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Review : A Little Something Different

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A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall. 9781250061454. 2014. Gr 9-12. A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall is exactly that, a little something different. It’s a romance about a boy and girl… Continue reading

Crafting an Essay

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Essay assignments and learning grammar can be a challenging and dreaded exercise for many students around the country. However, with the right tools and resources available it can make these learning experiences a… Continue reading

Art Through the Ages (i.e. kids’ ages!)

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Good art history and art appreciation books for kids are not so easy to find. There are tons of series books on creating art (drawing, painting, crafts, etc.) and a good number of… Continue reading

New Speculative Fiction for Teens

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One of the subjects that I get to review new titles in here at Mackin is speculative fiction. These include the sub-genres of fantasy, dystopian, supernatural, and science fiction. Not only do these… Continue reading

Biographies for Middle & High Students

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I think biographies might be my favorite form of literature.  They provide such great windows into many aspects of our culture—history, politics, science, art, sports, etc.–all presented via really interesting stories about individual… Continue reading

This Post’s for You!

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Here at Mackin, we love our customers!  I personally think school librarians are some of the hardest working, least-appreciated folks in schools. I know you’re here looking for ideas for your students  but… Continue reading

Review : The Best American Infographics, 2013

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The Best American Infographics, 2013, edited by Gareth Cook. . Gr 9-Adult. Once in awhile a book comes across my desk that really grabs my attention for its sheer uniqueness. The Best American… Continue reading

WWII Fiction and Nonfiction for Middle School

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Hero on a Bicycle by Shirley Hughes. April 2013. 9780763660376. Gr 6-8. When I heard the Candlewick rep say, ” Hero is about a 13-year-old boy during World War II, living in Italy,”… Continue reading

This Book Is for Everyone: Embracing Diversity within Identity

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We all know that there are very good books out there that depict characters of diverse backgrounds, making it easier to reach out to the kids we know from diverse backgrounds. But finding… Continue reading

Common Core and the Language Arts Classroom

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Lately, whenever the topic of the Common Core State Standards comes up in conversations with educators, I don’t typically see enthusiastic responses. Everyone knows about the standards and understands that they mean a… Continue reading