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The Disasters by MK England

In The Disasters by MK England we follow four teens on the run. Can they evade the government long enough to stop the terrorists from striking again? (Transcript)

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In today’s episode…

Today we’re discussing The Disasters by MK England. After washing out of flight school in less than a day, wanna-be pilot Nax Hall is dreading his return to Earth. But when the Academy Space Station is attacked by terrorists, Nax and three other failures escape in a stolen ship to the far-off colonies. Framed for the academy attack, the four of them must scramble to figure out where to hide and how to prevent the powerful terrorist organization from striking again.


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Episode highlights…


*1:38 We thought the snappy writing style and the fact that it’s set “five minutes into the future” made this an excellent choice for readers who are new to Sci-Fi.

*3:28 Crashing sims – the flight school plotline

*5:38 We disagree on Nax’s voice, and on a joke that made Danielle literally LOL

*8:13 We loved the portrayal of the colonies and how they were still very diverse


Things We Like a Latte


Amanda – The YA new release Skyward by Brandon Sanderson


Danielle – 1. Our bookstagram friends, Anna & Courtney, met in real life for the first time last week, so exciting!

                   2. Seeing a display for The Last Unicorn: The Lost Journey  that reminded her of how much she loved the movie The Last Unicorn.



Part 1 of our ‘Best YA Books of 2018’ round-up where we will have recommendations from teachers, authors, and bookstagrammers.



*15:34 “Earth First” the nationalist terrorist group, out to destroy the colonies! Or something …

*17:11 We really liked the treatment of mental health in this book, and specifically mental health in the military

*19:43 If you love chase scenes, this is the book for you

*21:44 We disagree on Nax and Malik’s relationship


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More ideas and resources for teachers and librarians…

This novel was very fast paced with fairly short sentences and snappy writing, elements that we think that makes it a great choice for a reluctant reader. The “five minutes into the future” setting which has tons of current references would also make it a great choice for a reader who is new to sci-fi, or not a huge sci-fi fan.

If you listened to the episode you will also know that Amanda admits to being (in her words) “the worst” and not completing her required reading in school. While Amanda obviously turned out to be a lifelong book-lover, it can sometimes be hard to know if kids aren’t finishing their reading because they are struggling, or because they simply don’t enjoy the material.

A great way to bolster your students love of reading is with book conferences. Danielle has a very informative blog post about how she conducts book conferences, and how she uses them to track and reward students progress. It’s also a great way to find out what sort of books your students are interested in, so that you can make better recommendations.

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Hosts: Danielle Hall (who blogs at

          & Amanda Thrasher (a booklover extraordinaire)

Producer: Leila Hobbs

Music: Matt McCammon


Thanks to HarperCollins for the ARC!


  • Sage
    January 18, 2019 at 9:16 am

    This was already on my TBR list, but your review–the non-spoilery part, at least–makes me want to get it sooner.

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