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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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