some of the ideas are free and only take a few minutes while others may cost a small fortune and take years.
UNPLUGGED contains useful ideas, such as creative ways to earn money and ideas to make your parents happy.
There are a number of activities teens can do with their friends or to do to make new friends.
The first section includes lists of activities that people can do, from cooking to earning money.
The second includes things that teens should know about, like how to avoid being poor, how to negotiate, how to tell if someone is lying, and other similar skills.
The third is similar to the second, only more focused on health. Because some of the sections are simply long lists, at the bottom “activities” were added which serve as hints or jumping-off points for that particular list.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Paul Walker is the dad. His daughter Alexandra Boyden Walker (age 13) and his son Calvin Boyden Walker (age 17) give their dad “rant scores” whenever he contributes to the book, yet it is obvious they have deep respect for him. Teens themselves, they are concerned their peers will grow up with compromised social skills because of their obsession with their devices, spending the equivalent of 136 days a year on them. So they did extensive research and created lists of healthier activities to do instead.
Visit the authors on their website: http://mindfulcynic.com/.
I enjoyed this book a lot. I found it entertaining and insightful, with a healthy dose of cute.
I think that everyone benefits from engaging in different activities at all ages, but especially in the school-age years.
The chapter on volunteering is quite good and provides ideas for volunteering in many different areas of interest. They can also be implemented in towns of almost any size. Learning the value of serving and assisting others is an important life skill to have. Almost all nonprofit organizations would fold without any volunteers.
Many of the activities are way fun! Quite a few of them can easily be leveraged into a hobby or in a few cases, a business. Lessons can be learned, while having fun, that will remain with a person all throughout life.
I recommend this book wholeheartedly. It’s fun, enjoyable, helps to build a well-rounded personality through a variety of experiences.
I award 5 stars to “UNPLUGGED”! Congratulations to all of the authors!
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10/24/2020 05:25:46 pm
Thank you for reviewing our book! (Unplugged: Hundreds of things for teens to do without a screen. AKA: the book for teens, by teens that no teen will ever buy...) Hopefully dad's geopolitical pseudo-conversations didn't put you too far off, also if you want another one for a free gift, we've got like 500 of these things in the garage because (you won't believe this) there's a GLOBAL HEALTH CRISIS (crazy huh?) that makes distributing them a bit rough...
10/25/2020 10:14:33 am
I am okay with your dad's conversation, I am a dad and granddad also. I am fluent in dad-speak.
10/25/2020 03:17:51 pm
Let's see, it's been a couple years since we started the book, so I'm now a senior in high school. I'm looking into majoring in technology and education, so that's something. At this point I'm sort of falling deeper and deeper into the D&D rabbit hole, which is something we had just started when we were writing, I'm fairly sure that we offer it as an activity in there somewhere. I recently discovered the soundtrack from Doom (a video game, coincidentally enough...) and so I've started to get an interest for sound design. I'm doing pretty well all things considered, as well as a global heath crisis can let us be that is.
10/25/2020 04:31:38 pm
Have you been elected to carry the water for the interview or will your family members join in the fun at some point?
10/25/2020 05:24:41 pm
I'm here to join in! So for new books, we're continuing the Things to Do "series" with a book focused on younger ages. At younger ages there's more of a focus on trying to find ways to let out all the energy kids have, while also allowing them to discover new things they like, and so creating resources for that seemed like a natural expansion.
10/25/2020 05:51:13 pm
Welcome, Alexandra, it's nice to have you join us.
Cover designing was a bit of a process for us! We went through a lot of ideas with the help of the very patient Cleone Reed, though we always knew we wanted an iphone to be on the cover, as the screen-free theme was really central for our father. It was meant not to be ironic but to highlight the sort of obsessive behavior around technology use. A few ideas that were presented to us had a much more playful look, highlighting the activity and energized feel, with several muted, more pastel-like color blocks and bubbly typefont, and I think that part of that came out in the background. Something I asked for personally was for the font to have a graphic "sophisticated" look, since I really wanted to push this book as one for teens, without coming across as alienating or patronizing with a more childlike font. One of the jokes our dad is somewhat fond of is that the book is "a book made by teens, for teens, that no teen would ever buy themselves" and while this is sadly probably true (not many teenagers are going to spend their own money on a nonfiction book who's title is about putting down their phone, no matter how bored they are). Still, I wanted to make the cover such that despite the title, if by some luck, a teen willing picked up the book, they would maybe just open it.
10/25/2020 08:45:57 pm
I admire your determination, Alexandra, I think you were on the mark about what a teen might pick up and read or not.
10/25/2020 09:06:00 pm
I've not personally had anything published, but our father wrote a book called Careers in the Environment, which he likes to use to brag that he "predicted" the environmental movement.
10/26/2020 10:38:37 am
What a claim to fame! Starting the environmental movement! Not many can say that.
10/26/2020 12:55:02 pm
I belive it's under teen & young adult, and education & reference though I think historical fiction could also be an adequate category.
10/26/2020 01:31:22 pm
I hope you found other categories to place your book, I can think of one more, off the top of my head, DIY. Get your book into as many categories as Amazon allows to maximize sales opportunities.
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