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Bonus Episode - Favorite Books from Gunston Hall

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This week, we talk to group of young writers who met for a workshop at Virginia’s historic Gunston Hall, home of founding father George Mason. Host Kitty Felde asked these writers our favorite question: what’s your favorite book?

Favorite Books from Gunston Hall:

Whatever After - Sarah Mlynowski

The Mazerunner - James Dashner

No Man’s Land

One For the Murphys - Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Fish in Tree - Lynda Mullaly Hunt

The Invention of Hugo Cabret - Brian Selznick

The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien

The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had - Kristin Sims Levine

The Guardian Herd - Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

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Absolutely Almost - Lisa Graff

Al Capone Does My Shirts - Gennifer Choldenko

The Apprentice Witch - James Nicol

As Brave As You - Jason Reynolds

Beautiful Creatures - Kami Garcia/Margaret Stohl

Bees on the Roof - Robbie Shell

Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel - Kimberly Willis Holt

Chains - Laurie Halse Anderson

Click Here: To Find Out How I Survived Seventh Grade - Denise Vega

Code Talker - Joseph Bruchac

Counting by 7's - Holly Goldberg Sloan

Crenshaw - Katherine Applegate

The Crossover - Kwame Alexander

Dead End in Norvelt - Jack Gantos

Eleanor and Park - Rainbow Rowell

The Ethan I Was Before - Ali Standish

Eye of the Storm - Kate Messner

The First Rule of Punk - Celia Perez

Fish in a Tree - Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Flying the Dragon - Natalie Dias Lorenzi

Foxheart - Claire Legrand

Gilded - Christina Farley

The Girl Who Drank the Moon - Kelly Barnhill

The Great Wall of Lucy Wu - Wendy Shang

The Honest Truth - Dan Gemeinhart

Hoodoo - Ronald L. Smith

The Hound of Rowan - Henry Neff

Hour of the Bees - Lindsay Eager

Hypatia Academy - Esther Goldenberg

I Lived on Butterfly Hill - Marjorie Agosin

James and the Giant Peach - Roald Dahl

The Jumbies - Tracey Baptiste

The Lions of Little Rock - Kristin Levine

A Little Wicked - Janet Macreery

A Long Walk to Water - Linda Sue Park

The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre - Gail Carson Levine

Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case - Patricia Hruby Powell

A Mango Shaped Space - Wendy Mass

The Meringue Witches - Isora Morales Suarez

Milo Speck, Accidental Agent - Linda Urban

Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze - Alan Silberberg

Moo - Sharon Creech

Old Yeller - Fred Gipson

One Amazing Elephant - Linda Oatman High

One Crazy Summer - Rita Williams-Garcia

Orbiting Jupiter - Gary D. Schmidt

Orleans - Sherri L. Smith

Orphan Island - Laurel Snyder

Our Teacher is a Vampire and Other (Not) True Stories - Mary Amato

Out of My Mind - Sharon M. Draper

Passenger on the Pearl - Winifred Conkling

Pax - Sara Pennypacker

Red Queen - Victoria Aveyard

Revolution - Deborah Wiles

The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano - Sonia Manzano

Ribblestrop - Andy Mulligan

The Secret Zoo - Bryan Chick

The Shadows - Jacqueline West

Spy Mice - Heather Vogel Frederick

Spy School - Stuart Gibbs

Stormbreaker - Anthony Horowitz

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda - Tom Angleberger

Tales from the Odyssey - Mary Pope Osborne

The Tiger Rising - Kate DiCamillo

Tuck Everlasting - Natalie Babbitt

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith

Turtle in Paradise - Jennifer L. Holm

Ungifted - Gordon Korman

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street - Karina Yan Glaser

The War That Saved My Life -  Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 - Christopher Paul Curtis

The Westing Game - Ellen Raskin

When the Sea Turned to Silver - Grace Lin

When You Reach Me - Rebecca Stead

Wonder - RJ Palacio

The Worst Class Trip Ever - Dave Barry

A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass - Meg Medina

 

UPCOMING BOOKS ON THE PODCAST:

Monster - Walter Dean Myers

Divergent - Veronica Roth

Double Identity - Margaret Haddix

Hello, Universe - Erin Entrada Kelly

Maniac Magee - Jerry Spinelli

Refugee - Alan Gratz

Rooftoppers - Katherine Rundell

Public School Superhero - James Patterson

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children -  Ransom Riggs

Keeper of Lost Cities - Shannon Messenger

Garvey's Choice - Nikki Grimes

Esperanza Rising - Pam Munoz Ryan

Jackie & Me - Dan Gutman

Divergent - Veronica Roth

 

