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Girls Leadership by Dorothy Ponton, Digital Marketing M.. - 2d ago

APRIL 22, 2019
6:30PM – 10:00PM
TheTimesCenter | New York, NY

Join Girls Leadership for our 10th Anniversary Celebration. Co-Founders Simone Marean and Rachel Simmons will celebrate the impact of honorees Rachel Cargle, Tiffany Dufu, and Alicia Menendez. These honorees will thank the people who showed them how to step into their voice, and their power. Tiffany Dufu will thank Marie C. Wilson; founder and president emerita of the White House Project and the Ms. Foundation for Women; and creator of Take our Daughters to Work Day, and Rachel Cargle will thank her mother. Join us to celebrate the power of voice!

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Alicia Menendez is a journalist and multimedia storyteller. Named “Broadcast Journalism’s New Gladiator” by Elle Magazine, “Ms. Millennial” by The Washington Post, and a “Content Queen” by Marie Claire, Alicia has quickly become a force in American media. She currently works as a co-host of Amanpour & Co., a global affairs show which airs on PBS and CNNi; and a contributing editor at Bustle, the largest media property for Millennial women. She is also the Host and Co-Executive Producer of the Latina to Latina podcast, currently in its second season.

Previously, Alicia worked at FusionTV, as the host of a nightly news and pop culture show. In its first year on air, Alicia Menendez Tonight was honored with a Gracie Award for “Outstanding Talk Show.” In addition to her nightly show, Alicia produced and hosted a one-hour primetime special, Generation in Crisis, for which she traveled to El Salvador, Rwanda and a Syrian refugee camp in Northern Jordan. During the 2016 Presidential primaries, Alicia co-moderated the Iowa Brown and Black Forum, pressing the Democratic hopefuls on issues of importance to Latino and African-American communities. Alicia has also contributed reporting to ABC’s Nightline and World News Tonight, as well as ABC’s Emmy-nominated 2014 Election Night coverage, and shared her spirited take on current events on Good Morning America, This Week, The View and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. A native of Union City, New Jersey and a graduate of Harvard, she lives in Miami with her husband and daughter.

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Girls Leadership by Dorothy Ponton, Digital Marketing M.. - 3d ago

APRIL 22, 2019
6:30PM – 10:00PM
TheTimesCenter | New York, NY

Join Girls Leadership for our 10th Anniversary Celebration. Co-Founders Simone Marean and Rachel Simmons will celebrate the impact of honorees Rachel Cargle, Tiffany Dufu, and Alicia Menendez. These honorees will thank the people who showed them how to step into their voice, and their power. Tiffany Dufu will thank Marie C. Wilson; founder and president emerita of the White House Project and the Ms. Foundation for Women; and creator of Take our Daughters to Work Day, and Rachel Cargle will thank her mother. Join us to celebrate the power of voice!

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Rachel Elizabeth Cargle is an Ohio born writer and lecturer. Her activist and academic work are rooted in providing intellectual discourse, tools, and resources that explore the intersection of race and womanhood. Her public lecture Unpacking White Feminism has been featured on campuses around the country such as American University, Yale, and Harvard. and has launched meaningful conversation amongst her community of over 190k followers on IG. Along with a monthly column on HarpersBazaar.com her work has been featured in PopSugar, Afropunk, Essence, Huffington Post, and Refinery29. Rachel is currently a student at Columbia University and a research fellow at the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University.

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This month, stories about girls who take risks to change their lives for the better. Despite the possibility of failure, these characters stick with their goals.

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It’s hard to believe that this is our last book club meeting for the 2018-2019 school year! We’re closing with some of my favorite books (I think I say that every month!), and with one of our most important conversations.

This month, we’ll be reading stories about girls who take risks to change their lives for the better. Despite the possibility of failure, these characters stick with their goals. We know that girls and young women often give up on a task rather than step outside their comfort zones. This is one of the issues Girls Leadership co-founder Rachel Simmons addresses in her book Enough As She Is. She cites a Harvard economist who researched why women did not major in Economics at the same rate as men. She found that women tended to leave the department when they got lower than an A, while the men stuck with it through academic struggles.

If we want our girls to be game-changers, innovators, and leaders, we need to help them see that effort and perseverance are more important than success, that uncertainty isn’t something to fear, and that the possibility of failure is embedded in each and every one of their dreams.

In our stories this month, the main character’s plans are thwarted but she does not give up. Perhaps you and your young reader can use these books as a launchpad for important conversations. And, if you want to dig deeper into the topic, try reading Simmons’ book or try The Confidence Code for Girls by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, which is a book about developing confidence written with an upper-elementary and middle school audience in mind.

Happy reading!

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2nd/3rd Grades

Ruby and the Booker Boys: Brand-new School, Brave New Ruby by Derrick Barnes

Buy or borrow a copy of this book and read it before your next book club meeting.

About the book
Ruby is excited to start third grade at Hope Road Academy, where her three older brothers also attend. But, once she realizes how well-known her brothers are, she worries that she’s never going to be able to get out of their shadow. It’s going to take a bold move to show everyone at school that Ruby Booker is much more than just the Booker brothers’ little sister.

Brand-new School, Brave New Ruby was published in 2008, and is the first book in the series about Ruby Booker.

About the author

Derrick Barnes is the author of the Ruby and the Booker Boys series, as well as several other books for young people, from picture books to Young Adult novels. Barnes’ first picture book, Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut was awarded a Newbery Honor, Caldecott Honor, Coretta Scott King Author Honor, and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor.

Barnes lives in North Carolina with his wife and four sons. Find out more about him at his website derrickdbarnes.com.

4th/5th Grades

Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Buy or borrow a copy of this book and read it before your next book club meeting.

About the book

Life has been hard for Mia and her parents since moving from China to America just two years ago. When they’re hired to manage a small motel, they believe their luck is improving. But the hotel owner Mr. Yao is cruel and greedy. He takes advantage of Mia’s family, making it hard for them to earn a living wage, much less save money.

Still, Mia enjoys working the front desk, and constantly dreams about ways she can make the motel better. When Mr. Yao announces that he’s going to sell the motel, she comes up with her biggest dream yet: a way for her family and friends to take luck into their own hands.

Published in 2018, Front Desk earned several starred reviews and the ALA’s Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in 2019.

About the author

Kelly Yang is a children’s book author, as well as the founder of the Kelly Yang Project the Kelly Yang Project, an educational organization that teaches kids about writing and debate from a very young age. The plot of Front Desk was inspired by her own experiences running motels with her parents when they emigrated from China to America. She now splits her time between San Francisco and Hong Kong.

6th/7th/8th Grades

Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson

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About the book

Jade lives in North Portland, and is a scholarship student at the prestigious St. Francis High School. She knows she should be grateful for the opportunities the school provides, but sometimes she’d rather be at her local high school, where her best friend Lee Lee goes.

The school counselor invites Jade to participate in a mentorship program for at-risk girls, but the offer comes at the expense of a service program abroad. Jade wonders why opportunities often come with an assumption of deficit, and why she’s always seen as someone who needs assistance rather than someone who can contribute.

When a teen from her neighborhood is beaten by police, the chasm between her home life and school life feels wider than ever. Jade decides to tap into all the disparate pieces of her life – her mentor, her family, her art, and her neighborhood – so that she can create a healing event that is uniquely her.

Piecing Me Together was published in 2017, and won a Coretta Scott King Award and Newbery Honor.

About the author

Renée Watson is a New York Times bestselling author of books for young readers, from picture books through Young Adult novels. Her beautiful picture book Harlem’s Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills received an NAACP Image Award nomination in children’s literature.

In 2016, Watson founded the I, Too, Arts Collective, a non-profit that nurtures underrepresented voices in the arts. Watson grew up in Portland, Oregon and now lives in New York City. Learn more about her life and work at her website.

