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Book Club for Kids is a podcast where middle school readers discuss the books they love with host Kitty Felde. The author answers questions. A celebrity reads from the book.

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Episode 89 - Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani

Kitty Felde

Quera, Jasmine, Myron, and London from  Kelly Miller Middle School  in Washington, DC

Quera, Jasmine, Myron, and London from Kelly Miller Middle School in Washington, DC

Is a podcast about a graphic novel like dancing about architecture? Give a listen to our latest episode "Pashmina" by Nidhi Chanani. It's a tale about a magical pashina and secrets and mothers and daughters. Our readers are students at Kelly Miller Middle School in Washington, DC. Rasika Mathur is our celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

Writer  Nichi Chanani
Actress  Raskika Mathur

Favorite Books from Kelly Miller Middle School:

The Hate You Give - Angie Thomas

Rapunzel - Paul O. Zelinsky

Dork Diaries - Rachel Renée Russell

Nidhi Chanani’s Favorite Books:

Jason Reynolds’ Track series

Rasika Mathur’s Favorite Book:

You and Your Dog - David Taylor

That Dog - Nannette Newman

All of Our Episodes

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Al Capone Does My Shirts - Gennifer Choldenko

Alligator Bayou - Donna Jo Napoli

Beautiful Creatures - Kami Garcia/Margaret Stohl

Bees on the Roof - Robbie Shell

Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel - Kimberly Willis Holt

Chains - Laurie Halse Anderson

Click Here: To Find Out How I Survived Seventh Grade - Denise Vega

Code Talker - Joseph Bruchac

Counting by 7's - Holly Goldberg Sloan

Crenshaw - Katherine Applegate

The Crossover - Kwame Alexander

Dead End in Norvelt - Jack Gantos

Divergent - Veronica Roth

The Door by the Staircase - Katherine Marsh

Eleanor and Park - Rainbow Rowell

The Ethan I Was Before - Ali Standish

Eye of the Storm - Kate Messner

The First Rule of Punk - Celia Perez

Fish in a Tree - Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Flying the Dragon - Natalie Dias Lorenzi

Foxheart - Claire Legrand

Garvey’s Choice - Nikki Grimes

Gilded - Christina Farley

The Girl Who Drank the Moon - Kelly Barnhill

The Great Wall of Lucy Wu - Wendy Shang

The Honest Truth - Dan Gemeinhart

Hoodoo - Ronald L. Smith

The Hound of Rowan - Henry Neff

Hour of the Bees - Lindsay Eager

Hypatia Academy - Esther Goldenberg

I Lived on Butterfly Hill - Marjorie Agosin

Jackie & Me - Dan Gutman

James and the Giant Peach - Roald Dahl

The Jumbies - Tracey Baptiste

Keeper of the Lost Cities - Shannon Messenger

The Lions of Little Rock - Kristin Levine

A Little Wicked - Janet Macreery

A Long Walk to Water - Linda Sue Park

Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case - Patricia Hruby Powell

A Mango Shaped Space - Wendy Mass

Maniac Magee - Jerry Spinelli

The Meringue Witches - Isora Morales Suarez

Milo Speck, Accidental Agent - Linda Urban

Milo: Sticky Notes & Brain Freeze - Alan Silberberg

Monster - Walter Dean Myers

Moo - Sharon Creech

Old Yeller - Fred Gipson

One Amazing Elephant - Linda Oatman High

One Crazy Summer - Rita Williams-Garcia

Orbiting Jupiter - Gary D. Schmidt

Orleans - Sherri L. Smith

Orphan Island - Laurel Snyder

Our Teacher is a Vampire and Other (Not) True Stories - Mary Amato

Out of My Mind - Sharon M. Draper

Passenger on the Pearl - Winifred Conkling

Pax - Sara Pennypacker

Public School Superhero - James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts

Red Queen - Victoria Aveyard

Revolution - Deborah Wiles

The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano - Sonia Manzano

Ribblestrop - Andy Mulligan

The Secret Zoo - Bryan Chick

The Shadows - Jacqueline West

Spy Mice - Heather Vogel Frederick

Spy School - Stuart Gibbs

Stormbreaker - Anthony Horowitz

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda - Tom Angleberger

Tales from the Odyssey - Mary Pope Osborne

The Tiger Rising - Kate DiCamillo

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith

Tuck Everlasting - Natalie Babbitt

Turtle in Paradise - Jennifer L. Holm

Ungifted - Gordon Korman

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street - Karina Yan Glaser

The War That Saved My Life -  Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 - Christopher Paul Curtis

