Category Archive: Novels

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

New Middle Grade Series Starters

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My last post was on new middle-grade stand-alone fiction, but there are quite a few new series that have just been published—or will soon. Animal protagonists, oddball families, demons from India, puzzles, and… Continue reading

New Middle Grade Fiction Titles

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Since no one can read all the books that come out each year (though we give it the old college try!), the librarians in Mackin’s Collection Management department divvy up the new books… Continue reading

Black Characters in New Fiction

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Every February, we celebrate the achievements of men and women such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Octavia E. Butler, and Rosa Parks. Most of the lists that I’ve made… Continue reading

Teaching the Refugee Experience

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There seem to be many opinions all over the world about refugees, where they should go and how people should help. There are times when myths and misconceptions shape these opinions due to… Continue reading

Book Review: In Other Lands

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Elliot Schafer was 13 when his French teacher took a handful of students on a field trip to an actual field.  Not very exciting, but in that field was a wall that none… Continue reading

Tracey’s 2017 Fiction Favorites

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I have the same problem with fiction as I do with nonfiction. I like to read almost anything, though I must admit that my favorite genre is anything speculative.  See, even there I… Continue reading

Book Review: The Wolf Hour

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A girl. A wolf. A witch. A woods. It is a story we know well, or at least, we think we do. Sara Lewis Holmes’ The Wolf Hour takes the old fairy tales,… 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

Popular Series Fiction for Middle School Readers

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A couple weeks ago I published a post about ongoing popular elementary series, and on another blog I posted about adult crossover series that would be excellent for high school readers.  Here I… Continue reading