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Favorite Books from Gunston Hall

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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

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


Our First Bilingual Episode in English and Spanish

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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.

Bonus Episode - Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

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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 58 - Gilded by Christina Farley

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Mariana, Coryn, and Peter at the Richard Byrd Library in Springfield, Virginia

Mariana, Coryn, and Peter at the Richard Byrd Library in Springfield, Virginia

Athletes are heading to Pyeongchang, South Korea for the Winter Olympics. We get there first courtesy of writer Christina Farley. We may not race down a mountainside, avoiding moguls or leaping into the air on the ice rink to execute a perfect triple lutz, but there are thrills and spills aplenty in "Gilded." Plus, we learn some Korean mythology and folk tales. Readers from the Richard Byrd Library in Springfield, Virginia discuss the book with host Kitty Felde. Actress Julia Cho is our celebrity reader.

Celebrity reader, actress   Julia Cho  from "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries"

Celebrity reader, actress Julia Cho from "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries"

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Favorite Books of Coryn, Peter, and Mariana:

Wolves of the Beyond series - Kathryn Lasky

Winter Girls - Laurie Halse Anderson

The Juvy Three - Gordon Korman

Favorite Book of Christina Farley:

The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkein

Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

Favorite Books of Julia Cho:

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum

 

Episode 55 - One Amazing Elephant recorded live from Virginia's Fall for the Book Festival

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Fall for the Book 2017 - top row: Holly Vagley, Kitty Felde, Linda Oatman High; bottom row: Akshaj, Ishnoor, and Medha  (photo courtesy of Holly Vagley)

Fall for the Book 2017 - top row: Holly Vagley, Kitty Felde, Linda Oatman High; bottom row: Akshaj, Ishnoor, and Medha  (photo courtesy of Holly Vagley)

We talk about grandparents and circus folks...and elephants. Our book is called "One Amazing Elephant" by Linda Oatman High. Our readers Akshaj, Ishnoor, and Medha from Virginia have some firsthand experience with elephants (did you know that elephants smell like hay?) Our celebrity reader is actress Holly Vagley. Writer Oatman High says the idea for the story came from her late grandmother...after she was dead. Taped live at Virginia's 2017 Fall for the Book Festival.

Favorite books from Fall for the Book Festival:

Loot - Jude Watson

Percy Jackson - Rick Riordan

Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling

The Land of Stories - Chris Colfer

Favorite book of Linda Oatman High:

The Fault in Our Stars - John Green

Favorite book of Holly Vagley:

The Girl Who Drank the Moon - Kelly Barnhill

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pictures courtesy of Holly Vagley

Bonus Episode: The Book Meese

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Mateo is host of The Book Meese podcast

Book Club for Kids isn't the only podcast out there that celebrates books for young readers. One of our guests on last week's episode (Episode 51: When the Sea Turned to Silver) is a podcaster himself. Mateo tells us all about The Book Meese.

Listen to The Book Meese discussion of Ellen Raskin's classic mystery THE WESTING GAME.

Want more Westing Game? Check out the Book Club for Kids episode, too!

Episode 49 - Ungifted by Gordon Korman

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Elizabeth, Juan, and Malia from Eliot-Hine Middle School on Capitol Hill

Elizabeth, Juan, and Malia from Eliot-Hine Middle School on Capitol Hill

Ungifted - Gordon Korman

Readers from Eliot-Hine Middle School on Capitol Hill discuss Gordon Korman's story of a prankster who lands in a "Gifted" program. KNX sports anchor (and Talking About Cars podcast host) Randy Kerdoon is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

Writer  Gordon Korman  shows off his latest book.

Writer Gordon Korman shows off his latest book.

Celebrity reader Randy Kerdoon, sports anchor from  KNX news radio  in Los Angeles, shows off his favorite books.

Celebrity reader Randy Kerdoon, sports anchor from KNX news radio in Los Angeles, shows off his favorite books.


