Category Archive: Fiction

Stories in Verse

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I love stories in verse. As the summer reading program director at my two sons’ elementary school, I found these types of novels are the easiest to get a student interested in reading for fun. In a PBS NewsHour interview, Jason Reynolds, the award winning young adult literature author, shares his ideas on how poetry can get more young people interested in reading. And I couldn’t agree with him more.

Book Review: Once & Future King

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There are some folk tales that we have no collective memory of learning about for the first time, but all seem to be familiar with. The story of King Arthur seems to be… Continue reading

Realistic Children’s Fiction: Loss and Grief, Death and Dying

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Grief and loss is a topic that is difficult to talk about with children. How do you explain death and dying to your young child?  This is a contemporary problem that is relevant… Continue reading

Finding Inspiration: Guest Post by Roshani Chokshi

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We are excited to welcome Roshani Chokshi as our guest author today. Her most recent book, The Gilded Wolves, a YA fantasy set in 1880s Paris, follows a diverse team of teens trying… Continue reading

Tracey’s 2018 Favorite Fiction

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2018 has been a busy reading year. My Goodreads goal was 200 books (not counting picture books), and I had already met that by the end of August! It was quite difficult to… Continue reading

Diverse YA Fiction to Watch for in 2019

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‘Tis the season of dreaming about all the books we’d like to give and receive for the holidays! In the spirit of wish lists and adding to our own reading lists for the… Continue reading

It was a Book before it was a Movie

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Books allow us to go beyond the movie, to dig deeper with more details shared by the author. They also give readers more opportunities to use their imaginations.

Make ’em Laugh with Elementary Fiction

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I’ll admit, sometimes I get fatigued reading serious, realistic fiction in my free time. It’s just nice picking up a book you know is going to make you smile and will be a… Continue reading

WARNING! You May Die of Dysentery

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          As a child of the 90’s, I cannot help but feel nostalgic when coming across The Oregon Trail: Choose your Own Trail series by Jesse Wiley. This series is… Continue reading

Immigrants and Refugees

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With the issues of immigrants and refugees in the news so much lately, young readers have lots of questions about what is happening in our communities, our country, and our world. Here are… Continue reading