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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. […]

Tim O’Brien: Master Storytelling Dad
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Tim O’Brien: Master Storytelling Dad

by Karen Pavlicin-Fragnito

With more than 3 million copies of his books sold, Tim O’Brien, 67, is known for his thought-provoking stories that use the Vietnam War as a backdrop for exploring the bigger questions in life. Becoming a dad has changed Tim’s view of the world—and his writing. Although Vietnam still invades his stories, even those he tells his boys (Timmy, 10, and Tad, 8), Tim now sees life through soccer games, magic shows, and a tree house window. His current project is a book about being an older dad. […]

Briley Rossiter: 12-Year-Old Author Shares Voice & Feet
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Briley Rossiter: 12-Year-Old Author Shares Voice & Feet

by Karen Pavlicin-Fragnito

Briley Rossiter loves to listen to music, read popular adventure books, and sometimes gets annoyed with her little brother. But she’s also a published author, with a busy schedule of events, and a philanthropist. In Born an Angel, Briley tells the story of her sister’s diagnosis with a rare nervous system disorder, her family’s response, and the exciting details of how racing together has changed their lives. The intensely-protective older sister and preteen author hopes to spread an important message about inclusion. […]