 

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Episode 77 - Code Talker - Joseph Bruchac

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 Virginia, William, Lara, Leila, and Henry from McLean, Virginia

Virginia, William, Lara, Leila, and Henry from McLean, Virginia

November is a month when we honor veterans, celebrate Native American culture, and sit down to Thanksgiving with our families. This week’s episode touches on all three as we discuss a fictionalized story about one of the Navajo Code Talkers - the Marines who were recruited to use their native language to help the Allies win World War II. Students from Chesterbrook Elementary School in Virginia discuss Joseph Bruchac’s novel “Code Talker” with host Kitty Felde. Our celebrity reader is Elayne Silversmith. the librarian at the Vine Deloria, Jr. library at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC.

 Elayne Silversmith, librarian at the  National Museum of the American Indian

Elayne Silversmith, librarian at the National Museum of the American Indian

Favorite Books from Chesterbrook Elementary:

Rooftoppers - Katherine Rundell

Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson

Gregor the Overlander - Suzanne Collins

The Underneath - Kathi Appelt

Lord of the Flies - William Golding

Elayne Silversmith’s Favorite Book:

A Coyote Columbus Story - Thomas King

Joseph Brushac’s Favorite Book:

The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling

Episode 76 - The Meringue Witches by Isora Morales Suarez

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 Nadia, Aubrey, Nichelle, Makayla, and Sarah from the Girlfriends Book Club Baltimore

Nadia, Aubrey, Nichelle, Makayla, and Sarah from the Girlfriends Book Club Baltimore

This episode began with a chance meeting in a tiny art gallery in the city of Cienfuegos, Cuba. Writer Isora Morales Suarez was minding the store to pay the bills, but she told us that one of her novels for kids had just been published in English by a nonprofit called Cubano Books. Some of our favorite readers from the Girlfriends Book Club Baltimore discuss Isora’s unusual fairy tale “The Meringue Witches” with host Kitty Felde. Cuban ex-pat Adolfo Nodal is celebrity reader.

 Writer Isora Morales Suarez autographs her novel

Writer Isora Morales Suarez autographs her novel

Favorite Books from the Girlfriends Book Club Baltimore:

Where the Red Fern Grows - Wilson Rawls

Marley and Me: Life and love with the World’s Worst Dog - John Grogan

Nightmares - Jason Segel

El Deafo - Cece Bell

One of Us is Lying - Karen McManus

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Translation of this interview with Isora Morales Suarez:

And why this book?

Well then, why did I write this book? This book is an important part of my life. Because I live in a place called Ciudad Nuclear (Nuclear City). It’s a special place in Cuba, because it’s a place where they were going to build the first nuclear plant, but, the maps changed color in Europe, socialism fell, and it wasn’t built. The project was paralyzed, and many people were suddenly without jobs, suddenly without—these were people who had studied at university to do these jobs—their dreams were broken. And then, since their dreams were broken, the city languished.

So, I use this city as the setting for my book. In my book, Ciudad Nuclear is called Ciudad Nublada (Cloudy City). And then I made an entire fantasy story, a story of witches, dragons, magicians, princesses—so that people would cheer up! Because people get very sad because they don’t have money, because everything is very difficult. But I believe that humans can’t lose the capacity to dream. Dreams keep us alive in the most difficult moments.

So, I still live in this place—I haven’t been able to leave—and since I’ve always had a difficult relationship with this place, because life is very hard here, I decided to write about it, because it was tormenting me, and I didn’t want it to torment me any more. I wanted to make a story for kids, for young people, but also for adults, and I wanted to tell them: we have to dream, because if we don’t dream, we’re lost. If we don’t dream and we don’t act in solidarity, if we don’t help each other when we’re—when we’re scared—ay, sorry—because sometimes we’re scared. We’re anxious, and we’re scared that everything will go wrong in life—excuse me. So I wanted to write this book so that people would have faith that the world can be better—people help each other, support each other, love each other—so that people trust that the world can be a place of love and not of war. Always a place of love, never a place of war.

This book isn’t the only one you’ve written?

