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KIPP Academy Lynn Middle Schoolers Need English Language Arts Books

Please go to www.gofundme.com/books-to-build-reading-skills to help us purchase books for our KIPP Academy Lynn middle school library per this wish list below:

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Henry and Mudge – The First Book (Henry and Mudge, #1) by Cynthia Rylant

Sahara Special by Esmé Raji Codell

Out of My Mind (Hardcover) by Sharon M. Draper

Ivy and Bean (Ivy and Bean, #1) by Annie Barrows

Screech!: A Book About Bats (Paperback) by Melvin A. Berger

Flat Stanley (Flat Stanley, #1) by Jeff Brown

Judy Moody (Judy Moody, # 1) by Megan McDonald

At the Edge of the World (Crispin, #2) by Avi

Sea Otter Rescue (Paperback) by Roland Smith

A Boy Called Slow (Hardcover) by Joseph Bruchac

Crash (Paperback) by Jerry Spinelli

The Rough-Face Girl (Paperback) by Rafe Martin

My Life in Dog Years (Paperback) by Gary Paulsen

Bunnicula (Bunnicula, #1) by James Howe

Fudge-a-Mania (Fudge, #4)  by Judy Blume

Help! I’m Trapped in the First Day of Summer Camp (Paperback) by Todd Strasser

Who Was Queen Elizabeth? (Paperback) by June Eding

Fourth Grade Rats (Paperback) by Jerry Spinelli

Black Diamond: The Story of the Negro Baseball Leagues (Paperback) by Patricia C. McKissack

Technically, It’s Not My Fault: Concrete Poems (Paperback) by John Grandits

The School Story (Paperback) by Andrew Clements

The Homework Machine (The Homework Machine, #1) by Dan Gutman

The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

Three Times Lucky (Tupelo Landing, #1)  by Sheila Turnage

The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy, #1)  by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon  by Steve Sheinkin

Jake and Lily by Jerry Spinelli

The Breadwinner Trilogy by Deborah Ellis

Stella by Starlight, by Sharon M. Draper

A Little Piece of Ground, by Elizabeth Laird

One Crazy Summer, by Rita Williams Garcia

Sylvia & Aki, by Winifred Conkling

Operation Redwood, by S. Terrell French

I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced, by Nujood Ali with Dephine Mainoui

Return to Sender, by Julia Alverez

A Long Walk to Water Novel by Linda Sue Park

Teacup by Rebecca Young, illustrated by Matt Ottley

Dia’s Story Cloth: The Hmong People’s Journey of Freedom by Dia Cha, illustrated by Chue Cha and Nhia Thao Cha

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Shane W. Evans

How I Became a Ghost by Tim Tingle

Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins

Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team That Changed a Town by Warren St. John

Once They Had a Country: Two Teenage Refugees in the Second World War by Muriel R. Gillick

Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina by Michaela DePrince and Elaine DePrince

A Time of Miracles by Anne-Laure Bondoux, translated by Y. Maudet

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

Pax by Sara Pennypacker

The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #2)by Rick Riordan

Summerlost by Ally Condie

Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven *

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin *

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1) by Cassandra Clare

A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet, #1) by Madeleine L’Engle

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1) by Rick Riordan

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter, #1) by J.K. Rowling

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing

The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Nora Webster by Colm Toibin

The Laughing Monsters by Denis Johnson

Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Dr. Atul Gawande

Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms by Katherine Rundell

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

Redwall series by Brian Jacques

Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park

Nuts To You by Lynn Rae Perkins

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan

H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

All That Is by James Salter

The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Many KIPP charter school alumni face financial hurdles in college, survey shows

 Washington Post, January 31, 2017

The KIPP public charter school network prides itself on its mission of putting disadvantaged students on the path to a college degree.

But a new survey of thousands of KIPP alumni nationwide has found that many of these students face daunting financial hurdles once they get to college, including worries about where they will get their next meal, and whether they can find work-study jobs and internships in line with their career goals.

The survey of former KIPP students who are now in college offers a window to a crucial slice of the higher education market. The vast majority of KIPP students come from low-income families. Most are Hispanic or African American. Many of their parents do not have college degrees. As a result, these students are a sample of some of the most vulnerable populations on any college campus.

The KIPP Foundation, which supports a network of about 200 schools nationwide, sent surveys via email and text message to about 10,000 former students who finished at least eighth grade in a KIPP middle school, or 12th grade in a high school within the network. The foundation was able to analyze 2,969 answers from KIPP alumni in college.

Read more of Washington Post article here.

Thousands Gather In Copley Square To Protest Trump’s Immigration Freeze

Iraqi national Khalid Al Mharib, of KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate, was among the protesters crowding the steps of the Boston Public Library in Copley. Al Mharib says his family moved from Baghdad to the U.S. in 2012 and are now legal permanent residents. But he says he still has family and friends in Iraq and Syria who wish to come to the U.S.

Almharib says he wants Muslim refugees to feel safe in the U.S., and that the action of the Copley protesters is encouraging.

“President Donald Trump’s actions make me feel that I’m in danger,” he said. “And when I came here today to Boston and saw the crowd, this made me feel like really happy and I felt that the country is still in peace and united.”

Read article here.

Writers use poetry and prose in protest of Trump’s election

The “promise of democracy” that Martin Luther King Jr. spoke about in his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech feels very distant today, but not just because of the controversial recent election, Daniel Evans Pritchard told a somber audience at a “counter-inauguration” hosted by a group that called itself Writers Resist.

“The president-elect’s role in this drama is small compared to the forces that put him where he is,” said Pritchard, an organizer of the event, to a packed auditorium in the Boston Public Library. “The forces that today, here, across the globe, we have come together to resist.”

Michelle Garcia, an 18-year-old high school senior at KIPP Academy in Lynn, deftly switched between lines that were humorous and painful, slow and quick, light and deep all at once, in her poem about being “bougie.”

The word, which means acting higher than your class, is never used for white women, she said. Only women of color, like her — and her mother.

Read more here.

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