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book cover Elie Wiesel, Holocaust Survivor and Noble Laureate, Dies at 87

Elie Wiesel, a survivor at Auschwitz and educator to millions about the horrors of Nazi concentration camps, died at the age of 87.

Mr. Wiesel served as a Humanities professor, authored dozens of books, and in 1986 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. "Wiesel is a messenger to mankind," the Nobel citation said. "His message is one of peace, atonement and human dignity."

His first book Night, is an account of life in the Nazi concentration camps. Wiesel was the author of over 50 books, many of which remain in print with Schocken Books.

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book cover The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Movie Adaptation Announced

Oprah Winfrey is set to star in a movie adaptation of Rebecca Skloot's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, the true story of how one woman's cells were harvested without her knowledge and used to create the first "immortal" human cells. Winfrey is teaming up with HBO Films and Alan Ball, creator of Six Feet Under and True Blood, to produce the feature-length adaptation. She will be portraying Deborah Lacks, who comes to discover the truth about her mother's cells and their immense contributions to the medical field.

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book cover Books for Summer Reading Brochure Now Available

Our newest Books for Summer Reading brochure is now available. Featuring a variety of titles such as The Martian: Classroom Edition, Undocumented: A Dominican Boy's Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League, and The Book of Unknown Americans, this resource is designed to help teachers and librarians craft their own summer reading lists. The catalog includes a range of topics and genres—from coming-of-age stories to STEM to fiction for young readers—to keep students of all grade levels engaged and learning throughout the break. All the featured books have been integrated with themes and companion titles that support the Common Core State Standards. View the brochure here.

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author photo Knopf Doubleday 2016 High School and Advanced Placement Catalog Now Available

The 2016 Advanced Placement® (AP) catalog from the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group features a selection of new and backlist titles suitable for almost every Advanced Placement® course, from Literature to History, from Biology to Calculus and Statistics. We have also identified titles recommended by the Core Common State Standards (Appendix B) as part of their effort to better prepare American students for success in college and careers. View our new 2016 catalog here.

news in brief

Dan Brown, the author of numerous #1 bestselling novels including The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol, Angels and Demons, and Inferno, is available to Skype with high school classes. Interested? Email us for more information. Opportunities are limited so please respond as soon as possible.

Emily Bazelon, author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy (Random House Trade Paperbacks), recently spoke at the 2015 National Association of Independent Schools Annual Conference in Boston, MA. Click here to watch a video clip of her talk.

Erin Gruwell, founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation (currently celebrating its 20th anniversary), recently hosted a symposium in Washington, DC to commemorate National Teacher Appreciation Day. For video and photos of the event, click here. For books by Erin Gruwell and the Freedom Writers, click here.

Anne Moody, author of Coming of Age in Mississippi (Dell), died on February 5th at her home in Gloster, Mississippi at the age of 74. A classic autobiography of a young girl growing up poor and black in the rural South, Coming of Age in Mississippi is required reading on school lists nationwide.

new books

The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan
By Ben Foss

The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan "A passionate and well-articulated guide . . . This extremely practical and motivational book will be welcomed by parents of dyslexic children." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)



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Stories of Your Life and Others
By Ted Chiang

Stories of Your Life and Others"Confirms that blending science and fine art at this length can produce touching works, tales as intimate as our own blood cells, with the structural strength of just-discovered industrial alloys." —Seattle Times



By Yaa Gyasi

Homegoing"Gyasi’s amazing debut offers an unforgettable, page-turning look at the histories of Ghana and America, as the author traces a single bloodline across seven generations." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Becoming Nicole

By Amy Ellis Nutt

The Martian: Classroom EditionThe inspiring true story of a transgender girl, her identical twin brother, and an ordinary American family’s extraordinary journey to understand, nurture, and celebrate the uniqueness in us all.

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independent readers

The Book of Esther

By Emily Barton
Lab Girl

Find books for independent readers by ability level.

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professional reading

For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood... and the Rest of Y'all Too
By Christopher Emdin
American Girls

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