Yes, it’s my first book. I didn’t—I didn’t start—I wrote my first book when I was almost fifty years old. Because before my life was very stressful. I have a son, Eric, my son Eric who is my greatest treasure. So then, my son studied in Cuba to become a dancer. My son—he is a dancer now. So then, I had to struggle a lot, to work a lot at different jobs, and I couldn’t concentrate, because I had to work, I had to arrange things—I raised my son alone—his father and I divorced, and his father went to another city to live and had another family. So then, I had to arrange everything for my son. His clothing, his shoes, his food, his—everything. And so, I couldn’t concentrate because I had to take care of these things.

My son graduated, started working, and things started to go well for him. Then I took a deep breath, and said—“Ay, what am I going to do now?” Because all of the sudden—it had been lots, a lot a lot of struggle with everything, with the food, with money, with everything—and suddenly I was like—and now, what do I do? And then I said, “Well, I always wanted to be a writer.” My mother, who is a lovely woman, always told me, from the time I was a little girl, that I was going to be a writer. Because when I was a child I was different from my sisters. My sisters didn’t read, and I read and read and read, I was always reading from the time I was little. And so my mom would say that I—her daughter—was going to be a writer. And I would say, “Why do you say that?” And she would tell me that it was because I really liked books. And I would respond, “But writing is very hard—it must be very hard.” And then my mom would reply, “But you’re going to write.” And she said it as if it was a fact. Her fact: she knew it was going to happen. Because mothers are never wrong.

And so, I said, “Well, my mom says I’m going to be a writer—that is, my mother was my greatest inspiration. And so, I started to write. And I said, “Well, I have to write a fantasy.” Because reality is a little hard. So I wanted to create a book of fantasy, of magic, and I want that magic to be good for people. And that’s why I wrote this book.

Hoodoo by Ron L. Smith

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 Lina Nguyen, Kyra Johnson, and Ava Muniz are 6th graders at Sonora Elementary School in Costa Mesa

Lina Nguyen, Kyra Johnson, and Ava Muniz are 6th graders at Sonora Elementary School in Costa Mesa

Writer Ronald L. Smith takes us on a trip down south, to the backwoods of Alabama, where a young boy was born with a heart-shaped birthmark, the mark of magic, or Hoodoo, according to his grandmama. Hoodoo must learn to tap his inner powers of magic to battle evil. Veteran public radio journalist Brian Watt is celebrity reader. Ron Smith just won the Corretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award from the American Library Association for "Hoodoo."

 Award-winning writer  Ronald L. Smith

Award-winning writer Ronald L. Smith

 Celebrity reader  Brian Watt  is a veteran public radio journalist

Celebrity reader Brian Watt is a veteran public radio journalist


Favorite Books from Lina, Kyra, and Ava:

Radiance - Alyson Noel

Hoot - Carl Hiaasen

A Night Divided - Jennifer A. Nielsen

Recommended by Ronald L. Smith:

The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien

Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury

The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet - Eleanor Cameron


Ribblestrop by Andy Mulligan

Kitty Felde

 Jack, Carolina, and Eleanor at Watchung Booksellers in Montclair, New Jersey

Jack, Carolina, and Eleanor at Watchung Booksellers in Montclair, New Jersey

Americans have a romanticized image of English boarding schools. RIBBLESTROP is the opposite of that. Writer Andy Mulligan has created what must be the most dangerous school on planet earth. And this trio of readers at Watchung Booksellers in Montclair, New Jersey, debate whether they'd like to attend. Peter Sagal, playwright and host of NPR's quiz show "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me!" is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

 Writer Andy Mulligan and one of his favorite books

Writer Andy Mulligan and one of his favorite books

  Peter Sagal  is host of the NPR quiz show "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me"

Peter Sagal is host of the NPR quiz show "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me"



favorite books from Carolina, Jack, and Eleanor:

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's library - Chris Grabenstein

The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls - Claire Legrand

Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling

Andy Mulligan’s favorite books:

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas - John Boyne

Animal Farm - George Orwell


Orleans by Sherri L. Smith

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 Dainicia, Naomi, and Nya are 7th graders at Benjamin D. Foulois Creative and Performing Arts Academy in Maryland.

Dainicia, Naomi, and Nya are 7th graders at Benjamin D. Foulois Creative and Performing Arts Academy in Maryland.

Ever wonder why dystopian novels are so popular? Our trio of readers from Suitland, Maryland tell us why as they discuss "Orleans" by Sherri L. Smith. Journalist Cheryl Devall is our celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

 The author,  Sherri L. Smith

The author, Sherri L. Smith

 Celebrity reader  Cheryl Deval l is a veteran newspaper and public radio journalist who's a Californian by birth and a Louisianan by heritage.

