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Editorial Content for Mike's Place: A True Story of Love, Blues, and Terror in Tel Aviv

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Sally Tibbetts

It is April 2003, American journalist Jack Baxter’s last day in Tel Aviv, and he and young filmmaker Joshua Faudem are celebrating the completion of their documentary about Mike’s Place, a western-style bar that prides itself on a conversational policy of “no politics.” Jack is getting ready to fly back to the States to be with his wife, Fran, and begin the finishing touches on his film. Read More

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There's a rule at Mike's Place: never, ever talk politics or religion. At this blues bar on the Tel Aviv beachfront, an international cast of characters mingles with the locals, and everyone is welcome to grab a beer and forget the conflict outside. At least, that's the story Jack and Joshua want to tell in their documentary. But less than a month after they begin filming, Mike's Place is the target of a deadly suicide bombing. Jack, Joshua, and the Mike's Place family survive the only way they know how-by keeping the camera rolling.

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There's a rule at Mike's Place: never, ever talk politics or religion. At this blues bar on the Tel Aviv beachfront, an international cast of characters mingles with the locals, and everyone is welcome to grab a beer and forget the conflict outside. At least, that's the story Jack and Joshua want to tell in their documentary. But less than a month after they begin filming, Mike's Place is the target of a deadly suicide bombing. Jack, Joshua, and the Mike's Place family survive the only way they know how-by keeping the camera rolling.

About the Book

There's a rule at Mike's Place: never, ever talk politics or religion. At this blues bar on the Tel Aviv beachfront, an international cast of characters mingles with the locals, and everyone is welcome to grab a beer and forget the conflict outside. At least, that's the story Jack and Joshua want to tell in their documentary.
 
But less than a month after they begin filming, Mike's Place is the target of a deadly suicide bombing. Jack, Joshua, and the Mike's Place family survive the only way they know how-by keeping the camera rolling.
 
Written by filmmakers Jack Baxter and Joshua Faudem and illustrated by award-winning cartoonist Koren Shadmi, Mike's Place chronicles the true story of an infamous terrorist attack in painstaking detail. Rarely has the slow build to tragedy, and the rebirth that follows, been captured with such a compassionate and unflinching eye.

Editorial Content for Sunny Side Up

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Sarah Rachel Engelman
Graphic novels are, in many ways, the best of both worlds --- great stories are wonderfully told and shown by the images that fill the page. Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm, the brother-sister duo that bring readers the whimsical Baby Mouse series, have teamed up with illustrator Lark Pien on SUNNY SIDE UP, a graphic novel with lots of visual vibrancy and rich storytelling that explores a very serious issue: addiction.
 

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Following the lives of kids whose older brother's delinquent behavior has thrown their family into chaos, SUNNY SIDE UP is at once a compelling "problem" story and a love letter to the comic books that help the protagonist make sense of her world.
 

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From the groundbreaking and award-winning sister-brother team behind BABYMOUSE comes a middle-grade, semi-autobiographical graphic novel.

Following the lives of kids whose older brother's delinquent behavior has thrown their family into chaos, SUNNY SIDE UP is at once a compelling "problem" story and a love letter to the comic books that help the protagonist make sense of her world.

By sister-bother team Jennifer and Matthew Holm. A 200-page, full-color graphic novel in the vein of Raina Telgemeier's SMILE.

About the Book

From the groundbreaking and award-winning sister-brother team behind BABYMOUSE comes a middle-grade, semi-autobiographical graphic novel.

Following the lives of kids whose older brother's delinquent behavior has thrown their family into chaos, SUNNY SIDE UP is at once a compelling "problem" story and a love letter to the comic books that help the protagonist make sense of her world.

By sister-bother team Jennifer and Matthew Holm. A 200-page, full-color graphic novel in the vein of Raina Telgemeier's SMILE.

Megan B.

Teen Board member

Granville, Illinois

Top Five Favorite Books:

1. THE HELP by Kathryn Stockett
2. THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak
3. MORE THAN THIS by Patrick Ness
4. WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE by Maria Semple
5. THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern 

 

Leanna R.

