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Episode 92 - The Great Brain by John D. Fitzgerald

Kitty Felde

Michael, Seth, Alex, and Kyle are members of “The Great Brain Book Club”

Michael, Seth, Alex, and Kyle are members of “The Great Brain Book Club”

This week, we catch up with readers in Houston, Texas who love "The Great Brain" books by John D. Fitzgerald SO much, they named their book club after it. Not familiar with the book? A lot of the plot involves the oldest brother Tom who always has a new scheme to separate kids from their money. Our celebrity reader is J. Keith van Straaten, host of the game show podcast Go Fact Yourself. Our writer John D. Fitzgerald is no longer with us, but Sharon Madsen, the resident expert on Fitzgerald, says he was a man of many talents. Kitty Felde is host.

Celebrity reader J. Keith van Straaten is the host of the  Go Fact Yourself  podcast. You can find him at gofactyourpod.com and on Twitter at @gofactyourpod

Celebrity reader J. Keith van Straaten is the host of the Go Fact Yourself podcast. You can find him at gofactyourpod.com and on Twitter at @gofactyourpod

Sharon Madsen is the top John D. Fitzgerald expert

Sharon Madsen is the top John D. Fitzgerald expert

Sharon Madsen shared these pictures of the Fitzgerald family.


Favorite Books from “The Great Brain” Book Club:

The Great Brain at the Academy - John D. Fitzgerald

Crocodile Tears (the Alex Rider Series) - Anthony Horowitz

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

Harry Potter series - J.K. Rowling

Sharon Madsen’s Favorite Book:

The Great Brain - John D. Fitzgerald

J. Keith van Straaten’s Favorite Book:

The Pigman - Paul Zindel

All of Our Episodes

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Al Capone Does My Shirts - Gennifer Choldenko

Alligator Bayou - Donna Jo Napoli

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

Divergent - Veronica Roth

The Door by the Staircase - Katherine Marsh

Eleanor and Park - Rainbow Rowell

Esperanza Rising - Pam Munoz Ryan

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

Garvey’s Choice - Nikki Grimes

Gilded - Christina Farley

The Girl Who Drank the Moon - Kelly Barnhill

The Great Brain - John D. Fitzgerald

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

Jackie & Me - Dan Gutman

James and the Giant Peach - Roald Dahl

The Jumbies - Tracey Baptiste

Keeper of the Lost Cities - Shannon Messenger

The Lions of Little Rock - Kristin Levine

A Little Wicked - Janet Macreery

A Long Walk to Water - Linda Sue Park

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

A Mango Shaped Space - Wendy Mass

Maniac Magee - Jerry Spinelli

The Meringue Witches - Isora Morales Suarez

Milo Speck, Accidental Agent - Linda Urban

Milo: Sticky Notes & Brain Freeze - Alan Silberberg

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs

Monster - Walter Dean Myers

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

Pashmina - Nidhi Chanani

Passenger on the Pearl - Winifred Conkling

Pax - Sara Pennypacker

Public School Superhero - James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts

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

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith

Tuck Everlasting - Natalie Babbitt

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

 Coming soon:

Amulet - Kazu Kibuishi

The Book Thief - Marcus Zusak

Cody and the Mysteries of the Universe - Tricia Springstubb

Double Identity - Margaret Peterson Haddix

The Parker Inheritance - Varian Johnson

Peasprout Chen: Future Legend of Skate and Sword - Henry LIen

Refugee - Alan Gratz

Rooftoppers - Katherine Rundell

The Storm Runner - J.C. Cervantes

Watch Us Rise - Renee Watson & Ellen Hagan

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown


Episode 91 - Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Kitty Felde

Daniel, Katelyn, and Isabella from the DC International School

Daniel, Katelyn, and Isabella from the DC International School

Do you ever feel different? Peculiar? Perhaps not as peculiar as the kids in "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children." Readers from the DC International School discuss Ransom Riggs' novel and pose questions to the author. NPR Special Correspondent Melissa Block is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

NPR Special Correspondent  Melissa Block

NPR Special Correspondent Melissa Block

Favorite Books from the DC International School:

Delirium - Lauren Oliver

James Patterson books

The Maze Runner - James Dashner

Ransom Riggs’ Favorite Book:

All American Boys - Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

Melissa Block’s Favorite Book:

Charlotte’s Web - E.B. White


Thanks to JoBlo.com "a movie news website" for audio from Ransom Riggs.

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


Episode 87 - Public School Superhero by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts

Kitty Felde

School Within a School

Do you dream about becoming a superhero? What kind? 5th graders from DC's School Within a School discuss "Public School Superhero" by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts. In the book, our hero Kenny dons his alter ego Stainless Steel just to survive at a very lousy middle school. Actor Chuma Hunter-Gault is our celebrity reader and Chris Tebbetts joins us to talk about collaborating. Kitty Felde is host.

