JANE ADDAMS AUTHORS ON 2018 BOOK LISTS

BEST OF 2018 FOR JUNIOR READERS

Curtis proves once again that he is a master of bringing the complexities of history to young readers and keep them riveted to the tale.

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THE BEST BOOKS AND YA NOVELS OF 2018 FOR YOUNG READERS

Jacqueline Woodson’s Harbor Me is named….

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CODE SWITCH’S 2018 BOOK GUIDE

Jacqueline Woodson makes a recommendation…

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BOOK GIFT GUIDE 2018

This memoir, by the author of “The Soul of the Octopus,” is full of wonder, empathy and wisdom, a true treasure.

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IN 1982, A 10-YEAR-OLD AMERICAN WROTE TO THE HEAD OF THE U.S.S.R.  HE WROTE BACK…

Samantha Smith, of Manchester, Maine, holds letter she received from Soviet leader Yuri Andropov on April 26, 1983 in Manchester, Maine. (AP Photo/Patricia Wellenbach)

Pravda published Smith’s letter, which congratulated Andropov on his new job, expressed the writer’s worry about nuclear war, and implored the general secretary to “please tell me how you are going to help to not have a war.” Smith insisted that “God made the world for us to share and take care of. Not fight over.” Not content with being published, Smith then wrote to the U.S.S.R.’s U.S. ambassador, asking if Andropov was going to respond.

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JOURNEY TO THE SOVIET UNION BY SAMANTHA SMITH

ARTS PREVIEW: ‘BACK OF THE BUS’

“Everyone is supposed to know these stories, but I think we take it for granted. We have to keep repeating them. They need to be told again and again. And I’m resolved to the fact that we have to do this,” Cooper said.

Cooper said he sees himself as a bridge-builder.

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EDWIDGE DANTICAT BOOKENDS LIVING WRITERS SERIES

In describing the inspiration behind the book (Claire of the Sea Light), Danticat cited a documentary that claimed Haitians lacked sentimentality toward their children, which allowed for easy separation in the adoption process. It was in a dream that Claire appeared to Danticat, motivating her to respond to such sentiments with a seaside novel saturated with humanity.

…She explained her process of translating Créole, her native language from Haiti, and its often humorous undertones. In the same vein, Danticat reminisced on her language acquisition when she first immigrated, learning English both from her brothers and Sesame Street.

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