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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.


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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.



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 Book of Aron
By Jim Shepard

The Book of Aron "A masterpiece. . . . A story of such startling candor about the complexity of heroism that it challenges each of us to greater courage." —The Washington Post





 

 

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Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol. 1
By Grant Morrison
Illustrated by Yanick Paquette

Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol. 1Thought-provoking yet reverent, thoroughly modern but still timeless, the power and courage of Paradise Island's greatest champion—Wonder Woman—is introduced in this new addition to DC Comics' best-selling Earth One original graphic novel series.




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Smoke

By Dan Vyleta

Smoke"Full of otherworldly adventure yet chilling in its realism, Smoke lures readers into considering these questions about society and ourselves." —Booklist (starred review)



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The Martian: Classroom Edition

By Andy Weir

The Martian: Classroom Edition"Sharp, funny and thrilling, with just the right amount of geekery . . . Weir displays a virtuosic ability to write about highly technical situations without leaving readers far behind. The result is a story that is as plausible as it is compelling." —Kirkus








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