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Flint, Michigan Youth Write of their Experience/ Addams Winners Celebrated Nationwide JACBA Newsletter 27May2016
Newsletter , Uncategorized / May 28, 2016

Fourth Grade Essayists Honored at UM-Flint Writing Adventure Award-winning children’s author and UM-Flint alumnus Christopher Paul Curtis presented the students with their awards while reminding them of the valuable communication skills that they develop simply from expressing themselves by practicing their writing. Read More Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis 2008 Awardee The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963 written by Christopher Paul Curtis 1996 Awardee Faculty Member Jamie Hogan Honored with Lupine Award (Hogan’s) lush pastel and colored pencil illustrations seen in Island Birthday, which recently won a Lupine Award. Island Birthday was written by author Eva Murray and published by Tilbury House Publishers. Read More Rickshaw Girl by Mitali Perkins,illustrations by Jamie Hogan 2008 Awardee Author Phillip Hoose to speak at Gardiner Area High School Hoose has responded to questions by youth about their place in history. He has identified young adults who have had a pivotal role in history, done extensive research and written books to bring these stories to life. His writing can help students see that they can be agents of change and help shape history. Through the powerful examples he provides, students can realize the rights and responsibilities of being a citizen of…

Chippewa Author Louise Erdrich On Justice & Resilience JACBA Newsletter 20May2016
Newsletter , Uncategorized / May 20, 2016

Minneapolis author Louise Erdrich finds writing humor is the ‘hardest thing’Louise Erdrich’s latest novel, “LaRose,” is a page-turner that reflects her experience of family and resilience. Louise Erdrich’s 15th novel, “LaRose,” entwines such weighty themes as war, family, adoption, death, grief, the Indian Child Welfare Act, reservation boarding schools, Indian culture and myth, and justice. It’s also a page-turner. And it’s also, in parts, quite funny. Read More The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich 2000 Awardee Best books for children and young adults this month The Extraordinary Suzy Wright: A Colonial Woman on the Frontier (Abrams, ages 8 to 12) by Teri Kanefield tells the story of Susanna “Suzy” Wright, a little-known 18th-century Quaker frontierswoman, poet and political activist. This richly illustrated book — featuring maps, photographs and reproductions of letters and paintings — offers an unusual portrait of colonial America and how one woman made her mark in it. Read More The Girl From the Tar Paper School: Barbara Rose Johns and the advent of the Civil Rights Movement by Teri Kanefield 2015 Awardee Sherman Alexie’s ‘Thunder Boy Jr.’ May Be Slated To Be A New Classic And A Bestseller [Behind an Ad Wall] National Book Award winner Sherman…

Mary Downing Hahn and Lynn Joseph on Writing, JACBA Newsletter 6May2016
Newsletter , Uncategorized / May 6, 2016

Kitty Stone students raise $2K to get visit from author Young-adult novelist Mary Downing Hahn had come from her home in Maryland to meet her fifth-grade fans. “Ask yourself, ‘What if?’” she advised aspiring writers. Kelci Comisac of the “Mary Club” waited [in line] and considered a life as an author. “I’m thinking more about it,” she said, “and all the possibilities I can do.” Read More December Stillness by Mary Downing Hahn 1989 Awardee ‘Writing is always first’ ~Lynn Joseph Senior Reporter JULIEN NEAVES features veteran award winning author and attorney Lynn Joseph, a Trindad and Tobago finalists for the Burt Award for Caribbean Literature. Joseph is nominated for The Truth Is. On The Truth Is…, “I was inspired by my own teenage son, who moved from the Caribbean to NY, and the issue of bullying is prevalent all over the world and I wanted teens to see how their own fears of not fitting in can be overcome to do the right thing.” Read More The Color of My Words by Lynn Joseph 2001 Awardee Deborah Ellis set to visit library to discuss work Much of Ellis’ work explores women and children issues, especially those struck by war….