Category Archive: Realistic

Another’s Point of View: A Guest Post by Michael Rosen

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The latest post in our series of author guest posts will appeal to dog lovers, poetry lovers, or anyone curious about where stories come from. In this post, Michael Rosen shares how his… Continue reading

Anna’s Favorites of 2015

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I have compiled a list of my favorite reads of 2015. My main genre that I normally read is fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal, so I surprised myself this past year by having… Continue reading

Review: Goodbye Stranger

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Goodbye Stranger is about 7th grade, and those of you who work with middle school students are probably well aware of the challenges kids that age are facing, and this book covers several… Continue reading

Military Appreciation Day is Every Day

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With Veterans Day fast approaching, it behooves all adults to better familiarize our youth on what the day symbolizes for Americans. It is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended… Continue reading

Homelessness: Together, we can make a difference!

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The National Alliance to End Homelessness states: “Homelessness occurs when people or households are unable to acquire and/or maintain housing they can afford. Understanding homelessness requires a grasp of several social issues: poverty,… Continue reading

Engaging Your Struggling Readers

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Here in the Collection Development department at Mackin, we get a lot of requests from librarians for high interest/low reading level fiction for their struggling readers. We often find ourselves pointing these librarians… Continue reading

Mental Illness Fiction for High and Middle School

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My last post was a review of Neal Shusterman’s Challenger Deep, a story about a teen struggling through his first schizophrenic experience. With the prevalence of news stories on mental illness, I realize… Continue reading

Mental Illness in Challenger Deep

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Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman. 9780061134111. 2015. Gr 9-12. My older son, Alex, was born 27 years ago around the end of April, and by my first Mother’s Day, I was headed deep… Continue reading

Review & Giveaway: Saint Anything

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A group of us here at Mackin were fortunate enough to spend an evening with Sarah Dessen, eating pizza, sucking on dum dums, and discussing her latest book Saint Anything. It was intriguing… Continue reading

Review: Book Scavenger

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Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman. 9781627791151. June 2015. Gr. 5-8. Sometimes you know that a book is going to be good even before you have reached the title page. What drew me… Continue reading