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The History of Fireworks

July 4, 2019

Fireworks may seem like a very American tradition, especially on the 4th of July. But fireworks go back many years before the first American Independence Day celebration, which took place in 1777, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The earliest fireworks can be…

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TFK Reads: To Night Owl From Dogfish

July 3, 2019

To Night Owl from Dogfish isn’t written by one best-selling author—it’s written by two. Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer teamed up to tell the story of two girls who go to summer camp together. To Night Owl From Dogfish…


Defeating a Legend

July 2, 2019

Fifteen-year-old Cori “Coco” Gauff beat tennis icon Venus Williams yesterday at the Wimbledon tennis tournament, in London, England. Cori won 6–4, 6–4 on the first day of the competition. It was the first time she’d played at Wimbledon, the most…


A Presidential First in North Korea

July 1, 2019

On June 30, President Donald Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to set foot in North Korea. There, he met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The historic visit began in the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between North and South…

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Sisters, Spells, and Strikes

June 28, 2019

Stacy and Gina don’t get along. They’re rivals on the baseball field. Gina is the star player on an all-star team. Stacy is on the underdog team, which hasn’t won a game all season. The girls also can’t stand each…

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Florida's Fire

June 27, 2019

A wildfire broke out in the Florida Everglades on Sunday night. By Monday it had doubled in size. Soon it had consumed some 42,000 acres. As of Wednesday evening, the so-called Sawgrass Fire was 75% contained. The Florida Everglades is…

Election 2020

Democrats Debate

June 26, 2019

The race to become the next president of the United States is on. A record-setting 24 Democrats are campaigning for the 2020 election. Twenty of them will face off in debates to be held tonight and tomorrow in Miami, Florida.…


Meet the STEM Queen

June 26, 2019

Jacqueline Means, 16, is known as the STEM Queen. She is the founder of the Wilmington Urban STEM Initiative, in Wilmington, Delaware. The organization promotes STEM to underprivileged girls in Wilmington. Means spoke with TFK Kid Reporter Tiana Sirmans, also…


U.S. to the Quarterfinals

June 25, 2019

Team U.S.A. is heading to the quarterfinals in the Women’s World Cup. The U.S. beat Spain 2–1 on Tuesday in one of the soccer tournament’s knockout rounds. (In a knockout-round game, the losing team is removed from the tournament.) It…

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TFK Reads: Pie in the Sky

June 25, 2019

Pie in the Sky is part novel, part comic book, with a dash of cookbook thrown in. It’s the story of two brothers who move to a new place where they feel like they don’t belong. Together, they find refuge…

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Telescope Dispute

June 24, 2019

A giant telescope will be built on Mauna Kea, a dormant Hawaiian volcano that some people consider sacred. Hawaii governor David Ige announced on June 20 that construction of the telescope had been approved. It’s called the Thirty Meter Telescope,…

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New Toy in Town

June 21, 2019

Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the gang are back, in Toy Story 4, which hits theaters June 21. The toys love spending time with their new owner, Bonnie. But Bonnie’s starting kindergarten soon, and she’s nervous. To comfort herself,…

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A Steep Challenge

June 20, 2019

Selah Schneiter, 10, has become one of the youngest people to climb El Capitan, a rock formation in Yosemite National Park, in California. Selah scaled the 3,000-foot peak with her father, Mike Schneiter, and family friend Mark Reiger. The team…


Skyscraper Games

June 20, 2019

On June 10, at 8 p.m., more than a hundred people were gathered in a tent in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They were there to play video games. But they wouldn’t be playing on any ordinary gaming system. Instead, they were gearing…



Refugee Report

June 19, 2019

By the end of 2018, nearly 71 million people around the world had been displaced by war, persecution, and other violence. That’s according to the United Nations Refugee Agency’s annual “Global Trends” report. It was released today. That number includes…

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Celebrating Music

June 18, 2019

Turn up the tunes! The 2019 ARDYs—A Radio Disney Music Celebration—aired live from the CBS Studio Center, in Los Angeles, California, on June 16. Sofia Carson hosted the awards ceremony. Carson is an actress in Disney’s Descendants movies and Freeform's…

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TFK Reads: We're Not From Here

June 18, 2019

Have you ever looked at the night sky and imagined creatures living on planets far from Earth? In We’re Not from Here, author Geoff Rodkey dreams up a world inhabited by aliens that look like giant mosquitoes. We’re Not from…


Protests in Hong Kong

June 18, 2019

There have been massive protests on the streets of Hong Kong this month. It’s estimated that about 2 million people have taken part. That’s more than a quarter of the country’s population. Protests began on June 9. Organizers say about…


Hope at Notre-Dame

June 17, 2019

On Saturday, the first mass was held at Notre-Dame cathedral since the church was ravaged by fire in April. The service took place in a small side chapel. For security reasons, only about 30 people were allowed to attend. They…

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Go with the Flow

June 14, 2019

Just Roll with It is a comedy series with a twist. This unique new sitcom lets the live studio audience steer the story line—as the show is being taped. At several points in each episode, the show stops. The actors…