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Book Club for Kids is a podcast where middle school readers discuss the books they love with host Kitty Felde. The author answers questions. A celebrity reads from the book.

Episode 85 - Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

Kitty Felde

Sa'Mirror and Imani from  Anne Beers Elementary School  in Washington, DC

Sa'Mirror and Imani from Anne Beers Elementary School in Washington, DC

Would you like to be a legend? To have people tell stories about you long after you’re gone? Would you like to be “Maniac Magee” by Jerry Spinelli? This Newbery Award-winning classic is our Book Club for Kids pick this week. Our readers are from Anne Beers Elementary School in Washington, D.C. and John Michael Higgins (“Pitch Perfect” and “A Mighty Wind”) is our celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

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Favorite Books from Anne Beers Elementary School:

Junie B. Jones - Barbara Park

I Am Malala - How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition) - Malala Yousafzai and Patricia McCormick

John Michael Higgins’ Favorite Book:

The 13 Clocks - James Thurber

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Many thanks to the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation for supporting this episode. The Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need.