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These Shallow Graves Discussion Guide (with CCSS tie-ins)

By: Jennifer Donnelly
This guide was created by: Laura Schick, a librarian at Jesuit High School in Portland, Oregon.

A New York Times bestseller from the acclaimed author of A Northern Light and Revolution. This thrilling mystery is perfect for fans of The Cellar and Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls. It's a story...

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A Passion for Victory (with CCSS tie-ins)

By: Benson Bobrick
Guide Prepared by: Colleen Carroll, children’s book author, curriculum writer-developer, and education consultant

From the barefoot races of 8th century BC to the underwater obstacle courses in the early 20th century to the high-tension Berlin Games preceding World War II, the Olympics have always been exciting dramas...

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Son of Fortune Book Talk

By: Victoria McKernan

When Aiden kills a man, he is forced to flee the lumber camp and find passage on a ship to San Francisco.  He proves to the ship captain he works hard and saves the captain’s brother’s...

Lara’s Gift Book Talk

By: Anniemarie O'Brien

Lara’s dream is to inherit her family’s tradition of breeding borzoi dogs worthy of the Tsar.  She understands the dogs and feels a special connection to them.  However, when her mother...

The Book Thief Educator Guide with CCSS tie-ins

By: Markus Zusak

The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that is now a major motion picture, Markus Zusak's unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul.

It is 1939. Nazi...

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Lara’s Gift Educator’s Guide

By: Annemarie O'Brien

Young Lara is being groomed in the family tradition to take over as Count Voronstov's next kennel steward, breeding borzoi dogs worthy of the Tsar. But then Lara's baby brother is born and she finds herself...

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Belle Epoque

By: Elizabeth Ross

The novel is set in the Belle Époque period in Paris, France; a forty year span of peace and prosperity. It is in this setting that Maude Pinchon, a girl from the French countryside, flees...


By: Rachel Shukert

After being “discovered,” Margaret leaves the safety of her home in Pasadena and the snobby finishing school she attends for the glitz of Hollywood.  She arrives an innocent hopeful,...

Heart of Glass

By: Sasha Gould

In Heart of Glass, the sequel to Sasha Gould’s Cross My Heart set in 16th century Venice, Laura della Scala’s life has changed drastically for the better since she discovered her sister’s...

Hattie Ever After

By: Kirby Larson

After leaving Uncle Chester's homestead claim, orphan Hattie Brooks throws a lasso around a new dream, even bigger than the Montana sky. She wants to be a reporter, knowing full well that a few pieces...

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One Came Home

By: Amy Timberlake

A Newbery Honor Book

An ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book

Winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Juvenile Novel

“An adventure, a mystery, and a love song to...

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The Lacey Chronicles #3: The Rogue’s Princess

By: Eve Edwards


Eve Edward's third installment of the Lacy Chronicles reintroduces the youngest Lacy brother, Kit Turner, now a player in Will Shakespeare’s company. When he is thrown together with...