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  • April 2, 2016
    Vicki Reutter reviews both "Nujood Ali and the Fight Against Child Marriage" by Katherine Don and "Grace Akallo: The Pursuit of Justice for Child Soldiers" in the School Library Journal.
  • March 24, 2016
    Laura Apol reviews "Grace Akallo"—and discusses challenges in writing about child soldiers—for "Africa Access." She writes: "The text handles issues of violence, rape, abuse, killing, and suicide...
  • February 28, 2016
    Last month I was invited to speak at Northwestern University in Doha, the capital of Qatar and home to Education City, a campus on the outskirts of the city that encompasses branches of eight...
  • November 18, 2015
    Book Q&As with Deborah Kalb is a wonderful (daily!) blog that features interviews with a wide, wide range of authors of books for adults and kids, non-fiction, fiction, mysteries, just about...
  • November 2, 2015
    Last week, Rebecca Cooper, the middle school religion teacher, invited me to speak—as part of her unit on the Congo that focuses on social justice and putting faith into action.
  • October 7, 2015
    I met Grace Akallo several years ago when she was a college student living outside Boston. She had been abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army from a boarding school in Uganda.
  • July 15, 2015
    India's midday meal program is the largest free lunch school program in the world. It feeds 120 million schoolchildren and employs 2 million women.
  • May 16, 2015
    William Zinsser died this week. He was 92. He left behind the classic, "On Writing Well," not only well-known, but much used.
  • March 6, 2015
    The snow lay on the ground. A little baby girl is born. She will call me Baba as the others do. So many hands reach out to hold her. Big and small hands.
  • February 13, 2015
    I don’t write poetry, but I do often write pieces, (or children’s books) with a prescribed word count. I know that each word matters.