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Girls Leadership by Dorothy Ponton, Digital Marketing M.. - 4d ago

APRIL 22, 2019
6:30PM – 10:00PM
TheTimesCenter | New York, NY

Join Girls Leadership for our 10th Anniversary Celebration. Co-Founders Simone Marean and Rachel Simmons will celebrate the impact of honorees Rachel Cargle, Tiffany Dufu, and Alicia Menendez. These honorees will thank the people who showed them how to step into their voice, and their power. Tiffany Dufu will thank Marie C. Wilson; founder and president emerita of the White House Project and the Ms. Foundation for Women; and creator of Take our Daughters to Work Day, and Rachel Cargle will thank her mother. Join us to celebrate the power of voice!

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Tiffany Dufu is founder and CEO of The Cru, a peer coaching service for women looking to accelerate their professional and personal growth, and the author of the bestselling book Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less. According to foreword contributor Gloria Steinem, Drop the Ball is “important, path-breaking, intimate and brave.”

Named to Fast Company’s League of Extraordinary Women, Tiffany has raised nearly $20 million toward the cause of women and girls. She was a launch team member to Lean In and was Chief Leadership Officer to Levo, one of the fastest growing millennial professional networks. Prior to that, Tiffany served as President of The White House Project, as a Major Gifts Officer at Simmons University, and as Associate Director of Development at Seattle Girls’ School.

Tiffany is a member of Women’s Forum New York, Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Inc. and is a Lifetime Girl Scout. She serves on the board of Girls Who Code and Simmons University. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

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Girls Leadership by Dorothy Ponton, Digital Marketing M.. - 1w ago

APRIL 09, 2019
5:30PM – 8:00PM
SF War Memorial | San Francisco, CA

Join Girls Leadership for our 10th Anniversary Celebration. Co-Founder & CEO Simone Marean will celebrate the impact of honorees Shanti Brien, Dr. Shakti Butler, Misha Olivas, and Peggy Orenstein. These honorees will thank the people who showed them how to step into their voice, and their power. Join us to raise a glass to power a generation.

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Shanti Brien is an educator, writer, and advocate for criminal justice reform and equity. She has been an attorney for 20 years, dedicating her career to criminal justice reform, advocacy for the incarcerated, and civil rights litigation. For six years Shanti has been a professor and teacher, with a specialty in developing and leading interactive educational experiences for adults. She is a founding partner of Fogbreak Justice, an education and consulting company for civic leaders, law enforcement and other criminal justice stakeholders.

Shanti is a Visiting Professor of Practice at the Lokey Graduate School of Business and Public Policy at Mills College. Her courses focus on creating social justice through the law including criminal justice reform and gender equity. Shanti writes and speaks about social justice issues, criminal law and policy, implicit bias, and diversity and inclusion to professionals, community groups and schools throughout the bay area. She contributes to Ms. JD: Determined to Rise, a resource for women law students and young lawyers, as well as the Exedra, a local online newspaper. Shanti is an enrolled member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. She grew up in California and now lives in the East Bay with her family.

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Girls Leadership by Dorothy Ponton, Digital Marketing M.. - 1w ago

APRIL 09, 2019
5:30PM – 8:00PM
SF War Memorial | San Francisco, CA

Join Girls Leadership for our 10th Anniversary Celebration. Co-Founder & CEO Simone Marean will celebrate the impact of honorees Shanti Brien, Dr. Shakti Butler, Misha Olivas, and Peggy Orenstein. These honorees will thank the people who showed them how to step into their voice, and their power. Join us to raise a glass to power a generation.

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Shakti Butler, PhD, visionary, filmmaker, transformative learning educator, wife, mother, grandmother and friend to many – is President and Founder of World Trust Educational Services, Inc., a non-profit transformative educational organization. Rooted in love and justice, World Trust produces films, curricula, workshops and programs that are catalysts for institutional, structural and cultural change. Shakti is an inspirational speaker, facilitator, trainer and lecturer who is sought after by schools, universities, public and private organizations, and faith-based institutions.

Dr. Butler has produced five documentaries. The first four form the core of World Trust’s teaching tools and have experienced increased exposure – over 30 million views of one clip alone — generating national dialogue and critical thinking that is impacting institutions and communities across the country. These are The Way Home; Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible; Light in the Shadows and Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity. In 2017 Shakti premiered Healing Justice, intended to popularize a national conversation about justice, healing, and the youth-to-prison pipeline. Dr. Butler also served as diversity consultant and advisor on the Oscar-winning Disney animated film, Zootopia, which focuses on challenging bias and systemic inequity. Shakti’s work incorporates whole body learning through stories, art, movement and dialogue.

