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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.

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Episode 95 - The Parker Inheritance - Varian Johnson

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Do you love a mystery? Do you love playing detective, looking for clues on every page? This week’s novel is about a lot of things – segregation, bullying, and most of all, a family mystery. 

This week's episode is "The Parker Inheritance" by Varian Johnson. Our readers are from Washington DC’s AIM Academy. Actress Sheila Collins is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

Celebrity reader  Sheila Collins

Celebrity reader Sheila Collins

Favorite Books from AIM Academy:

The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas

Children of Blood and Bone - Tomi Adeyemi

Long Way Down - Jason Reynolds

varian johnson’s favorite books:

Holes - Louis Sachar

When You Reach Me - Rebecca Stead

The Westing Game - Ellen Raskin

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One Crazy Summer - Rita Williams-Garcia

Sheila collins’ favorite book:

The House on Mango Street - Sandra Cisneros

Celebrity reader Sheila Collins didn’t just want to tell us about her favorite book, she wanted to show us!



Episode 90 - Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan

Kitty Felde

Ellie, Bea, and Tommy from Murch Elementary School in Washington, DC

Ellie, Bea, and Tommy from Murch Elementary School in Washington, DC

"Esperanza Rising" is a riches to rags tale about a wealthy Mexican family who end up as farmworkers in California's Central Valley. Students from Murch Elementary School in Washington, DC compare the book to Frances Hodgson Burnett's "A Little Princess." Actress Christine Avila is celebrity reader. Writer Pam Munoz Ryan talks about her real-life grandmother whose life inspired the book. Kitty Felde is host. 

Celebrity reader actress  Christine Avila

Celebrity reader actress Christine Avila

FAVORITE BOOKS FROM Murch elementary SCHOOL:

Danny Dragonbreath - Ursula Vernon

Little House on the Prairie - Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Land of Stories - Chris Colfer

Pam Munoz Ryan’s Favorite series:

Little House on the Prairie - Laura Ingalls Wilder

Christine Avila’s favorite book:

A Difficult Woman: The Challenging Life and Times of Lillian Hellman - Alice Kessler-Harris

Thanks to Tim Podell of Good Conversations for our conversation with Pam Munoz Ryan.

Episode 88 - Divergent by Veronica Roth

Kitty Felde

Titus, Elijah and Emily from  Benjamin Trasker Middle School  in Bowie, Maryland

Titus, Elijah and Emily from Benjamin Trasker Middle School in Bowie, Maryland

We venture into a dystopian universe created by writer Veronica Roth. "Divergent" is a tale about finding out where you fit in – and whether you’re brave enough to take a literal leap of faith. Our celebrity reader is the 2018 Ms. Senior California and a familiar voice on Southern California Public Radio KPCC Rita Pardue. Our readers are from Benjamin Trasker Middle School and we taped the episode at the Bowie, Maryland branch of the Prince Georges County Memorial Library. Kitty Felde is host.

Favorite Books from Benjamin Trasker Middle School:

The Copernicus Legacy - Tony Abbott.

Harry Potter: - J.K. Rowling

Veronica Roth’s Favorite Book:

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - J.K. Rowling

Rita Pardue’s Favorite Book:

Charlotte’s Web - E.B. White