Category Archive: Historical

Preparing for Black History Month, 2015

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Black History Month is celebrated every February. The books below, some of the best published in 2014 and 2015, will help your students to understand the passions in the fight for rights and… Continue reading

All Boarding Schools Are Not Alike

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I have never attended a boarding school, nor did I ever want to.  I’ve always been introverted, and I don’t think I could have handled having to eat every meal with crowds of… Continue reading

New & Upcoming Historical Fiction: High School

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Teens can take a trip back in time with these historical fiction novels.  Perhaps it will lead to them to literary greats or maybe it will make historical people or events real for… Continue reading

New & Upcoming Historical Fiction: Middle School

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Looking for some historical fiction for your middle school library?  Here are some new titles you might consider. Wheels of Change by Darlene Beck Jacobson. 9781939547132. October 2014. Gr. 4-7 In the year… Continue reading

A Few 2014 Debut Authors

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We all have those authors we’re watching and waiting, sometimes anxiously, for whatever they are going to publish next. I know I do. But sometimes I like to make it a point to… Continue reading

3 New Middle Grade Novels

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My reading goal for 2014 is to read more middle grade books.  I kicked off the year with three books that fall right in line with that goal, and I’m happy to report… 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

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

Book Review: Freaks

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Freaks by Kieran Larwood. March 2013. 9780545474245. Gr. 6-8. There are a lot of great new books out there.  I am always amazed at the variety and diversity of books for kids; it… Continue reading