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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

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

Kitty Felde

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


Summer Intern Amy Do's Favorite Episode - Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

Kitty Felde

Summer intern Amy Do will read just about anywhere

Summer intern Amy Do will read just about anywhere

What happens when you discover your uncle was actually a spy? Do you join the family business? Readers from DC's Jefferson Academy discuss best-selling author Anthony Horowitz' first novel in the Alex Rider series "Stormbreaker." Anthony Horowitz discusses the novel and FBI Agent Ed You is our celebrity reader and tells us what it's really like to be a spy. Kitty Felde is host.

Malique, Tarahn, and Nicco from Jefferson Academy in Washington, DC

Malique, Tarahn, and Nicco from Jefferson Academy in Washington, DC

What does it take to be a spy? We ask a real FBI agent and talk to writer Anthony Horowitz about his James Bond Jr.: Alex Rider in "Stormbreaker."

Anthony Horowitz    not only wrote the Alex Rider series (including "Stormbreaker"), he created the World War II TV mystery series "Foyle's War" and his own Sherlock Holmes and James Bond novels.

Anthony Horowitz not only wrote the Alex Rider series (including "Stormbreaker"), he created the World War II TV mystery series "Foyle's War" and his own Sherlock Holmes and James Bond novels.

Our celebrity reader is Supervisory Special Agent Ed You from the FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate in the Biological Countermeasures Unit

Our celebrity reader is Supervisory Special Agent Ed You from the FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate in the Biological Countermeasures Unit

Favorite Books from Jefferson Academy:

"Maximum Ride" – James Patterson
"Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream" - Deloris and Roslyn M. Jordan

Amy Do's Favorite Book:

The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath (mature)

 



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

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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

Get your copy of "Foxheart" now! Order  here  from our friends at Hooray for Books!

Get your copy of "Foxheart" now! Order here from our friends at Hooray for Books!

 

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 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

Get your copy from our friends at  Hooray for Books!

Get your copy from our friends at Hooray for Books!

Watch the Movie, Listen to the Podcast - Wonder by RJ Palacio

Kitty Felde

Joey, Najae, Anaya, and Dakota are 7th graders at DC's Jefferson Academy

Joey, Najae, Anaya, and Dakota are 7th graders at DC's Jefferson Academy

How do we treat those who are different? What does it take to be kind? Kids from DC's Jefferson Academy discuss RJ Palacio's "Wonder" with host Kitty Felde. The writer shares the story about a sidewalk incident that inspired the book. Our celebrity reader is WNYC's "On the Media" cohost Bob Garfield.

Celebrity reader  Bob Garfield , cohost of "On the Media"

Celebrity reader Bob Garfield, cohost of "On the Media"

Favorite Books of Joey, Najae, Anaya, and Dakota at Jefferson Academy: 

Those That Wake - Jesse Karp

The Marvelous World - Troy CLE

Time of the Eagle - Sherryl Jordan

Lifeguard - Deborah Blumentha

Dear Dumb Diary - Jim Benton

Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Jeff Kinney

Dork Diaries - Rachel Renee Russell

Favorite Books of Bob Garfield:

Catch 22 - Joseph Heller

Green Eggs and Ham - Dr. Seuss


This episode from Jefferson Academy is made possible by a grant from the Capitol Hill Community Foundation.

Episode 53: Pax by Sara Pennypacker

Kitty Felde

Mya, Annie, Alexee, Grace, Tyler, Lauren, Aidan, and Eli from Hanover Middle School in Pennsylvania 

Mya, Annie, Alexee, Grace, Tyler, Lauren, Aidan, and Eli from Hanover Middle School in Pennsylvania 

A story about a boy and his fox, about war and peace, about strangers and family. Students from Hanover Middle School in Pennsylvania discuss Sara Pennypacker's novel "Pax" with host Kitty Felde. The writer talks about how the book came about and public radio legend Jay Allison is celebrity reader.

Sara Pennypacker  is a Golden Kite Award winner

Sara Pennypacker is a Golden Kite Award winner

Radio legend  Jay Allison  (photo by Melissa Allison)

Radio legend Jay Allison (photo by Melissa Allison)

Get your copy of the book  here .

Get your copy of the book here.

