Ep. 78- Zibby Owens on Moms Don’t Have Time To: A Quarantine Anthology

Today I’m excited to share an interview with book-fluencer extraordinaire Zibby Owens. We discussed the new book she edited and contributed to, Moms Don’t Have Time To: A Quarantine Anthology, how she got started in the literary world, balancing passions for reading and writing, favorite words of wisdom from authors, and much more!

 

You can also listen and subscribe on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.

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Order a copy of Moms Don’t Have Time To: A Quarantine Anthology on Bookshop.org.* It would make a great Mother’s Day gift for the moms in your life (or for yourself!).

 

To learn more about visit Zibby and follow along with all of the “Moms Don’t Have Time To” happenings visit zibbyowens.com

 

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Happy Reading and Listening,

Laura Szaro Kopinski

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Ep. 77: Spotlight on the Newburyport Literary Festival with Co-Director Jennifer Entwistle

Today we have a special episode where you’ll get the inside scoop on the upcoming Newburyport Literary Festival, which will be virtual this year. 

Listen to my conversation with festival co-director Jennifer Entwistle. We chatted about the sessions she’s most looking forward to, how to watch this free festival, the literary culture in Newburyport, and much more!

 

You can also listen and subscribe on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.

To register for virtual sessions at this year’s festival visit:  https://newburyportliteraryfestival.org

Order from the participating festival bookstores: Jabberwocky Books and Bookshop of Beverly Farms.

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Happy Reading and Listening,

Laura Szaro Kopinski

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Ep. 76: Kristin Hannah, Author of The Four Winds

NY Times Bestselling Author Kristin Hannah joins me on the podcast this week to discuss her new novel, The Four Winds and all things bookish.  Find out how Kristin got started as a writer, the inspiration behind this new book, how she feels about the new Netflix adaptation of her novel Firefly Lane, and much more!

 

“A spectacular tour de force of survival that shines a spotlight on the indispensable but often overlooked role of Greatest Generation women.” 

People Magazine

Kristin is an award-winning and bestselling author of more than 20 novels including the international blockbuster, The Nightingale, Winter Garden, Night Road, and Firefly Lane. A former-lawyer-turned writer, Kristin lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband.

The Four Winds has been a #1 bestseller everywhere, a Today Show “Read with Jenna” Book Club pick, a Book of the Month Pick, and much more.

To learn more about Kristin Hannah and follow her on social media visit https://kristinhannah.com


You can also listen and subscribe on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.

Browse Books Mentioned On This Episode:

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Happy Reading and Listening,

Laura Szaro Kopinski

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Ep. 75: Kristin Bair, Author of Agatha Arch Is Afraid of Everything

This week, my guest on the podcast is Kristin Bair, author of the hilarious new novel, Agatha Arch Is Afraid of Everything.

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Agatha will draw readers in with her wry takes…Fans of Where’d You Go, Bernadette and Elinor Oliphant Is Fine will love this clever romp. 

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Kristin has also published two other books, The Art of Floating and Thirsty, as well as numerous essays including one I loved, The Parenting Break: Finding Your Way Back to Literary CitizenshipA native Pittsburgher, Kristin now lives north of Boston with her husband and two kids. 

To learn more about Kristin Bair and follow her on social media visit http://www.kristinbairokeeffe.com


You can also listen and subscribe on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.

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Happy Reading and Listening,

Laura Szaro Kopinski

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Ep. 74: Jennifer Robson, Author of Our Darkest Night

This week, my guest on the podcast is historical fiction author Jennifer Robson. Fans of The Gown will love her latest novel, Our Darkest Night: A Novel of Italy and the Second World .

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“Robson shines with this stellar WWII story. Expert characterizations and perfect pacing are rounded out by lyrical prose … This will break readers’ hearts.” -Publishers’ Weekly Starred Review

An academic by background, a former editor by profession, and a lifelong history nerd, Jennifer Robson is now a full-time writer. She is the author of six novels set during and after the two world wars: Somewhere in France, After the War is Over, Moonlight Over Paris, Goodnight from London, The Gown, and her latest, Our Darkest Night: A Novel of Italy and the Second World War.

