Category Archive: Nonfiction

Tracey’s 2017 Favorite Nonfiction

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Ever since I was young, I have liked reading popular science books, especially on biology and zoology, as well as history and other social studies topics. I would always have read books on… Continue reading

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

Book Review: Shadow Warrior

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Chiyome knew she wanted to be a ninja.  Kōga, her home, had long been a training ground for them.  She trained for years until, finally, she passed the test and achieved her dream. … 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

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

Researching Invasive Species

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As a kid, I used to spend my summers outside at my grandparents’ country home. I would spend hours crouched in the dirt watching the fascinating lives of insects. I loved anthills, and… Continue reading