Category Archive: Realistic

Native American Heritage Month

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When I was a sixth grade teacher, one thing I always wanted more of were good books that opened up a dialogue with students about a variety of historical topics. I wanted more… Continue reading

Review: Unbecoming by Jenny Downham

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Unbecoming by British novelist Jenny Downham follows 3 generations of women, each with fiery red hair and their own secret. The youngest, Katie, has been secretly hiding her sexuality. That is, until she… Continue reading

Review: This Impossible Light

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Summer is an exciting time working in Classroom Services here at Mackin. With the end of one school year comes the a fresh start to the new one as teachers revamp their classrooms… Continue reading

Frame & Canvas: Art in Teen Fiction

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Art is a powerful force. It can connect us to our past, ground us in our present, and create change in the world. Some of my favorite YA novels have shared the healing… Continue reading

Best Friends Forever

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I love a good friendship story. From picture books to teen fiction and everything in between, I have a particular weakness for the stories that portray deep and lasting friendships. I brought this… Continue reading

Class Novel: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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Aspects of a great class (or group/book club) read: Strong themes Intriguing discussion points Tough aspects of life faced by teens daily Multi-cultural Page-turner As I was recently devouring Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything,… Continue reading

On Being the New Kid

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It isn’t easy to be the new kid. I know that from personal experience. I attended six different schools in five states before 7th grade, so there was a part of me that… 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

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

Transition to Middle School

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As we enter into August it’s time at our house to remind our kids that summer does not last forever and sooner or later that big yellow bus will be back to pick… Continue reading