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In Episode 57, I talk with Sonja about Breathing Room by Marsha Hayles.  Sonja liked this book about friendship, tuberculosis, and life in the 1940s.  Sonja gives a lot of great information about this book and gives reasons why middle-school students would like this book.  Sonja also briefly gives her thoughts about our middle-school dance later today.  Thanks for the great discussion, Sonja!

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In Episode 56, Leila interviews Isabelle about Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.  As most of you know, Catching Fire is book #2 in the Hunger Games trilogy, and Mockingjay - Part 1 is now in movie theaters.  We thought this would be a great discussion with this series fresh in peoples' minds.  Caution though: there are a lot of spoilers in this podcast, so you should probably read Catching Fire first, if you haven't already.  Thanks for running the podcast this week, Leila and Isabelle!

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In Episode 55, Julien interviews Lola about The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold.  This book came out in 2002 and was made into a movie in 2009.  Lola does a great job handling Julien's questions and provides many thoughtful answers about this book.  Thanks for running the show this week, Lola and Julien!

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In Episode 54, I talk with Ms. Eiden (the other 6th grade Language Arts teacher at our school) about No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman.  Ms. Eiden really enjoyed reading this book and she feels that middle-school students would agree.  This book also has a very memorable cover.  Thanks for being on my podcast, Ms. Eiden!

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In Episode 53, Cole interviews Maddy about The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.  This is a very popular book among my middle-school students, and a movie version of this book came out a few years ago.  Cole and Maddy do a great job discussing this book without giving away any spoilers.  Thanks for running the show this week, Cole and Maddy!

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In Episode 52, Mitra interviews Alison about the book Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom.  Mitra and Alison have a great conversation about this touching book that many adults and middle-school students love.  This book gives you a great perspective on life.  Thanks for doing the interview, Mitra!  And thanks for being on our podcast, Alison!

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In Episode 51, Mitra (a 7th grader) and I welcome you to the 2014-15 school year.  I am hoping to get more students to create Book Talk podcasts this year and Mitra has graciously volunteered to do the first few.  Mitra and I discuss what books we've read this summer and what it's like to eat lunch with 8th graders, too.  Thanks for being on my podcast, Mitra - and I'm excited to see what you come up with for our next Book Talk podcast!

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In Episode 50, I look back on the school year and share some thoughts I have for the podcast next year.  Thanks to all of you who have subscribed to and listened to the podcast this school year.  I hope to jazz it up more in the fall and to have more student-run podcasts.  Have a great summer, everyone!

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In Episode 49, I talk to our assistant principal, Ms. Tilleson, about The Hunger Games.  Ms. Tilleson liked this entire series, especially the first book.  Ms. Tilleson is also transferring jobs next school year; she will be the new head principal at our lower (grades K-3) campus!  Congratulations, Ms. Tilleson and thanks for being on my podcast!

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In Episode 48, we go "on location" to the Young Authors Conference at Bethel University in Saint Paul.  I talk to Sonia and Katie about Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson.  Sonia and Katie both liked how this book gave them a glimpse of another school culture.  We also talk about what they liked about the Young Authors Conference.  You can even hear some Caribbean music in the background.  Thanks for the great discussion, Katie and Sonia!

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