Category Archive: Novels

Finding Hope In Ashes: A Guest Post From Laurie Halse Anderson

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In 2008 & 2010, author Laurie Halse Anderson released the first two historical fiction novels of the Seeds of America trilogy: Chains & Forge. Just recently (late 2016), the finale of the series–Ashes–was… Continue reading

The Truth Is In Here…

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A look at the “X-Files: Origins” YA series, as well as some other fun paranormal/supernatural offerings… Zach K.

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

Adult Crossover Fiction for High Schools

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When I was in high school (my boys will claim that was during the Stone Age), YA literature did not exist—except for a few early titles like S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. So when… Continue reading

Buzzing into Spring: Books for a Classroom Project on Bees

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As spring is approaching (a little too soon in Minnesota this year), I can’t help but imagine the project-based learning activities I’d love to do with students if I could magically buzz back… 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

Sneak Peeks at Upcoming Upper ES/MS Fiction

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One of my favorite things about my job here at Mackin is receiving advance reader copies (ARCs) from our publishers. In fact, the last cart of books brought to my desk contains ARCS… 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

Tracey’s Favorite 2016 Fiction

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So many books, so little space in a blog post! These are my favorite fiction titles from 2016, which makes this a highly personal list. I like to read books in almost every… Continue reading