Favorite Books from Eliot-Hine Middle School on Capitol Hill:

The Lunar Chronicles - Marissa Meyer

Percy Jackson - Rick Riordan

Wings of Fire - Tui T. Sutherland

Favorite Books from Gordon Korman:

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing - Judy Blume

Dead End in Norvelt - Jack Gantos

Maniac Magee - Jerry Spinelli

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - JK Rowling

Favorite books of Randy Kerdoon:

And the Crowd Goes Wild: Relive the Most Celebrated Sporting Events Ever Broadcast - Joe Garner

Cars of the Sizzling '60s: A Decade of Great Rides and Good Vibrations: A Decade of Great Rides and Good Vibrations – Thabo Shenge Luthuli


Ungifted on Book Club for Kids

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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 34 - Spy Mice with celebrity reader Valerie Plame

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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 33 - The Honest Truth - Dan Gemeinhart

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Harper, Claire, and Charlotte

Harper, Claire, and Charlotte

The Honest Truth - Dan Gemeinhart

A trio of readers from Swanson Middle School in Arlington, Virginia discuss mountain climbing, parental permission, and Dan Gemeinhart's novel "The Honest Truth." Dan talks about inspirations for the characters. Celebrity reader Christina Dale tells us about climbing Mt. Rainier. Kitty Felde is host.

Climber and celebrity reader Christina Dale

Climber and celebrity reader Christina Dale

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Favorite Books from Claire, Harper, and Charlotte:

Out of My Mind – Sharon M. Draper
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Rigg
Wonder – R.J. Palacio

Favorite Books from Dan Gemeinhart:

Hatchet – Gary Paulsen
Walk Two Moons – Sharon Creech

Love That Dog – Sharon Creech
The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
A Snicker of Magic – Natalie Lloyd

Recommended by Christina Dale:
Prodigal Summer – Barbara Kingsolver

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

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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

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 30 - Our Teacher is a Vampire and Other (Not) True Stories at Fall for the Book Festival 2016

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Jay, Neha, and Naomi 

Jay, Neha, and Naomi 

Our Teacher is a Vampire and other (not) true Stories by Mary Amato live at Fall for the BOok

Recorded live at Virginia's Fall for the Book Festival, our trio of readers Jay, Neha and Naomi discuss Mary Amato's novel "Our Teacher is a Vampire and Other (Not) True Stories." Topics range from writing to the world's worst substitute teachers. Actor Jonathan Cagle-Mulberg is our celebrity reader. The kids ask Mary Amato about the book. Mindy Steinman is guest host.

Books Recommended by Jay, Neha, and Naomi

The Brotherband Chronicles - John Flanagan

Ranger's Apprentice - John Flanagan

Out of My Mind – Sharon L. Draper

Harry Potter - J.K Rowling

Airhead - Matt Cafet

Trick of the Light - Rob Thurman

Recommended by Mary Amato:

Harriet the Spy - Louise Fitzhugh

Recommended by Jonathan Cagle-Mulberg:

What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin? - Jean Fritz

Rifles for Watie - Harold Keith

Recommended by the audience at Fall for the Book:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling

Nancy Drew series - Carolyn Keene

To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee

The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien

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

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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."

Our First International Episode: Kids in Quito, Ecuador Share Their Favorite Books

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Ana, Dora, Ian, Isabela, Isadora, Isi, Jessica, Joaquin, Johnny, Julieta, Leo, Nicolas, Willa, and Zach from Academia Cotopaxi School in Quito, Ecuador. 

Ana, Dora, Ian, Isabela, Isadora, Isi, Jessica, Joaquin, Johnny, Julieta, Leo, Nicolas, Willa, and Zach from Academia Cotopaxi School in Quito, Ecuador. 

Our International Readers

Ever wonder what kids in South America are reading? We find out as students from Academia Cotopaxi School in Quito, Ecuador share their favorite books with host Kitty Felde.

Favorite books from the kids at Academia Cotopaxi in Ecuador:

Guinea Pig Scientists - Mel Boring

The Martian - Andy Weir

Love, Stargirl - Jerry Spinelli

Wonder - RJ Palacio

Gregor the Overlander - Suzanne Collins

The Meaning of Maggie - Megan Jean Sovern

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda - Tom Angleberger

Mockingbird - Kathryn Erskine

The Land of Stories - Chris Colfer

The Giver - Lois Lowry

Uprising - Margaret Peterson Haddix

Flora and Ulysses- Kate DiCamillo

Trianna's Favorite Episode - The Crossover by Kwame AlexanderNewbery

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Our summer intern, UC Irvine student Trianna Eichinger

Our summer intern, UC Irvine student Trianna Eichinger

Khalil, Novaun, Kyle, Kofi, and Joseph from Watkins Elementary on Capitol Hill composed a song about Kwame Alexander's Newbery Award winning book "The Crossover."

