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Reading Roundup

September 23, 2020

A magical quest, middle school drama, and a feathered serpent fill the pages of three new graphic novels. Find out more about these illustrated stories. Travel Partners Set off on a quest in the new graphic novel Lightfall: The Girl…

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TFK Kid Reporters: Meet Donnell

September 21, 2020

Meet Donnell Meekins, one of the 10 outstanding kids selected to be a TFK Kid Reporter this school year. Donnell is 10 years old and lives in Carson, California. Donnell likes board games and playing the drums. As a TFK…

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TFK Kid Reporters: Meet Sophia

September 21, 2020

Meet Sophia Hou, one of the 10 outstanding kids selected to be a TFK Kid Reporter this school year. Sophia is 11 years old and lives in Short Hills, New Jersey. She likes to grow vegetables in her garden, and…

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Honoring Justice Ginsburg

September 21, 2020

Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday, September 18, in Washington, D.C., at the age of 87. She had served as a United States Supreme Court justice since 1993. Ginsburg was the second woman to be named to the nation’s top…

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Health

Race to a Vaccine

September 18, 2020

A volunteer sits in a doctor’s office in Binghamton, New York. She’s wearing a sundress, so there’s no need to roll up a sleeve. A researcher walks in and gives her a shot in the upper arm. “Well, that was…

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Science

Antarctica Flight

September 18, 2020

The United States Antarctic Program (USAP) has sent its first crew to Antarctica since May. About 100 operations and engineering staff members of the USAP arrived on the continent on September 14. Antarctica is the only continent free of the…

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Southern Storm

September 18, 2020

Hurricane Sally made landfall near Pensacola, Florida, on September 16. It brought heavy rain and winds topping 100 miles per hour. At press time, Sally was expected to move inland over Alabama and into Georgia. The storm moved at a…

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In Memory

September 17, 2020

The Tribute in Light memorial shines as the sun rises over New York City on September 12. The lights are from Ground Zero, the former site of the World Trade Center, to honor those who died 19 years ago in…

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Art for Everyone

September 17, 2020

When we want to see art, where do we go? The pandemic has made it hard to visit museums and galleries. But sometimes, we can find art outside in the neighborhood. Murals are large artworks. They are painted on walls.…

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8 Questions for Jennifer Eberhardt

September 17, 2020

People are sometimes treated unfairly because of unconscious bias. TFK’s Brian S. McGrath spoke with social psychologist Jennifer Eberhardt to learn how to recognize bias, and how we might stop it. 1. What is unconscious bias? Bias can be defined…

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Fighting the Darkness

September 16, 2020

In the new novel Maya and the Rising Dark, Maya thinks she’s a normal girl living in a normal neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois. Then she learns that her father has magical powers, and that he’s been using them to guard…

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A Podcast of the Past

September 16, 2020

Are you a history buff? Then you’ll love the podcast The Past and the Curious. It features surprising, funny, and inspiring stories about historical figures and events. Recent episodes have covered subjects from the nurse Florence Nightingale to the Harlem…

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TFK Kid Reporters: Meet Abby

September 15, 2020

Meet Abby Rogers, one of the 10 outstanding kids selected to be a TFK Kid Reporter this school year. Abby is 10 years old and lives in Lahaina, Hawaii. She likes to free-dive in the ocean, and her biggest pet…

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TFK Kid Reporters: Meet Miguel

September 15, 2020

Meet Miguel Madero, one of the 10 outstanding kids selected to be a TFK Kid Reporter this school year. Miguel is 10 years old and lives in San Antonio, Texas. He loves to build things with Legos and looks up…

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For the Birds

September 11, 2020

Jeremi Swietochowski was playing with Legos when he heard a thump. A bird had flown into the window and fallen onto the balcony. The fourth grader rushed to check on it. “Just when I was about to open the door,…

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Record Wildfires

September 11, 2020

Dozens of wildfires are tearing through California. Two of them, not far from San Francisco, are among the three largest in the state’s history. “The wildfire situation throughout California is dangerous and must be taken seriously,” Randy Moore, of the…

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Staying Connected

September 11, 2020

Maggie Weymouth, 8, says her friends used to love playing with her chickens. She lives on a farm in Clarence, New York, and has lots of pets. But Maggie’s friends haven’t come around lately. Despite the company of her animals…

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Opinion

Should the Voting Age Be Lowered?

September 11, 2020

To vote for president of the United States, a person must be 18 years old. In the U.S., the voting age was 21 before the Vietnam War. It was lowered to 18 by the 26th Amendment to the Constitution, in…

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