Favorite Books from Hanover Middle School:

The Thing About Jellyfish - Ali Benjamin

The Maze Runner series - James Dashner

Harry Potter series - J.K. Rowling

I Survived series -  Lauren Tarshis

Waiting for Normal - Leslie Connor

Wings of Fire series - Tui T. Sutherland

The Girl Who Drank the Moon - Kelly Barnhill

Sara Pennypacker's Favorite Book:

Harriet the Spy - Louise Fitzhugh

Jay Allison's Favorite book:

Charlotte's Web - E.B. White

Jay Allison says it's a book made to be read aloud. "The language is utterly relaxed and controlled at the same time, every sentence just so. All five of my kids have heard it over and over, but my reading is a poor substitute for E.B. White's. That is my favorite book-on-tape: Charlotte's Web read by E.B. White.  Perfection."

Episode 52: The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry

Kitty Felde

Atalia, Abigail, and Sumayah

Atalia, Abigail, and Sumayah

The Worst Class Trip Ever

Dave Barry's tale of a group of 8th graders on a class field trip to Washington, DC where danger is as close as the mysterious guys in the airplane seat behind them. A trio of middle schoolers from Stuart-Hobson Middle School, Eliot-Hine Middle School, and BASIS DC Middle School on Capitol Hill talk about what the real Washington DC is like and discuss their nagging worries about safety. Congressman Jeff Denham from California is celebrity reader. Writer Dave Barry discusses Florida, comedy, and becoming a writer. Kitty Felde is host.

Dave Barry 's favorite book

Dave Barry's favorite book

Congressman Jeff Denham  from California is celebrity reader

Congressman Jeff Denham from California is celebrity reader

Get your copy of the book  here

Get your copy of the book here

Favorite Books of Atalia, Sumaya, and Abigail:

Warriors - Erin Hunter 

The Girl Who Drank the Moon - Kelly Barnhill

The Screaming Staircase - Jonathan Stroud

Congressman Denham's Favorite Book:

Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck

Dave Barry's Favorite BOok:

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

Summer Intern Isabel's Favorite Episode - The Great Wall of Lucy Wu by Wendy Shang

Kitty Felde

This is the favorite episode of 2017 Summer Intern Isabel Choi. Read more about our interns  here .

This is the favorite episode of 2017 Summer Intern Isabel Choi. Read more about our interns here.

Frances, Leah, Ilona, and Madi

Frances, Leah, Ilona, and Madi

This is the favorite episode of 2017 Summer Intern Isabel Choi.

 It was supposed to be the perfect year...until Lucy's Chinese great aunt arrived. Things went downhill from there. These readers from Alexandria, Virginia discuss Wendy Shang's middle grade novel "The Great Wall of Lucy Wu" with host Kitty Felde. They quiz writer Wendy Shang about writers block and favorite books. California Congresswoman Judy Chu is the celebrity reader.

Read more about our interns here.

Writer  Wendy Shang

Thanks to Hooray for Books! for hosting this episode of Book Club for Kids!

Congresswoman Judy Chu from Southern California is our celebrity reader

Congresswoman Judy Chu from Southern California is our celebrity reader

 

Books Recommended by Frances, Leah, Ilona, and Madi:

The Mortal Instruments series - City of Bones - Cassandra Clare

The Mallory Towers series - Enid Blyton

The Warriors series - Erin Hunter

Divergent - Veronica Roth

Recommended by Wendy Shang:

The Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Juster

Recommended by Congresswoman Judy Chu:

Nancy Drew mysteries - Carolyn Keene




Summer Intern Secilia's Favorite Episode - Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

Kitty Felde

This is the favorite episode of 2017 Summer Intern Secilia Corona. Read more about our interns  here .

This is the favorite episode of 2017 Summer Intern Secilia Corona. Read more about our interns here.

Out of My Mind - Sharon M. Draper

5th graders from St. Lucy's Catholic School in Long Beach, California discuss their own reactions when they meet disabled children after reading Sharon M. Draper's novel "Out of My Mind." It's the story of a young girl trapped in a wheelchair, unable to speak, who blossoms. Mindy Shaw, the voice of C-Span Radio, is the celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

Fifth grade readers at St. Lucy Catholic School in Long Beach, California: : Grace, Giovanni, Vincent, Xavier, Alana, Zeus, Ethan, Eliyah, Samantha, and Zachary.

Fifth grade readers at St. Lucy Catholic School in Long Beach, California: : Grace, Giovanni, Vincent, Xavier, Alana, Zeus, Ethan, Eliyah, Samantha, and Zachary.

Sharon L. Draper on Book Club for Kids
Mindy Shaw is the voice of C-Span Radio. Her favorite book is the one her husband Jack Shaw wrote.