To learn more about Jennifer Robson and follow her on social media visit https://jennifer-robson.com.


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Happy Reading and Listening,

Laura Szaro Kopinski

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Five Audiobooks That Made Me Enjoy Sitting in Traffic and Doing the Dishes

This week I’m sharing a post from last fall that’s chock full of great audiobook recommendations. Enjoy!

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Are you on the hunt for an audiobook so good you won’t be able to press pause? Look no further.

I’m always on the lookout for an audiobook that will draw me right in and allow for some successful bookish multitasking–reading while taking a walk or folding laundry. Here are five of my recent audiobook favorites:

 

1. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Narrated by Julia Whelan

51eH5ngcYiL._SY346_From the bestselling author of The Nightingale, The Great Alone is hands down my favorite audiobook of the year. I found myself looking forward to rush hour Boston traffic just so I could hear one more scene. The novel opens in 1974 when 13-year-old Leni moves to Alaska with her parents. The family is woefully unprepared for the emotional and physical challenges of this harsh, beautiful landscape.  Leni must learn how to survive in her new surroundings–while navigating the complexities of her parents’ troubled relationship. Kirkus Reviews writes that Hannah “re-creates in magical detail the lives of Alaska’s homesteaders in both of the state’s seasons (they really only have two) and is just as specific and authentic in her depiction of the spiritual wounds of post-Vietnam America. A tour de force.” Hannah’s novel is a rare combination of exquisite writing, a plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat, and characters that will stick with you. I highly recommend the audiobook version, Julia Whelan’s performance was exceptional.

Kristin Hannah discusses the real life inspiration behind The Great Alone in this video:

You can also listen to this interview with Kristin Hannah from WNYC:

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2. Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Read by Guy Lockard

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My one regret about Ghost by Jason Reynolds is that I didn’t pick it up sooner! This standout middle grade title is the first in Reynolds’ Track series and was a National Book Award finalist back in 2016, when the judges noted “In Ghost, Jason Reynolds flawlessly delivers eloquent moments of terror, anticipation and fun—clear to the finish line—without an extra word to spare. We are immersed in the backdrop of believable characters from the night Ghost Crenshaw runs for his life, to his struggle to silence the “scream inside him.” Ghost will stay with you.” I couldn’t agree more and the engaging audio narration had me hooked from chapter 1–and fittingly–adding serious mileage to my morning walk so I could listen longer. At various times the protagonist Ghost Crenshaw broke my heart and had me laughing out loud. I cannot wait to recommend this one to the kids and teens in my life and I’m sure this will be a top contender for this year’s Massachusetts Children’s Book Award program here in my state. You can also vote for Ghost as part of PBS’s Great American Read.

An excerpt of the Ghost audiobook is available to preview:

 

You can watch Jason Reynolds discuss Ghost and the importance of reading on this Author Imprint video from PBS:

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3. Off the Clock by Laura Vanderkam

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Conversational, practical nonfiction books are my favorite audiobooks to listen to and Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done is exactly that. If you are a podcast listener looking to dip your toe into audiobooks, I would suggest this new title by time management expert Laura Vanderkam. (In fact, you may have heard of Vanderkam from her podcast Best of Both Worlds). In her latest book, the author of 168 Hours and I Know How She Does It turns her attention to spending our free time wisely. She wrote about her inspiration for her book on her blog, “I first got the idea for this book in July 2016 when I was running in Bar Harbor, Maine. I had no immediate obligations for the day, and so that phrase popped into my head. I was off the clock — just like when I punched out after a shift back in my teenage minimum wage days. I wanted to explore this concept of time freedom: what makes it possible? How do busy people who feel relaxed about time structure their lives?”. For Off the Clock, Vandarkam had 900 people track their time on one day, March 27th, 2017–then analyzed the relationship between how people spent their time and how they felt about their time. Vandarkam’s findings will inspire you to turn off the television, put down your phone and invest time in the relationships and experiences that lead to a more satisfying life.