The Westing Game - Ellen Raskin

When the Sea Turned to Silver - Grace Lin

When You Reach Me - Rebecca Stead

Wonder - RJ Palacio

The Worst Class Trip Ever - Dave Barry

A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L’Engle

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass - Meg Medina

 Coming soon:

Amulet - Kazu Kibuishi

The Book Thief - Marcus Zusak

Cody and the Mysteries of the Universe - Tricia Springstubb

Double Identity - Margaret Peterson Haddix

Esperanza Rising - Pam Munoz Ryan

The Great Brain - John D. Fitzgerald

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs

The Parker Inheritance - Varian Johnson

Peasprout Chen: Future Legend of Skate and Sword - Henry LIen

Refugee - Alan Gratz

Rooftoppers - Katherine Rundell

Small Spaces - Katherine Arden

The Storm Runner - JC Cervantes

Watch Us Rise - Renee Watson & Ellen Hagan

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
















Episode 88 - Divergent by Veronica Roth

Kitty Felde

Titus, Elijah and Emily from  Benjamin Trasker Middle School  in Bowie, Maryland

Titus, Elijah and Emily from Benjamin Trasker Middle School in Bowie, Maryland

We venture into a dystopian universe created by writer Veronica Roth. "Divergent" is a tale about finding out where you fit in – and whether you’re brave enough to take a literal leap of faith. Our celebrity reader is the 2018 Ms. Senior California and a familiar voice on Southern California Public Radio KPCC Rita Pardue. Our readers are from Benjamin Trasker Middle School and we taped the episode at the Bowie, Maryland branch of the Prince Georges County Memorial Library. Kitty Felde is host.

Favorite Books from Benjamin Trasker Middle School:

The Copernicus Legacy - Tony Abbott.

Harry Potter: - J.K. Rowling

Veronica Roth’s Favorite Book:

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - J.K. Rowling

Rita Pardue’s Favorite Book:

Charlotte’s Web - E.B. White


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

Episode 85 - Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

Kitty Felde

Sa'Mirror and Imani from  Anne Beers Elementary School  in Washington, DC

Sa'Mirror and Imani from Anne Beers Elementary School in Washington, DC

Would you like to be a legend? To have people tell stories about you long after you’re gone? Would you like to be “Maniac Magee” by Jerry Spinelli? This Newbery Award-winning classic is our Book Club for Kids pick this week. Our readers are from Anne Beers Elementary School in Washington, D.C. and John Michael Higgins (“Pitch Perfect” and “A Mighty Wind”) is our celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.


Want to be an FBI agent? Check out this episode featuring Ed You, the FBI agent who protects us from weapons of mass destruction.


Here’s what Book Club for Kids looked like in the old days. Watch these students from Arroyo Seco Museum Science Magnet in Southern California tape an episode and ask Jerry Spinelli questions:


Favorite Books from Anne Beers Elementary School:

Junie B. Jones - Barbara Park

I Am Malala - How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition) - Malala Yousafzai and Patricia McCormick

John Michael Higgins’ Favorite Book:

The 13 Clocks - James Thurber


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Many thanks to the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation for supporting this episode. The Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. 

Congressman Adam Schiff reads from Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder

Kitty Felde

Elanor, Anna, Helen, and Charlotte from Percy Julian Middle School in Oak Park, Illinois

Elanor, Anna, Helen, and Charlotte from Percy Julian Middle School in Oak Park, Illinois

Would you like to grow up on a desert island with no adults to boss you around? That's the locale for our book "Orphan Island" by Laurel Snyder. Our readers from Percy Julian Middle School in Oak Park, Illinois talk about the challenges of growing up and try to get our writer to disclose some of the answers to the mysteries in the book. Congressman Adam Schiff, chair of the House Intelligence Committee, is our celebrity reader.

Writer  Laurel Snyder
Celebrity reader  Congressman Adam Schiff  from California

Celebrity reader Congressman Adam Schiff from California

FAVORITE BOOKS OF ELANOR, ANNa, HELEN, AND CHARLOTTE

Lockwood & Co - Jonathan Stroud

A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle

One - Sarah Crossan

The Leviathon Series - Scott Westerfeld

FAVORITE BOOKS OF LAUREL SNYDER

The 13 Clocks - James Thurber

The Tillerman Trilogy - Cynthia Voigt

Her inspiration for Orphan Island:

The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

My Side of the Mountain - Jean Craighead George

FAVORITE BOOK OF CONGRESSMAN ADAM SCHIFF

Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

Episode 84 - Hello Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly

Kitty Felde

Millie, Maddie, Caroline, Ragan, Sarah, Lauren, Ella and Lucky the dog

Millie, Maddie, Caroline, Ragan, Sarah, Lauren, Ella and Lucky the dog

Virgil's grandmother keeps telling him scary stories as life lessons. One of his friends is convinced she can predict the future. Virgil is trying to find a way out of his shell. 

