Category Archive: Novels

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

Tracey’s Favorite Fiction of 2015

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Selecting my favorite fiction titles is slightly easier than choosing my favorite picture books—but only because picture books are shorter and I can read more of them. I read a lot. Staying abreast… Continue reading

The Force Awakens

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“Chewie…we’re home!” Today, Han and Chewie are indeed “home” with the release of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens.  For the next few days (weeks? months?), Star Wars will be everywhere.  I have… 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

Science Fiction and Dystopias for MS and HS

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Speculative fiction is a fairly new term that encompasses several genres that have one thing in common: their settings are not real. Not just unfamiliar, but really unreal. They take place on other… Continue reading

Art & Critical Thinking in the Classroom

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As I promised in my post last month, here is another post inspired by an EdWeb webinar I viewed over the summer. This webinar, Art Builds Critical Thinking, was based on the book… Continue reading

Fairy Tales and Fantasies : Original and Retold

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I honestly will read—and enjoy—almost anything, but fantasies have been my favorite since I first read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe in fifth grade. Here are some of my favorite 2015… Continue reading

A “Depressing” Anniversary

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Eighty-six years ago today, the American stock market took a lethal plunge, throwing the country’s banks and working class into a panic and perpetuating the most severe economic depression the country had every… Continue reading

Middle & High School Horror : Read with the Lights On!

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In my last post, I offered suggestions for scary books for middle schoolers. You can see that it’s been a good year for horror because I have even more super scary books to… Continue reading

Music and Literature

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Last fall, my soon-to-be kindergartener was struggling to learn all of the information she needed to know before starting school including our phone numbers, address, bus number, etc.  I quickly realized that singing the information… Continue reading