Category Archive: Promising Blooms

Diverse YA Fiction to Watch for in 2019

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‘Tis the season of dreaming about all the books we’d like to give and receive for the holidays! In the spirit of wish lists and adding to our own reading lists for the… 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

Graphic Novel Adaptations of Classic Children’s Books

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A new trend seems to be going around to create graphic novel adaptations of classic children novels that I am all for. I really enjoy that the illustrators and adapters listed below have chosen to… Continue reading

Promising Bloom: The Princess in Black

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The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale; illustrated by LeUyen Pham. 9780763665104. October 2014. Gr. K-3 What a week! We don’t post Promising Blooms very often since we like to… Continue reading

Review : The Young Elites by Marie Lu

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The Young Elites (Book 1) by Marie Lu. 9780545135719. October 7, 2014. Gr 9-12. Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy is one of my favorites, so when an advance copy of the first book in… Continue reading

Tough History Topics for Children

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Children are curious and sometimes they overhear or come across a picture or article that shows an event in the past or present that may be scary to the child. It can be difficult to… Continue reading

Review : Boundless

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The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel. 9781442472884. 2014. Gr 5-8. In Kenneth Oppel’s Printz Honor book, Airborn, his characters took to the air in a magnificent flying airship; in The Boundless, most of the… Continue reading

Journey of a Lifetime

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Earlier this week I read a news story about the dangers people from Central America face as they attempt to journey to the United States, traveling part of the distance through Mexico atop… Continue reading

Promising Bloom & Giveaway: The 5th Wave

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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. May 2013. 9780399162411. Gr. 9-12 It has been a while since we declared a book a Promising Bloom, but we just can’t resist with Rick Yancey’s upcoming… Continue reading

Promising Fantasy Blooms—and a Contest Winner!

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Bitterblue (Graceling : 3) by Kristin Cashore. May 1, 2012. Froi of the Exiles (Lumatere Chronicles : 2) by Melina Marchetta.  March 2012. For this fantasy lover, two great fantasy series have additions… Continue reading