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Amy Solano's Favorite Episode - The First Rule of Punk by Celia Perez - with celebrity reader former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

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Actress Amy Solano (who plays Fina Mendoza in the upcoming mystery podcast THE FINA MENDOZA MYSTERIES poses with Alice (yes, she is named after Alice from "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"), Ritsu the black and white dog, and Mio the cat

Actress Amy Solano (who plays Fina Mendoza in the upcoming mystery podcast THE FINA MENDOZA MYSTERIES poses with Alice (yes, she is named after Alice from "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"), Ritsu the black and white dog, and Mio the cat

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

Every summer, we ask our summer interns to choose their favorite Book Club for Kids episode. This has been a rather unusual summer. In addition to producing this podcast, we’ve been busy creating a new mystery podcast series premiering this Halloween. It’s called THE FINA MENDOZA MYSTERIES.

The seven part series is based on the middle grade novel “Welcome to Washington, Fina Mendoza” by Kitty Felde. It’s the story of a ten year old girl from California who moves to Washington DC with her older sister to live fulltime with their Papa, a congressman from Los Angeles. Fina gets an afterschool job walking congressional dogs and solves the mystery of the Demon Cat of Capitol Hill.

More about THE FINA MENDOZA MYSTERIES this fall. But in the meantime, we invited actress Amy Solano who plays Fina to tell us her favorite Book Club for Kids episode. It’s “The First Rule of Punk” by Celia Perez.

Here’s the story:

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.

Students from Virginia talk about those times when they acted "punk" with host Kitty Felde and ask questions of writer Celia Perez. Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is celebrity reader. 

Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel  (Photo Credit: City of Chicago/Brooke Collins)

Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (Photo Credit: City of Chicago/Brooke Collins)

Writer  Celia Perez

 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

Rahm Emanuel's Favorite Book:

I'll Take You There - Wally Lamb

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

Amy Solano’s Favorite Book:

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll


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

Kitty Felde

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

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.


Get your own  copy  from our friends at Hooray for Books!

Get your own copy from our friends at Hooray for Books!

 

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)


Episode 26 - Milo Speck, Accidental Agent by Linda Urban

Kitty Felde

Adam, Francisco, and Marcus at the Blackstone Library in Chicago

Adam, Francisco, and Marcus at the Blackstone Library in Chicago

Milo Speck, Accidental Agent by Linda Urban

You know, you don’t hear much these days about ogres – the fee, fi, fo, fum sort of creatures the size of a trash truck. Ogres are front and center in our book this week: "Milo Speck, Accidental Agent" by Linda Urban.

You know, you don’t hear much these days about ogres – the fee, fi, fo, fum sort of creatures the size of a trash truck. Ogres are front and center in our book this week: "Milo Speck, Accidental Agent" by Linda Urban.

Dan Frischman is not just an actor, he's a writer, too!

Dan Frischman is not just an actor, he's a writer, too!

Writer Linda Urban

Writer Linda Urban

Books Recommended by Adam and Marcus:

The Sword of Summer – Rick Riordan

The Legend of Zelda series - Jack C. Harris

The entry at the Blackstone Memorial Library, modeled after the Erechtheion, a temple on the Athenian Acropolis. Its architect, Solon S. Beman, was a leading architect of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.