Category: Classroom Ideas

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Bat & the End of Everything by Elana K. Arnold: Blog Tour + Educator’s Guide

Bat & the End of Everything by Elana K. Arnold: Blog Tour + Educator’s Guide

The charming Bat series by Elana K. Arnold comes to a conclusion in Bat & the End of Everything, which sees Bat having to face several goodbyes, not the least of which is Thor, the baby skunk he’s been helping care for. Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat) has been the caretaker for Thor, the best […]

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The Triumphant by Lesley Livingston: Real-Life Lady Gladiators

The Triumphant by Lesley Livingston: Real-Life Lady Gladiators

One of the coolest parts of The Valiant series by Lesley Livingston is the way it re-imagines ancient Rome to include the bad-assery of female gladiators. As we wrap-up our read-along of this series, and celebrate the recent release of the final book in the trilogy, The Triumphant, I thought it would be fun to […]

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The Sea of the Dead: Classroom Guide + Contest

The Sea of the Dead: Classroom Guide + Contest

With this week’s publication of The Sea of the Dead, Barry Wolverton’s Chronicles of the Black Tulip is now a complete series. So today we have the updated and complete classroom guide for all three books. Plus, a look back on some students’ reactions to the series and one last chance for you to win […]

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Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder: Teacher’s Guide + Blog Tour Contest

Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder: Teacher’s Guide + Blog Tour Contest

Today, we are delighted to be hosting a stop on the official blog tour for Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder – a stunning new middle grade book from our friends at Walden Pond Press. Keep reading to learn more about this book, explore the teacher’s guide, and enter to win a copy. On the island, […]

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Beyond the Book: The Real Alex & Eliza + Contest

Beyond the Book: The Real Alex & Eliza + Contest

It seems like everywhere you turn these days, people can’t stop talking about Alexander Hamilton. It’s Hamilton Fever! From the hit Broadway musical, to a growing roster of other creative works inspired by the revolutionary figure, it seems like Hamilton is everywhere. And yes, he’s even on the shelves of the Young Adult section at […]

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The Vanishing Island & The Dragon’s Gate: Classroom Guide

The Vanishing Island & The Dragon’s Gate: Classroom Guide

One of my favorite things here at Novel Novice is when we can combine a book that readers LOVE with the opportunity to use it in the classroom. The Chronicles of the Black Tulip series by Barry Wolverton is a perfect example of this. Last year, when The Vanishing Island (book 1) was released, I […]

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The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia: Classroom Discussion Questions

The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia: Classroom Discussion Questions

One of the things I loved most about The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia (in stores now!) is that more than being an amazing book — fun to read, fast-paced, thrilling, sexy as hell — it also gives you plenty to think about and discuss, even in a classroom setting. With that in mind, here […]

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Anne & Henry by Dawn Ius: The Real Henry VIII

Anne & Henry by Dawn Ius: The Real Henry VIII

In our September Book of the Month, author Dawn Ius has re-imagined England’s most infamous king as high school royalty. But what was the real Henry VIII like? We showed you more about the real Anne Boleyn earlier this week. Today, we’re bringing you the facts about the other half of this ill-fated couple. Henry […]

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