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4 YA Novels to Read Over Winter Break

4 YA Novels to Read Over Winter Break

I’ve always had this idyllic image of winter break: wearing fleece pajamas and slippers, drinking hot chocolate, and reading a novel by a warm fireplace. Unfortunately, I spent the last 11 years of my life in Florida, so that was never what my winter breaks looked like. My winter breaks usually included shorts, flip-flops, and ...

3 YA Thrillers to Read This Fall

3 YA Thrillers to Read This Fall

Since starting my PhD program here at the University of Tennessee back in August, I’ve also been working as a GA in our Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature in the library. The Center is this magical place where publishers send us all their new children’s, middle grade, and YA literature to put on ...

Books That Will Make You Better: The Gift of Failure

Books That Will Make You Better: The Gift of Failure

The Gift of Failure is a parenting book written by a teacher. While it’s certainly an insightful read for parents and teachers, it’s also directly applicable to managers, and contains interesting ideas that can help anyone in a leadership role. Identify the problem Parenting theory is a minefield of conflicting advice, and probably always will ...

Books That Will Make You Better: The Father Brown Mysteries

Books That Will Make You Better: The Father Brown Mysteries

If you’ve ever enjoyed an Agatha Christie novel or book from the Hardy Boys series, you know that reading mysteries can be a mental workout as well as entertainment. The Father Brown Mysteries by G.K. Chesterton is a series of short stories (around 15-20 pages each) that follow the unassuming cleric Fr. Brown and some ...