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A Promising Start

October 12, 2018

Teachers at a new public school in Akron, Ohio, welcomed students on opening day with applause, high fives, and big smiles. But perhaps no one had a bigger grin than basketball great and hometown hero LeBron James. “This is a…

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Going, Going, Gone

October 12, 2018

Nothing seemed unusual at an October 5 art auction at Sotheby’s in London, England. Then the unthinkable happened. A work by Banksy—a famous British street artist whose identity is a mystery—had just been sold to an anonymous buyer for nearly…

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Health

Habits for a Healthy Brain

October 12, 2018

A new study shows that meeting three benchmarks for health can strengthen kids’ brains. The benchmarks are getting nine to 11 hours of sleep each night, exercising at least 60 minutes a day, and spending less than two hours a…

Environment

Team Puffin

October 12, 2018

Atlantic puffins spend most of their life at sea, floating in the open ocean. When it’s time to lay eggs, the birds gather in colonies on seaside cliffs, burrowing into the ground to build nests. After a puffling, or chick,…

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Mysterious Mission

October 11, 2018

The Vickery twins have lived in a house in Poplar Wood for as long as they can remember. Lee lives in the west wing with their mother, who works for Memory. Felix lives in the east wing with their father,…

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A Spooky Movie

October 11, 2018

An angry pumpkin, scary garden gnomes, and a gang of giant gummy bears are just a few of the creepy curiosities in the new movie Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween. The film, based on the popular Goosebumps books by R.L. Stine,…

Science

Fossil Find

September 28, 2018

Scientists have found that a mysterious type of 500 million–year-old fossil, found in Australia and Russia, was formed by an animal. It was one of the earliest creatures on Earth. The first fossil of this kind was described in…

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Trade Battle

September 28, 2018

For more than 40 years, China and the United States have been trade partners. The countries have bought and sold each other’s goods, from technology to food and steel. Trade has helped each country grow its economy and fostered a…

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Safe in School

September 27, 2018

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh — Just as the last little kid walks single-file out the door, about 30 very eager 7- to 10-year-olds burst in to take their place. Quickly, they claim spots around the perimeter of the lively one-room Golap…

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Muppet Helpers

September 27, 2018

When Hanadi was 4, a bomb destroyed her school. Soon after, her family fled their home, in Syria, to live as refugees in nearby Lebanon. Hanadi enrolled in school there but was scared to go. Her experience is not unusual.…

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8 Questions for Mandy Manning

September 26, 2018

Mandy Manning teaches immigrant and refugee children in Spokane, Washington. She is the 2018 National Teacher of the Year. TFK’s Lina Mai spoke with her about Manning’s goals as an educator and the potential she sees in every student. 1.…

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Girl-Powered

September 26, 2018

Girls Think of Everything was first published in 2000. At the time, author CATHERINE THIMMESH didn’t even have Internet access. To do research, she combed through library books, searching for history’s overlooked female inventors. Two decades later, women and…

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Dancing Duos

September 26, 2018

ABC’s Dancing with the Stars: Juniors debuts on October 7. The show pairs 12 celebrity kids with professional junior ballroom dancers. Each duo has an adult mentor. These seasoned pros guide the young dancers through choreographed routines showcasing different dance…

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Rising Waters

September 21, 2018

When Hurricane Florence barreled in from the Atlantic Ocean and landed in North Carolina on the morning of September 14, it wasn’t 90-mile-an-hour winds that officials feared most. It was water. The 400-mile-wide storm brought heavy rain and a 10-foot…

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8 Questions for Sonia Sotomayor

September 21, 2018

Sonia Sotomayor is the first Latina U.S. Supreme Court justice. She spoke to TFK’s Kio Herrera about her childhood, her career, and her new book. 1. What inspired you to write The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor? I wanted to…

Community

Bye to Bullying

September 21, 2018

Stomp Out Bullying kick-starts National Bullying Prevention Month in October. This year, the group has declared October 1 World Day of Bullying Prevention. On this day, schools around the world unite to end bullying. Students and teachers wear blue to…

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Record Setter

September 21, 2018

Eliud Kipchoge, of Kenya, shattered the marathon world record on September 16, in the Berlin Marathon, in Germany. He finished the annual 26.2-mile race in two hours, one minute, and 39 seconds. Kipchoge is the first person to run…