Category: Middle Grade

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Best Middle Grade Books of 2016

Best Middle Grade Books of 2016

Yesterday, we brought you our picks for the Best Young Adult Books of 2016 — and today, we turn our attention to the Best Middle Grade Books of 2016! These are the middle grade books that made us laugh and cry and feel something powerful, and although the intended audience may be kids in the […]

Posted December 8, 2016 by Sara in Best of lists, Middle Grade / 0 Comments
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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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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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