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Read to Remember with an Essay by Vesper Stamper

What the Night Sings

Touching Ground

 

On New Year’s Eve, as the ball dropped into 2011, I was drawing a little girl clinging to the legs of a flying eagle. It was the first time in my years as an illustrator that I truly felt a story come to me. That story grew into the first novel I wrote, an as-yet-unpublished work set in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. As I wrote, I began to feel that if I were going to write as authentically as possible, a place so otherworldly could only be experienced first-hand. So in 2013, I traveled on an arts grant to a little village on the edge of the world, where I lived for several weeks until I felt I knew the soil and sea well enough to write about them.

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Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card Discussion Guide

Americanized is the hilarious, poignant, and true story of one teen’s experience growing up in America as an undocumented immigrant from the Middle East.

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The Lorax

The Lorax By Dr. Seuss

Long before “going green” was mainstream, Dr. Seuss’s Lorax spoke for the trees and warned of the dangers of disrespecting the environment. In this cautionary rhyming tale (printed on recycled paper) we learn of the Once-ler, who came across a valley of Truffula Trees and Brown Bar-ba-loots, and how his harvesting of the tufted trees changed the landscape forever. The Lorax and his classic tale educate a new generation of young readers not only about the importance of seeing the beauty in the world around us, but also about our responsibility to protect it.

Author Spotlight

Adrienne Kress is a writer and an actress, born and raised in Toronto. She is the daughter of two high school English teachers and credits them with inspiring her love of both writing and performing. She also has a cat named Atticus, who unfortunately despises teeny hats. She is the author of The Explorers series. To find out more about Adrienne, visit AdrienneKress.com and follow @AdrienneKress on Twitter and Instagram.