Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Worlds Apart

In anticipation of her upcoming book Midnight in Broad Daylight, author Pamela Rotner Sakamoto has created a short video to introduce readers to the Fukuhara family.  During the Depression, the members of the family wind up separated between Japan and America.  World War II solidifies that separation as the boys find themselves on opposite sides of a worldwide conflict.

Everything changes when an atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima.

You can watch Pamela's video below.

Midnight in Broad Daylight goes on sale January 5, 2016.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Discovering Hidden History

Last week, Kenneth C. Davis, author of Don’t Know Much About History, was featured on Maine National Public Radio.  Davis—who has devoted his career to discovering the truth behind the myths and fallacies of history—discussed how the most fascinating and sometimes troubling parts of history aren't taught in the classroom. You can listen to the full show here.

For more information on Kenneth C. Davis and his works, you can visit his website.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Read Like a Detective!

We're delighted to share this video from Justin Smith, a teacher at Democracy Prep in NYC.  Justin talks about a school-wide event that got his students excited to read Agatha Christie, introduced them to the mystery genre, and showed them how to read like detectives.  

If your school has done an innovative project for one of Agatha Christie’s books, please let us know!

For more Agatha Christie resources, check out our page on Agatha Christie.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

You Could Win a Classroom Set of A PEOPLE'S HISTORY!

The Zinn Education Project is offering teachers the exciting opportunity to win a classroom set (35 copies) of the new 35th anniversary edition of Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States.  Teachers looking to enter the contest, which lasts until November 30, can find more information here.

The Zinn Education Project, inspired by Zinn's People's History, encourages teaching middle and high school students about United States history in engaging and dynamic ways.  They offer free downloadable lesson plans and other resources for teachers of American history.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Mary Karr Interviews Father James Martin About His Debut Novel, THE ABBEY

Father James Martin, the revered Jesuit priest and New York Times bestselling author of Jesus and The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, has written a captivating, poignant, and often funny debut novel in the tradition of the spiritual classics The Shack and The Screwtape Letters.
To learn more about the novel, its inspiration, and the writing process, please view Mary Karr's wonderful interview with Father Martin below.

Monday, October 12, 2015

BEASTS OF NO NATION Film To Be Released This Week

The much-anticipated film adaptation of Uzodinma Iweala’s riveting novel Beasts of No Nation hits Netflix and selected theaters this week. You can see the trailer below. 
Iweala’s short but enormously powerful novel is told in the voice of Agu, a young boy in an unnamed West African nation, who is recruited into a unit of guerrilla fighters as civil war engulfs his country. A strikingly original narrative that vividly captures Agu’s youth and confusion, this story will give students the opportunity to explore current issues with a deep complexity and humanity.
“The hypnotic present tense, first-person narration draws the reader deep into the child soldier’s shattered psyche.”—The Washington Post

Beasts of No Nation has been adopted as a freshman common read at Kalamazoo College and in literature and politics courses throughout the country.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Author Kristen Green Visits Her Alma Mater

Kristen Green, author of Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County, writes about returning to her alma mater and sharing her story with students:

"This fall, I visited my alma mater, University of Mary Washington, in Fredericksburg, Va. to give a lecture about my new book, Something Must Be Done about Prince Edward County. It was so meaningful to return to the place where I found my voice, the place where I learned to question authority, the place where I realized that I wanted to be a journalist and writer. I particularly enjoyed talking with the students who work as reporters and editors for the student newspaper, as I did in college. 

I was also proud to share the story of my hard-won success with Mary Washington students. I loved being able to tell them about the years I spent toiling as a reporter at small-town newspapers and working my way up to big city newspapers. I loved telling them about my seed of an idea for a book and about the decade I spent making it happen through sheer determination. It was important to me to encourage them to question the white-washed view of history we are often taught, to acknowledge our shameful pasts, and to use their time in college to make friends across racial and ethnic lines."

To learn more about Kristen Green, visit her website.