Category Archive: Dystopia

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

So long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodnight – Kristin’s “Au Revoir” Post

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There’s a sad sort of clanging from the clock in the hall And the bells in the steeple too And up in the nursery an absurd little bird Is popping out to say,… Continue reading

Blinded Me with Science! – Science Fiction Novels for Teens

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Congratulations, Ms. Provence–you are the winner of an autographed copy of Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore.  Please e-mail us your address at booksinbloom@mackin.com, and we will send it out to you today.  And thank… Continue reading