Music, magic, and a real-life miracle meld in this genre-defying masterpiece from Newbery Honoree Pam Muñoz Ryan! Winner of a 2016 Newbery Honor, ECHO pushes the boundaries of genre, form, and storytelling innovation. Lost and alone in a forbidden forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and suddenly finds himself entwined in a puzzling quest involving a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica. Decades later, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California each, in turn, become interwoven when the very same harmonica lands in their lives. All the children face daunting challenges: rescuing a father, protecting a brother, holding a family together. And ultimately, pulled by the invisible thread of destiny, their suspenseful solo stories converge in an orchestral crescendo. Richly imagined and masterfully crafted, this impassioned, uplifting, and virtuosic tour de force will resound in your heart long after the last note has been struck.

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The Golden Goblet

A young Egyptian boy struggles to reveal a hideous crime and reshape his own destiny.

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Cooking Through Geography

This curriculum was developed with the homeschool family in mind and was created with a threefold purpose: to give children an appreciation for the many different cultures in this world, to teach children how to cook (a wonderful life skill) and to taste the flavor and variety of the diverse cultures around us. I believe the table is the center of most cultures and food being shared is a huge part of bringing family, friends and acquaintances together. This curriculum is designed to encourage good penmanship, critical thinking, cooking skills, awareness of the many cultures around us, simple mapping skills and an appreciation and enjoyment of a wide variety of foods. It can be adapted to any grade level, as one is never to young or old to appreciate world culture and learn cooking skills. It is my hope, that through this curriculum, it will bring family togetherness as the student enjoys and shares the fruits of his or her labor. What you find inside the pages of this unique curriculum is how to use this curriculum, a list of supplies (three-ring binder, colored pencils, etc.), cover sheet, map and recipe forms for copying, a list of countries, recipes and a link to information about each country listed in the book. What you will receive when the course is completed is an individualized student cookbook with handwritten recipes along side of maps that show where the recipe came from and information on each recipe page about the country studied. This is one educational course that can go beyond the school years and helps give your student(s) a life skill that he/she will take beyond graduation. You can find out more at https: //

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Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?

Walk into any racially mixed high school and you will see black youth seated together in the cafeteria. Of course, it’s not just the black kids sitting together-the white, Latino, Asian Pacific, and, in some regions, American Indian youth are clustered in their own groups, too. The same phenomenon can be observed in college dining halls, faculty lounges, and corporate cafeterias. What is going on here? Is this self-segregation a problem we should try to fix, or a coping strategy we should support? How can we get past our reluctance to talk about racial issues to even discuss it? And what about all the other questions we and our children have about race? Beverly Daniel Tatum, a renowned authority on the psychology of racism, asserts that we do not know how to talk about our racial differences: Whites are afraid of using the wrong words and being perceived as ”racist” while parents of color are afraid of exposing their children to painful racial realities too soon. Using real-life examples and the latest research, Tatum presents strong evidence that straight talk about our racial identities-whatever they may be-is essential if we are serious about facilitating communication across racial and ethnic divides. We have waited far too long to begin our conversations about race. This remarkable book, infused with great wisdom and humanity, has already helped hundreds of thousands of readers figure out where to start.

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Lies My Teacher Told Me

“Every teacher, every student of history, every citizen should read this book. It is both a refreshing antidote to what has passed for history in our educational system and a one-volume education in itself.” —Howard Zinn A new edition of the national bestseller and American Book Award winner, with a new preface by the author Since its first publication in 1995, Lies My Teacher Told Me has become one of the most important—and successful—history books of our time. Having sold nearly two million copies, the book also won an American Book Award and the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist Scholarship and was heralded on the front page of the New York Times in the summer of 2006. For this new edition, Loewen has added a new preface that shows how inadequate history courses in high school help produce adult Americans who think Donald Trump can solve their problems, and calls out academic historians for abandoning the concept of truth in a misguided effort to be “objective.” What started out as a survey of the twelve leading American history textbooks has ended up being what the San Francisco Chronicle calls “an extremely convincing plea for truth in education.” In Lies My Teacher Told Me, James W. Loewen brings history alive in all its complexity and ambiguity. Beginning with pre-Columbian history and ranging over characters and events as diverse as Reconstruction, Helen Keller, the first Thanksgiving, the My Lai massacre, 9/11, and the Iraq War, Loewen offers an eye-opening critique of existing textbooks, and a wonderful retelling of American history as it should—and could—be taught to American students.

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The Brown Mama Mindset

The Brown Mama Mindset is a blueprint for Black moms on life, love and home. Single moms and married moms alike will find a set of parenting principles that will guide African-American moms on a journey to: Efficiently manifest your life’s purpose on a timeline that is conducive to raising happy, healthy and well-rounded children. Engage in productive relationships from a place of self-love and abundance, rather than control and lack. View your home and the role of being a Brown Mama for what it really is: your own personal breeding ground for self-mastery. Rather than telling you how to be a mother, this book will help you understand that motherhood is not just about taking care of your children, it’s about transforming into the woman that you are divinely destined to be.

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Autumn Street

When her father leaves to fight in World War II, Elizabeth goes with her mother and sister to her grandfather’s house, where she learns to face up to the always puzzling and often cruel realities of the adult world.

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Black Students-Middle Class Teachers

This compelling look at the relationship between the majority of African American students and their teachers provides answers and solutions to the hard-hitting questions facing education in today’s black and mixed-race communities. Are teachers prepared by their college education departments to teach African American children? Are schools designed for middle-class children and, if so, what are the implications for the 50 percent of African Americans who live below the poverty line? Is the major issue between teachers and students class or racial difference? Why do some of the lowest test scores come from classrooms where black educators are teaching black students? How can parents negotiate with schools to prevent having their children placed in special education programs? Also included are teaching techniques and a list of exemplary schools that are successfully educating African Americans.

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Learn at Home, Grade K

A Full School Year of Lesson Plans for Kindergartners Designed by experts in elementary education, this valuable resource offers a full school year in six curriculum areas—everything you need to teach your child at home or supplement your child’s school curriculum. This comprehensive Kindergarten resource includes: –36 weeks of lesson plans for Kindergartners –Weekly lesson plans at a glance –Instruction in Reading, Language Skills, Spelling, Math, Science, and Social Studies –Art, Music, and Movement activities integrated into the curriculum –Extension activities to support each week’s lessons –Explanations of concepts, skills, and teaching strategies –Step-by-step instructions –Full-color, ready-to-use activity sheets –384 pages Your child needs to build a strong academic foundation. With the Learn At Home series, your child will be well on the way to success

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