Celebrity reader Cheryl Devall is a veteran newspaper and public radio journalist who's a Californian by birth and a Louisianan by heritage.


Books Recommended by Dainicia, Naomi, and Nya:

Silence - Natasha Preston

The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl - Paige McKenzie

Recommended by Sherri L. Smith:

Charlotte's Web - E.B. White

Recommended by Cheryl Devall:

The Wind in the Reeds: A Storm, A Play, and the City That Would Not Be Broken – Wendell Pierce


Episode 72 - As Brave as You - Jason Reynolds

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 Members of the boys book club at DC's Truesdell Education Campus (l-r) Rock, Ben, Joshua, Devon, and David

Members of the boys book club at DC's Truesdell Education Campus (l-r) Rock, Ben, Joshua, Devon, and David

Going on a summer road trip? Join us as we take a summer road trip to the south with a pair of brothers from Brooklyn. Our readers are all members of the boys book club at Truesdell Education Campus in Washington, DC. The boys discuss Jason Reynolds’s tale of a blind grandfather, a gun, and a bird named Michael Jackson. It’s called AS BRAVE AS YOU. Emmy Award-winning actor Kim Estes is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

 Actor  Kim Estes

Actor Kim Estes

Favorite Books from Truesdell Education Campus:

Bad Boy - Walter Dean Myers

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet - Ta-Nehisi Coates

Dog Man - Dav Pilkey

Dr. Seuss

Jason Reynolds' Favorite Book:

Salvage the Bones - Jesmyn Ward

Kim Estes' Favorite Book:

Kim - Rudyard Kipling

 

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Episode 69 - A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

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 Desirae, Matthew, and Aidan from Pinchbeck Elementary School

Desirae, Matthew, and Aidan from Pinchbeck Elementary School

What do you know about South Sudan? Our book is "A Long Walk to Water" by Linda Sue Park. Fifth grade readers from Pinchbeck Elementary School in Henrico, Virginia consider things they take for granted: clean water from the tap and a guaranteed education. Our celebrity reader is one of the top African experts on Capitol Hill, Congresswoman Karen Bass from California. Writer Linda Sue Park talks about writing fiction from fact. Kitty Felde is host.

Favorite Books from Pinchbeck Elementary:

The Honest Truth - Dan Gemeinhart

Wish - Barbara O'Connor

Wonder - RJ Palacio

Congressoman Karen Bass' Favorite Book:

Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf - Helene Cooper

Roosevelt Grady - Louisa B. Shotwell

I, Juan de Pareja: The Story of a Great Painter and the Slave He Helped Become a Great Artist - Elizabeth De Trevino

What Then, Raman? - Shirley Arora

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Episode 68 - The Secret Zoo by Bryan Chick

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 Ethan, Addy, Alivia, and Loryn

Ethan, Addy, Alivia, and Loryn

This episode's for animal lovers and fantasy fans. The book is "The Secret Zoo" by Bryan Chick. Readers from the Broomfield Public Library in Colorado discuss the novel with host Kitty Felde. Our celebrity reader knows something about animals. Haley Creamer is a Hoof Stock Keeper at the Denver Zoo.

 Writer  Bryan Chick
 Haley Creamer from the  Denver Zoo

Haley Creamer from the Denver Zoo

Favorite Books from Addy, loryn, alivia, and Ethan:

My Side of the Mountain - Jean Craighead George

The Lightning Thief -  Rick Riordan

The Fablehaven - Brandon Mull

The Map to Everywhere - Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis

Bryan Chick's favorite book:

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

Haley Creamer's favorite book:

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie -  Laura Numeroff

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Episode 67 - The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street - Karina Yan Glaser

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 Tomii and Iyana are 5th graders at Excel Academy Public Charter School in Washington, DC

Tomii and Iyana are 5th graders at Excel Academy Public Charter School in Washington, DC

Meet the Vanderbeeker family - large, loud, unpredictable. They'll try almost anything to stay in their beloved Harlem neighborhood. The 2017 New York Times'  Notable Children's Book by Karina Yan Glaser is discussed by readers at DC's Excel Academy Public Charter School. Actor Valente Rodriguez is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

 Celebrity reader  Valente Rodriguez

Celebrity reader Valente Rodriguez

Favorite Books of Tomii and Iyana:

Junie B. Jones - Barbara Park

Dork Diaries - Rachel Renee Russell

Favorite Book of Karina Yan Glaser:

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith

Favorite Books and Authors of Valente Rodriguez: 

H.G. Wells

Jules Verne

Isaac Asimov

Ray Bradbury

Bless Me. Ultima - Rudolfo Anaya

And the Earth Did Not Swallow Him - Tomas Rivera

FDR - Jean Edward Smith

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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. 

