Teacher’s Guide: Traitor

Poland, 1944. After the Soviet liberation of Lwów from Germany, the city remains a battleground between resistance fighters and insurgent armies, its loyalties torn between Poland and Ukraine.

Seventeen-year-old Tolya Korolenko is half Ukrainian, half Polish, and he joined the Soviet Red Army to keep himself alive and fed. When he not-quite-accidentally shoots his unit’s political officer in the street, he’s rescued by a squad of Ukrainian freedom fighters. They might have saved him, but Tolya doesn’t trust them. He especially doesn’t trust Solovey, the squad’s war-scarred young leader, who has plenty of secrets of his own.

Then a betrayal sends them both on the run. And in a city where loyalty comes second to self-preservation, a traitor can be an enemy or a savior—or sometimes both.

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Teacher’s Guide: The Skybound Saga

The Skybound Saga by Alex London is a young-adult fantasy trilogy about the memories that haunt us, the histories that hunt us, and the bonds of blood between us.

★“London’s world-building is exceptional, and the story has twists and turns to keep readers engaged . . . A well-crafted fantasy featuring diverse characters, this book is a strong selection for all libraries serving teens.” —School Library Journal, starred review

★“With political intrigue, epic battle sequences, jolts of romance, and strong female and queer characters, there’s a lot to pique readers’ interests here. But it’s the unique world-building and beautifully complex sibling relationship that make this a must-read. Readers will be swept away in this book’s talons.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“With dynamic world building . . . this trilogy opener is a captivating, layered adventure that explores the bonds of siblings in an unforgiving world. Stock up—this one will make the rounds.” —Booklist

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Teacher’s Guide: True or False

In True or False, former CIA analyst Cindy Otis will take readers through the history and impact of misinformation over the centuries, sharing stories from the past and insights that readers today can gain from them. Then, she shares lessons learned in over a decade working for the CIA, including actionable tips on how to spot fake news, how to make sense of the information we receive each day, and, perhaps most importantly, how to understand and see past our own information biases, so that we can think critically about important issues and put events happening around us into context.

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2020 School & Library Webinars & Digital Events

We’re ready and eager to spread the word about upcoming books, from our computers to yours! Check back here as more upcoming events will be added soon. Plus, watch archived videos from author events, webinars, book buzzes, and more!

October 1-October 24th: ILA Next
ILA Next is the International Literacy Association’s immersive, interactive professional learning experience designed exclusively for an online setting. Visit Macmillan Children’s in the virtual exhibit hall and find more ILA Resources in Virtual Booth! Watch a Keynote Speaker Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator Dan Santat + join the Odd Dot team for a virtual activity demonstration and book buzz on October 24th!

October 24, 2020: School Library Journal Virtual Summit (FREE!)
Join us for a daylong event, where you’ll gain skills, ideas, and support in leading the change you want to see in your library, school, and community. Hear from Aiden Thomas, author of Cemetery Boys and Ngozi Ukazu, author of Check, Please!

November 5: LJ & SLJ LibraryCon Live (FREE!)
Join Library Journal and School Library Journal for a day-long celebration of fandom-beloved stories and characters, featuring the creators behind mind-bending speculative fiction, innovative comics, and fan-favorite graphic novels. Don’t miss panels with Hafsah Faizal (author of We Free the Stars) and Daniel Kraus (author of They Threw Us Away) and more!

November 6-8: YALSA YA Services Symposium
Join YALSA for their virtual Symposium as they discuss literature, activities, and programs needed to serve and inspire today’s teens.​ Don’t miss author panels with April Henry (Playing with Fire), Aiden Thomas (Cemetery Boys), George M. Johnson (All Boys Aren’t Blue), Adalyn Grace (All the Stars and Teeth), Anna-Marie McLemore (The Mirror Season), and more! Plus, tune in for the Margaret A. Edwards Award speech from winner Steve Sheinkin!

November 19-22: NCTE Virtual Annual Convention
Join us for the National Council for the Teachers of English Virtual Convention! Stay tuned for our full roster of author speakers, our NCTE Virtual Booth, and more resources!

December 4-6: NCSS Virtual Conference
Join us for the National Council for the Social Studies Virtual Conference! Stay tuned for our full roster of author speakers, our NCSS Virtual Booth, and more resources!

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