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Hoodoo by Ron L. Smith

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Lina Nguyen, Kyra Johnson, and Ava Muniz are 6th graders at Sonora Elementary School in Costa Mesa

Lina Nguyen, Kyra Johnson, and Ava Muniz are 6th graders at Sonora Elementary School in Costa Mesa

Writer Ronald L. Smith takes us on a trip down south, to the backwoods of Alabama, where a young boy was born with a heart-shaped birthmark, the mark of magic, or Hoodoo, according to his grandmama. Hoodoo must learn to tap his inner powers of magic to battle evil. Veteran public radio journalist Brian Watt is celebrity reader. Ron Smith just won the Corretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award from the American Library Association for "Hoodoo."

Award-winning writer  Ronald L. Smith

Award-winning writer Ronald L. Smith

Celebrity reader  Brian Watt  is a veteran public radio journalist

Celebrity reader Brian Watt is a veteran public radio journalist


Favorite Books from Lina, Kyra, and Ava:

Radiance - Alyson Noel

Hoot - Carl Hiaasen

A Night Divided - Jennifer A. Nielsen

Recommended by Ronald L. Smith:

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

Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury

The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet - Eleanor Cameron


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


Summer Intern Nan's Favorite Episode - The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

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Kaiden, Francisco, Kevin, Jefferson, and Nicholas are fifth graders at Thomson Elementary and Two Rivers Elementary in Washington, DC.

Kaiden, Francisco, Kevin, Jefferson, and Nicholas are fifth graders at Thomson Elementary and Two Rivers Elementary in Washington, DC.

The Force is with us on Book Club as we tackle a tale of middle grade angst and paper cuts. Who can rescue these hapless heroes? How about a Yoda fingerpuppet who seems to have all the right answers. This is the favorite episode of 2017 Summer Intern Nan Ding. Read more about our interns here.

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

Writer Tom Angleberger is a big Daniel Pinkwater fan.

Writer Tom Angleberger is a big Daniel Pinkwater fan.

Nationally syndicated cartoonist  Lalo Alcaraz  is also a writer and producer of the new Fox animated show "Bordertown."

Nationally syndicated cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz is also a writer and producer of the new Fox animated show "Bordertown."

Favorite books from the kids from Thomson and Two Rivers Elementary Schools:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Jeff Kinney
National Geographic Kids Bird Guide of North America
Geronimo Stilton - Elisabetta Dami
Ronaldinho: Football's Flamboyant Maestro - Jethro Soutar
Messi: The Inside Story of the Boy Who Became a Legend - Luca Caioli

Favorite book of Tom Angleberger:

Lizard Music – Daniel Pinkwater

Favorite book of Lalo Alcaraz:

Our Gods Wear Spandex: The Secret History of Comic Book Heroes - Christopher Knowles

Favorite book of Nan Ding:

The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle


Learn how to make your  own Origami Yoda and more

from Tom Angleberger

Read more about Lalo Alcaraz


Episode 46 - The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo

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Our readers from Maury Elementary: Kevin, Rain, Aniyah, and Kelis

Our readers from Maury Elementary: Kevin, Rain, Aniyah, and Kelis

The Tiger Rising - Kate DiCamillo

Suppose you discovered a tiger in a cage. Would you set him free? That's the dilemna for the heros of THE TIGER RISING by Kate DiCamillo. Readers from Maury Elementary in Washington, DC tackle the book. Writer Kate DiCamillo joins us as well. CBS-TV political reporter Dave Bryan is our celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

CBS Television Channel 2 political reporter  Dave Bryan

CBS Television Channel 2 political reporter Dave Bryan

Get your copy of the book  HERE !

Get your copy of the book HERE!

Favorite books from Maury Elementary:

Home of the Brave - Katherine Applegate

Smile  Raina Telgemeier

Amulet - Kazu Kibuishi

Favorite book of Kate DiCamillo:

Charlotte's Web - E.B. White

Favorite Book of Dave Bryan:

Walt Disney's Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier

(A Little Golden Book) - Irwin & Mel Crawford

Book Club for Kids at the National Archives

Come join us at the national archives!

Book Club for Kids will be taping a live episode Saturday, July 8th at the National Archives in Washington, DC. We'll also be participating on July 7th & 8th at the "Write Stuff Literacy, Writing and Research" Festival. Can't be there in person? Register for the free webinar!

