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Episode 93 - Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix

7/17/2019
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C’mon. Admit it. Don’t you just wish sometimes that your parents would just disappear? But what happens next? That’s just part of the plot for our book this week “Double Identity” By Margaret Peterson Haddix. Our readers are from Sousa Middle School in Washington, D.C. Our celebrity reader is actress Molly Parker, from "Deadwood" and "Lost In Space." Kitty Felde is host. Oh, and just a warning: the discussion contains spoiler alerts, so you might want to read the book before you listen to...

Duration:00:21:38

Bonus Episode: The Search for the Real Great Brain

7/10/2019
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Has a book inspired you to take a summer vacation to a particular place? "The Great Brain" series seems to have inspired a lot of readers - including Sharon Madsen's family. Sharon's become the unofficial John D. Fitzgerald historian, archivist, and tour guide, taking fans of "The Great Brain" series around Fitzgerald's hometown of Price Utah. Kitty Felde talks to Sharon Madsen about her family's obsession.

Duration:00:11:10

Episode 92 - The Great Brain by John D. Fitzgerald

7/3/2019
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This week, we catch up with readers in Houston, Texas who love "The Great Brain" books by John D. Fitzgerald SO much, they named their book club after it. Not familiar with the book? A lot of the plot involves the oldest brother Tom who always has a new scheme to separate kids from their money. Our celebrity reader is J. Keith van Straaten, host of the game show podcast Go Fact Yourself. Our writer John D. Fitzgerald is no longer with us, but Sharon Madsen, the resident expert on Fitzgerald,...

Duration:00:27:07

Summer Reading from the LA Public Library's Mini Maker Faire

6/26/2019
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Looking for great summer reading ideas? This group from Southern California have lots of suggestions.

Duration:00:09:33

Episode 91 - Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

6/19/2019
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Do you ever feel different? Peculiar? Perhaps not as peculiar as the kids in "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children." Readers from the DC International School discuss Ransom Riggs' novel and pose questions to the author. NPR Special Correspondent Melissa Block is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

Duration:00:21:23

Favorite Books from the LA Public Library's Maker Faire

6/12/2019
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We usually talk to middle school kids on Book Club for Kids. This week, we hear book suggestions from some of our youngest listeners. The episode was recorded at the LA Public Library's Mini Maker Faire at the downtown Central Library. Kitty Felde is host.

Duration:00:06:39

Episode 90 - Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan

6/5/2019
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"Esperanza Rising" is a riches to rags tale about a wealthy Mexican family who end up as farmworkers in California's Central Valley. Students from Murch Elementary School in Washington, DC compare the book to Frances Hodgson Burnett's "A Little Princess." Actress Christine Avila is celebrity reader. Writer Pam Munoz Ryan talks about her real-life grandmother whose life inspired the book. Kitty Felde is host.

Duration:00:20:28

A conversation with graphic novelist Nidhi Chanani

5/29/2019
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Writer Nidhi Chanani always wanted to be a writer. Kitty Felde talks to Nidhi and finds out how did she end up writing her graphic novel "Pashmina."

Duration:00:06:53

Episode 89 - Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani

5/22/2019
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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.

Duration:00:22:35

Veronica Roth on Writing

5/15/2019
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"Divergent" writer Veronica Roth talks about her latest writing adventures.

Duration:00:06:12

Episode 88 - Divergent by Veronica Roth

5/8/2019
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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...

Duration:00:23:06

Bonus Chris Tebbetts

5/1/2019
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Chris Tebbetts talks about book packaging, collaboration with James Patterson, and using storyboarding and other techniques as a writer. For more with Chris Tebbetts, listen to the entire episode of “Public School Superhero.”

Duration:00:07:20

Episode 87 - Public School Superhero by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts

4/24/2019
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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.

Duration:00:23:02

Bonus episode with writerDan Gutman

4/17/2019
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What's next for Dan Gutman's My Wierd School series?

Duration:00:03:21

Bonus Episode: A Conversation with Dodger Legend Tommy Davis

4/15/2019
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Baseball legend Tommy Davis only signed with the Dodgers because of phone call from Jackie Robinson. And even though he played in a different era, Tommy experienced racism from baseball fans firsthand.

Duration:00:05:14

Episode 86 - Jackie & Me by Dan Gutman

4/10/2019
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Every April 15th, Major League Baseball celebrates the day that Jack Roosevelt Robinson started at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers, the day that integrated baseball. This year marks Jackie Robinson’s 100th birthday and to celebrate, we’re discussing the novel “Jackie & Me” by Dan Gutman. Readers from Murch Elementary School in Washington, DC discuss the book with host Kitty Felde. Our celebrity reader is another legendary Dodger, the two-time National League batting champion, Tommy Davis.

Duration:00:19:21

Favorite Books from You

4/3/2019
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Readers from across the country call in and tell host Kitty Felde their favorite books.

Duration:00:07:40

Episode 85 - Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

3/27/2019
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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.

Duration:00:23:23

Favorite Books from Palos Heights Illinois

3/20/2019
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Readers at the Palos Heights Public Library share their favorite books...and many of them are our favorites, too!

Duration:00:04:36

Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder with Congressman Adam Schiff

3/13/2019
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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, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, is our celebrity reader.

Duration:00:28:02