Category Archive: Fiction

New Dystopian Fiction

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 As I was preparing for the presentation at the ITEM Conference I was reading many new speculative teen fiction. These are three of my favorite Dystopian/Science Fiction titles that I came across and… Continue reading

I…Robot?

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Recently, I have been fascinated by the television show “Westworld”, which describes a future world where robotics & artificial intelligence have advanced to the point of making the cybernetic beings indistinguishable from the… Continue reading

New Middle School Graphic Novels

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I have always enjoyed reading graphic novels since I was in elementary school when my Dad first introduced me into the world of Marvel. I have recently found a few graphic novels from… Continue reading

Best Of: Historical Fiction & Social Studies Favorites

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Not long ago, I presented some booktalks at the annual ITEM (Information & Technology Educators of Minnesota) conference in Minnesota.  My areas this year included Historical Fiction & Social Studies titles for the… Continue reading

Diversity in Fantasy Fiction

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 I have recently come across a few high school fantasy fiction novels. Unfortunately, I find it a rare occurrence when there is a diverse main character in fantasy novels. There has been an… Continue reading

Review: The Fixer Series

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I don’t normally read realistic fiction, and definitely not political thrillers, but I had heard great things about The Fixer books by Jennifer Lynn Barn from multiple sources whose opinions I trust on… Continue reading

Lesson Idea: Salt to the Sea

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What teacher doesn’t love a book that inspires kids to research? With the excitement of a new school year, I can only dream of getting back into the classroom to teach Ruta Sepetys’… Continue reading

Review: You Will Know Me

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You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott. 9780316231077. 2016. Gr 11-Adult. If you had Olympic fever like I did, chances are you spent some time watching sports drama unfold in Rio this summer.… Continue reading

To Boldly Go…

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On September 8, 1966 (three years before Neil Armstrong took his “one small step for man”), a new TV show aired on NBC centering on the space adventures of the Starship U.S.S. Enterprise… Continue reading

24 Hours or less

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One day can change your life. Anything can happen if you keep yourself open to the possibilities. In The Sun is Also a Star, it is Natasha’s last day in the United States.… Continue reading