Episode 39 - The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

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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 36 - Dead End in Norvelt - Jack Gantos

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Our readers, 5th graders at Belvedere Elementary School in Virginia - L-R: Alice, Dibora, Daniel, Liam, Ava

Our readers, 5th graders at Belvedere Elementary School in Virginia - L-R: Alice, Dibora, Daniel, Liam, Ava

Dead End in Norvelt - Jack Gantos

Writer Jack Gantos has his own unusual take on a childhood in the town named after Eleanor Roosevelt - the real-life place called Norvelt, Pennsylvania. Readers from Belvedere Elementary School in Falls Church, Virginia discuss "Dead End in Norvelt" with host Kitty Felde. KPFK radio host Wenzel Jones is celebrity reader.

Writer  Jack Gantos  at the Nantucket Book Festival.  Want to hear more from Jack? Listen  HERE .

Writer Jack Gantos at the Nantucket Book Festival.

Want to hear more from Jack? Listen HERE.

Jack received the 2012 Newbery Award and the Scott O'Dell Award for Best Historic Fiction for "Dead End in Norvelt." His other works include Hole in My Life, a memoir that won the Michael L. Printz and Robert F. Sibert honors; Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, a National Book Award Finalist, and Joey Pigza Loses Control, a Newbery Honor book.

Celebrity reader Wenzel Jones

Celebrity reader Wenzel Jones

Favorite books from Belvedere Elementary in Virginia:

The Fault in Our Stars - John Green

Candymakers - Wendy Mass

Wereworld - Curtis Jobling

Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis

Warriors series - Erin Hunter

Wings of Fire - Tui T. Sutherland

Hatchet - Gary Paulsen

Jack Gantos' Favorite Book:

Moby Dick - Herman Melville

"Hard to find another classic on my shelf that I reread every five years - the language, themes, journey, spleen and spine of it are very satisfying."

Wenzel Jones' Favorite Book: 

Onions in the Stew - Betty MacDonald

 

Episode 29 - Bees on the Roof from the Baltimore Book Festival

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Our live taping at the Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage at the Baltimore Book Festival

Our live taping at the Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage at the Baltimore Book Festival

Bees on the Roof - Live from the Baltimore Book Festival

We take the show on the road to the Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's stage at the Baltimore Book Festival for a conversation about Robbie Shell's novel "Bees on the Roof." Our group of readers have been meeting to talk about books almost since they first began reading: Nicole, Sarah, Makayla, Nadia, Aubrey, and Valerie are all members of the Girlfriends Book Club Baltimore. It's a live show taped under a tent at Baltimore's Inner Harbor and you can hear boat whistles, a crying baby, the bass from the rock band playing down the way, even fire engines in the background! Writer Robbie Shell tells the girls where the characters came from and celebrity reader, DC actress Grace Baker, gives us a taste of the book.

Books Recommended by the Baltimore Girlfriends Book Club:

Nightmares - Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller

The Land of Stories - Chris Colfer

President of the Whole Fifth Grade - Sherri Winston

Amulet - Kazu Kibuishi

The Apothecary - Maile Meloy

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling

Robbie Shell's favorite books:

The Westing Game - Ellen Raskin

Hoot - Carl Hiaasen

Grace Baker's favorite book:

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis

 

Episode 27 - Hypatia Academy by Esther Goldenberg with NPR's Rachel Martin

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Our readers - Chelsea, Maggie, and Bridget

Our readers - Chelsea, Maggie, and Bridget

Hypatia Academy by Esther Goldenberg

Our readers in Maryland feel fortunate indeed to live down the street from their favorite author. When we asked them which book they wanted to discuss, there was only one choice: Esther Goldenberg's tale of a very strange school HYPATIA ACADEMY. NPR's Rachel Martin is celebrity reader. The girls quiz writer Esther Goldenberg about writing the book. Kitty Felde is host.

NPR Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin

NPR Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin

Books Recommended by Chelsea, Maggie, and Bridget

Harry Potter – J. K. Rowling
Out of My Mind – Sharon Draper
Savvy – Ingrid Law
The 5th Wave – Rick Yancey
Divergent – Veronica Roth
The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

 


Like mysterious boarding schools? NPR personalities like Peter Sagal? Try this  episode  of Ribblestrop!

Like mysterious boarding schools? NPR personalities like Peter Sagal? Try this episode of Ribblestrop!

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.

