Category: Essay & Project Topics

A Beautiful Evil by Kelly Keaton: Essay & project ideas

A Beautiful Evil by Kelly Keaton: Essay & project ideas

Books like Kelly Keaton’s A Beautiful Evil (and Darkness Becomes Her, the first book in the series) are gold mines for us at Novel Novice. We totally dork out at all the history, lore and real-life tie-ins. The possibilities for using this series as a springboard are practically endless. Below, you’ll find some ideas to kickstart […]

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Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi: Essay and project ideas

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi: Essay and project ideas

Intrigued by the world of Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me? Here are some ways to explore the themes further: Essays: Earlier this month we discussed George Orwell’s 1984. Read it and compare it to Shatter Me. Pick one or two elements to compare and contrast. We also discussed a writing technique called stream-of-consciousness, which is used in […]

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Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber: For the Classroom

Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber: For the Classroom

As a modern story written with a 19th century flair, Darker Still is the perfect fodder for taking a new YA novel and bringing it into the classroom … especially because author Leanna Renee Hieber drew upon the classic novel The Portrait of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde! So first things first … we share […]

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The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: Resources for Educators

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: Resources for Educators

One of the cool parts of The Mysteries of Harris Burdick is that it’s been used in classrooms for years as inspiration for writing prompts — with teachers inviting kids to write their own stories based on the illustrations. Now, with the release of The Chronicles of Harris Burdick, Houghton Mifflin has put together a […]

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Leviathan Trilogy by Scott Westerfeld: Classroom Ideas

Leviathan Trilogy by Scott Westerfeld: Classroom Ideas

I had a sort of fortuitous, unexpected meeting with Scott Westerfeld earlier this year at BEA in New York City. I’d missed getting a ticket to his signing for ARCs of Goliath, so I didn’t expect to see him. Later that day, I swung by the S&S booth to meet with some of their marketing […]

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The Revenant by Sonia Gensler: Essay & Project Ideas

The Revenant by Sonia Gensler: Essay & Project Ideas

There are so many wonderful elements at work in The Revenant by Sonia Gensler that it’s hard to choose our favorite. But one thing we absolutely adore is the many possibilities this book offers for use in the classroom. There are SO many ways to relate The Revenant to other classroom subjects (as we explored […]

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