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07/07/2016 - 12:08am
Cover to Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie

“I hate my name!” shouts Thunder Boy Jr., a little boy who is named after his father. “People call him Big Thunder. That nickname is a storm filling up the sky,” he says of his dad. “People call me Little Thunder. That nickname makes me sound like a burp or a fart.”

07/04/2016 - 12:05am
Cover to T4 by Ann Clare LeZotte

“Life Unworthy of Life”

The Nazi leaders (mostly) went along with idea of eugenics. That is, having more of the types of people they thought were worthy of keeping around, while getting rid of the people they believed were undesirable—whom they considered a “burden to society.” They blamed the Jews for the economic troubles their country faced after World War I. So, in their “Final Solution,” the Jews had to go. The horrors as millions of people—mothers, children, fathers, businesspeople, craftspeople, retirees—were taken to their imprisonment and death is remembered as the Holocaust.

06/30/2016 - 12:00am
Cover to Horrible Bear! by Ame Dyckman and Illustrated by Zachariah OHora

"Horrible Bear!" shouts a girl after her kite is destroyed by a slumbering beast. It was not intentional. Bear simply rolled over in his sleep, and the kite went CRUNCH!

This red-haired young lady is fuming though. She stomps back to her house, yelling the phrase over and over. Bear figures if he is going to be blamed for an accident, then maybe he should do something really horrible.

06/29/2016 - 3:00am
Cover to The Hidden by Heather Graham

Estes Park, Colorado: a place of history and serenity. With classic saloons, Wild West lodges, and the infamous Stanley Hotel, Estes Park is a shining example of the days of old.

But it wasn’t always so ideal. One hundred and fifty years ago, pioneer Nathan Kendall and his wife were murdered, leaving an infant son behind. The crime was never solved.

06/28/2016 - 2:59am
Allegheny Front: Stories by Matthew Neill Null

The Alleghenies are a wild, harsh place. Starkly beautiful and unforgiving, these mountains that run through southern West Virginia have been home to farmers working small plots of land for generations and others who mine coal. For most, there is a razor-thin margin between survival and death, especially for those who look to nature to supplement their existence. For her part, nature, as Matthew Neill Null plainly shows in his Allegheny Front stories, does not care.

06/27/2016 - 8:21am
Cover to Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee

St. Clare’s School for Girls is San Francisco’s most prestigious finishing school, a place where younger generations of the rich and powerful come to train for a life of luxury. It’s also Mercy Wong’s best chance to break from the poverty of Chinatown and secure a safe, happy future for herself and her younger brother. But can a 15-year-old launderer’s daughter rise above her circumstances—especially in 1906, when nearly insurmountable racial and economic barriers stand in the way?

06/23/2016 - 2:50pm
The William Hoy Story: How a Deaf Baseball Player Changed the Game

“He saw the crowd roar.”

One of the best baseball players never heard the crowd cheer for him. William Hoy was born on an Ohio farm in 1862. When he was only a toddler, he caught meningitis and lost his hearing. He went to the state’s school for the deaf where he learned to communicate with sign language. William did well and graduated as valedictorian, but there was one thing he could not do while he was in school—play baseball.

06/22/2016 - 2:54am
Cover to We’ll Always Have Paris: A Mother/Daughter Memoir

I’ve got a severe case of wanderlust. Often I can get a healthy fix as an armchair traveler—exploring the world by reading books of others’ exotic expeditions. But NOTHING compares to globetrotting in person to locales both near and far.

06/21/2016 - 2:54am
The Woman in Blue by Elly Griffiths

Dr. Ruth Galloway, heroine of Elly Griffiths’ popular set of mysteries, has been called to the rural parish of Little Walsingham to investigate a mysterious murder. Galloway, a devout atheist, has managed to avoid Walsingham for the last 17 years since she’s been in Norfolk. The town is crawling with religious fanatics and devoted Christians.

06/16/2016 - 2:50am
Good Morning Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Wake Up Story

“As I breathe in, as I breathe out
my arms reach out to the sides

lift up the sky
and relax back down.”

This “wake-up” story is much more than a story—it’s interactive for you and your little ones. Good Morning Yoga teaches kids and parents alike how to greet the morning with confidence and positivity.

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