Episode 25 - Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

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Steven Arin, and Angel from Carter G. Woodson Charter School in Chicago.

Steven Arin, and Angel from Carter G. Woodson Charter School in Chicago.

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

Imagine walking to school in 20 degree cold, milking cows in a barn in rural Maine, meeting a kid too young to be a dad. That's the world created by Gary D. Schmidt in his novel "Orbiting Jupiter." Students from Chicago's Carter G. Woodson Middle School discuss the novel with host Kitty Felde. Our celebrity reader is the former Governor and current U.S. Senator from Maine, Angus King.

Imagine walking to school in 20 degree cold, milking cows in a barn in rural Maine, meeting a kid too young to be a dad. That's the world created by Gary D. Schmidt in his novel "Orbiting Jupiter." Students from Chicago's Carter G. Woodson Middle School discuss the novel with host Kitty Felde. Our celebrity reader is the former Governor and current U.S. Senator from Maine, Angus King.

Celebrity reader,  U.S. Senator Angus King , the former governor of Maine.

Celebrity reader, U.S. Senator Angus King, the former governor of Maine.



Book Recommendations from Carter G. Woodson:

Addy on the Inside – James Howe
A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle  
Wonder – R.J. Palacio
Mark of the Thief - Jennifer A. Nielsen 

Book Recommendations from Senator Angus King:

Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle
Lincoln at Gettysburg – Garry Wills
Governor’s Travels: How I Left Politics, Learned to Back Up a Bus, and Found America – Angus King

Episode 22 - One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

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Crystal, Amaya, Kaiya, Jayla, and Japan from Jefferson Academy in Washington, DC

Crystal, Amaya, Kaiya, Jayla, and Japan from Jefferson Academy in Washington, DC

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

A trio of sisters fly from Brooklyn to Oakland in the late 1960's to get to know their estranged mother. She sends them to a rather unusual summer camp run by the Black Panthers. Coretta Scott King Award winner Rita Williams-Garcia talks about knowing she was a writer long before she could read. Congresswoman Barbara Lee of Oakland is celebrity reader. She sent her own two kids to that breakfast with the Black Panthers. Students from Jefferson Academy in Washington, DC are our readers. Kitty Felde is host.

Congresswoman Barbara Lee of Sacramento, California

Congresswoman Barbara Lee of Sacramento, California

Here's a link to a study guide to help talk to kids about the

Black Panthers.


Books recommended by the girls of Jefferson Academy:

The Red Sun - Alane Adams

Beowolf

The Ghost Huntress - Marley Gibson

A Bad Case of Stripes - David Shannon

Recommended by Congresswoman Barbara Lee:

The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho

Episode 17 - Hoodoo

Kitty Felde

Lina Nguyen, Kyra Johnson, and Ava Muniz are 6th graders at Sonora Elementary School in Costa Mesa

Lina Nguyen, Kyra Johnson, and Ava Muniz are 6th graders at Sonora Elementary School in Costa Mesa

Writer Ronald L. Smith takes us on a trip down south, to the backwoods of Alabama, where a young boy was born with a heart-shaped birthmark, the mark of magic, or Hoodoo, according to his grandmama. Hoodoo must learn to tap his inner powers of magic to battle evil. Veteran public radio journalist Brian Watt is celebrity reader. Ron Smith just won the Corretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award from the American Library Association for "Hoodoo."

Award-winning writer Ronald L. Smith

Award-winning writer Ronald L. Smith

Celebrity reader Brian Watt is a veteran public radio journalist

Celebrity reader Brian Watt is a veteran public radio journalist


Recommended by Ronald L. Smith:

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

Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury

The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet - Eleanor Cameron

Recommended by Lina, Kyra, and Ava:

Radiance - Alyson Noel

Hoot - Carl Hiaasen

A Night Divided - Jennifer A. Nielsen


Episode 16 - I Lived on Butterfly Hill

Kitty Felde

Nadia, Anna, Riya, and Nadia Trinidad from Sequoyah School in Pasadena, California

Nadia, Anna, Riya, and Nadia Trinidad from Sequoyah School in Pasadena, California

It was 1973 when the president of Chile was thrown out of office by a military coup. That’s the backdrop for the novel “I Lived on Butterfly Hill” by Marjorie Agosin. Students from Sequoyah School in Pasadena, California discuss the book. Val Zavala, longtime anchor of "SoCal Connected" on public television station KCET in Los Angeles is our celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