You can hear an excerpt of Off the Clock read by Vandarkam herself:

 

You can also listen to Vandarkam discuss the book on her Best of Both Worlds podcast with cohost Sarah Hart-Unger:

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4. Wishree by Katherine Applegate

Narrated by Nancy Linari

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You can listen to an excerpt of the Wishtree audiobook:

 

The trailer for Wishtree is extremely well done and has sparked so much enthusiasm for reading the book when I’ve shown it to 4th/5th grade classes:

 

5. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Narrated by Sean Crisden and Eisa Davis

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Listening to An American Marriage by Tayari Jones instead of reading the print book happened by chance. I often place library holds for the print book and audiobook and read whatever becomes available first. In this case, I am so happy the audiobook won out because it was incredibly well done. The book is narrated by Sean Crisden and Eisa Davis, who read the parts of newly married Roy and Celestial–two characters whose stories take abrupt turns when Roy is wrongfully committed of a crime and sentenced to twelve years in prison. As The Washington Post notes, the questions around Celestial and Roy’s ties and responsibilities toward one another (they have only been married eighteen months) are “spun with tender patience by Jones, who cradles each of these characters in a story that pulls our sympathies in different directions.”

 

You can watch Oprah share this title as her book club pick and hear Tayari Jones discuss her inspiration for the book in this  clip from CBS This Morning:

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What audiobooks would you recommend? Let me know in the comments or on your favorite social media platform. I’m @ABookishHome.

Happy Reading!

Laura Szaro Kopinski

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Ep. 29: Laura Vanderkam, Author of Juliet’s School of Possibilities

One of my favorite authors, Laura Vanderkam, returns to the podcast this week to discuss her new book, Juliet’s School of Possibilities, which is a time management fable. Laura is the author of several other time management and productivity books, including Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done as well as I Know How She Does It, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, and 168 Hours. Laura’s work has appeared in publications including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and Fortune. She is the host of the podcast Before Breakfast and the co-host, with Sarah Hart-Unger, of the podcast Best of Both Worlds. She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and four children, and blogs at LauraVanderkam.com.

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I am always on board for a new title by Laura Vanderkam. Her books have completely changed the way I approach managing my time and I can’t recommend them highly enough. When I heard that her next book was a fable, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but it completely exceeded my expectations. Juliet’s School of Possibilities has the feel of a novel, while also imparting key aspects of Vanderkam’s time management philosophy.

Since it is a quick, enjoyable read, this is a perfect book to dip your toe into Vanderkam’s work and finish feeling motivated to make some changes. It would also be perfect to read as a staff and then discuss.

You can also listen to this episode on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.

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You can visit Laura Vanderkam’s website at lauravanderkam.com.

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I highly recommend Laura Vanderkam’s podcasts:  Best of Both Worlds and Before Breakfast.

Other Laura Vanderkam Titles:

Off the Clock

I Know How She Does It

168 Hours

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Laura’s Recommended Read:

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Laura Szaro Kopinski

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Repost: Books and Podcasts for the New Year

Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed ringing in 2019 and that you’ll get some time today to curl up with a good book.

Today I’m sharing a post from last January with some of my favorite nonfiction reads to start the new year.

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This Thursday, I’ll be sharing an interview with Ann Braden on the podcast, author of the incredible middle grade novel, The Benefits of Being An Octopus

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Happy Reading!

Laura Szaro Kopinski

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Ep. 12: Laura Vanderkam, Author of “Off the Clock”

I’m thrilled to share a conversation with Laura Vanderkam this week, author of several time management and productivity books, including her latest Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done as well as I Know How She Does It, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, and 168 Hours. Her work has appeared in publications including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and Fortune. She is the co-host, with Sarah Hart-Unger, of the podcast Best of Both Worlds. She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and four children, and blogs at LauraVanderkam.com.

 

 

You can also listen to this episode on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.

 

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You can visit Laura Vanderkam’s website at lauravanderkam.com.

Check out the Best of Both Worlds podcast:

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Discover New Kidlit with Your State’s Book Award Program

Have you checked out your state’s book awards for children? These lists can be a great way to find new titles for your children and students to enjoy.

You can find a link to your state’s book award program here.

