BLUE STARS: MISSION ONE: THE VICE PRINCIPAL PROBLEM, written by Kekla Magoon and Cynthia Leitich Smith, illustrated by Molly Murakami (Candlewick, 2024). Ages 8-up.
Two everyday superheroes set out to save the world–starting with their school–in an exciting new middle-grade graphic series from two award-winning authors and a debut illustrator.
When cousins Riley Halfmoon and Maya Dawn move to Urbanopolis to live with their activist grandma,
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SISTERS OF THE NEVERSEA by Cynthia Leitich Smith (Heartdrum, June 2021). Ages 8-up. Also published by HarperCollins Canada and paperback edition published by Harper360 (June 2022), an imprint of HarperCollins UK.
The second star from the right will take them very far from home…
Lily and Wendy have been best friends since they became stepsisters.
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ANCESTOR APPROVED: INTERTRIBAL STORIES FOR KIDS, edited by Cynthia Leitich Smith (Heartdrum, 2021). Ages 8-up. Also published by HarperCollins Canada.
A collection of intersecting stories and poems set at a powwow that bursts with hope, joy, resilience, the strength of community, and Native pride.
In a high school gym full of color and song, Native families from Nations within the borders of the U.S.
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FROM MY JOURNAL: On New Year’s Eve, I stood waiting my turn in the express aisle of Hein’s Grocery Barn, flipping through the December issue of Teen Lifestyles.
The magazine reported: “76% of teenagers who responded to our Heating Up Your Holidays survey indicated that they had French kissed someone.“
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- When Rain and Galen come home, covered in mud, from the construction site, what does Mama call them?
- What does Rain usually have for breakfast on her birthday?
- Who tells Rain what has happened to Galen?
- How does Rain react to the news?
For Book Talks Or Your Journal
The journal entry at the beginning of this chapter introduces us to Mama for the first time.
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- Who was the only person in town not to attend Galen’s funeral?
- Who read a poem?
- What is Rain’s relationship to Aunt Georgia?
- What program is Aunt Georgia planning to lead?
- Where is Grampa Berghoff?
- What does Bernadette Rae do for a living?
- What does Mrs.
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JINGLE DANCER by Cynthia Leitich Smith, illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu (HarperCollins, 2000)(Heartdrum, 2021). Ages 4-up. Also published by HarperCollins Canada.
Jenna, a contemporary Muscogee (Creek) girl in Oklahoma, wants to honor a family tradition by jingle dancing at the next powwow. But where will she find enough jingles for her dress?
A warm family story,
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INDIAN SHOES by Cynthia Leitich Smith, paperback cover art by Sharon Irla, interior art by MaryBeth Timothy (Heartdrum, 2020, 2021). Ages 7-up. Also published by HarperCollins Canada.
Hardcover edition features cover and interior art by Jim Madsen (HarperCollins, 2002).
What do Indian shoes look like, anyway?
Like beautiful beaded moccasins…or hightops with bright orange shoelaces?
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RAIN IS NOT MY INDIAN NAME by Cynthia Leitich Smith, paperback cover by Natasha Donovan (Heartdrum, 2021). Ages 10-up. Also published by HarperCollins Canada.
Hardcover edition features a cover by Lori Early (HarperCollins, 2001).
In a voice that resonates with insight and humor, New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Leitich Smith tells the story of a teenage girl who must face down her grief and reclaim her place in the world with the help of her intertribal community.
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- Why did Mom first leave Oklahoma?
- How long has it been since Rain’s mom died?
- How much is Rain’s weekly allowance?
- Who cruises by the house, whistling at Fynn?
- What does Fynn do for a living?
- What does Aunt Georgia give to Rain?
- What color has Aunt Georgia dyed her hair?
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