Category Archive: Novel in Verse

Loving vs. Virginia: An Author/Illustrator/Editor Interview

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In June of 1958, Virginians Richard Loving (a white man) and his bride-to-be Mildred Jeter (a black woman) went to Washington, D.C. to be married.  The reason? Interracial marriage in the state of Virginia… 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

Review: Little Cat’s Luck

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Little Cat’s Luck by Marion Dane Bauer and illustrated by Jennifer Bell. 9781481424882. 2016. Gr. 3-6 Though Patches is a full grown cat, she is small and a little bit naïve about life… Continue reading

New Novels in Verse for Teens

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Looking at realistic fiction published for teens and tweens in 2014, it seems like the year of verse. Some people love novels in verse, and some people hate them. Wherever you fall on… Continue reading

Protagonists and Logophiles

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I am a bibliophile.  Most of you reading this blog about books are probably bibliophiles as well, because a bibliophile is a lover of books. But I am also a logophile.  Not only… Continue reading

MEMO Mini Preview

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Tomorrow the librarians at Mackin will be in St. Cloud, MN for the MEMO conference.  We will be talking about new books for school libraries in two presentations—one for elementary and another for… Continue reading

Our Diverse World

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We live in a diverse world, and books can be a door to diversity whether that’s reading about another country or getting an opportunity to connect with the life of an immigrant.  Perhaps… Continue reading

Yes! We All Have Stories

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As we approach the beginning of the school year, it’s important to think about how to foster a sense of community in the classroom and in the school as a whole right at… Continue reading

Reading about Writing

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One of the greatest ways to inspire kids to write is to get them to read about writing. Reading and thinking about writing is as critical as actually sitting down to write–I know… Continue reading

Who are you, really?

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Back in November, Lori posted a great list of titles that explore identity for teens as they ask questions like “How do you know when you have found your place in the world?”… Continue reading