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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 feature 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.

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book cover Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children Coming to the Big Screen

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Quirk Books) is coming to the big screen in a new film by director Tim Burton. Adapted from Ransom Riggs's fantastical novel (a YALSA Best Fiction Book for Young Adults), the movie tells the story of sixteen-year-old Jake as he encounters the magical, macabre, and downright bizarre residents of a seemingly deserted island, including the mysterious Miss Peregrine herself. Click here to watch the trailer. In theaters September 30.

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author photo Pat Conroy Passes Away at Age 70

Writer Pat Conroy passed away on March 4, 2016, at the age of 70 at his home in Beaufort, South Carolina. Conroy, whose tumultuous family life served as inspiration for his fiction, was the author of: My Losing Season, My Reading Life, South of Broad, The Great Santini, and The Prince of Tides, among other works. He is survived by his wife, the writer Cassandra King.

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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.

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By Bill Beverly

Dodgers "Highly recommended for fans of Richard Price, this is a searing novel about crime, race, and coming-of-age, with characters who live, breathe, and bleed." —Booklist (starred review)



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The Upright Thinkers
By Leonard Mlodinow

The Upright Thinkers"The Upright Thinkers playfully tracks the evolution of man's understanding of the world over millions of years. . . . An accessible and engaging read that brings science's brilliant minds to life." —Financial Times


Freedom of Speech

By David K. Shipler

Freedom of Speech"Shipler offers an on-the-ground, anecdotal portrait of an eclectic and rich mix of speech controversies. . . . [He] portray[s] vividly the real-life quandaries that people at the center of free speech battles often face." —The Washington Post

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By Ernest Cline

Armada"Those conspiracies you imagined when you were fourteen turn out to be true in this masterful tale of Earth's desperate struggle against a powerful alien foe."
—Andy Weir, author of The Martian

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independent readers

More Happy Than Not

By Adam Silvera
More Happy Than Not

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Switched On
By John Elder Robison
Switched On

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