Category Archive: Realistic

How Great Books Can Foster Students’ Voices

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Many students across the county have recently demonstrated to the world that teenagers have the power to use their intelligence, passion, and voice to bring attention to issues important to them and to… Continue reading

Story In Verse: Poetic Form & Fiction

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Narrative Poet, Teller of tales within verse. A heartbeat’s snapshot. With National Poetry Month just around the corner, reading and writing poetry has been on my mind lately. Humans have been telling stories in… Continue reading

With a Bit of Love: YA Title List

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For the sake of Valentine’s Day, I wanted to take a moment to talk about love. Love and romance is a central force in the lives of many teens. It will be present… Continue reading

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