Category Archive: Dystopia

Review : The Young Elites by Marie Lu

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The Young Elites (Book 1) by Marie Lu. 9780545135719. October 7, 2014. Gr 9-12. Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy is one of my favorites, so when an advance copy of the first book in… Continue reading

Review: Illusive

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Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones is a fun mash-up of supernatural elements, a realistic dystopian scenario, and an action-filled plot. In 2017, a new virus crept up in Africa that no one took much… Continue reading

Review: Red Rising

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Red Rising is the beginning of a trilogy from the debut author, Pierce Brown. The story takes place on Mars, far into the future. The society on Mars is constructed into castes, and… Continue reading

Exploring an Essential Question with Fiction

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Recently, I was asked to create a list of titles for a ninth-grade novel unit in which the essential question that the class would address is the following: “How do the decisions and… Continue reading

Crossover Picks for Teens

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The number of adult books I read last year was embarrassingly low.  I suppose that is fairly typical among those working in the children’s literature field, but I do try to make it a… Continue reading

The Alex Awards

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I try to read broadly, through all levels and genres, but I will say that the majority of books I read are written for adults.  However, I do read a good number of… Continue reading

Promising Bloom & Giveaway: The 5th Wave

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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. May 2013. 9780399162411. Gr. 9-12 It has been a while since we declared a book a Promising Bloom, but we just can’t resist with Rick Yancey’s upcoming… Continue reading

Book Review : Maggot Moon

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Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner. 9780763665531. February 12, 2013. Gr 7-10. “I’m wondering what if…the football hadn’t gone over the wall.” Fifteen-year-old Standish Treadwell lives in the Motherland, a dystopian society similar to… Continue reading

Book Review: Rootless

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Rootless by Chris Howard. November 2012. 9780545387897. Gr 9-12. Rootless is one of the most imaginative and ambitious books I have read all year.  It is the story of Banyan, a nomadic teen… Continue reading

Books with covers that BOYS will actually pick up…

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I think we’ve all noticed the YA trend with beautiful girls on the cover, usually in elaborate gowns with long flowing hair.  Now I love these books as much as the next person,… Continue reading