Writer  Chris Tebbetts  co-wrote the book with  James Patterson

Writer Chris Tebbetts co-wrote the book with James Patterson

Celebrity reader actor  Chuma Hunter-Gault

Celebrity reader actor Chuma Hunter-Gault

Favorite Books from DC’s School Within a School:

Notebook of Doom - Troy Cummings

The Land of Stories - Chris Colfer

The Crossover - Kwame Alexander

Spy School - Stuart Gibbs

The Chronicles of Prydain - Lloyd Alexander

A Series of Unfortunate Events - Lemony Snicket

Chuma Hunter-Gault’s Favorite Book:

A People’s History of the United States - Howard Zinn

Chris Tebbetts’ Favorite Book:

James and the Giant Peach - Roald Dahl

Congressman Adam Schiff reads from 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, chair of the House Intelligence Committee, is our celebrity reader.

Writer  Laurel Snyder
Celebrity reader  Congressman Adam Schiff  from California

Celebrity reader Congressman Adam Schiff from California

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

Episode 83 - Monster by Walter Dean Myers

Kitty Felde

Zaekwon, Marjhay, and Maven from Kramer Middle School in Washington, DC

Zaekwon, Marjhay, and Maven from Kramer Middle School in Washington, DC

He's on trial for murder. Does that make him a bad person? Our readers from Kramer Middle School in Washington, DC tackle tough questions about a tough book: Walter Dean Myer's award-winning novel "Monster." Actor Larry Powell is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

Actor  Larry Powell

FAVORITE BOOKS FROM KRAMER MIDDLE SCHOOL IN WASHINGTON, DC:

Holes - Louis Sachar

Chains - Laurie Halse Anderson

LARRY POWELL’S FAVORITE PLAY:

The Piano Lesson - August Wilson


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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 82 - Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger

Kitty Felde

Catherine, Maya Grace, and Olivia

Catherine, Maya Grace, and Olivia

Do you wish you had a super power? Want to hang out with some elves? This week, a book club from Maryland picks our book: Shannon Messenger's fantasy novel "Keeper of the Lost Cities." Nick Roman is our celebrity reader and our readers interview the writer. Kitty Felde is host.

Celebrity reader All Things Considered host  Nick Roman

Celebrity reader All Things Considered host Nick Roman

Favorite Books from Maryland readers Catherine, Maya Grace, and Olivia:

Warriors - Erin Hunter

The Blackthorn Key - Kevin Sands T

The Serpent’s Secret - Sayantani DasGupta

Shannon Messenger’s Favorite Book:

Ella Enchanted - Gail Carson Levine

Nick Roman’s Favorite Book:

At Dawn We Slept: The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor - Gordon W. Prange


Episode 81 - Garvey's Choice by Nikki Grimes

Kitty Felde

Alysia, Saleem, Kimberly, and Juan from Alice Deal Middle School in Washington, DC

Alysia, Saleem, Kimberly, and Juan from Alice Deal Middle School in Washington, DC

“Garvey’s Choice” is the poetic tale of a star-struck young man trying to please his father. Award-winning writer Nikki Grimes answers questions from readers at Alice Deal Middle School in Washington, DC. Actor Haskell V. Anderson III is our celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

Favorite Books from Alice Deal Middle School in Washington DC:

The Crossover - Kwame Alexander

The Untold Story Of The Real Me: Young Voices From Prison – Free Minds Writers

Beowulf

Nikki Grimes’ Favorite Books:

Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson

M.C. Higgins, the Great - Virginia Hamilton

Haskell Anderson’s Favorite Book:

The Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett

Episode 80 - Alligator Bayou by Donna Jo Napoli

Kitty Felde

 
Abbey, Nola, Isabel, and Calah

Abbey, Nola, Isabel, and Calah

New Orleans is a city rich in history and rich in wonderful food. Both are topics in this week's discussion of Donna Jo Napoli's novel "Alligator Bayou." Readers at the New Orleans Public Library discuss the book with host Kitty Felde. Our celebrity reader is NPR National Correspondent Debbie Elliott.

NPR National Correspondent  Debbie Elliott

NPR National Correspondent Debbie Elliott

Favorite Books from the New Orleans Public Library:

The Inquisitor’s Tale - Adam Gidwitz

The Knife of Never Letting Go - Patrick Ness

The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Giving Tree - Shel Silverstein

Debbie Elliott’s Favorite Book:

To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

Donna Jo Napoli’s Favorite Book:

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith

Favorite Books from Gunston Hall

Kitty Felde

Gunston Hall Readers.jpg

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

Episode 75 - A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle

Kitty Felde

Meredith, Daphne, and Ulrich are 5th graders at the British International School in Washington, DC

Meredith, Daphne, and Ulrich are 5th graders at the British International School in Washington, DC

This week, we tackle a classic – the 1963 winner of the Newbery Award “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle. Our readers are 5th graders from the British International School in Washington, DC. Our celebrity reader is public radio journalist Stephanie O’Neill. Madeline L’Engle passed away in 2007, but we're joined by her granddaughters Charlotte Jones Volklis and Lena Roy.  They've written a new biography of their grandmother based on her journals called “Becoming Madeleine.” Kitty Felde is host. 