Mindy Shaw is the voice of C-Span Radio. Her favorite book is the one her husband Jack Shaw wrote.


Books recommended by students at St. Lucy Catholic School:

The Secret Hum of a Daisy – Tracy Holczer
Superfudge – Judy Blume
Under the Blood Red Sun – Graham Salisbury
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane - Kate DiCamillo
Peter Pan – J.M. Barrie
Island of the Blue Dolphins – Scott O’Dell
Potterwookiee: The Creature from my Closet – Obert Skye

Secilia's Favorite Book:

Spook - Science Tackles the Afterlife - Mary Roach

Recommended by Sharon Draper:

Brown Girl Dreaming – Jacqueline Woodson
Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston – Valerie Boyd


Episode 48 - A Little Wicked live from the National Archives

Kitty Felde

The Girlfriends Book Club Baltimore (Chimee, Makayla, Aubrey, and Sarah) with host Kitty Felde at the National Archives taping - pictures by TONYA WRIGHT OF  WWW.MRSTRWRIGHTPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

The Girlfriends Book Club Baltimore (Chimee, Makayla, Aubrey, and Sarah) with host Kitty Felde at the National Archives taping - pictures by TONYA WRIGHT OF WWW.MRSTRWRIGHTPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

Writer  Janet Macreery  - photo by TONYA WRIGHT OF  WWW.MRSTRWRIGHTPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

Writer Janet Macreery - photo by TONYA WRIGHT OF WWW.MRSTRWRIGHTPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

Celebrity reader NPR's  Susan Stamberg  shows off her favorite book - photo by TONYA WRIGHT of  WWW.MRSTRWRIGHTPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

Celebrity reader NPR's Susan Stamberg shows off her favorite book - photo by TONYA WRIGHT of WWW.MRSTRWRIGHTPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

Favorite Books from the Girlfriends Book Club of Baltimore:

The Books of Elsewhere - Jacqueline West

The Sisters Grimm - Michael Buckley

Courtney Crumrin - Ted Naifeh

The Curiosity House - H. C. Chester and Lauren Oliver

Susan Stamberg's Favorite Book:

Little Women - Louisa May Alcott

Janet Macreery's Favorite Book:

Fever 1793 - Laurie Halse Anderson

Favorite books from our Audience:

I, Funny - James Patterson

The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt

any books by Vince Flynn

The Shack - William Young

Ruby and the Booker Boys - Derrick Barnes

Gathering Blue - Lois Lowry

 

A Little Wicked on Book Club for Kids

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Episode 41 - Foxheart by Claire Legrand

Kitty Felde

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

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

Foxheart - Claire Legrand

Witches, monsters, and a brave little thief. Those are the ingredients in Claire Legrand's novel "Foxheart." The book was chosen by Book Club for Kids fan Kailas. She and her two fellow readers Iona and Gabi discussed the novel one sunny Sunday afternoon upstairs at Boulder Bookstore with host Kitty Felde. Our celebrity reader is actor Wesley Mann. And writer Claire Legrand explains how "Foxheart" began as a short story on a website.

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

Get your copy of "Foxheart" now! Order  here  from our friends at Hooray for Books!

Get your copy of "Foxheart" now! Order here from our friends at Hooray for Books!

 

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 Claire Legrand

His Dark Materials series - Philip Pullman

Episode 40 - Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm

Kitty Felde

Laura, Leah, and Juliet (top to bottom) at the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Library in Broomfield, Colorado

Laura, Leah, and Juliet (top to bottom) at the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Library in Broomfield, Colorado

Turtle in Paradise - Jennifer L. Holm

Got a nickname? Everybody in Key West seems to have one. Including a little girl named Turtle. Readers at the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library in Broomfield, Colorado discuss Jennifer Holm's "Turtle in Paradise" with host Kitty Felde. KQED public radio's Rachel Myrow is celebrity reader.

Writer  Jennifer L. Holm   Want to hear more from Jennifer? Listen  HERE .

Writer Jennifer L. Holm

Want to hear more from Jennifer? Listen HERE.

Celebrity reader and KQED Silicon Valley Correspondent Rachel Myrow. She's also co-host of the podcast  Love in the Digital Age .

Celebrity reader and KQED Silicon Valley Correspondent Rachel Myrow. She's also co-host of the podcast Love in the Digital Age.

