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More from writer Varian Johnson

9/18/2019
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Writer Varian Johnson of "The Parker Inheritance" shares his secrets about writing a successful mystery with host Kitty Felde.

Duration:00:06:20

Episode 95 - The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

9/11/2019
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Do you love a mystery? Do you love playing detective, looking for clues on every page? This week’s novel is about a lot of things – segregation, bullying, and most of all, a family mystery. This week's episode is "The Parker Inheritance" by Varian Johnson. Our readers are from Washington DC’s AIM Academy. Actress Sheila Collins is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

Duration:00:21:40

Favorite Books from Studio City

9/4/2019
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We head out to the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles to ask readers at the Studio City branch of the LA Public Library to tell us their favorite books. Kitty Felde is host.

Duration:00:12:19

Episode 62 The First Rule of Punk by Celia Perez

8/28/2019
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Malu is moving to Chicago and she's not very happy about it. She's also not very happy with the way her mother would like her to be. Two things do make her happy: punk music and creating zines. The book is the 2018 Pura Belpré Award Author Honor winner "

Duration:00:24:03

Bonus Favorite Books Eagan Minnesota

8/21/2019
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5th graders from Deerwood Elementary School in Eagan, Minnesota share their favorite books with us. Kitty Felde is host.

Duration:00:06:56

Summer Intern Hannah Matzecki's Favorite Episode - Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar

8/14/2019
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The worst summer vacation ever? Being stuck in the middle of a New Mexico desert with the crabbiest grandfather on planet earth. But there are also magical bees that promise the end of of a drought. Students from Belvedere Elementary School in Falls Church, Virginia. Our celebrity reader is New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. Kitty Felde is host. This episode is the favorite of summer intern Hannah Matzecki.

Duration:00:24:16

Favorite Books Arlington Heights, Illinois

8/7/2019
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Readers from the Arlington Heights Memorial Library in Illinois share their favorite books with host Kitty Felde.

Duration:00:04:56

Episode 94 - The Length of a String by Elissa Brent Weissman

7/31/2019
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What’s it like to be adopted? Does your adopted family’s history become your history or do you feel the need to find your biological story? Our book this week is "The Length of a String" by Elissa Brent Weissman. It’s a Holocaust story about a Jewish family separated by the war. Readers from the Girlfriends Book Club of Baltimore at Hazelwood Elementary Middle School discuss the book and pose lots of questions to our writer. Actor and producer Bari Hochwald is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde...

Duration:00:23:42

Margaret Peterson Haddix

7/24/2019
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Writer Margaret Peterson Haddix has published nearly four dozen novel. We talk to her about how she manages to write so many books, the difference between writing fiction and non-fiction, and get a sneak preview of her newest series. Kitty Felde is host.

Duration:00:10:08

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