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 Recently I read the book “30,000 Stitches” written by Amanda Davis and illustrated by Sally Wern Comport. The book is an amazing story about the American flag that flew over 90 West Street days after the Twin Towers collapsed in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001. The flag quickly became tattered, so it was taken down to be retired.

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 I think “Jump The Moon” by Kathy Simmers is a great book because I love horses! But that’s not the only reason. First, it’s a heartfelt story about a girl’s love for a horse. The story is based on a true story about the author’s daughter and a special horse in her life.

The next reason I enjoyed the book is because the girl never stopped thinking of the horse and she never gave up on the horse. The girl never believed what other people thought about the horse. Some thought the horse was ugly and mean, but she thought the horse was beautiful and caring.

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 The 2021 Summer Reading Program with Maricopa County Reads runs June 1 through Aug. 1. Every year, I participate in the program with my little sister, Story, and we like to compete on who can read the most by the end of the summer. Even my mother will read huge books and participate in the summer program. We love doing the summer reading program as a family and winning cool prizes.

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 You’ve probably read the famous books “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” and probably know the author who wrote these books. His art is distinctive, recognizable at the first sight of the illustrations.

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 The Art of Problem Solving is a new STEM curriculum designed to offer a deeper, more challenging math instruction, helping kids excel at this subject. The program is for kids in grades 5–12. The texts introduce key math concepts and teach kids how to develop new ideas with ways to apply these ideas to challenging problems. Thousands of students are using the program, and many have gone on to win contests such as MATHCOUNTS.

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 Jeff Kinney’s new book, “Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Spooky Stories,” was released March 16. This is the third book in the Awesome Friendly series, and it is spectacular! You’ll like it if you enjoy somewhat spooky and funny stories.

There are lots of fun short stories told from Rowley’s point of view. In my opinion, Rowley’s point of view is fun and exciting, like it is being told by one of your friends. The Wimpy Kid books are told from Greg’s point of view, and he seems to try to act older and more mature than Rowley.

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 Recently I was fortunate enough to do a Zoom interview with Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid series. Kinney will be in Tucson for a drive-through book event at Mostly Books on March 26.

Kinney said that he is looking forward to being in Arizona. “Some of my happiest memories as a father have been going through Sedona...and other parts of Arizona with my kids,” He says. He is looking forward to visiting again with his family.

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 I interviewed Christopher Rodarte, author of the book “La Llorona: Ghost Stories of the Southwest.” He explains that he has always been very interested in the legend of La Llorona, a popular tale in Mexican and Southwest cultures. Rodarte’s book retells people’s  tales of the weeping woman of the Southwest.

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 I like to read and when my sister received a coloring book about the Ninja Kitties she asked me to read it to her.

Each kitty has a personality with an inner strength like staying positive, being friendly or funny, being competitive or always thoughtful. I interviewed my sister to find out which kitty she thought was most like her.

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 I read a book called “Douglas, You Need Glasses!” It was written by Ged Adamson and published by Random House. Douglas is a dog with very bad eyesight. His eyesight is so bad that he chases a leaf thinking it is a squirrel. He also does not see the warning sign and hewalks through wet cement.

Nancy is Douglas’ owner and she takes him for an eye exam. Douglas goes through one whole cabinet of glasses and finally finds the perfect pair. After he puts on the glasses, Douglas can see things that he couldn’t see before.

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