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Samantha Smith (1983): “…Russians, like… Americans, do not want war” in JACBA Newsletter 27Aug2015
Newsletter , Uncategorized / August 27, 2015

Samantha Smith, Manchester’s messenger of peace, to be featured in Maine State Museum exhibit An exhibit opening on Tuesday at the Maine State Museum seeks to pay tribute to Smith, whose letter prompted a reply and invitation from Andropov to come visit the Soviet Union, which she did in a two-week mission of peace in 1983 that drew worldwide attention. Read More | Journey to the Soviet Union by Samantha Smith 1986 Awardee Two cultures Author Margarita Engle gives a talk on her work at the Pittsburg Library in Pittsburg on Aug. 6. Engle is a Cuban-American writer who became the first Latino awarded a Newberry Honor in 2009 for her book “The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom.” Engle gave talks at several libraries as part of Read to Rhythm Summer Reading Program. Read More | Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engle 2015 AwardeeThe Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle 2009 Awardee Children’s book by Maine islander explores challenges of remote life A new children’s book explores life on remote Maine islands through the eyes of a little boy named Riley. “Island Birthday,” written by Eva Murray and…

News from the shore – Oman, Prince Edward Island, and more – JACBA Newsletter 19Aug2015
Newsletter , Uncategorized / August 19, 2015

Summer Book Club: ‘The Turtle of Oman’ A boy from the Middle East must move to Michigan; he also must learn to say goodbye. Read More | Habibi by Naomi Shihab Nye 1998 AwardeeSitti’s Secrets by Naomi Shihab Nye 1995 Awardee A wonderful walk on Prince Edward Island. Rachna Gilmore, who will launch her new children’s book, “Island Morning”, on Aug. 14, is shown in her garden with a previous book. The literary event will take at Confederation Centre Public Library in Charlottetown at 2 p.m. Read More | A Group of One by Rachna Gilmore 2002 Awardee Muñoz Ryan hits it out of the park with ‘Echo’ “Echo” contains both real magic and magical realism, yet it takes us on a tour of very real racist and classist outrages from Nazi Germany to the San Fernando valley. Read More | Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan 2001 Awardee Ann McGovern, Author, Is Dead at 85; She Made ‘Stone Soup’ a School Staple Several of Ms. McGovern’s nonfiction books chronicled the lives of notable women, including “Runaway Slave: The Story of Harriet Tubman” (1965), illustrated by R. M. Powers, and “The Secret Soldier: The Story of Deborah Sampson” (1975), illustrated…

Films, plays, art and books – JACBA Newsletter 12Aug2015
Newsletter , Uncategorized / August 12, 2015

Angelina Jolie Pitt to exec produce animated film ‘The Breadwinner’ about Afghan girl “Millions of young girls like Parvana are growing up today under oppression or conflict, and helping their families to survive in those conditions. This story is a reminder of the immense value of their contribution,” Jolie Pitt said. “I am delighted to be working with a talented team of artists who I know will do justice to the richness, creativity and strength of Afghan culture and to little girls like Parvana.” The film, which will be directed by Nora Towmey, is based on Deborah Ellis’ internationally acclaimed young adult novel of the same name. The story revolves around a young girl living under the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, who must disguise herself as a boy and become the breadwinner of the family when her father is unfairly imprisoned. Read More | The Heaven Shop by Deborah Ellis 2005 AwardeeThe Breadwinner Trilogy by Deborah Ellis 2004 Special CommendationParvana’s Journey by Deborah Ellis 2003 Awardee The ‘Green Book’ Legacy, a Beacon for Black Travelers A film crew led by Calvin Alexander Ramsey and Becky Wible Searles will interview some of Mr. Green’s relatives for their documentary, “The Green Book…

School named for immigrant farm workers – JACBA Newsletter 5Aug2015
Newsletter , Uncategorized / August 5, 2015

Santa Maria’s newest school, Jiménez Elementary, inaugurated In April the district’s board voted to name the school, which will be known as Jiménez Elementary, after the brothers, who were not only immigrant farm workers but also students in the district. The late Roberto Jiménez worked in the district for 40 years, and Francisco Jiménez is a notable author who has been a professor at Santa Clara University for 43 years. Principal Richard Ruiz summed up the day’s events, and set the school’s future in motion. “Jiménez Elementary is a place where students and staff will have ample opportunities to showcase talents, learn from one another, and value and respect each other’s differences,” he continued. “They will learn to love learning, seek out knowledge, love who they are, and appreciate where they came from.” Read More | The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child by Francisco Jiménez 1998