Novel Madness 2018 FINALS

Yes, it's two of the sixth graders' all time favorites: The House of Hades and Hunger Games. Both novels have loyal followers. The contest will be decided this Wednesday, March 28, 2018. Stay tuned!

I’ll Give You the Sun

 I'll Give You the Sun, by Jandy Nelson, is one of the best magical realism books I've read for Young Adults. It features twins, a boy and a girl, named Noah and Jude. They are coming of age in a world where Jude regularly sees and receives advice from her dead grandmother, and Noah sees... Continue Reading →

Author-go-Round: Tracy Lawson

Hi! I’m Tracy Lawson, and I’m so excited to be featured on Week 2 of this Author Interview-go-Round! I’m the author of Counteract and Resist, the first two volumes of the YA dystopian Resistance Series. Ignite, the third book in the series, is slated for release in summer 2016! Here’s a quick summary of the... Continue Reading →

Neverwhere Book Review

Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman, is a young adult magical realism novel. The main character, Richard Mayhew, struggles with his job and overbearing fiancee--who symbolizes parents/authority. He stops to help an injured girl, Door, and is plunged into a fantasy world underneath London. He follows Door on a quest to discover who killed her family. He... Continue Reading →

Watersmeet

Watersmeet is the first novel in the Watersmeet series by Ellen Jensen Abbott. It is tagged Young Adult, but unlike some of today's YA books this one can be read by younger YA readers. It's about a girl who lives in a land with mythical creatures--including centaurs. You know how I am about horses, centaurs,... Continue Reading →

Great Review!

A great big THANK YOU to all the bloggers who hosted my Back to School Blog Hop! It was quite a heady month, reading all those new reviews, and I enjoyed the interviews, excerpts, and character interviews, too. To finish off the month, I'd like to share a new review from Amazon:   By Dii... Continue Reading →

Back to School Blog Hop

Happy September! If your local school district is like mine, you've already been in school for two weeks. Nonetheless, I've always thought of September as Back to School month. This September, my books will be featured all month on a blog hop. Listed below are the bloggers who will be participating. Links to their blogs... Continue Reading →

Under a Wild and Darkening Sky

A review of my book by Megan, one of my students! Under a Wild and Darkening Sky, by Linda Ulleseit, portrays Alyna and Ralf adapting to their new home in, High Meadow while working in their father’s bakery. Their parents plan out their future, but Ralf and Alyna chose not to follow in that particular... Continue Reading →

Compassion and Forgiveness

by Erica How important is compassion and forgiveness? In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the book isn't so much about forgiveness as it is about the difficulty of actually forgiving someone. Forgiveness and compassion are an ongoing process in here, and they are things that don't come naturally to every character. Throughout the... Continue Reading →

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