Always on the hunt for interesting young adult novels for her students, BRTC Adult Education instructor Cindy Robinett discovered last fall the Guards of the Shadowlands series by author Sarah Fine. The books include Sanctum, published in 2012, and Fractured, published in 2013. A third and final book in the series is due out this October. The urban fantasy books delve into issues of Heaven and Hell, Purgatory, the Holocaust, demons, angels, morality, loyalty and young love.
Robinett, a firm believer in the Immersion technique of teaching reading (listening to a professional narration while reading the text), purchased audio and hardcopies of the books and made them available to her students in January. “Once they started reading, they couldn’t put them down,” said Robinett. After nine or ten students, both male and female, went through both books and asked about more of the same, Robinett located Fine through her website and sent an email to the writer letting her know how popular the books were with her students.
Recently, the author, who is also a child psychologist, sent a personal email to Robinett and asked if her students would like a copy of her most recent book, Scan, which she promptly autographed and sent. Fine also included a handwritten note of thanks and well-wishes in addition to bookmarks and bracelets for over 20 students.