Khalil, Novaun, Kyle, Kofi, and Joseph from Watkins Elementary on Capitol Hill composed a song about Kwame Alexander's Newbery Award winning book "The Crossover."

Trianna's favorite episode: The crossover

by Kwame Alexander

We asked our Book Club for Kids summer intern, University of California Irvine student, Trianna Eichinger to pick her favorite episode. Trianna says she loves basketball, but not poetry, but these kids' discussion of "The Crossover" may have changed her mind. Kwame Alexander talks about poetry and our celebrity reader is a professional basketball player, LA Laker Tarik Black.

We asked our Book Club for Kids summer intern, University of California Irvine student, Trianna Eichinger to pick her favorite episode. Trianna says she loves basketball, but not poetry, but these kids' discussion of "The Crossover" may have changed her mind. Kwame Alexander talks about poetry and our celebrity reader is a professional basketball player, LA Laker Tarik Black.

With host Kitty Felde.

                                                              Kwame Alexander

                                                             Kwame Alexander

                                               Celebrity reader LA Laker Tarik Black

                                               Celebrity reader LA Laker Tarik Black

Books Recommended by Kwame Alexander:

The Greatest: My Own Story - Muhammad Ali with Richard Durham

Manchild in the Promised Land - Claude Brown and Nathan McCall

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

Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes - David Roessel and Arnold Rampersad

Recommended by Tarik Black: 

A Series of Unfortunate Events - Lemony Snicket and Brett Helquist

Recommended by the kids of Watkins Elementary:

Stat: Standing Tall and Talented #1: Home Court - Amar'e Stoudemire and Tim Jessell

Picture Yourself Legend Tripping: Your Complete Guide to Finding UFOs, Monsters, Ghosts, and Urban Legends in Your Own Backyard - Jeff Belanger  

John Henry - Julius Lester and Jerry Pinkney

House of Robots - James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein

National Geographic Kids Everything Dogs: All the Canine Facts, Photos, and Fun You Can Get Your Paws On! - Becky Baines

Recommended by Mimi:

Thirteen Reasons Why - Jay Asher

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Episode 23 - The Shadows by Jacqueline West

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The Girlfriends Book Club - Nadia, Nicole, Makayla, and Aubrey -  photo by Tonya Wright

The Girlfriends Book Club - Nadia, Nicole, Makayla, and Aubrey - photo by Tonya Wright

The Shadows - Jacqueline West

Would you like to step into a painting and enter another world? That's the world of "The Shadows" by Jacqueline West, the first in the Books of Elsewhere series. It was the choice of the Girlfriends Book Club - Nicole, Nadia, Mikaela, and  Aubry.

Celebrity reader Doualy Xaykaothao is a journalist with Minnesota Public Radio

Celebrity reader Doualy Xaykaothao is a journalist with Minnesota Public Radio


 Books Recommended by the Girlfriends Book Club of Baltimore:

Black Water - D.J. MacHale (part of the Pendragon series)

The Land of Stories - Chris Colfer

A Little Princess - Frances Hodgson Burnett

Amulet - Kazu Kibuishi

Authors Recommended by Jacqueline West:

Roald Dahl

Kate DiCamillo

Eva Ibbotson

Neil Gaiman


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 21 - Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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Leandra, Paula, Marianne, Rio, and Gabby, 7th graders at Newport Mill Middle School, are big "Red Queen" fans.

Leandra, Paula, Marianne, Rio, and Gabby, 7th graders at Newport Mill Middle School, are big "Red Queen" fans.

This week, we enter a world divided into two kinds of people: the silver ruling elite and the red underclass. It’s Victoria Aveyard’s RED QUEEN. And it was the choice of a group of 7th graders from Maryland. Writer Victoria Aveyard talks about the difference between writing books and writing screenplays. Our celebrity reader, NPR’s Renee Montagne, brings to life our lightning girl Mare who is decidedly not excited about becoming a princess.

NPR Morning Edition Host Renee Montagne

NPR Morning Edition Host Renee Montagne

Recommended by Leandra, Rio, Paula, Marianne, and Gabby:

The Iron Trial - Cassandra Clare & Holly Black

The Mortal Instruments - Cassandra Clare

The Fault in Our Stars - John Green

We All Looked Up - Tommy Wallach