Hamilton High True-to-Life Series 

Since the first title in the True-to-Life Series from Hamilton High by Marilyn Reynolds appeared, teens have gravitated to these authentic and compelling books. Throughout the country, middle and high schools, teen pregnancy/ parenting programs, alternative schools, and libraries use the series to motivate reading and to encourage self-reflection. Each title also incorporates other books such as The Grapes of Wrath,  The Color Purple, Huckleberry Finn, and I know Why the Caged Bird Sings. The main characters find that reading these books helps them cope with their challenging situations and readers also often find renewed empathy and coping through literature.

Teaching Guides

Teaching guides aligned with Common Core standards are available for individual titles and for the series as a whole. Each guide contains discussion templates and exercises for expository and creative writing, group work, readers’ theater scripts, vocabulary and comprehension checks, and more. Guides may be reproduced for classroom use.

Library bound books

Library bound versions of the series can be ordered directly from Perma-Bound and from Follett School Solutions.

Bulk orders

To order classroom sets or bulk quantity of the series or individual titles directly from the publisher, please download our Bulk pricing order form. We accept purchase orders.

All New Wind books are also available through Ingram Distribution.

School visits

Marilyn Reynolds offers school visits, individualized to meet each site’s needs. Author visits can increase interest in reading by connecting students with an author of YA fiction that reflects characters and situations to which they can relate.  Visits increase interest in writing by connecting students with an author who is just an “ordinary person.” The National Literacy Trust found that pupils who had authors visit their schools were more likely to ENJOY reading and writing, to be confident in their reading, and to read above their expected level. To book a school visit or to inquire about rates, contact Marilyn through her website: