NPR'S Backseat Book Club http://kunc.org en How One Unkind Moment Gave Way To 'Wonder' http://kunc.org/post/how-one-unkind-moment-gave-way-wonder In <em>Wonder,</em> R.J. Palacio tells the story of Auggie, a tough, sweet, 10-year-old boy, who was born with distorted facial features — a "craniofacial difference" caused by an anomaly in his DNA.<p>Palacio tells NPR's Michele Norris that the book was inspired by a real-life encounter with her own kids six years ago. They were at an ice cream store and sat next to a little girl with a severe facial deformity. Palacio's 3-year-old son cried in fear, so the author grabbed her kids and fled. Thu, 12 Sep 2013 21:01:00 +0000 49538 at http://kunc.org How One Unkind Moment Gave Way To 'Wonder' 'Dork Diaries' Reveal Secrets Of 'Not-So-Fabulous' Teen Life http://kunc.org/post/dork-diaries-reveal-secrets-not-so-fabulous-teen-life This month, NPR's Backseat Book Club goes snooping in Nikki Maxwell's "private and confidential" <em>Dork Diaries.</em> But the secret's already gotten out; the series launched four years ago, and there are already 12 million books in print in 34 different languages. The sixth in the series — <em>Tales From a Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker</em> — was just published in June.<p>Rachel Renee Russell joins NPR's Michele Norris to talk about the popular series — and Nikki Maxwell, her decidedly unpopular middle school protagonist. Thu, 08 Aug 2013 20:03:00 +0000 48118 at http://kunc.org 'Dork Diaries' Reveal Secrets Of 'Not-So-Fabulous' Teen Life Lessons In Bigotry And Bravery: A Girl Grows Up In 'Glory Be' http://kunc.org/post/lessons-bigotry-and-bravery-girl-grows-glory-be In July, NPR's <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/141728003/nprs-back-seat-book-club">Backseat Book Club</a> traveled to Hanging Moss, Miss., where Gloriana June Hemphill, better known as Glory, is just an ordinary little girl. But this is no ordinary summer — it's 1964 and the town has shut down the so-called "community" swimming pool to avoid integration.<p>Glory's dad is a preacher, her mom has died, and her big sister is about to enter high school. The family's maid, Emma, is Glory's caretaker and confidante — and the only black person Glory knows well. Thu, 11 Jul 2013 21:46:00 +0000 46964 at http://kunc.org Lessons In Bigotry And Bravery: A Girl Grows Up In 'Glory Be' Meet 'Ivan': The Gorilla Who Lived In A Shopping Mall http://kunc.org/post/meet-ivan-gorilla-who-lived-shopping-mall The school year is drawing to a close, but <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/141728003/nprs-back-seat-book-club">NPR's Backseat Book Club</a> has plenty of reading lined up for the summer. Our June pick is <em>The One and Only Ivan, </em>a Newbery Medal-winning book by Katherine Applegate. It tells the story of a gorilla who spent 27 years <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/13.7/2012/08/21/159542065/famous-gorilla-ivan-dies-at-age-50-an-animal-obituary"></a> in a shopping mall in Tacoma, Wash. — and it's based on a true story. Thu, 13 Jun 2013 21:32:00 +0000 45780 at http://kunc.org Meet 'Ivan': The Gorilla Who Lived In A Shopping Mall In 'Red Pyramid,' Kid Heroes Take On Ancient Egypt http://kunc.org/post/red-pyramid-kid-heroes-take-ancient-egypt If there was a recipe for the best-selling writer Rick Riordan, it would go something like this — start with a love of storytelling, fold in more than a decade of teaching middle school English, combine that with two sons of his own who don't quite share their dad's love of literature, and marinate all of that with a deep passion for mythology.<p>Riordan has sold tens of millions of kids' books. Wed, 19 Dec 2012 20:58:00 +0000 37868 at http://kunc.org In 'Red Pyramid,' Kid Heroes Take On Ancient Egypt