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 Nonfiction for High Schools

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I promised a list of adult nonfiction to suggest to high school readers (or their teachers) to go with the post on crossover fiction.  All of these titles can be read for interest,… 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

On Fear and Author Visits: A Guest Post by S. J. Kincaid

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We love hearing about authors in schools. It is always so exciting to hear about kids getting excited to meet the people behind the books and about the general enthusiasm for reading that… Continue reading

Once Upon A Time Retold

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There has been a recent influx of fairy tale retellings coming across my desk. As you may already know from my previous posts, I get all of the fantasy ARCs sent to Mackin… 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

Bios: The Ones Your Students WANT To Read!

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Journey Trilogy Giveaway – Contest Closed

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Aaron Becker’s wordless picture books are an invitation to create your own story. He wrote about his view of wordless books and engaging kids with building and making in his guest post: “With… Continue reading

The Best Present You Can Give: A Guest Post by Aaron Becker

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We here at Mackin have been thinking a lot about makerspaces, creativity, and hands-on education in schools and libraries recently, so we are especially delighted with this guest post from Aaron Becker, creator… 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