Category: Middle Grade Features

All’s Faire in Middle School: Styled by Books + Blog Tour

All’s Faire in Middle School: Styled by Books + Blog Tour

Ren Faire style is the name of the game for today’s edition of Styled by Books — as part of the blog tour for All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson, a fantastic new middle grade graphic novel about one girl’s struggles to navigate public school for the first time and new responsibilities at […]

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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 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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