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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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