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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. […]

Jeff Bridges and Lois Lowry
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Lois Lowry: The Giver’s Haunting Resonance

by Naomi Krueger

For two decades, Lois Lowry’s Newbery Award winning novel The Giver has profoundly impacted young readers into adulthood. Found on both assigned middle school reading lists and banned-book lists alike, the thought-provoking, introspective novel resonates especially with those who’ve faced hardship or injustice. Shortly after the book was published in 1993, Jeff Bridges began the quest to turn The Giver into a movie, now scheduled to release in August. […]