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Kids & "YA" Summer Reading 2015

Join us for our annual conversation about the best summer books for kids and young adults.

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Bookend: Author Mary Amato And The Changing World of Children's Literature

Author Mary Amato shares what it's like to pen prose for the younger set.
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Misty Copeland Seeks To Inspire Other African-American Dancers

Misty Copeland is the American Ballet Theater's first female African-American principal dancer. She discusses her book, Firebird. (This piece initially aired on Sept. 9, 2014 on Morning Edition).
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How A Stolen Backpack In Casablanca Inspired A Novel About Shifting Identity

The main character in Vendela Vida's new novel is alone in Morocco when her bag with her passport and credit cards is stolen. Vida says The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty was inspired by her own travels.
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Mat Johnson On 'Loving Day' And Life As A 'Black Boy' Who Looks White

As a biracial child growing up in Philadelphia, writer Mat Johnson identified as black – but looked white. His new novel is about a man who returns to his hometown after inheriting a run-down mansion.
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A Bar, Blackjack And Best-Sellers: One Author's Big Break

Ben Mezrich had been a struggling author, without a regular job and knee-deep in debt. But that all changed at a dive bar in Boston, when Mezrich saw a local college student whip out a $100 bill.
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Raised By 5 Different Families, 7 Siblings Are Reunited In 'Bastards'

In her debut memoir Mary Anna King tells the story of her fractured upbringing and how — in the face of poverty — love and hard work were not sufficient to keep her family together.
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How To Win The Money Game: A Former NBA Star Shares Financial Advice

Adonal Foyle has financial advice for professional athletes. "You really have to put money in its proper place," he says. "If we do that, we will respect it — but not give it too much power over us."
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Marvel's Half-Black, Half-Latino Spider-Man Is Going Mainstream

"It won't be [that] Miles is Spider-Man with an asterisk or some kind of adjective or adverb attached to it," says writer Brian Michael Bendis. "He is going to be Spider-Man — just Spider-Man."
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Alpha, Beta, Heathcliff — An Alphabet Of Romance Heroes

As part of the NPR Books Summer of Love series, Lynn Neary digs into the history of the romance hero, the difference between alpha and beta heroes, and why Heathcliff is really kind of a jerk.

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