Episode 66 - The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

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 Back row: Connor, Bridget; Front row: Nora, Katya

Back row: Connor, Bridget; Front row: Nora, Katya

In this episode, we travel back to a world at war – to England at the beginning of the London Blitz. The book is "The War That Saved My Life." Writer Kimberley Brubaker Bradley tells the tale of the mass evacuation of children to the British countryside. Our readers are from Belvedere Elementary School in Falls Church, Virginia. Our celebrity reader is Congresswoman Julia Brownley from Thousand Oaks, California.

 Our celebrity reader is  Congresswoman Julia Brownley

Our celebrity reader is Congresswoman Julia Brownley

Favorite Books from Belvedere Elementary:

Percy Jackson - Rick Riordan

The Blackthorn Key - Kevin Sands

The Last Dragon - Silvana De Mari

Chains - Laurie Halse Anderson

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley's Favorite Book:

Mansfield Park - Jane Austen

Congresswoman Julia Brownley's Favorite Book:

The Poinsonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver

 

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Episode 64 - The Ethan I Was Before - Ali Standish

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 Ellie, Max, and Kat from Capitol Hill Day School in Washington, DC

Ellie, Max, and Kat from Capitol Hill Day School in Washington, DC

This past weekend, thousands and thousands of kids marched in Washington and cities around the nation to call attention to a serious topic kids shouldn’t have to face: gun violence. This week on Book Club for Kids, we talk about the novel "The Ethan I Was Before." It's the story about a boy facing a life and death situation. Our readers from Capitol Hill Day School talk about trauma and the resilience of children. Writer Ali Standish talks about how you write a book about a serious topic for young readers.  Actor Michael Paul Chan ("Major Crimes" and "The Goonies") is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

 Writer  Ali Standish
 Celebrity reader, actor  Michael Paul Chan

Celebrity reader, actor Michael Paul Chan

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Favorite books from Kat, Max, and ellie:

The Westing Game - Ellen Raskin

Chains - Laurie Halse Anderson

Wonder - RJ Palacio

Out of My Mind - Sharon M. Draper

The Dark - Lemony Snicket

The Princess Princess Ever After - Katie O'Neill

Favorite books of Ali Standish: 

Walk Two Moons - Sharon Creech

Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson

Wolf Hollow - Lauren Wolk

One Shadow on the Wall - Leah Henderson

Michael Paul Chan's Favorite Book:

Crow Boy - Taro Yashima

Episode 63 - Click Here - Live from the Colorado Book Festival

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 Saphira, Emily, Denise Vega, M.J. and Levi (back row) Duncan (down center)

Saphira, Emily, Denise Vega, M.J. and Levi (back row) Duncan (down center)

In an era when kids share so much of their lives online, how do you survive middle school?

On this special on the road edition of Book Club for Kids from the Colorado Book Festival, a quintet of readers from the Denver area discuss Denise Vega's novel "Click Here: To Find Out How I Survived Seventh Grade." Our celebrity reader is Colorado education legend Anna Jo Haynes.

 Anna Jo Haynes brought Headstart to Denver and founded the Mile High Montessori Early Learning Centers. She’s also cofounder of the Colorado Chidren’s Campaign. 

Anna Jo Haynes brought Headstart to Denver and founded the Mile High Montessori Early Learning Centers. She’s also cofounder of the Colorado Chidren’s Campaign. 

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Favorite books from Saphira, Emily, Duncan, M.J. & Levi

Half a World Away - Cynthia Kadohata

Demon Road - Derek Landy

The Blood of Olympus - Rick Riordan

Sculduggery Pleasant - Derek Landy

One of Us is Lying - Karen M. McManus

Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling

Farenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury

Wolverine comics

Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon

Denise Vega's Favorite book:

Zanballer - R.R. Knudsen

Anna Jo Haynes' favorite book:

The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream - Barack Obama

Episode 62 - The First Rule of Punk - with celebrity reader Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

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 Kayley, Angelina, and Taylor are 7th graders at Brambleton Middle School in Ashburn, Virginia

Kayley, Angelina, and Taylor are 7th graders at Brambleton Middle School in Ashburn, Virginia

Malu is moving to Chicago and she's not very happy about it. She's also not very happy with the way her mother would like her to be. Two things do make her happy: punk music and creating zines. The book is the 2018 Pura Belpré Award Author Honor winner "The First Rule of Punk" by Celia Perez. Students from Virginia talk about those times when they acted "punk" with host Kitty Felde. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is celebrity reader. 

 Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel hosts his own podcast  CHICAGO STORIES  (Photo Credit: City of Chicago/Brooke Collins)

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel hosts his own podcast CHICAGO STORIES (Photo Credit: City of Chicago/Brooke Collins)

 Writer  Celia Perez  

Writer Celia Perez 

Chicago Public Library tells us they're thrilled that Book Club for Kids selected “The First Rule of Punk.” Their kids’ librarians voted the title as the winner of CPL’s “Mock Newbery Award.” It was also a Best of the Best 2017 title, selected as one of CPL’s Best Fiction for Older Readers.


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Favorite Books of Kayley, Angelina, and Taylor:

Everland - Wendy Spinale

The Lunar Chronicles - Marissa Meyer

The Crossroads: A Haunted Mystery - Chris Grabenstein

Celia Perez' Favorite Book:

Pacy Lin series - Grace Lin

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Favorite BOok:

I'll Take You There - Wally Lamb

(Chicago's One Book One City selection for 2018)


Bonus Episode - Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

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 Amandla,  Imani, Angela, and Eunhea, readers from Robert Goddard Montessori School, Grace Christian School, Fairhaven School, and St. Anne's School – all in Maryland.

Amandla,  Imani, Angela, and Eunhea, readers from Robert Goddard Montessori School, Grace Christian School, Fairhaven School, and St. Anne's School – all in Maryland.

This week, we celebrate George Washington's birthday, Black History Month, and the opening of the film "Black Panther." It seemed like the perfect time to reprise our episode "Chains" about the role African-Americans played in the Revolutionary War.  A trio of readers from Maryland discuss the book. Actress S.W. James is celebrity reader. This reprise episode features a new interview with writer Laurie Halse Anderson. She talks about why she's written so many books set at the time of the American Revolution. Kitty Felde is host.

Laurie Halse Anderson

Actress CW James

Our celebrity reader Simona "SW James" focuses on activism through art. Her first publication is expected to be released Spring 2016. She's produced performances throughout the East Coast, from showcases to recital/monologues to plays.  Connect with her on Twitter and Instagram at @swjtheguru. 


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Recommended reading from Amandla, Imani, Angela, and Eunhea:


Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
Divergent – Veronica Roth
Liberty Porter, First Daughter -  Julia DeVillers and Paige Pooler
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
A Bridge to Terabithia -  Katherine Paterson


Episode 59 - The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano

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 The Champion Boys Book Club of Washinton DC: back row: Nelson, Joshua, Emmanuel, Akili, Langston, Mehki; front row: Justice, Carter, Chase, Caleb, Damian, Zane

The Champion Boys Book Club of Washinton DC: back row: Nelson, Joshua, Emmanuel, Akili, Langston, Mehki; front row: Justice, Carter, Chase, Caleb, Damian, Zane

In this episode, we look back at the 1960’s and a lesser known protest movement. Writer Sonia Manzano (probably better known as "Maria" from Sesame Street) says her encounter with Puerto Rican American activists known as the Young Lords opened her eyes. Her book is "The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano. It's the story of a young girl discovering her inner activist amid the New York protests over garbage collection that grew into a takeover of a neighborhood church. Our celebrity reader is actress Yesenia Iglesias. Host Kitty Felde discusses the book with members of the Champion Boys Book Club who debate what kinds of protests are effective in the 21st century.


 Writer  Sonia Manzano
 Celebrity reader, actress  Yesenia Iglesias

Celebrity reader, actress Yesenia Iglesias


 Los Angeles reader Hermonie was inspired by the episode to create this visual summation of the plot. Thanks, Hermonie!

Los Angeles reader Hermonie was inspired by the episode to create this visual summation of the plot. Thanks, Hermonie!

