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Penguin Random House Creative Writing Awards Support and Give Voice to NYC Students

On June 13, 2017, the annual Penguin Random House Creative Writing Awards were held at the Peter Norton Symphony Space in Manhattan. Sponsored by the Penguin Random House Foundation, the awards, totaling $115,000 in scholarships, were presented to sixty-two New York City high school students. Since 1994, more than two million dollars have been awarded to students and their schools by Random House, and now Penguin Random House, through this awards competition for original poetry/spoken word, memoir, fiction, and graphic-novel compositions. The 2017 first-place winners are:

Christy Deng, Memoir, Edward R. Murrow High School
Madison Aubey, Poetry, Hunter College High School
Sophia Zhao, Fiction & Drama, Bronx High School of Science
Julissa Salas, Graphic Novel, Hostos Lincoln Academy
Quameek English, Spoken Word Poetry, Brooklyn Generation School


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book cover Wonder Woman: From the Big Screen to the Classroom

The box office results are in and it's no secret that Wonder Woman is the superhero of the summer with the release of the first film helmed by the classic character. Students (and teachers!) who can't get enough are in luck--we offer an extensive selection of books and graphic novels starring the Amazon princess. Take Diana's story from the screen to the classroom with Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol. 1 and check out our Educator Guide featuring discussion questions, essay and project prompts, and a guide for close reading.

Click here for a full list of Wonder Woman titles from Penguin Random House and our client publishers.


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book cover Introducing IDW Publishing

We are pleased to announce that IDW Publishing has officially partnered with Penguin Random House Publisher Services as a new client. IDW Publishing is an industry-leading publisher of comic books and graphic novels. Their catalog includes some of the world's most popular entertainment brands such as Star Wars, Star Trek, and My Little Pony; award-winning editions of classic comics including the Artist's Edition line; and #1 New York Times bestsellers like Love Is Love and March, the first graphic novel ever to win the National Book Award.



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Happy National Poetry Month

Since its founding in 1915, Knopf has prided itself on publishing some of the finest poets of our time. And for more than twenty years, the imprint has celebrated National Poetry Month by sending out a free poem every day throughout April.

To sign up and receive a free poem a day in April as well as enter to win a poetry library, click 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

Precious and Grace: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (17)
By Alexander McCall Smith

Precious and Grace"Very few authors can write about forgiveness and do it with grace. Alexander McCall Smith is one of them. He writes with a philosophy infused with gentleness. . . . This latest in his series of books about the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency in Botswana is poignant and touching." —The Washington Times







 

 

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The Cyber Effect: An Expert in Cyberpsychology Explains How Technology Is Shaping Our Children, Our Behavior, and Our Values—and What We Can Do About It
By Mary Aiken

The Cyber Effect Mary Aiken, the world's leading expert in forensic cyberpsychology, offers a starting point for all future conversations about how the Internet is shaping development and behavior, societal norms and values, children, safety, privacy, and our perception of the world.




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The Waking Land

By Callie Bates

The Waking Land"This superior novel blends passionate romance and sweeping magic. . . . Bates has a delicate, precise touch with human and superhuman relationships." —Publishers Weekly




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Border Child

By Michel Stone

Border ChildIn luminous, compassionate prose, Michel Stone drops readers into the whirlwind of the contemporary immigrant experience, where a marriage is strained to the breaking point by the consequences of wanting more for the next generation.










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independent readers


Off Speed: Baseball, Pitching, and the Art of Deception

By Terry McDermott
Off Speed

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professional reading

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy
By Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
Option B

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