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Girl on a Mission

May 18, 2018

At the start of Amal Unbound, a new novel by Aisha Saeed, 12-year-old Amal is content with her life in Pakistan. She loves learning and dreams of being a teacher when she grows up. But Amal’s dreams are crushed when…

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Unfinished Business

April 27, 2018

In 2013, Gennifer Choldenko published the third book in her Tales from Alcatraz trilogy. At the time, she thought she was finished with the series. It tells the story of Moose, the son of a guard at the prison on…

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Rhyming in the Ring

April 19, 2018

Knockout, by K.A. Holt, is about a boy named Levi. As a baby, Levi suffered from a medical condition that made it hard for him to breathe. Now a seventh grader, Levi has recovered but still feels trapped. His dad…

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The Key to Creativity

April 13, 2018

Where does creativity come from? And what does it look like? These are the questions Colby Sharp, a fourth-grade teacher in Michigan, wanted to help his students answer. “I realized that ideas can come at any time and can take…

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Learning to Bounce Back

April 13, 2018

A bright-orange tour bus is hard to miss. Even more so when it’s branded Rebound —the title of the new book by Kwame Alexander. In the book, Charlie Bell can’t seem to make the right choices after a family tragedy.…

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Clearing the Air

April 5, 2018

Can one kid really take on a big problem like pollution? That’s the question facing the hero of a new book, Iqbal and His Ingenious Idea. Iqbal lives in Bangladesh. His mother cooks indoors over an open fire. The smoke…

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A Victory in Space

March 16, 2018

On Christmas Eve 1968, NASA’s Apollo 8 became the first spaceship carrying astronauts to enter the moon’s orbit. Author JEFFREY KLUGER documents the remarkable journey in his new book, To the Moon! At the time of the launch, the…

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Poetry in Motion

March 9, 2018

Can your surroundings ignite your creativity? JUAN FELIPE HERRERA thinks so. Herrera was the first Mexican-American U.S. Poet Laureate, from 2015–2017. Growing up, he moved many times. Each new environment sparked ideas. His new book, Jabberwalking, is aimed at helping…

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The Search for Identity

February 26, 2018

The Night Diary, by VEERA HIRANANDANI, tells the story of 12-year-old Nisha’s struggle to find her identity. The tale is told through a series of letters. It takes place in 1947, during a rocky period in India’s history called the…

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Athletes Who Don't Quit

February 16, 2018

Rising Above: Inspiring Women in Sports is a collection of tales about 11 female athletes who overcame challenges and never gave up. Chapters focus on athletes like gymnast Simone Biles, surfer Bethany Hamilton, and track-and-field legend Wilma Rudolph. These athletes’…