This week we discuss Erin Entrada Kelly's 2018 Newbery Award-winning novel "Hello Universe." Actress Kat Purgal is our celebrity reader. Members of the Rocket Readers book club of Newport Beach, California discuss the book and talk about how school testing stresses them out. 

Kitty Felde is host.

Celebrity Reader  Kat Purgal

Celebrity Reader Kat Purgal

Favorite Books from the Rocket Readers of Newport Beach, California:

The Fault in Our Stars - John Green

Unbroken - Laura Hillenbrand

The Boys in the boat - Daniel James Brown

Greenglass House - Kate Milford

Echo - Pam Munoz Ryan

Little Monsters - Kara Thomas

The Apothecary - Maile Meloy

A Spy Among Friends - Ben Macintyre and John le Carré

The Rangers Apprentice - John Flanagan

Favorite Books of Erin Entrada Kelly:

The One and Only Ivan - Katherine Applegate

When You Reach Me - Rebecca Stead

Favorite Book of Kat Purgal:

A Time for Dancing - Davida Wills Hurwin

Episode 82 - Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger

Kitty Felde

Catherine, Maya Grace, and Olivia

Catherine, Maya Grace, and Olivia

Do you wish you had a super power? Want to hang out with some elves? This week, a book club from Maryland picks our book: Shannon Messenger's fantasy novel "Keeper of the Lost Cities." Nick Roman is our celebrity reader and our readers interview the writer. Kitty Felde is host.

Celebrity reader All Things Considered host  Nick Roman

Celebrity reader All Things Considered host Nick Roman

Favorite Books from Maryland readers Catherine, Maya Grace, and Olivia:

Warriors - Erin Hunter

The Blackthorn Key - Kevin Sands T

The Serpent’s Secret - Sayantani DasGupta

Shannon Messenger’s Favorite Book:

Ella Enchanted - Gail Carson Levine

Nick Roman’s Favorite Book:

At Dawn We Slept: The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor - Gordon W. Prange


Episode 81 - Garvey's Choice by Nikki Grimes

Kitty Felde

Alysia, Saleem, Kimberly, and Juan from Alice Deal Middle School in Washington, DC

Alysia, Saleem, Kimberly, and Juan from Alice Deal Middle School in Washington, DC

“Garvey’s Choice” is the poetic tale of a star-struck young man trying to please his father. Award-winning writer Nikki Grimes answers questions from readers at Alice Deal Middle School in Washington, DC. Actor Haskell V. Anderson III is our celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

Favorite Books from Alice Deal Middle School in Washington DC:

The Crossover - Kwame Alexander

The Untold Story Of The Real Me: Young Voices From Prison – Free Minds Writers

Beowulf

Nikki Grimes’ Favorite Books:

Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson

M.C. Higgins, the Great - Virginia Hamilton

Haskell Anderson’s Favorite Book:

The Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett

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

Episode 79 - The Door by the Staircase - Katherine Marsh

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River, Sayre, and Cole compete in  Oregon’s Battle of the Books

River, Sayre, and Cole compete in Oregon’s Battle of the Books

This week, we get a new look at an old fairy tale – the story of the Russian witch known as Baba Yaga. A boys book club in Portland, Oregon met us at Powell's Books to discuss Katherine Marsh's novel "The Door by the Staircase" with host Kitty Felde. Congressman Earl Blumenauer, who represents Portland on Capitol, is celebrity reader.

Favorite Books from Portland, Oregon

The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan

The Maze Runner - James Dashner

The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins

Ballpark Mysteries - David A. Kelly

Congressman Earl Blumenauer’s Favorite Book:

Eat Drink Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics - Marion Nestle

Katherine Marsh’s Favorite Book:

Island of the Blue Dolphins - Scott O’Dell


Powell’s Books  in downtown Portland, Oregon

Powell’s Books in downtown Portland, Oregon

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

Episode 78 - The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

Kitty Felde

Messina, Alice, and Sophia from Two Rivers Public Charter School in Washington, DC

Messina, Alice, and Sophia from Two Rivers Public Charter School in Washington, DC

‘The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963” touches on a tragic moment in American history: the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church. But it’s really a family story about a road trip. Readers from Two Rivers Public Charter School in Washington, DC discuss the novel with host Kitty Felde. Writer Christopher Paul Curtis won the Newbery, the Golden Kite, and the Coretta Scott King awards for this book. He talks about how all those statues allowed him to become a full time writer. Our celebrity reader is actor Quinn Marchman.

