Category: Educational Content

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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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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Beyond The Dragon’s Gate: A History of Mapmaking

Beyond The Dragon’s Gate: A History of Mapmaking

One of the themes that carries through both of Barry Wolverton’s Chronicles of the Black Tulip books, The Vanishing Island and The Dragon’s Gate, is map-making. Bren’s father is a map-maker, and he wants Bren to become one, too. He works for Rand McNally, and in The Dragon’s Gate, uses map-making as an excuse to […]

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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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