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I am a huge fan of the Massachusetts Children’s Book Award program. Each year in my school library, I would promote MCBA books to students with book trailers and much bookish enthusiasm. If they read five books out of the 25 nominated titles by March, they would be eligible to vote for the winner along with 4th, 5th, and 6th graders all over the state. We approached it like one big book club with a lot of choice and it was so much fun discussing the books with one another and discovering great new reads.

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Last year’s winner was one of my all time favorite middle grade novels, The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. There was so much book joy watching my students fall in love with this story and root for Ada.

Kids were hooked as soon as they watched this trailer from author Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, where she shares her inspiration for this captivating historical fiction title:

 

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This year’s list of MCBA nominees has blown me way. There are so many titles that I adore that I think kids will not be able to put down.

Here are a few of my favorite MCBA 2019 nominees:

 

The Inquisitor’s Tale by Adam Gidwitz

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This Newbery Honor title sweeps you up in an epic story that you won’t want to put down:

“1242. On a dark night, travelers from across France cross paths at an inn and begin to tell stories of three children. Their adventures take them on a chase through France: they are taken captive by knights, sit alongside a king, and save the land from a farting dragon. On the run to escape prejudice and persecution and save precious and holy texts from being burned, their quest drives them forward to a final showdown at Mont Saint-Michel, where all will come to question if these children can perform the miracles of saints.”

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Watch the book trailer:

 

 

Ghost by Jason Reynolds (Track Series #1)

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This National Book Award Winner is also part of PBS’ The Great American Read. The audiobook version had me alternately laughing out loud and tearing up. You can read more in my earlier post: Five Audiobooks That Made Me Enjoy Sitting in Traffic and Doing the Dishes

“Running. That’s all that Ghost (real name Castle Cranshaw) has ever known. But never for a track team. Nope, his game has always been ball. But when Ghost impulsively challenges an elite sprinter to a race — and wins — the Olympic medalist track coach sees he has something: crazy natural talent. Thing is, Ghost has something else: a lot of anger, and a past that he is trying to outrun. Can Ghost harness his raw talent for speed and meld with the team, or will his past finally catch up to him?”

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Listen to an author reading:

 

It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas

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Based on author Firoozeh Dumas’ own experiences, It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel is funny, compelling and sure to stay with you. You can read more about this book in my post Middle Grade Reads I Can’t Wait to Recommend.

“Zomorod (Cindy) Yousefzadeh is the new kid on the block . . . for the fourth time. California’s Newport Beach is her family’s latest perch, and she’s determined to shuck her brainy loner persona and start afresh with a new Brady Bunch name—Cindy. It’s the late 1970s, and fitting in becomes more difficult as Iran makes U.S. headlines with protests, revolution, and finally the taking of American hostages. Even puka shell necklaces, pool parties, and flying fish can’t distract Cindy from the anti-Iran sentiments that creep way too close to home.”

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The Bad Guys (Bad Guys Series #1) by Aaron Blabey

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This funny series is one we could not keep on the shelves last year:

“They sound like bad guys, they look like bad guys . . . and they even smell like bad guys. But Mr. Wolf, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Snake, and Mr. Shark are about to change all of that…Mr. Wolf has a daring plan for the Bad Guys’ first good mission. They are going to break two hundred dogs out of the Maximum Security City Dog Pound. Will Operation Dog Pound go smoothly? Will the Bad Guys become the Good Guys? And will Mr. Snake please stop swallowing Mr. Piranha?!”

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View the book trailer:

 

 

Wolf Hollow by Laren Wolk

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This beautiful historical fiction book and Newbery Honor winner weaves together themes of kindness and courage.

“Growing up in the shadows cast by two world wars, Annabelle has lived a mostly quiet, steady life in her small Pennsylvania town. Until the day new student Betty Glengarry walks into her class. Betty quickly reveals herself to be cruel and manipulative, and while her bullying seems isolated at first, things quickly escalate, and reclusive World War I veteran Toby becomes a target of her attacks. While others have always seen Toby’s strangeness, Annabelle knows only kindness. She will soon need to find the courage to stand as a lone voice of justice as tensions mount.”

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Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson

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Fans of Wonder, Absolutely Almost, and Because of Mr. Terupt will love Ms. Bixby’s Last Day. 