Teen Board member

Inverness, IL

Top Five Favorite Books:

1. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee
2. EVERY DAY by David Levithan
3. TELL THE WOLVES I'M HOME by Carol Rifka Brunt
4. GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn
5. FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON by Daniel Keyes

Harleen K.

Teen Board member

East Amherst, New York

Top Five Favorite Books:

1) Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan
2) The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan
3) Pushing the Limits series by Katie McGarry
4) READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline
5) The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

Dally M.

Teen Board member

Jersey City, New Jersey

Top Five Favorite Books:

1. GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn
2. 13 REASONS WHY by Jay Asher
3. BOSSYPANTS by Tina Fey
4. SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli
5. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins 

by Jessica Abel
Every week, millions of devoted fans tune in to or download This American LifeThe MothRadiolabPlanet MoneySnap JudgmentSerialInvisibilia and other narrative radio shows. Using personal stories to breathe life into complex ideas and issues, these beloved programs help us to understand ourselves and our world a little bit better. Each has a distinct style, but every one delivers stories that are brilliantly told and produced. OUT ON THE WIRE offers an unexpected window into this new kind of storytelling—one that literally illustrates the making of a purely auditory medium. 

Editorial Content for Space Dumplins

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Jeremy Estes

Craig Thompson’s massive 2003 autobiographical graphic novel BLANKETS is the kind of work that transcends its medium and finds its way into even the most hardened skeptics’ hearts. It belongs in that rare company---along with books like Chris Ware’s JIMMY CORRIGAN: The Smartest Kid on Earth, Marjane Satrapi’s PERSEPOLIS and Art Spiegelman’s MAUS---of comics for people who don’t read comics. At nearly seven-hundred pages, his 2011 work HABIBI is just as massive, but less loved. Read More

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Set in a distant yet familiar future, SPACE DUMPLINS weaves themes of family, friendship, and loyalty into a grand space adventure filled with quirky aliens, awesome spaceships, and sharp commentary on our environmentally challenged world.

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Highly acclaimed graphic novelist Craig Thompson's debut book for young readers about a plucky heroine on a mission to save her dad.

For Violet Marlocke, family is the most important thing in the whole galaxy. So when her father goes missing while on a hazardous job, she can't just sit around and do nothing. To get him back, Violet throws caution to the stars and sets out with a group of misfit friends on a quest to find him. But space is vast and dangerous, and she soon discovers that her dad is in big, BIG trouble. With her father's life on the line, nothing is going to stop Violet from trying to rescue him and keep her family together.

Visionary graphic novel creator Craig Thompson brings all of his wit, warmth, and humor to create a brilliantly drawn story for all ages. Set in a distant yet familiar future, SPACE DUMPLINS weaves themes of family, friendship, and loyalty into a grand space adventure filled with quirky aliens, awesome spaceships, and sharp commentary on our environmentally challenged world.

About the Book

Highly acclaimed graphic novelist Craig Thompson's debut book for young readers about a plucky heroine on a mission to save her dad.

For Violet Marlocke, family is the most important thing in the whole galaxy. So when her father goes missing while on a hazardous job, she can't just sit around and do nothing. To get him back, Violet throws caution to the stars and sets out with a group of misfit friends on a quest to find him. But space is vast and dangerous, and she soon discovers that her dad is in big, BIG trouble. With her father's life on the line, nothing is going to stop Violet from trying to rescue him and keep her family together.

Visionary graphic novel creator Craig Thompson brings all of his wit, warmth, and humor to create a brilliantly drawn story for all ages. Set in a distant yet familiar future, SPACE DUMPLINS weaves themes of family, friendship, and loyalty into a grand space adventure filled with quirky aliens, awesome spaceships, and sharp commentary on our environmentally challenged world.

Ann Stampler

Ann Stampler is the author of the young adult novels AFTERPARTY and WHERE IT BEGAN as well as half a dozen picture books.  Her work has received an Aesop accolade, the National Jewish Book Award, Sydney Taylor honors, the Middle East Book Award and Bank Street Best Books of the Year mentions.  She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband Rick.