Celebrity reader  Quinn Marchman

Celebrity reader Quinn Marchman

 

 Favorite Books from Two Rivers Charter School:

Percy Jackson series - Rick Riordan

Counting By 7’s - Holly Goldberg Sloan

Sojourner Truth: Ain't I a Woman? - Patricia and Fred McKissack

Wonder - RJ Palacio

Quinn Marchman’s Favorite Book:

The Dead Emcee Scrolls: The Lost Teachings of Hip-Hop - Saul Williams


Thanks to Tim Podell at Good Conversations for sharing the interview with Christopher Paul Curtis.

Episode 77 - Code Talker - Joseph Bruchac

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Virginia, William, Lara, Leila, and Henry from McLean, Virginia

Virginia, William, Lara, Leila, and Henry from McLean, Virginia

November is a month when we honor veterans, celebrate Native American culture, and sit down to Thanksgiving with our families. This week’s episode touches on all three as we discuss a fictionalized story about one of the Navajo Code Talkers - the Marines who were recruited to use their native language to help the Allies win World War II. Students from Chesterbrook Elementary School in Virginia discuss Joseph Bruchac’s novel “Code Talker” with host Kitty Felde. Our celebrity reader is Elayne Silversmith. the librarian at the Vine Deloria, Jr. library at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC.

Elayne Silversmith, librarian at the  National Museum of the American Indian

Elayne Silversmith, librarian at the National Museum of the American Indian

Favorite Books from Chesterbrook Elementary:

Rooftoppers - Katherine Rundell

Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson

Gregor the Overlander - Suzanne Collins

The Underneath - Kathi Appelt

Lord of the Flies - William Golding

Elayne Silversmith’s Favorite Book:

A Coyote Columbus Story - Thomas King

Joseph Brushac’s Favorite Book:

The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling

Episode 76 - The Meringue Witches by Isora Morales Suarez

Kitty Felde

Nadia, Aubrey, Nichelle, Makayla, and Sarah from the Girlfriends Book Club Baltimore

Nadia, Aubrey, Nichelle, Makayla, and Sarah from the Girlfriends Book Club Baltimore

This episode began with a chance meeting in a tiny art gallery in the city of Cienfuegos, Cuba. Writer Isora Morales Suarez was minding the store to pay the bills, but she told us that one of her novels for kids had just been published in English by a nonprofit called Cubano Books. Some of our favorite readers from the Girlfriends Book Club Baltimore discuss Isora’s unusual fairy tale “The Meringue Witches” with host Kitty Felde. Cuban ex-pat Adolfo Nodal is celebrity reader.

Writer Isora Morales Suarez autographs her novel

Writer Isora Morales Suarez autographs her novel

Favorite Books from the Girlfriends Book Club Baltimore:

Where the Red Fern Grows - Wilson Rawls

Marley and Me: Life and love with the World’s Worst Dog - John Grogan

Nightmares - Jason Segel

El Deafo - Cece Bell

One of Us is Lying - Karen McManus

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Translation of this interview with Isora Morales Suarez:

And why this book?

Well then, why did I write this book? This book is an important part of my life. Because I live in a place called Ciudad Nuclear (Nuclear City). It’s a special place in Cuba, because it’s a place where they were going to build the first nuclear plant, but, the maps changed color in Europe, socialism fell, and it wasn’t built. The project was paralyzed, and many people were suddenly without jobs, suddenly without—these were people who had studied at university to do these jobs—their dreams were broken. And then, since their dreams were broken, the city languished.

So, I use this city as the setting for my book. In my book, Ciudad Nuclear is called Ciudad Nublada (Cloudy City). And then I made an entire fantasy story, a story of witches, dragons, magicians, princesses—so that people would cheer up! Because people get very sad because they don’t have money, because everything is very difficult. But I believe that humans can’t lose the capacity to dream. Dreams keep us alive in the most difficult moments.

So, I still live in this place—I haven’t been able to leave—and since I’ve always had a difficult relationship with this place, because life is very hard here, I decided to write about it, because it was tormenting me, and I didn’t want it to torment me any more. I wanted to make a story for kids, for young people, but also for adults, and I wanted to tell them: we have to dream, because if we don’t dream, we’re lost. If we don’t dream and we don’t act in solidarity, if we don’t help each other when we’re—when we’re scared—ay, sorry—because sometimes we’re scared. We’re anxious, and we’re scared that everything will go wrong in life—excuse me. So I wanted to write this book so that people would have faith that the world can be better—people help each other, support each other, love each other—so that people trust that the world can be a place of love and not of war. Always a place of love, never a place of war.