“Everyone knows there are different kinds of teachers. The boring ones, the mean ones, the ones who try too hard, the ones who stopped trying long ago. The ones you’ll never remember, and the ones you want to forget. Ms. Bixby is none of these. She’s the sort of teacher who makes you feel like school is somehow worthwhile. Who recognizes something in you that sometimes you don’t even see in yourself. Who you never want to disappoint. What Ms. Bixby is, is one-of-a-kind. Topher, Brand, and Steve know this better than anyone. And so when Ms. Bixby unexpectedly announces that she won’t be able to finish the school year, they come up with a risky plan, more of a quest, really, to give Ms. Bixby the last day she deserves. Through the three very different stories they tell, we begin to understand what Ms. Bixby means to each of them—and what the three of them mean to each other.”

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Listen to an audiobook excerpt:

 

 

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Putting yourself in another person’s shoes is so important for adults and kids alike. This novel accomplishes this in a way that is thought-provoking and full of heart.

“From comes Eleven-year-old Perry was born and raised by his mom at the Blue River Co-ed Correctional Facility in tiny Surprise, Nebraska. His mom is a resident on Cell Block C, and so far Warden Daugherty has made it possible for them to be together. That is, until a new district attorney discovers the truth—and Perry is removed from the facility and forced into a foster home. When Perry moves to the “outside” world, he feels trapped. Desperate to be reunited with his mom, Perry goes on a quest for answers about her past crime. As he gets closer to the truth, he will discover that love makes people resilient no matter where they come from . . . but can he find a way to tell everyone what home truly means?”

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Fans of Sara Pennypacker’s Clementine series will enjoy this spinoff. She is also the author of Pax, Summer of the Gypsy Moths, and many more.

“Waylon has lots of ideas for making life more awesome through science, like teleportation, human gills, and attracting cupcakes by controlling gravity. But it’s impossible for him to concentrate on his inventions when he’s experiencing his own personal Big Bang. Arlo Brody is dividing the fourth grade boys into two groups. Waylon would rather be friends with everyone. Well, everyone except the scary new kid, Baxter Boylen.Waylon’s older sister, Neon, is shooting away from the family. He wishes everything would go back to the way it was before she started wearing all black and saying “What’s the point?” all the time. Just when it looks as though Waylon’s universe is exploding, something happens to bring it all together again, and it is, without a doubt, One Awesome Thing.”

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These are the 25 books nominated for this year’s Massachusetts Children’s Book Awards. Voting will take place at participating schools and libraries mid-March and the winner will be announced by Salem State in April 2019. You can find more information about the MCBA program here.

 

MCBA 2019 Nominated Books:

Anderson, J.D. (2016). Ms. Bixby’s Last Day.

Arnold, E. (2017). A Boy Called Bat.

Barnett, M. (2015). The Terrible Two.

Blabey, A. (2016). The Bad Guys #1.

Chad, J. (2016). Science Comics: Volcanoes.

Connor, L. (2016). All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook.

DiCamillo, K. (2016). Raymie Nightingale.

Dinerstein, E. (2016). What Elephants Know.

Dumas, F. (2016). It Ain’t so Awful, Falafel.

Gannon, N. (2017). The Doldrums.

Gidwitz, A. (2016). The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog. Grimes, N. (2017). One Last Word.

Hahn, M. D. (2016). Took: A Ghost Story.

Hale, N. (2015). The Underground Abductor.

Kelly, J. (2015). The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate.

Lord, C. (2015). A Handful of Stars.

Martin, A.M. (2014). Rain Reign.

Nielsen, J.A. (2015). A Night Divided.

Pennypacker, S. (2016). Waylon! One Awesome Thing.

Ponti, J. (2016). Framed: A T.O.A.S.T. Mystery.

Reynolds, J. (2016). Ghost.

Rhodes, J.P. (2016). Towers Falling.

Shovan, L. (2016). The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary.

Tavares, M. (2015). Growing Up Pedro: How the Martinez Brothers Made It from the Dominican Republic All the Way to the Major Leagues.

Wolk, L. (2016). Wolf Hollow.

 

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