Favorite Books of the The Champion Boys Book Club

Nelson, Joshua, Emmanuel, Akili, Langston, Mehki, Justice, Carter, Chase, Caleb, Damian, and Zane:

The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles - Julie Andrews Edwards

Fearless - Elvira Woodruff

Big Nate: Game On! - Lincoln Peirce

Restart - Gordon Korman

(If you love Gordon Korman, listen to his episode Ungifted!)

Sand Spider - Carl Bowen

Harry Potter - JK Rowling

As Brave as You - Jason Reynolds

The Adventurer's Guide to Successful Escapes - Wade Albert White

Sonia Manzano's Favorite Book:

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith

Yesenia Iglesias' Favorite Book:

Buttermilk Bear - Stephen Cosgrove

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Episode 58 - Gilded by Christina Farley

Kitty Felde

 Mariana, Coryn, and Peter at the Richard Byrd Library in Springfield, Virginia

Mariana, Coryn, and Peter at the Richard Byrd Library in Springfield, Virginia

Athletes are heading to Pyeongchang, South Korea for the Winter Olympics. We get there first courtesy of writer Christina Farley. We may not race down a mountainside, avoiding moguls or leaping into the air on the ice rink to execute a perfect triple lutz, but there are thrills and spills aplenty in "Gilded." Plus, we learn some Korean mythology and folk tales. Readers from the Richard Byrd Library in Springfield, Virginia discuss the book with host Kitty Felde. Actress Julia Cho is our celebrity reader.

 Celebrity reader, actress   Julia Cho  from "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries"

Celebrity reader, actress Julia Cho from "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries"

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Favorite Books of Coryn, Peter, and Mariana:

Wolves of the Beyond series - Kathryn Lasky

Winter Girls - Laurie Halse Anderson

The Juvy Three - Gordon Korman

Favorite Book of Christina Farley:

The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkein

Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

Favorite Books of Julia Cho:

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum

 

Episode 57 - Moo by Sharon Creech

Kitty Felde

 : Raynika, Christopher, and Stone from Tyler Elementary School in Washington, DC

: Raynika, Christopher, and Stone from Tyler Elementary School in Washington, DC

Do you love cows? This is the episode for you. Sharon Draper's tale of a stubborn cow in "Moo." Students from Tyler Elementary School in Washington, DC discuss the novel with host Kitty Felde. Congressman David Valadao, an actual dairy farmer from California, is celebrity reader and talks about the personalities of cows. 

 Writer  Sharon Creech
 Congressman  David Valadao  is a dairy farmer in California's central valley with more than 100 Holstein and Jersey milk cows.

Congressman David Valadao is a dairy farmer in California's central valley with more than 100 Holstein and Jersey milk cows.


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Favorite Books from Tyler Elementary in Washington DC:

The Trials of Apollo - Rick Riordan

The Lost Hero - Rick Riordan

Wonder - RJ Palacio

Favorite Book of Sharon Creech:

Shiloh - Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Favorite Book of Congressman David Valadao:

Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown - Eric Blehm


Thanks this week to the Library of Congress, the National Book Festival, and The Briar Patch bookstore in Bangor, Maine for sharing their audio interviews with Sharon Creech with us. 

And thanks to the Capitol Hill Community Foundation for your support of this episode.

Episode 56 - Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder

Kitty Felde

  Elanor, Anna, Helen, and Charlotte from Percy Julian Middle School in Oak Park, Illinois

Elanor, Anna, Helen, and Charlotte from Percy Julian Middle School in Oak Park, Illinois

Would you like to grow up on a desert island with no adults to boss you around? That's the locale for our book "Orphan Island" by Laurel Snyder. Our readers from Percy Julian Middle School in Oak Park, Illinois talk about the challenges of growing up and try to get our writer to disclose some of the answers to the mysteries in the book. Congressman Adam Schiff from California is our celebrity reader.

 Writer  Laurel Snyder
 Celebrity reader  Congressman Adam Schiff  from California

Celebrity reader Congressman Adam Schiff from California

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FAVORITE BOOKS OF ELANOR, ANNa, HELEN, AND CHARLOTTE

Lockwood & Co - Jonathan Stroud

A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle

One - Sarah Crossan

The Leviathon Series - Scott Westerfeld

FAVORITE BOOKS OF LAUREL SNYDER

The 13 Clocks - James Thurber

The Tillerman Trilogy - Cynthia Voigt

Her inspiration for Orphan Island:

The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

My Side of the Mountain - Jean Craighead George

FAVORITE BOOK OF CONGRESSMAN ADAM SCHIFF

Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee