Category: Middle Grade

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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Barry Wolverton: Top 10 Things I Learned While Writing The Chronicles of the Black Tulip

Barry Wolverton: Top 10 Things I Learned While Writing The Chronicles of the Black Tulip

The Dragon’s Gate Takeover Week continues today, with a really fun guest post from author Barry Wolverton. Check it out below, and then keep reading for more about The Dragon’s Gate — IN STORES TODAY! — and your chance to win a signed copy! Top 10 Things I Learned While Writing The Chronicles of the […]

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The Dragon’s Gate by Barry Wolverton: Takeover Week Kick-Off Flash Q&A + Contest

The Dragon’s Gate by Barry Wolverton: Takeover Week Kick-Off Flash Q&A + Contest

Today kicks off a fantastic takeover week featuring The Dragon’s Gate by Barry Wolverton, the sequel to The Vanishing Island and the second book in the amazing fantasy/alternate history adventure series, The Chronicles of the Black Tulip. I am a HUGE, huge fan of this series — and I have LOVED both books, so it’s […]

Posted November 7, 2016 by Sara in Contests, Middle Grade, Middle Grade Features / 3 Comments
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Adam Gidwitz: “5 Most Memorable Moments Writing The Inquisitor’s Tale”

Adam Gidwitz: “5 Most Memorable Moments Writing The Inquisitor’s Tale”

I’m delighted to be hosting a spotlight today for the official blog tour for The Inquisitor’s Tale by Adam Gidwitz, a fun & adventurous new middle grade book. Today, Adam stops by with a guest post about his 5 most memorable moments while writing The Inquisitor’s Tale. The memorable moments of writing The Inquisitor’s Tale […]

Posted September 27, 2016 by Sara in Blog tour, Guest Blog, Middle Grade / 1 Comment
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Frazzled by Booki Vivat

Frazzled by Booki Vivat

Move over, Wimpy Kid. There’s a new illustrated diary on the block, and Frazzled by Booki Vivat will have you cheering for a lunchtime revolution, cringing in sympathy at Abbie Wu’s antics, and rooting for her to make it through the wild jungle that is Middle School. Meet Abbie Wu! She’s about to start middle […]

Posted September 21, 2016 by Sara in Book Review, Middle Grade / 0 Comments
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