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Elementary Fiction Series Not to Miss!

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So many elementary fiction series are published that it’s hard to keep track of them.  However, the nice thing about not finding a series until it already contains several titles is that you… Continue reading

Get Ready for the Total Solar Eclipse!

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This year’s total solar eclipse on August 21 is a big deal! It will be the first time a total solar eclipse has occurred from coast to coast in the United States since… Continue reading

Trail-blazing Women in Picture Books

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I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.  (Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own) Though this quote is a favorite of… Continue reading

Adult Crossover Nonfiction for High Schools

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I promised a list of adult nonfiction to suggest to high school readers (or their teachers) to go with the post on crossover fiction.  All of these titles can be read for interest,… Continue reading

Adult Crossover Fiction for High Schools

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When I was in high school (my boys will claim that was during the Stone Age), YA literature did not exist—except for a few early titles like S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. So when… Continue reading

Sneak Peeks at Upcoming Upper ES/MS Fiction

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One of my favorite things about my job here at Mackin is receiving advance reader copies (ARCs) from our publishers. In fact, the last cart of books brought to my desk contains ARCS… Continue reading

Tracey’s Favorite 2016 Nonfiction

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I love nonfiction! And 2016 has seen so many wonderful nonfiction titles for young readers. Here are some of my favorites—and though my nonfiction TBR list is quite lengthy, I’m always looking for… Continue reading

Tracey’s Favorite 2016 Fiction

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So many books, so little space in a blog post! These are my favorite fiction titles from 2016, which makes this a highly personal list. I like to read books in almost every… Continue reading

Tracey’s Favorite 2016 Picture Books

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Every year is the same: I gush about how many excellent picture books were published during the year and complain how difficult it is to choose my favorite ten or twelve or baker’s… Continue reading

Steve Sheinkin and Jim Thorpe Defeat a Non-Sports Reader

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When people find out I’m a librarian or that I work at Mackin, one of their first questions is often “What book would my kids like?” Now, I like to read almost everything,… Continue reading