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Back to School: Nicholas Sparks expands teen reading series


Reading has been something I have loved since I was a little kid. I still remember getting home from school and laying in bed for hours reading books. As a young teenager I turned to young adult books and would read for hours on end and all weekend long.

Reading to me helped me emerge myself into something, I could pretend I was in the book and apart of the story. I would laugh and cry with the characters and I hope that my kids will pick up my passion for reading too.

When I learned about Nicholas Sparks expanding his teen reading series I was beyond excited! These books are fantastic ways for Samantha to get into reading, and these books help teens with comprehensive skills!

 The three new books, which will be published in new formats including study guides and “question and explanation” sections, are Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and Sparks’s own Dear John and A Bend in the Road.

“I am delighted to expand the options in the Novel Learning Series with these selections,” Sparks said. “My hope is that by introducing teenagers to these stories in a manner that is fun, illuminating, and educational, we will encourage them to read more for pleasure this summer and for the rest of their lives.”

 Sparks and Grand Central Publishing launched the Novel Learning Series in 2013 with four of Sparks’s books: The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, The Last Song, andThree Weeks with My Brother.


Each student guide in the Novel Learning Series features the full book’s text interspersed with learning guides. The NLS also addresses the needs of teachers: each title in the series is aligned with the ELA Common Core State Standards and fulfills protocol requirements used by almost every state.

Special features included in the books:

  • Questions and explanations about the text after every few chapters to check comprehension, vocabulary, grammar and usage, style and characterization and literary terms
  • Standard test questions format style throughout to help students prepare for standardized tests with SAT- and ACT-style questions using vocabulary and grammar from the books
  • Step-by-step sample writing prompts and essays and evaluation rubrics to guide students through the elements of an above-average, average and below-average essay – and explain why
  • English Language Arts (ELA) Common Core State Standards alignment

The Novel Learning Series provides students and teachers with seven compelling, dramatic novels packed with additional resources that help with critical thinking and comprehension skills development. Future publishing plans include more titles from Sparks as well as other classic works by a variety of noted authors. The titles in the series are available wherever books are sold.

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Amanda Acuña an influential Mom Blogger created MommyMandy as an online resource to the parenting community. She has four children and they currently reside in Texas.

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