Madeleine L’Engle’s granddaughters Charlotte Jones Voiklis and Lena Roy wrote a biography called “ Becoming Madeleine .”

Madeleine L’Engle’s granddaughters Charlotte Jones Voiklis and Lena Roy wrote a biography called “Becoming Madeleine.”

Public radio journalist  Stephanie O’Neill

Public radio journalist Stephanie O’Neill

Favorite Books from British International School:

Panda-monium - Stuart Gibbs

Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling

The Tiger Rising - Kate DiCamillo

Space Case - Stuart Gibbs

Favorite Books from Charlotte Jones Voiklis and Lena Roy

A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L’Engle

A Gentleman in Moscow - Amor Towles

Stephanie O’Neill’s Favorite Book:

Charlotte’s Web - E.B. White

Our First Bilingual Episode in English and Spanish

Kitty Felde

Our MacFarland Middle School readers share their favorites.

Our MacFarland Middle School readers share their favorites.

This week, we’re asking students at MarFarland Middle School in Washington DC our favorite question: what’s your favorite book? What’s so special about that? These students are telling us all about it in English – and Español.

It’s our first bilingual episode of the Book Club for Kids. The readers will answer first in English, and then in Spanish. Kitty Felde is host.

Summer Intern John's Favorite Episode - Foxheart by Claire Legrand

Kitty Felde

Summer intern John Gomez picks "Foxheart" as his favorite episode

Summer intern John Gomez picks "Foxheart" as his favorite episode

Iona (top left), Gabi and Kailas (l-r bottom)

Iona (top left), Gabi and Kailas (l-r bottom)

Every summer, we ask our interns to pick their favorite episode. UC Irvine graduate John Gomez chose Claire Legrand's novel "Foxheart." Witches, monsters, and a brave little thief. Those are the ingredients in the book. Book Club for Kids fan Kailas and her two fellow readers Iona and Gabi discuss the novel at Boulder Bookstore with host Kitty Felde. Our celebrity reader is actor Wesley Mann. Writer Claire Legrand explains how "Foxheart" began as a short story challenge.

Wesley Mann  has acted in film, television, microphone and onstage for over thirty years. You may recognize him as Mr. Lawler on "That’s So Raven," Mr. Bell on "Liv And Maddie," and The Caterpillar on "Adventures In Wonderland." 

Wesley Mann has acted in film, television, microphone and onstage for over thirty years. You may recognize him as Mr. Lawler on "That’s So Raven," Mr. Bell on "Liv And Maddie," and The Caterpillar on "Adventures In Wonderland." 

Our Colorado hosts at Boulder Bookstore

Our Colorado hosts at Boulder Bookstore

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Favorite Books of Kailas, Gabi and Iona:

Percy Jackson series - Rick Riordan

Harry Potter series - J.K. Rowling

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - Disney Book Group

Favorite Books of Wesley Mann

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare - William Shakespeare

One Hundred and One Famous Poems

Favorite Book of John Gomez

Les Misérables - Victor Hugo

Favorite Book of Claire Legrand

His Dark Materials series - Philip Pullman

Episode 72 - As Brave as You - Jason Reynolds

Kitty Felde

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 71 - The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre - Gail Carson Levine

Kitty Felde

Molly, Hailey, Ailaina, and Lira from Maury Elementary School in DC

Molly, Hailey, Ailaina, and Lira from Maury Elementary School in DC

What makes a modern princess? Readers from Maury Elementary in Washington, D.C. say it takes a bad ass like our heroine in Gail Carson Levine's fairy tale "The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre." Our Newbery honor winner talks about her love of fairy tales and how the novel grew out of her passion to fight prejudice of all kinds. Actress Tessa Auberjonois is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

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Favorite Books from Maury Elementary School:

Star Wars: A New Hope The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy - Alexandra Bracken

Wonder - R.J. Palacio

Switch - Ingrid Law

Number the Stars - Lois Lowry

Gail Carson Levine's Favorite Book:

Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

Tessa Auberjonois' Favorite Books:

Mandy - Julie Andrews

The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Golden Compass - Phillip Pullman

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Long before Book Club for Kids was a podcast, it was a television show on LA Cable 36. Here's our discussion of another of Gail Carson Levine's books "Ella Enchanted."

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

Kitty Felde

WARNING: This episode contains spoilers!

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

Kitty Felde

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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