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The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy is a great addition to your high school classroom library. With a mysterious atmosphere, lyrical prose, and a range of humorous characters, this title is sure to please. Book review from

The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy (Book Review)

Need a new pick for your classroom library? Check out The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy.   After the death of her mother and the drafting of her father to the South Pacific, Aila and her brother go to live with some family friends in the close-knit town of Sterling. Soon enough, Aila has more questions than answers: why can’t she see…

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Books with unreliable narrators are great additions to your classroom library. It’s easy to find rich examples of unreliable narrators in YA Lit, and here are some tips for discussing these characters with middle school and high school students. (blog post)

Unreliable Narrators in YA Lit

Unreliable narrators in YA Lit abound, and novels with these characters make great additions to your classroom library. Unreliable narrators are voice whose perspectives on a situation are called into questions for any number of reasons. Basically, we as the reader cannot trust the very vehicle through which we are given the story! The unreliable narrator is a popular device…

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Book conferences are a great way to review students’ independent reading without a huge grading burden on the teacher. Check out these tips for quick and enriching book conferences. Blog post by

Book Conferences: Engaging and Simple

I love independent reading (or student-selected reading), and I love talking about books! It only makes good sense to me, then, to allow my students to show their growth in independent reading through book conferences. Book conferences are an informal conversation between the teacher and student to show completion of and reflection on a novel. I learned a lot from…

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The Kingdom of Oceana by Mitchell Charles is a perfect opportunity for integrated learning. Prince Ailani's journey unfolds against a backdrop of Hawaiian culture, history, and earth science. Learn more about using this book in your curriculum at

Kingdom of Oceana by Mitchell Charles

Kingdom of Oceana by Mitchell Charles Description from Goodreads: The Kingdom of Oceana SURFER. SHARK TAMER. FIRE WALKER. EXPLORER. TEENAGER. HERO. Five centuries ago, on the island now called Hawaii, there was a kingdom filled with adventure, Beauty, and Magic. When 16-year-old Prince Ailani and his brother Nahoa trespass on a forbidden burial ground and uncover an ancient tiki mask,…

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Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood - Book reviews that you can use to build your library.

Books to Read, Love, and Share: Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood

  Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood Ivy grew up in her great-grandmother’s house under the constant gaze of old portraits of distinguished Milbourn women and wrapped in the dust of old prizes and journals. She comes from a long line of bright and brief stars, each taken too soon by mental illness or murder. Her grandfather pushes her to find…

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Fifteen Lanes by S. J. Laidlaw - Book reviews to help you build your classroom library.

Books to Read, Love, and Share: Fifteen Lanes by S. J. Laidlaw

  Fifteen Lanes by S. J. Laidlaw Noor, the daughter of a sex worker, has grown up in a brothel through hardship, cruelty, and sadness. Grace, the daughter of a successful CEO, has her reputation tarnished by a vicious bout of cyber-bullying and spirals into depression. Can these very different girls learn from each other and eventually save one another?…

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Reviews at TeachNouvelle: The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry

Books to Read, Love, and Share: The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry

  The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry Natalie’s last summer before college is off to a fine start, except that she has to drive her siblings around and her best friend is off at soccer camp. Then, Natalie starts seeing things that can’t possibly exist: houses that weren’t there before, friends who don’t even recognize her, and…

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Underwater by Marisa Reichardt

Books to Read, Love, and Share: Underwater by Marisa Reichardt

  Underwater by Marisa Reichardt After a terrible tragedy, Morgan is too afraid to leave her apartment. She casts aside friends and hobbies for life as a shut-in. However, her brother just got cast in a play and a new boy, Evan, has just moved in next door. Now, more than ever, she longs to take the first step back…

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Books to Read, Love, and Share: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything Madeline, who can’t leave her Clean House for fear of dying from an allergy to an unknown trigger, wants more. She wants to feel the ocean in between her toes and smell the musty old spines in a used bookstore. She reads thousands of pages to escape the confines of a white-on-white filtered-air house, but knows in her…

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Need a fresh activity for back to school? Check out this blog post for some back to school anticipation, preparation, and celebration at

Back to School: Anticipation & Activities

Back to School Thoughts & Activities Hello, all! I’m Danielle and I am a teacher, military spouse, writer, runner, and reader. I graduated from the University of Idaho with a teaching degree, and then followed that up with a Masters from la Université de Poitiers in France. I’ve been teaching for five years now, working in Oregon, France, Germany, North…

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Read Nouvelle: We Were Liars, Say What You Will, From a Distant Star, The Accident Season

Read Nouvelle: We Were Liars and many more! I recently signed up to receive Advance Reader Copies through NetGalley. If you haven’t tried this before, you should! Basically, as educators, we have the power to influence what books our schools teach and what books our students read. Given that, we can ask publishers for ARCs and read books before they…

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Fever 1793: Teaching Historical Fiction

Teaching Historical Fiction: Ideas for Fever 1793 I love Historical Fiction, and my new favorite is Laurie Halse Anderson’s Fever 1793. I wanted to share this book with you today so that you may 1) love it and 2) teach it. This book came out in 2000, long before I lived in Philadelphia or told the story of Yellow Fever…

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Cat Hellisen Talks Writing, Revision, and Beastkeeper

In today’s post, I’m talking with Cat Hellisen, author of When the Sea is Rising Red, to talk about writing, reading, and her brand new book, Beastkeeper. When we pick up a book or watch a movie, we want to be lost in the new world and story that the writers have constructed for us. It’s often easy to forget…

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