Celebrity reader Val Zavala, anchor of "SoCal Connected" on KCET public television

Celebrity reader Val Zavala, anchor of "SoCal Connected" on KCET public television


Recommended reading from Nadia, Anna, Riya, and Nadia Trinidad:

Because of Mr. Terupt - Rob Buyea

Fault in Our Stars - John Green

The Westing Game - Ellen Raskin

The Wish Stealers - Tracy Trivas




Episode 13 - The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger with Lalo Alcaraz

Kitty Felde

Kaiden, Francisco, Kevin, Jefferson, and Nicholas are fifth graders at Thomson and Two Rivers Elementary Schools in Washington, DC.

Kaiden, Francisco, Kevin, Jefferson, and Nicholas are fifth graders at Thomson and Two Rivers Elementary Schools in Washington, DC.

The Force is with us on Book Club as we tackle a tale of middle grade angst and paper cuts. Who can rescue these hapless heroes? How about a Yoda fingerpuppet who seems to have all the right answers.

Writer Tom Angleberger is a big Daniel Pinkwater fan.

Writer Tom Angleberger is a big Daniel Pinkwater fan.

Nationally syndicated cartoonist  Lalo Alcaraz  is also a writer and producer of the new Fox animated show "Bordertown."

Nationally syndicated cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz is also a writer and producer of the new Fox animated show "Bordertown."

Recommended by the kids from Thomson and Two Rivers Elementary Schools:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Jeff Kinney
National Geographic Kids Bird Guide of North America
Geronimo Stilton - Elisabetta Dami
Ronaldinho: Football's Flamboyant Maestro - Jethro Soutar
Messi: The Inside Story of the Boy Who Became a Legend - Luca Caioli

Recommended by Tom Angleberger:

Lizard Music – Daniel Pinkwater

Recommended by Lalo Alcaraz:

Our Gods Wear Spandex: The Secret History of Comic Book Heroes - Christopher Knowles


Learn how to make your  own Origami Yoda and more

from Tom Angleberger

Read more about Lalo Alcaraz


Episode 11 - Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass with Mandalit Del Barco

Kitty Felde

Lila and Julia  join writer Meg Medina to discuss her book.

Lila and Julia  join writer Meg Medina to discuss her book.

Book Club for Kids goes to Hooray For Books! bookstore in Alexandria, Virginia to talk about Meg Medina's novel about bullying and mother-daughter relationships, "Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass." Our celebrity reader is National Public Radio Arts Correspondent Mandalit Del Barco. Writer Meg Medina discusses the writing process with a pair of aspiring writers, Lila and Julia. Kitty Felde is the host.

National Public Radio Arts Correspondent Mandalit Del Barco and daughter Amaya love the Oz series by Frank Baum.

National Public Radio Arts Correspondent Mandalit Del Barco and daughter Amaya love the Oz series by Frank Baum.

Recommended Reading: 

Recommended by Mandalit Del Barco:

The Wizard of Oz series – Frank Baum

Recommended by Lila and Julia:

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J. K. Rowling
Nancy Drew mysteries - Carolyn Keene
The Land of Stories - Chris Colfer
Alex Morgan soccer series

Recommended by Adam:

H.I.V.E. series – Mark Walden


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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Episode 7 - Flying the Dragon by Natalie Dias Lorenzi at Hooray for Books!

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Paul and Ethan at  Hooray for Books!  bookstore in Alexandria, Virginia

Paul and Ethan at Hooray for Books! bookstore in Alexandria, Virginia

Kite fighting on the National Mall - it's all part of the Cherry Blossom Festival. It's also at the center of Natalie Dias Lorenzi's novel "Flying the Dragon." Kids at Hooray for Books! bookstore in Alexandria discuss the book with host Kitty Felde. Congressman Mark Takano - a former English teacher - is celebrity reader.

California Congressman  Mark Takano  says his favorite books is "To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee.

California Congressman Mark Takano says his favorite books is "To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee.


Flying the Dragon - Natalie Diaz Lorenzi

Books suggested by Natalie Diaz Lorenzi:

The Kite Runner -  Khaled Hosseini

Book suggested by Congressman Takano:

To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee

Books suggested by Paul and Ethan:

Storm -  D.J. MacHale 
Egg and Spoon – Gregory Maguire


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