Young Adult

Don’t Miss The Orphan’s Wish by Melanie Dickerson

A Lonely Heroine “When does Melanie Dickerson’s next book come out?” one of my students asked me the last day of school. “Not until June 26,” I told her. Her crestfallen face made me assure her, “Don’t worry, you’ll be here for leadership session when it comes out! Maybe you won’t have to wait until August to read it!” We went on to discuss the cover of The Orphan’s Wish (she loved it), and that it would retell Aladdin’s story…

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The One Book You Must Read This Summer

The Book You Need to Read This Summer The Solace of Water—Thomas Nelson Publishers By Elizabeth Byler Younts Sometimes a book sets me back on my heels and makes me really think. The Solace of Water did just that. I read it months ago through NetGalley’s advanced reader program, and I can’t get it out of my mind. And sometimes I get all bossy and tell people that they need to read a books, but not often. The story starts…

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Book Talk Tuesdays: Clean Books for Teenage Girls

Books for the Pre-teen and Teenage Girls in Your Life My first foray into reading involved animal stories by Jean Craighead George and Marguerite Henry. And then I discovered the myriad volumes of horse-and-girl stories. I devoured every one I could find in our library via the good old card catalog system. Somewhere between 8th and 9th grade, I graduated to Harlequin Romances. Yeah. Quite the switch. I didn’t discover Grace Livingston Hill for another twenty years, and the line-up…

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Five Tips for Building a Good Relationship with NetGalley

My Good Intention to Buy Fewer Books For years, my husband has chided me for the amount of money I spend on books, and the book cases necessary to house my collection. When we moved in 2013, I donated hundreds of books to the library. Only my favorites made the move to Arizona. I had every intention to purchase fewer books (it helped that browsing in the closest Christian bookstore required a three-and-a-half hour drive). Our first year here, I…

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No Kid is Hopeless (They Just Need Support)

A Must-Have Book if You Want to Understand If you’ve never read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, go buy a copy and read it. You’ll understand the word support if you do. You’ll understand a hugely underrepresented and misunderstood slice of the population by the time you reach the last page. I read the book (along with Navajos Wear Nikes: A Reservation Story by Jim Kristofic) before I interviewed for my current job. I…

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Fall into the Pages of these September New Releases!

The Space Between Words September 5 Michele Phoenix The story grabs the reader from the prologue, where we learn about Adeline Baillard, a French Huguenot in the 17th century France whose life hangs in the balance. Fast-forward more than three hundred years to the eve of the Paris attacks, where we meet Jessica, an American tourist. She and her housemate Vonda have come to visit their other housemate, Patrick, who has taken time from his business to attend art classes.…

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A-MAY-zing New Releases for Summer

May-be You’d Like to Travel Back in Time The Noble Servant The third installment of the Melanie Dickerson’s Medieval Fairy Tale collection tells the story of Magdalen, Avaelina’s confidant in The Beautiful Pretender. Two years have passed, and Magdalen’s family fortunes have fallen further—leaving her with little hope of finding a suitable marriage. When she receives an invitation to come to Wolfberg Castle to marry Steffan, she eagerly accepts. After all, she’s thought about him plenty since she first met…

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Ten Tips for Turning Reluctant Readers into Voracious Readers

What Makes a Reader Reluctant? You might wonder what chasing the FedEx truck has to do with reluctant readers and how the two events relate (and who wants their kid chasing delivery trucks, anyway?). Let me explain. I teach at a private school where 95% of the students are ‘reluctant readers’—mostly because about 95% of them have never owned their own book nor do they have access to a public library. Reading happens at school. From textbooks. When I survey my…

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Don’t Miss Dickerson’s Newest Regency: A Viscount’s Proposal!

Not Your Average Regency Romp The allure of marrying a British noble, say, a duke or a viscount, makes Regency novels, from Pride and Prejudice to The Foundling popular with romantics. Courtship has morphed into dating however, and the average young lady nowadays thinks nothing of spending time alone with a young man. But two hundred years ago, during the Regency era, everyone knew that time spent alone with a member of the opposite sex could ruin a reputation faster…

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How Your Gift of Mentorship Can Change Lives

Joy (and Frustration) in the Journey I call each student to my desk and they show me their journals, where they have written steps they need to take to complete a goal. Goal setting does not come easily to my kids. They come from homes where children learn early what surviving from paycheck to paycheck really means. You might not eat more than gravy for days a time. It means you might have to steal the ingredients from the local…

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