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Books for Summer Reading 2014

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School Library Journal "Best Adult Books 4 Teens" 2014 List

We are thrilled to see so many of our titles on the School Library Journal "Best Adult Books 4 Teens 2014" list. This annual roundup is compiled by Adult Books 4 Teens reviewers who take into account readability, the year's book trends and overall quality. Titles include:

Fiction:
2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
The Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero
The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez
Rainey Royal by Dylan Landis
The Martian by Andy Weir

Non-Fiction:
A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip: A Memoir of the Seventh Grade by Kevin Brockmeier
My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff

View the complete list here.


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Penguin Random House Sixth Annual Author Event for NYC Educators

Calling all tri-state teachers! You are invited to the Penguin Random House Sixth Annual Author Event for NYC Educators. Please RSVP soon as space for this event fills up quickly.

Held at the Random House building in midtown Manhattan on Monday, October 13th from 1-4pm, the event will feature ten authors who will each discuss and sign free copies of their book.

The featured authors are: Dana Goldstein (The Teacher Wars), Mark Chiusano (Marine Park), E. Lockhart (We Were Liars), Meg Wolitzer (Belzhar), Leigh Fondakowski (The Laramie Project), Ken Ludwig (How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare), Michael Sokolove (Drama High), Jordan Ellenberg (How Not to Be Wrong), "Science Bob" Pflugfelder (Nick and Tesla's Super-Cyborg Gadget Glove), and Benedict Carey (How We Learn).

Click here for the official invitation. Click here to RSVP.

Questions? Email teacherevent@randomhouse.com.


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Teacher Awards Penguin Random House Teacher Awards for Literacy

The Penguin Random House Teacher Awards recognize the nation's most dynamic and resourceful teachers who use their creativity to inspire and successfully instill a love of reading in students. The winning teachers will be awarded grants to help make their innovative reading programs possible.

The deadline for applications is September 15, 2014.

Click here for more information, including the complete award guidelines and application.


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book cover Maya Angelou Passes Away at 86

Maya Angelou passed away on Wednesday, May 28th at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She was 86 years old. An award-winning poet, writer, performer, teacher, and director, Dr. Angelou was raised in Stamps, Arkansas, and then moved to San Francisco. Her first book, the groundbreaking autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, was published in 1969 to critical acclaim and has become a core text in middle school, high school and college reading lists across the country. Dr. Angelou went on to write thirty-five more books, including volumes of poetry, essay collections, children's books, cookbooks, and six further memoirs. Click here to read her full obituary in The New York Times.



news in brief

• Be sure to tune in and watch American Promise, premiering on POV, the Emmy Award-winning PBS series, on Monday, February 3, 2014. Created and directed by Joe Brewster, M.D., and Michèle Stephenson, this documentary also ties into their new book Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and Life (Spiegel & Grau).

Sonia Nazario, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Enrique's Journey: The Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother, addressed the United Nations in New York City on June 25th, 2013 about how to better manage global migration as part of its Panel Discussion on International Migration and Development. Click here to watch Nazario speak to the UN General Assembly (Nazario appears at 23:50).

• Millburn High School in New Jersey has selected Born to Run for Millburn's Second Annual Big Read! All high school students will read the book this summer and the greater community is invited to participate. Author Christopher McDougall will visit the campus in October, coinciding with a charity 5K that is currently being planned.

• Susan Cain, author of the bestseller Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking (Crown), has won the prestigious Golden Gavel award. The award, presented annually by Toastmasters International, is given to an individual distinguished in the fields of communication and leadership. Cain will accept the award at a dinner in her honor, held during Toastmasters' annual convention August 23rd in Cincinnati, OH.




new books

Rainbow in the Cloud
By Maya Angelou

Rainbow in the CloudRainbow in the Cloud offers resonant and rewarding quotes culled from Maya Angelou's great works on such topics as creativity and culture, family and community, equality and race, values and spirituality, parenting and relationships.


 

 

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The Daring Ladies of Lowell
By Kate Alcott

The Daring Ladies of Lowell"Alice [Barrow] is cast in the mold of a character created by an earlier Alcott, the passionate and spunky Jo March. A refreshingly old-fashioned heroine." —The New York Times Book Review






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Team Seven

By Marcus Burke

Team Seven"Lucid and affecting. . . . [A]n accomplishment, both for its ambition and its grounding, for what it tries to say and how it says it. Burke has an ear for the ridiculously rich and slyly intelligent language of urban black America." —The Washington Post





 

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The Martian

By Andy Weir

The Martian"Weir combines the heart-stopping with the humorous in this brilliant debut novel. . . . By placing a nail-biting life-and-death situation on Mars and adding a snarky and wise-cracking nerdy hero, Weir has created the perfect mix of action and space adventure." —Library Journal (starred)





 




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independent readers


Raising Steam

By Terry Pratchett
Raising Steam

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professional reading

For Love of Country
By Howard Schultz and Rajiv Chandrasekaran
For Love of Country

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