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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

Bonus Episode - Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

Kitty Felde

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 28 - The Lions of Little Rock with US Education Secretary John King

Kitty Felde

Demie and Mejae are from Jefferson Academy in Washington, DC

Demie and Mejae are from Jefferson Academy in Washington, DC

The Lions of little Rock - Kristin Levine

Students from Washington DC's Jefferson Academy reflect on desegregation sixty years after the Little Rock Nine. They discuss Kristin Levine's novel "The Lions of Little Rock." The author describes how she came to tell the story. U.S. Education Secretary John King is the celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

U.S. Secretary of Education read "The Lions of Little Rock" with his own middle grade daughter

U.S. Secretary of Education read "The Lions of Little Rock" with his own middle grade daughter


Books Recommended by Demie and Mejae:

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry - Mildred D. Taylor

Inside Out and Back Again - Thanhha Lai


For more information about U.S. Education Secretary John King's "Opportunity Across America" bus tour, follow the link.


Want to read more about the 1960's? Listen to this  episode  of "One Crazy Summer."

Want to read more about the 1960's? Listen to this episode of "One Crazy Summer."

Episode 9 - Passenger on the Pearl - Live at Fall For the Book Festival 2015

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Kendall, Vibha, and Gareth with author Winifred Conkling

Kendall, Vibha, and Gareth with author Winifred Conkling

The largest attempted slave escape on U.S. soil happened in SouthWest Washington, DC. That's the tale in "Passenger on the Pearl." Young readers discuss the book in front of a live audience at George Mason University's Fall For the Book celebration. Writer Winifred Conkling discusses the history. Actress Lolita Marie reads from the book. Kitty Felde is host.

Celebrity reader Lolita Marie

Celebrity reader Lolita Marie

Passenger on the Pearl - Winifred Conkling

Books recommended by Kendall, Vibha, and Gareth:

Dork Diaries - Rachel Renee Russell

Ungifted - Gordon Korman

Percy Jackson & the Olympians – Rick Riordan

Recommended by Winifred Conkling

Because of Winn-Dixie – Kate DiCamillo

Recommended by Lolita Marie

The Giving Tree - Shel Silverstein

Recommended by our audience:

Tonight on the Titanic - Mary Pope Osborne and Sal Murdocca

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! – Dr. Seuss

Eragon - Christopher Paolini

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain

 


Information on the effort to build a replica of the schooner Pearl:  http://pearlcoalition.org/

 


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Episode 8 - Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

Kitty Felde

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.

What role did African-Americans play in the Revolutionary War? "Chains" - the first in a trilogy by Laurie Halse Anderson - takes us to Manhattan in the 1770's. A trio of readers from Maryland discuss the book. Actress S.W. James is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.


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. 


 

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


 

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