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Girls Leadership by Dorothy Ponton, Digital Marketing M.. - 1w ago

APRIL 09, 2019
5:30PM – 8:00PM
SF War Memorial | San Francisco, CA

Join Girls Leadership for our 10th Anniversary Celebration. Co-Founder & CEO Simone Marean will celebrate the impact of honorees Shanti Brien, Dr. Shakti Butler, Misha Olivas, and Peggy Orenstein. These honorees will thank the people who showed them how to step into their voice, and their power. Join us to raise a glass to power a generation.

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Misha Olivas is a San Francisco native who strives to help young people use their cultural identity and natural resilience, along with their personal and community history to become agents of change for themselves, their families and their communities. As a child, her Mom supported parents at SFUSD, her Dad was very active in bay area soccer and both parents worked hard to support cultural events and organizations in the Mission. Service and involvement in the community has always been an expectation and ethos for her family. Misha is currently the Director of Community and Family Engagement for United Playaz, a violence prevention and leadership development organization committed to providing young people with positive role models and activities to engage in as an alternative to involvement with gangs, drugs and other high-risk behaviors. A proud mother of four, Misha is committed to helping youth realize the importance of giving back to their community and embodying the United Playaz motto “It takes the hood to save the hood”.

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Girls Leadership by Dorothy Ponton, Digital Marketing M.. - 1w ago

APRIL 09, 2019
5:30PM – 8:00PM
SF War Memorial | San Francisco, CA

Join Girls Leadership for our 10th Anniversary Celebration. Co-Founder & CEO Simone Marean will celebrate the impact of honorees Shanti Brien, Dr. Shakti Butler, Misha Olivas, and Peggy Orenstein. These honorees will thank the people who showed them how to step into their voice, and their power. Join us to raise a glass to power a generation.

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Peggy Orenstein is the author, most recently, of Don’t Call Me Princess: Essays on Girls, Women, Sex, and Life. Her other books include The New York Times best-sellers Girls & Sex, Cinderella Ate My Daughter and Waiting for Daisy as well as Flux: Women on Sex, Work, Kids, Love and Life in a Half-Changed World and the classic SchoolGirls: Young Women, Self-Esteem and the Confidence Gap.

A contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, Peggy has also written for such publications as The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Vogue, Elle, Time, Mother Jones, Slate, O: The Oprah Magazine, New York and The New Yorker, and has contributed commentaries to NPR’s All Things Considered and the PBS News Hour. Her articles have been anthologized multiple times, including in The Best American Science Writing. She has been a keynote speaker at numerous colleges and conferences and has been featured on, among other programs, Nightline, CBS This Morning, The Today Show, NPR’s Fresh Air and Morning Edition. Her TED Talk, “What Young Women Believe About Their Own Sexual Pleasure,” has been viewed over 2.8 million times.

The Columbia Journalism Review named Peggy one of its “40 women who changed the media business in the past 40 years.” She has been recognized for her “Outstanding Coverage of Family Diversity,” by the Council on Contemporary Families and received Books For A Better Life Awards for both Girls & Sex and Waiting for Daisy. Her work has also been honored by the Commonwealth Club of California, the National Women’s Political Caucus of California and Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Additionally, she has been awarded fellowships from the United States-Japan Foundation and the Asian Cultural Council and been a grateful resident at Mesa Refuge and the UCross Foundation.

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By MEDIAGIRLS 

Almost everywhere we look in the media we hear about the “evils” of technology, spiking anxiety and stress in girls and young women. We’re not going to lie, there’s a lot of truth to that, and it’s a big part of our focus at MEDIAGIRLS. But more and more we’re also seeing new apps and technology that can boost girls’ well-being and confidence. We asked our Youth Advisory Board, comprised of teen girls, and a few of our college volunteers, for their favorite apps and here’s what they reported.

