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In Episode 67, I talk to a few of my students while we attended the Young Authors Conference at Bethel University.  Kyra shares some thoughts about "We Are The Ants" by Shaun David Hutchinson, but mainly we just talk about what's going on at the Young Authors Conference.  This will be my last podcast for the 2015-16 school year.  See you all in the fall.  Have a great summer!

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In Episode 66, Bella interviews Leif about The Martian by Andy Weir.  The Academy Awards are coming up soon, and I thought it would be a great time to talk about The Martian.  Bella does a great job asking informative questions, and Leif gives a lot of great information about this book.  Thanks for helping out with the podcast, Leif and Bella!

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In Episode 65, Evie interviews Sophia about Serendipity and Me by Judith Roth.  This book is about a kitten, so I was intrigued to hear more about it.  Evie does a great job asking insightful questions, and Sophia gives thoughtful answers.  Thanks for handling the podcast this week, Sophia and Evie!  (Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!)

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In Episode 64, Elliot interviews Blake about The Ranger's Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan.  This is book #1 in this series.  Elliot and Blake are very entertaining in this interview as they go over the highlights of this book.  Thanks for helping out with the podcast, Blake and Elliot!

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In Episode 63, Xavier interviews Marin about The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.  I read this Newbery-award-winning book for the first time this past summer, and loved it so much that I will be teaching a unit around it in my 6th grade classes later this school year.  Thanks for taking over the podcast this week, Marin and Xavier!

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In Episode 62, we welcome you to the start of the 2015-16 school year with Bobby interviewing Brooklyn about The Enemy by Charlie Higson.  This young-adult book about zombies sounds creepy and interesting.  If any of you listeners want to interview a friend about a middle-school book that you loved reading, just record them on the Voice Memo app on an iPhone and email that file to matthew.streit@mpls.k12.mn.us

Thanks for being on the podcast, Bobby and Brooklyn!
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In Episode 61, I talk to three 8th graders about To Kill A Mockingbird while we were at the Young Authors Conference (at Bethel University in Roseville, MN).  Two of these 8th graders - Isadora and Elizabeth - have been regulars on my Book Talk podcast, and the third 8th grader - Isabel - gives a fresh perspective to things since this is her first and only year at Lake Harriet Community School.  In addition to talking about TKAM, the 8th graders also discuss the Young Authors Conference and what they will miss about going to LHCS.  Thanks for being on my podcast one last time, Isadora, Elizabeth, and Isabel!

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In Episode 60, Bella interviews Eli and Castor about Tombquest Book One (Book of the Dead) by Michael Northrup.  Michael Northrup actually visited our school two weeks earlier and gave a great presentation about his Tombquest series.  In her interview, Bella does a great job of getting details about Book One in this series by asking probing questions of Eli and Castor.  Thanks for taking care of the podcast this week, Bella, Eli, and Castor!

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In Episode 59, Andrew interviews Grace about Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein.  Both of these students do a great job introducing us to this wonderful book about life from a dog's point of view.  I have not read this book yet, but after listening to this interview, I am really interested in reading this book.  Thanks for handling the podcast this week, Grace and Andrew!

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In Episode 58, I talk with Brita about The Keepers by Ted Sanders.  Ted Sanders actually visited our school the day before this interview (March 4th).  Brita was part of the group of 40 students who got to meet Ted Sanders; Brita actually read all 500+ pages of The Keepers in less than a week to prepare for this visit.  Brita has a lot of great things to say about The Keepers and Ted Sanders in this podcast.  Thanks for being on my podcast, Brita!

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