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Brian Pinkney and Andrea Davis Pinkney at home in Brooklyn
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Andrea Davis Pinkney: Messenger of Hope

by Karen Pavlicin-Fragnito

In her accomplished career as an editor and the bestselling author of more than thirty books about the African American experience, Andrea Davis Pinkney has become as inspiring as many of the historic figures she writes about. She felt an undeniable pull to write about the Darfur genocide in her latest novel, The Red Pencil. Even through the ugly filter of war, Andrea’s longtime message shines through: Hope and joy are for everyone. […]

Mni Sota Makoce: A New History of Dakota Land
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Mni Sota Makoce: A New History of Dakota Land

by Meagan Frank

Town after town, lake after lake in Minnesota, the names given have their origin with the Dakota people. But until the recent publication of the award-winning history book Mni Sota Makoce: Land of the Dakota, a Dakota version of their history in Minnesota had been too often misrepresented. Gwen Westerman and Bruce White changed the historical landscape, opening the path for people to tell a richer story about the Dakota people and their homeland by adding the Dakota voice. […]

Laura Sobiech: Flying a Little Higher for Zach
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Laura Sobiech: Flying a Little Higher for Zach

by Meagan Frank

Just before the start of his high school senior year, Zach Sobiech was told he had only months to live. After battling bone cancer for four years, Zach lived out his final days with joy, writing and recording the hit song “Clouds.” His mom, Laura, wrote a book about their family’s journey so Zach could continue to touch millions of people around the world. […]