FLO

Suggestion by Amari V.
It’s extremely helpful not only in tracking your period and logging your symptoms, but it also has helpful articles about how to relieve stress, I love that it has a bunch of helpful tips about alleviating symptoms from professionals. I think it’s an amazing app, and unlike most apps, most of the features are available without premium.

Headspace (meditation app)

Suggestion by Olivia K.
I like this app because it does not require too much from me. It is a simple process with easy-to-follow instructions. I have not been using it for that long, but when I do use it, I am quickly more relaxed and have a clearer perspective on my stressors. You can meditate for a short or longer amount of time–it all depends on what suits you. I have found it to be practical and realistically something that I can use every day.

The #SelfCare app

Suggestion by Claire G.
I like this app because it has so many options! When the world feels a little too much, we should all remember to close our eyes and breathe. Not everyone feels comfortable or enjoys the coping mechanism of meditation, and the #SelfCare app acknowledges that. They give you the option to pet a cat, or sort laundry, and throughout the app give you affirmations. I also like how it’s customizable, and you can adjust it to your preferences.

Youper

Suggestion by Hannah S. (MEDIAGIRLS college volunteer)
I love Youper, and here’s how Youper describes it: “A psychiatrist, a software engineer, and a designer created Youper to be the first-responder for emotional health issues for people all over the world and to ensure that no one has to wait years to address their issues.”

f.lux

Suggestion by Rebecca H. (MEDIAGIRLS college volunteer)
I use f.lux on all of my devices! It dims the screen and eliminates the blue tint, keeps my eyes from getting tired (and stopped headaches) on the computer all day at work!

Bonus Feel-good Tunes on YouTube and Spotify apps:

Headphones” by Gacha Studio

Suggestion by Annika W.
I watch this when I’m sad. It reminds me that I am loved and that I matter. It’s an upbeat catchy song with a good message. I like this video specifically because of A) the song, and B) the animations are pretty simple and most people could probably do them. Often, I recommend this song for other people to listen to when they are sad because I know it helps me and it might help them too.

Thank You, Next” by Ariana Grande

Suggestion by Sarah E.
Love that this video tells girls to not get hung up over a guy and focus on yourself. Make things happen for you and don’t wait for other people. The lyrics are so catchy and fun to sing along with.

Happier” by Ed Sheeran, and Talking to the Moon” by Bruno Mars

Suggestion by Lehna B.
These songs are sad but personally, they help me feel better. If there are girls out there that have a similar personality as me, these songs will help you. Especially if you are feeling bad about yourself, just listen to these songs and I am pretty sure that it will help you.

Believe in Me (or any song) by Demi Lovato

Suggestion by Nicole F.
Spotify is definitely one of the apps that I have used for a long time. It allows me to calm down and listen to music that I like. On Spotify, you can find many artists who are very empowering to girls. For instance, Jennifer Lopez and Demi Lovato are a couple that put me in a better mood.

This piece was originally published on MEDIAGIRLS.ORG and is republished with permission. Michelle Cove is the Executive Director of MEDIAGIRLS®, a nonprofit organization that teaches girls how to critique the way girls and women are portrayed in pop culture with an emphasis on creating empowering content.

She is also an award-winning filmmaker, journalist, and author whose projects have been featured on numerous national platforms including “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” Katie Couric’s talk show “Katie,” “The Today Show,” The Washington Post, and The New York Times.

Visit www.mediagirls.org to learn more.

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This month, we’ll read three stories about girls who transcend the roles that society had written for them.

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Historically, girls and women have been blocked from participating in government and holding positions of power. Likewise, people of color, disabled people, and young people are frequently given the clear message to leave the important work to others. Yet, think of all the accomplishments that these humans have contributed to our world and society! Every time someone works to overcome prejudice and external limitations, they pave the way for change, and for others to do the same.

In Riding Freedom and The Breadwinner, the main characters live in a time and/or place where being a girl means a life filled with domestic duties. In Riding Freedom, Charlotte’s big dreams inspire her to dress like a boy so that she can be a stagecoach driver. In The Breadwinner, Parvana’s family is desperate, and Parvana knows that dressing like a boy would allow her to travel freely and help keep her family safe.

