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New Orleans, Louisiana
513 Octavia Street
(corner of Laurel)
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A teacher, librarian, and store favorite, Dan Gutman, is coming to visit on
Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 4:30 P.M., to read and sign GENIUS FILES #5: LICENSE TO THRILL.
The wackiest road trip in history comes to an action-packed conclusion in book five of the New York Times bestselling Genius Files series.
When we last left our heroes, twins Coke and Pepsi McDonald were in Roswell, New Mexico, and they had just seen a strange beam of light. Now their cross-country road trip is about to take a detour that's out of this world--literally
Once the twins get their feet back on the ground, they embark on the final leg of their trip, which will take them from the Hoover Dam all the way to the Golden Gate Bridge. Chased by nefarious villains, the twins will be trapped with a venomous snake, pushed through a deadly turbine, and thrown into a volcano. And craziest of all, their parents might finally believe them.
With the real-kid humor that has earned him millions of readers around the world and featuring facts and photographs from the weird-but-true locations in the story, this fifth and final book in the Genius Files series is the most thrilling adventure, yet.
Come meet Judith Fradin, the award-winning author of more than 50 children's and young adult non-fiction books. Among these are Witness to Disaster titles for National Geographic Children's Books: Hurricanes, Volcanoes, Tsunamis, Droughts, Earthquakes, and Tornadoes.
Her most recent book, STOLEN INTO SLAVERY: The True Story of Solomon Northup, Free Black Man recently won the Carter G. Woodson Award for the best multicultural book of the year. Many area students have already read this for summer reading and/or classes! Come ask the author questions!
The true story behind the acclaimed movie Twelve Years a Slave, this book is based on the life of Solomon Northup, a free black man from New York who was captured in the United States and sold into slavery in Louisiana.
Solomon Northup awoke in the middle of the night with his body trembling. Slowly, he realized that he was handcuffed in a dark room and his feet were chained to the floor. He managed to slip his hand into his pocket to look for his free papers that proved he was one of 400,000 free blacks in a nation where 2.5 million other African Americans were slaves. They were gone.
This remarkable story follows Northup through his 12 years of bondage as a man kidnapped into slavery, enduring the hardships of slave life in Louisiana. But the tale also has a remarkable ending. Northup is rescued from his master's cotton plantation in the deep South by friends in New York. This is a compelling tale that looks into a little known slice of history, sure to rivet young readers and adults alike.
Judy Fradin and her late husband Dennis have published over 150 books for children, nearly all of them nonfiction. They are the recipients of many awards, including the SCBWI Golden Kite Honor book Award for The Power of One: Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine. In 2005 they published 5,000 Miles to Freedom with The National Geographic Society. It was named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults among many other honors. Judith Fradin is a professor of children's literature and multicultural literature at National Louis University in Chicago.
Join us on when writer Anya Kamenetz comes to discuss and sign her new book, THE TEST: Why Our Schools Are Obsessed with Standardized Testing - But You Don't Have to Be. It's an exploration of the epidemic of standardized testing that has taken over public schools - and a thorough review of solutions to better assessment and real accountability.
Standardized assessments test our children, our teachers, our schools - and increasingly, our patience.
Your child is more than a score. But in the last twenty years, schools have dramatically increased standardized testing, sacrificing hours of classroom time. What is the cost to students, teachers, and families? How do we preserve space for self-directed learning and development - especially when we still want all children to hit the mark?
THE TEST explores all sides of this problem - where these tests came from, their limitations and flaws, and ultimately what parents, teachers, and concerned citizens can do. It recounts the shocking history and tempestuous politics of testing and borrows strategies from fields as diverse as games, neuroscience, and ancient philosophy to help children cope. It presents the stories of families, teachers, and schools maneuvering within and beyond the existing educational system, playing and winning the testing game. And it offers a glimpse into a future of better tests. With an expert's depth, a writer's flair, and a hacker's creativity, Anya Kamenetz has written an essential book for any parent who has wondered: what do I do about all these tests?
Anya Kamenetz, a native New Orleanian, is NPR's lead digital education reporter. She's the author of two previous books, Generation Debt and DIY U. She is a former senior writer for Fast Company, has a nationally syndicated column with Tribune Media, and her work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN.com, Slate, Newsweek, O: The Oprah Magazine, and a wide variety of other publications. She has won two national awards from the Education Writers Association and appeared in the documentaries Generation Next, Default, and Ivory Tower. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter and can be found online at AnyaKamenetz.net.
Please join us in celebrating the book launch of author/illustrator Joy Bateman's THE ART OF DINING IN NEW ORLEANS 2, a restaurant guide with signature recipes.
Joy Bateman combines her love of art and passion for good food to create The Art of Dining® books, each filled with her beautiful paintings and highlighting the best recipes from the South’s leading restaurants.The Art of Dining® in New Orleans 2 is her second book about New Orleans’ truly unique, diverse and delicious cuisine. Recipes are provided by New Orleans’ restaurants from Acme to Venezia, and Joy’s insights and personal reminiscences make The Art of Dining in New Orleans 2 a treat for locals and tourists alike, and a wonderful gift for any occasion.