This book isn’t the only one you’ve written?

Yes, it’s my first book. I didn’t—I didn’t start—I wrote my first book when I was almost fifty years old. Because before my life was very stressful. I have a son, Eric, my son Eric who is my greatest treasure. So then, my son studied in Cuba to become a dancer. My son—he is a dancer now. So then, I had to struggle a lot, to work a lot at different jobs, and I couldn’t concentrate, because I had to work, I had to arrange things—I raised my son alone—his father and I divorced, and his father went to another city to live and had another family. So then, I had to arrange everything for my son. His clothing, his shoes, his food, his—everything. And so, I couldn’t concentrate because I had to take care of these things.

My son graduated, started working, and things started to go well for him. Then I took a deep breath, and said—“Ay, what am I going to do now?” Because all of the sudden—it had been lots, a lot a lot of struggle with everything, with the food, with money, with everything—and suddenly I was like—and now, what do I do? And then I said, “Well, I always wanted to be a writer.” My mother, who is a lovely woman, always told me, from the time I was a little girl, that I was going to be a writer. Because when I was a child I was different from my sisters. My sisters didn’t read, and I read and read and read, I was always reading from the time I was little. And so my mom would say that I—her daughter—was going to be a writer. And I would say, “Why do you say that?” And she would tell me that it was because I really liked books. And I would respond, “But writing is very hard—it must be very hard.” And then my mom would reply, “But you’re going to write.” And she said it as if it was a fact. Her fact: she knew it was going to happen. Because mothers are never wrong.

And so, I said, “Well, my mom says I’m going to be a writer—that is, my mother was my greatest inspiration. And so, I started to write. And I said, “Well, I have to write a fantasy.” Because reality is a little hard. So I wanted to create a book of fantasy, of magic, and I want that magic to be good for people. And that’s why I wrote this book.

Hoodoo by Ron L. Smith

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


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


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


Episode 75 - A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle

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Meredith, Daphne, and Ulrich are 5th graders at the British International School in Washington, DC

Meredith, Daphne, and Ulrich are 5th graders at the British International School in Washington, DC

This week, we tackle a classic – the 1963 winner of the Newbery Award “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle. Our readers are 5th graders from the British International School in Washington, DC. Our celebrity reader is public radio journalist Stephanie O’Neill. Madeline L’Engle passed away in 2007, but we're joined by her granddaughters Charlotte Jones Volklis and Lena Roy.  They've written a new biography of their grandmother based on her journals called “Becoming Madeleine.” Kitty Felde is host. 

Madeleine L’Engle’s granddaughters Charlotte Jones Voiklis and Lena Roy wrote a biography called “ Becoming Madeleine .”

Madeleine L’Engle’s granddaughters Charlotte Jones Voiklis and Lena Roy wrote a biography called “Becoming Madeleine.”

Public radio journalist  Stephanie O’Neill

Public radio journalist Stephanie O’Neill

Favorite Books from British International School:

Panda-monium - Stuart Gibbs

Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling

The Tiger Rising - Kate DiCamillo

Space Case - Stuart Gibbs

Favorite Books from Charlotte Jones Voiklis and Lena Roy

A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L’Engle

A Gentleman in Moscow - Amor Towles

Stephanie O’Neill’s Favorite Book:

Charlotte’s Web - E.B. White

Episode 74 - Tales from the Odyssey - Mary Pope Osborne

Kitty Felde

Rashard and Ziya from Kimball Elementary School in Washington, D.C.

Rashard and Ziya from Kimball Elementary School in Washington, D.C.

Do you believe in one-eyed monsters? Greek gods? This week, readers from two Washington, D.C. schools - Kimball Elementary and Jefferson Academy - discuss Mary Pope Osborne’s take on Homer’s classic adventure “Tales from the Odyssey.” Mary talks about writing a modern take on Odysseus - as well as her best-selling “Magic Treehouse” series. Our celebrity reader is John Dryden, a veteran of BBC radio dramas and head of scripted content for the podcast network Panoply Media. Kitty Felde is host.

Do you believe in Cyclops? Were they real? Check out this article about how archeologists are helping us better understand Greek mythology.

 

Favorite Books from Kimball Elementary:

Serendipity - Stephen Cosgrove

El Deafo - Cece Bell

Favorite Books from Jefferson Academy

The Rose that Grew from Concrete - Tupac Shakur

Atlanta Falcons: 50 Seasons - Arthur Blank and I.J. Rosenberg

Magic Treehouse - Mary Pope Osborne

Mary Pope Osborne's Favorite Book:

The Long Winter - Laura Ingals Wilder


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