In our third book, Our of My Mind, Melody doesn’t dress up like anyone else to prove what she can do. Rather, she has to find a way to show her family and friends the real version of herself who has been trapped in her silent body for too long. She has to prove that her disabilities don’t disqualify her from the kinds of activities in which she dearly wants to participate, like the school’s championship quiz team.

In each of these stories, the main character digs deep in herself to find the strength and courage to break with unspoken rules and written laws. In each book, an adult character cheers from the sidelines, encouraging and providing support when necessary. When it comes to our role in our girls’ futures, we can serve them in two ways. We can be a role model for them of a life lived without regard to others’ notions of what we can do. We can go after our dreams and face challenges head on. And, we can also be the cheerleader and ally that our girls need us to be, believing wholeheartedly in their competence and giving them support when they need it.

I hope you enjoy this month’s book selections. Happy reading!

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2nd/3rd Grades

Riding Freedom by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Buy or borrow a copy of this book and read it before your next book club meeting.

About the book
Set in 19th century America, Riding Freedom tells the story of Charlotte, a girl with a strong will and a talent for working with horses. Unfortunately, girls aren’t allowed to do much beyond domestic chores. So, when Charlotte runs away from the orphanage where she’s grown up, she becomes a boy named Charley… and begins to make her dreams come true.

Riding Freedom was published in 1998. It won several awards, including the Teacher’s Choice Award, the Willa Cather Award, and the Parenting Magazine Reading Magic Award.

About the author

Pam Muñoz Ryan grew up in Bakersfield, California and is of half-Mexican heritage. She has written over forty books in her prolific career. Her most recent is the much-celebrated Echo. Ms Ryan lives in southern California with her family and dog Wally. For more information about Ms Ryan and her work, visit her website pammunozryan.com.

4th/5th Grades

The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

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About the book

Parvana and her family live in Taliban-controlled Kabul, where girls and women may not attend school or even leave the house without express permission from a male relative. So, when her father is put in jail, the family has no way of buying food or earning money. Parvana decides to dress like a boy so that she can help her family survive. This role-playing is both liberating and terrifying, and while Parvana finds some satisfaction in helping her family, she also bears witness to some dark aspects of life that she was never meant to see.

The Breadwinner was published in 2000. Deborah Ellis later wrote three more books about Parvana’s quest for family and freedom: Parvana’s Journey, Mud City, and My Name is Parvana. In 2017, The Breadwinner was made into an animated feature film of the same name.

About the author

Deborah Ellis is a Canadian author, feminist, and activist. She has written more than thirty books of fiction and non-fiction for children. Her most recent book, Sit, is a collection of nine short stories of children from around the world who take courageous actions – some large, some small – to deal with their respective challenges.

Ms Ellis has won many awards, including the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award and the Vicky Metcalf Award for a Body of Work. She has donated more than a million dollars of her royalties from the Breadwinner series to non-profit charities working to help the disenfranchised, particularly women and children. To learn more, please visit her website deborahellis.com.

6th/7th/8th Grades

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

Buy or borrow a copy of this book and read it before your next book club meeting.

About the book

Melody can’t speak, and she doesn’t have control over her muscles. Because of what she can’t do, people assume that her mind is also underdeveloped. To them, she’s just a girl in a wheelchair.

But, Melody’s memory and curiosity and love of words are alive inside her, trying hard to get out. When she finally discovers a way to communicate with those around her, she has the opportunity to express all the thoughts and feelings she’s had to keep inside her whole life.

About the author

Sharon M. Draper is a teacher and a writer. She has received many awards and recognitions for her work in both areas, including the National Teacher of the Year award and the ALA’s Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime literary achievement. She addresses audiences all over the world, and represented the United States at the Book Festival in Moscow. Ms Draper has written many, many award-winning books for children of all ages, as well as titles for teachers. Her book Out of My Mind has been on the New York Times Bestsellers list for over two years (and counting!). For more of Ms Draper’s wonderful stories, visit sharondraper.com.

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