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Favorite Books from Laura, Leah and Juliet:

Wonder - RJ Palacio

A Dog's Purpose - W. Bruce Cameron

Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling

Rachel Myrow's Favorite Book:

Where the Sidewalk Ends - Shel Silverstein

Jennifer L. Holm's Favorite Book: 

The Black Cauldron - Lloyd Alexander

 

 

Episode 39 - The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

Kitty Felde

Ava, Drew, Ella, Ollie, Charlie, and Sonia 

Ava, Drew, Ella, Ollie, Charlie, and Sonia 

The Westing Game - Ellen Raskin

Ellen Raskin's "The Westing Game" was first published in 1978. It won the Newbery award and has been a kid favorite ever since. Students at Abraham Pierson School in Clinton, Connecticut discuss the book and explain why mysteries are so popular with readers of all ages. Actor Doug Cox is celebrity reader. And children's book expert Anita Silvey ("100 Best Books for Children") shares some stories about the late Ms. Raskin. Kitty Felde is host.

GET YOUR COPY OF THE WESTING GAME HERE!

Celebrity reader, actor  Doug Cox .

Celebrity reader, actor Doug Cox.

Writer Ellen Raskin  If you want to hear an interview with the late author, click  here .  If you want to see early drafts of "The Westing Game," click  here .

Writer Ellen Raskin

If you want to hear an interview with the late author, click here.

If you want to see early drafts of "The Westing Game," click here.

FAVORITE BOOKS FROM THE KIDS AT ABRAHAM PIERSON:

The Unwanteds - Lisa McMann

Space Case - Stuart Gibbs

The Lost Celt - A. E. Conran

The Heroes of Olympus - Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson's Greek Gods - Rick Riordan

Doug Cox' favorite books:

The Wizard of Oz series - L. Frank Baum

 

 

The readers from Abraham Pierson School dressed up like their favorite characters. Can you guess which one they chose?

Episode 37 - Wonder by RJ Palacio

Kitty Felde

Joey, Najae, Anaya, and Dakota are 7th graders at DC's Jefferson Academy

Joey, Najae, Anaya, and Dakota are 7th graders at DC's Jefferson Academy

Wonder - RJ Palacio

How do we treat those who are different? What does it take to be kind? Kids from DC's Jefferson Academy discuss RJ Palacio's "Wonder" with host Kitty Felde. The writer tells the story about the sidewalk incident that inspired the book. Our celebrity reader is WNYC's "On the Media" cohost Bob Garfield.

Celebrity reader  Bob Garfield , cohost of "On the Media"

Celebrity reader Bob Garfield, cohost of "On the Media"

Favorite Books of Joey, Najae, Anaya, and Dakota at Jefferson Academy: 

 

Those That Wake - Jesse Karp

The Marvelous World - Troy CLE

Time of the Eagle - Sherryl Jordan

Lifeguard - Deborah Blumentha

Dear Dumb Diary - Jim Benton

Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Jeff Kinney

Dork Diaries - Rachel Renee Russell

Favorite Books of Bob Garfield:

Catch 22 - Joseph Heller

Green Eggs and Ham - Dr. Seuss


This episode from Jefferson Academy is made possible by a grant from the Capitol Hill Community Foundation.

Episode 35 - Revolution by Deborah Wiles

Kitty Felde

Serena, Noor, and Leah from George Washington Middle School, meeting at Alexandria, Virginia's favorite bookstore Hooray for Books!

Serena, Noor, and Leah from George Washington Middle School, meeting at Alexandria, Virginia's favorite bookstore Hooray for Books!

Revolution - Deborah Wiles

We take a trip to Mississippi in the summer of 1964 - Freedom Summer. The second in writer Deborah Wiles' 1960's trilogy. "Revolution" is discussed by a trio of George Washington Middle Schoolers at the neighborhood bookstore Hooray for Books! in Alexandria, Virginia. Wiles talks about writing fiction from the facts of history. KNX-CBS Newsradio anchor Mark Austin Thomas is celebrity reader.

