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The Immigrant Teen Experience

July 15, 2019 - 10:28am -- Dodie

With ongoing threats of ICE raids, immigrant families are stashing away money, seeking out church pastors for advice or sanctuary and having “the talk” with their children about the possibility that one day an immigration agent could knock on their door. Think about how this feels to teens, who may already be questioning their place in the world! The following titles will inform and support teens experiencing threat of deportation, and those who care about them.

Test Prep Made Easy with LearningExpress

January 22, 2019 - 9:27am -- Dodie

Debating when you should take the SAT or ACT? The perfect test date comes down to scheduling and planning. Consider how much time is needed to prep, how packed schedules can be, and if there are plans to take the test multiple times. Many high schools still recommend taking the ACT the spring of junior year because the content of the Math test includes topics some curricula do not cover before then.

Isn't It Horrible?! Teen Horror You'll Love

October 18, 2018 - 2:49pm -- Dodie

What is the allure of horror movies and books for so many teens? Some theorize that teens feel like every day is full of dread and that the horror genre offers consolation, as clearly it must be better to go to homeroom than being pursued through the woods by an axe wielding madman! Another thought is that horror snaps us out of our comfort zones, making us feel more alive, as in Not Dead.

Lock the door, close the shades, and get ready for some eye-widening, pulse-quickening reading and listening!

Books to Read While Avoiding Required Summer Reading

August 6, 2018 - 8:41am -- Dodie

You’ve already got that required reading list knocked out, right? Who wouldn’t want to start right into Tortilla Flats or Lord of Flies, keeping in mind the dreaded inevitable essays to follow? Give yourself a break and dig into something fun, relatable, quirky, or thrilling, just something wonderful to escape into for a little while or a whole afternoon!

Summer Romance, High Flying Fantasy, Dark Mysteries - Where to Start?

May 7, 2018 - 2:40pm -- Dodie

Finally! School is almost over and soon you will have time to read whatever you want. It's hard to know where to start though - a lot of new books have come out while you've been toiling away at senior essays, standardized testing, and textbooks.

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