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Author interview with Tara Dairman and book #giveaway!

A very hap­py book birth­day to Tara Dair­man and her lat­est mid­­dle-grade nov­el, The Great Hiber­na­tion! This sto­ry has mys­tery, pol­i­tics, com­ing of age, sci­ence, and a healthy dose of girl pow­er, and it’s avail­able NOW from Wendy Lamb Books/Penguin Ran­dom House. I loved it, and I high­ly rec­om­mend it! As a spe­cial treat, Tara agreed to do an inter­view for

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How #ChangemakerEd is improving #BacktoSchool

I came across an inter­est­ing arti­cle on Medi­um the oth­er day. It talks about “reimag­in­ing edu­ca­tion in this his­toric time of change” and the impor­tance of #Change­mak­erEd, the glob­al move­ment to empow­er young peo­ple to cre­ate a bet­ter world by mas­ter­ing empa­thy and iden­ti­fy­ing as change­mak­ers. This move­ment isn’t new, but it is grow­ing. And as the author of BE

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Review: POISON by Sarah Albee

POISON: DEADLY DEEDS, PERILOUS PROFESSIONS, AND MURDEROUS MEDICINES by Sarah Albee Pen­guin Ran­dom House/September 05, 2017 Mid­dle Grade (8–12), 192 pages Here’s what the pub­lish­er says: Sci­ence geeks and arm­chair detec­tives will soak up this non-lethal, humor­ous account of the role poi­sons have played in human his­to­ry. Per­fect for STEM enthu­si­asts! For cen­turies, peo­ple have been poi­son­ing one another—changing per­son­al lives and the course

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Photos from the Two Truths and a Lie launch party

Okay, so it’s been more than a month since the launch par­ty for Two Truths and a Lie: It’s Alive!, and this post is _way_ over­due. In my defense, we’ve been hard at work on the sec­ond book in the series, and a writer has to have her pri­or­i­ties, right? Alright, so per­haps there’s no rea­son­able excuse for how neglected

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The Two Truths and a Lie: It’s Alive! Blog Tour Wrap-Up

Pri­or to its release date on June 27th (TOMORROW!!), many peo­ple worked real­ly hard to put togeth­er an amaz­ing blog tour for the launch of my newest book (with Ammi-Joan Paque­tte), Two Truths and a Lie: It’s Alive! The tour includ­ed reviews, excerpts, inter­views, give­aways, and more. Here’s a roundup of all of the great posts that were part of the

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7th Graders Changing the World

I recent­ly came across this arti­cle about some 7th graders from Owas­so, Okla­homa. It says, in part: Sev­er­al read­ing stu­dents at the Owas­so Sev­enth Grade Cen­ter recent­ly par­tic­i­pat­ed in the school’s first “Be a Change­mak­er” pro­gram. The pro­gram – based off Lau­rie Ann Thompson’s book, “Be a Change­mak­er: How to Start Some­thing That Mat­ters” – enabled stu­dents to affect change in

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Launch Party for Two Truths and a Lie: It’s Alive!

Please join me for the West Coast Launch Par­ty for TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE: IT’S ALIVE!   Sun­day, June 25th, at 2 p.m. A triv­ia-style game-show chal­lenge… with prizes! Q&A, exclu­sive behind-the-scenes gos­sip, and out­takes! Book swag! Char­i­ta­ble giv­ing! Free snacks and drinks! Books, books, and more books!   Where, you ask? Secret Gar­den Books 2214 NW Mar­ket Street Seat­tle, WA 98107 206–789‑5006 (Click

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More good news from Brooks Global and Emmanuel’s Dream

Sev­er­al weeks ago I wrote about a school in North Car­oli­na, Brooks Glob­al Stud­ies, which had select­ed Emmanuel’s Dream as their all-school read and then had Emmanuel come vis­it them in per­son! (If you haven’t seen it yet, please go check out the video. It’s pret­ty amaz­ing!) Recent­ly, I came across this addi­tion­al piece of the sto­ry, which I had­n’t

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TWO new books for Deborah Hopkinson!

Today we have a dou­ble delight­ful post, a guest post cel­e­brat­ing not one but TWO new books for Deb­o­rah Hop­kin­son! First, A Let­ter to My Teacher Schwartz & Wade (April 4, 2017) “A valu­able les­son in empa­thy, inter­nal­ized and paid for­ward.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review “Hopkinson’s mov­ing epis­to­lary text and Carpenter’s emo­tion­al­ly inci­sive flash­backs chron­i­cle the evolv­ing rela­tion­ship between an impulsive

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Young People Changing the World at We Day Seattle 2017

I did­n’t get to attend this year’s We Day Seat­tle 2017 event on April 21, but it looks like it was incred­i­ble, as usu­al! The event was co-found­ed by change­mak­er Craig Kiel­burg­er, who is pro­filed in Be a Change­mak­er: How to Start Some­thing that Mat­ters, and it is all about young peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ty ser­vice. Despite the star-stud­d­ed line­up, you

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