Category Archive: High School

New Novels in Verse for Teens

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Looking at realistic fiction published for teens and tweens in 2014, it seems like the year of verse. Some people love novels in verse, and some people hate them. Wherever you fall on… Continue reading

The American Presidents

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During my college years at the University of Minnesota-Morris, I took a number of political science courses that intrigued me.  One that particularly stood out was “The American Presidency”, where we studied the… Continue reading

Courage and Resilience

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True stories of extraordinary courage and resilience are very compelling reads for me. Some of them are so amazing and improbable that they seem like they must be fiction. I grew up enjoying… Continue reading

Take an Extraordinary Adventure

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As the weather begins to get chillier outside (at least here in Minnesota) I always enjoy laying on my couch under a blanket and letting my mind venture off into the world 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

Banned Books Week 2014 : Comics and Graphic Novels

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Every year the last week of September is designated as Banned Books Week, and this year the focus is on graphic novels and comics. An excellent resource for librarians and teachers who want… Continue reading

We need diverse books

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We need diverse books. The movement that started as a hashtag earlier this year has grown into an organization with a mission to promote diverse books and authors. This is great news for… Continue reading

YA Debuts

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My post from last spring about middle grade debut authors was pretty popular, so I thought I would revisit the topic of debuts. This time let’s look at teen fiction. Jennifer Longo sets… Continue reading

Series Review : The Virals

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According to Bowker, the number of juvenile titles published in the United States dropped slightly in 2013, from 33,239 in 2012 to 32,902.  Sometimes we feel like most of them are stacked on… Continue reading

YA Goes To The Movies!

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  Regarding cinematic adaptations of literary tales, the phrase “the book is ALWAYS better than the movie” is commonplace.  While not 100% accurate (although, from my own personal experiences, it is pretty close),… Continue reading