Category Archive: High School

Too Much Research?: A Guest Post from Author Karen Blumenthal

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We at Mackin love nonfiction—grown-up books, of course, but especially those written for children and young people. It seems that authors who write for younger readers find such little-known and often, well, ODD… Continue reading

Saving the Wolves

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The return of 14 gray wolves to Yellowstone National Park in 1995 after a 70-year absence was controversial, but I was too busy raising my boys to pay much attention to the dispute… Continue reading

Feeding Their Passion: Discussing our World through a Dystopian Lens

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What is so special about being a young adult is the passion that is still burning. Young adults have just transitioned out of childhood and that awkward middle age of figuring themselves out,… 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

Firefighters & Fire Safety

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We have a fire station about two blocks from our house. When my boys were little, we occasionally walked to the fire station, hoping to see a firefighter or at least peek through… Continue reading

Review: Ancient and Epic Tales from Around the World ~The Odyssey

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Now that it is the beginning of October and I have to concede that fall is finally here, I really wanted to talk about a book that was seasonal or just a little… 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

Book Review: Can Your Smartphone Change the World?

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It’s easy to feel helpless with all the dire news coming at us almost every day.  Many of the problems seem unsolvable, especially by yourself.  Even if you want to make a change,… Continue reading

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: The Wood

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I recently have read The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski and was swept away in this realistic fantasy she created. This is a remarkable fantasy by a debut author and I knew I wanted… Continue reading