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

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.

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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.

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Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engle 2015 Awardee
The 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 illustrated by Jamie Hogan. “Everybody’s equal, everybody’s waiting for something, everybody’s inconvenienced,” Murray said. “I hope it comes across as a story of community, the value of community, the value of friendship.”

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Rickshaw Girl by Mitali Perkins,illustrations by Jamie Hogan 2008 Awardee


Ohioana Book Awards go to Anthony Doerr, Jacqueline Woodson, more

Middle Grade/Young Adult Literature: Jacqueline Woodson, “Brown Girl Dreaming.” Woodson, the author of books for children and young adults, won the 2014 National Book Award for “Brown Girl Dreaming” and is the current U.S. Young People’s Poet Laureate. She was born in Columbus and now lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson 2013 Awardee
From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun by Jacqueline Woodson 1996 Awardee
I Hadn’t Meant to Tell You This by Jacqueline Woodson 1995 Awardee

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