Writer  Deborah Wiles  (picture by Sonya Sones)

Writer Deborah Wiles (picture by Sonya Sones)

Celebrity reader Mark Austin Thomas is a news anchor for KNX-CBS Newsradio in Los Angeles

Celebrity reader Mark Austin Thomas is a news anchor for KNX-CBS Newsradio in Los Angeles

Favorite Books from Leah, Serena, and Noor

Ruby Redford - Lauren Child

Spirit Animals - Sean Williams

Percy Jackson - Rick Riordan

Favorite Books from Deborah Wiles

Delta Wedding - Eudora Whelty

Charlotte's Web - E.B. White

Favorite Books from Mark Austin Thomas

Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert Heinlein

 

 

 

 

Episode 34 - Spy Mice with celebrity reader Valerie Plame

Kitty Felde

Ashley, Fatima, Josue, Mark, Marissa, and Bryan from LA's Ambassador School of Global Education   

Ashley, Fatima, Josue, Mark, Marissa, and Bryan from LA's Ambassador School of Global Education
 

Spy Mice - Heather Vogel Frederick

Who knew there was a legion of mice who help the CIA keep the world safe? Their headquarters? In the walls and basement of the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC. Our readers are from the Ambassador School of Global Education, housed on the old Ambassador Hotel site in Los Angeles. Writer Heather Vogel Frederick joins us and former CIA operative Varerie Plame is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

Celebrity reader, former CIA operative Valerie Plame

Celebrity reader, former CIA operative Valerie Plame

Favorite Books from Ashley, Fatima, Josue, Mark, Marissa, and Bryan:

Fairy Tales – Jacob Grimm
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Alan Dean Foster
The Red Pyramid – Rick Riordan
Stone Soup – Marci Brown
Percy Jackson – series
Rick Riordan - series
Dork Diaries – Rachel Renee Russell
Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Jeff Kinney

Kitty’s Favorite Book:
Skellig – David Almond

Valerie Plame’s Favorite Books:
Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life – David Finnegan

Harriet the Spy – Louise Fitzhugh

Heather Vogel Frederick’s Favorite Book:
Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White


 

Favorite Books of

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Episode 32 - Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff

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Alex, Sarah, Bell, and Stella at the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Library in Broomfield, Colorado

Alex, Sarah, Bell, and Stella at the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Library in Broomfield, Colorado

Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff

How do we measure up to our parents' expectations? Does everybody deserve a day off? What's the toughest part of being a homeschooled kid? Our group of readers from the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Library in Broomfield, Colorado weigh in on these questions and more as they discuss Lisa Graff's novel "Absolutely Almost." Lisa talks about where the characters came from and how she wrote her first book for her newborn baby brother. NYC actor Thaddeus Fitzpatrick is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

How do we measure up to our parents' expectations? Does everybody deserve a day off? What's the toughest part of being a homeschooled kid? Our group of readers from the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Library in Broomfield, Colorado weigh in on these questions and more as they discuss Lisa Graff's novel "Absolutely Almost." Lisa talks about where the characters came from and how she wrote her first book for her newborn baby brother. NYC actor Thaddeus Fitzpatrick is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

Writer  Lisa Graff  and her favorite book

Writer Lisa Graff and her favorite book

Our celebrity reader, New York actor  Thaddeus Fitzpatrick.

Our celebrity reader, New York actor Thaddeus Fitzpatrick.

Books recommended by Bell, Sarah, Alex, and Stella:

Eragon - Christopher Paolini

Warriors - Erin Hunter

Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel - Megan Morrison

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - J. K. Rowling

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making - Catherynne M. Valente

Recommended by Lisa Graff:

Holes - Louis Sachar

Episode 31 - Old Yeller by Fred Gipson

Kitty Felde

Ellie, Helena, and Leah from Lafayette Elementary School in Washington, DC

Ellie, Helena, and Leah from Lafayette Elementary School in Washington, DC

Old Yeller by Fred Gipson

Book Club goes to the dogs. Or rather, one particular dog: "Old Yeller," the classic tale of a Texas hound dog by Fred Gipson. The book was the pick of one Washington DC reader who loved the book so much, she wrote a letter to the late Mr. Gipson and won a national honor award in the Letters About Literature contest. We'll hear from Ellie and her classmates at Lafayette Elementary School in DC nd a real dog expert: Mia Cobb, a canine scientist from down under. Actor and Texas native Michael McKinley is our celebrity reader.

Mia Cobb and Rudy can be reached at  Do You Believe in Dog ?

Mia Cobb and Rudy can be reached at Do You Believe in Dog?

Celebrity reader and Texas native Michael McKinley

Celebrity reader and Texas native Michael McKinley

Book Recommendations from Ellie, Leah, and Helena:

Harry Potter series - J.K. Rowling

Out of My Mind - Sharon M. Draper

Where the Red Fern Grows - Wilson Rawls

The Mazerunner series - James Dashner

The Crossover - Kwame Alexander

Books Recommended by Mia Cobb:

Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know - Alexandra Horowitz

Alanna - Tamora Pierce