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.
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.
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.
• 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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