Episode: Episode 24 - Al Capone Does My Shirts - live from the Gaithersburg Book Festival


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Episode 24 - Al Capone Does My Shirts - live from the Gaithersburg Book Festival
Live from the Gaithersburg Book Festival: (l-r) William, Tejas, Anish, Kitty Felde, Emma, Natalie, Lexie (photo by Tonya Wright)

Live from the Gaithersburg Book Festival: (l-r) William, Tejas, Anish, Kitty Felde, Emma, Natalie, Lexie (photo by Tonya Wright)

   Get the book!

   Get the book!

It was a rainy, muddy, fabulous day at the Gaithersburg Book Festival where this group of middle school students from Maryland discussed whether they'd like living on Alcatraz and if it's better to be the oldest or youngest in the family. Gennifer Choldenko answers their questions about researching the book. NPR newscaster Jack Speer is celebrity reader. Past Book Club for Kids guests drop by as well. Kitty Felde is host.

Author Gennifer Choldenko (photo by Margaret Stevens)

Author Gennifer Choldenko (photo by Margaret Stevens)

Celebrity reader, NPR newscaster Jack Speer.  (photo by Margaret Stevens)

Celebrity reader, NPR newscaster Jack Speer.  (photo by Margaret Stevens)

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Photos by Margaret Stevens and Tonya Wright



Favorites from William, Tejas, Anish, Emma, Natalie, and Lexie:
Magnus  Chase – Rick Riordan
Harry Potter – J. K. Rowling
Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life – Wendy Mass
Mouse Net – Prudence Breitrose
Lost Names: Scenes from a Korean Boyhood – Richard E. Kim
The Selection Series – Kiera Cass
The Land of Stories – Chris Colfer

Book suggestions from Gennifer Choldenko:

Harriet the Spy - Louise Fitzhugh

A Little Princess - Frances Hodgson Burnett

Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

Across Five Aprils - Irene Hunt

The Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum

A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle

Book suggestion from Ron L. Smith:

The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien

Book suggestion from Jack Speer:
Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White
Go Dog, Go – P.D. Eastman

Favorites from the audience at the Gaithersburg Book Festival
Oh, Say Can You See – Dr. Seuss
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith
Anything by Sydney Sheldon, Stephen King or Dan Brown

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Thanks to this episode's sponsor, The National Geographic Kids 2017 Almanac. It's available now wherever books are sold. To get details about submitting your time capsule photo for the Almanac Newsmaker Challenge go to: natgeokids.com/almanac. 



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