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Jennifer Hubbard
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Author of THE SECRET YEAR, TRY NOT TO BREATHE, and short fiction
Author of THE SECRET YEAR, TRY NOT TO BREATHE, and short fiction

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A story of young refugees, survival and hope:
How about some perspective for your middle schoolers? Excerpt from Escaping The Tiger in which a young refugee from Laos asks a man to tell him about America:

"Can you teach me a few English words, Colonel? Tell me about America. I'm in the mood for a dream."

"America," Colonel said in English. "Land of the free. Home of the brave." Then he switched back to Lao. "A place where they have special food for dogs."

"What do you mean, special food?"

"Food for dogs that people don't eat. Comes in little cans or big bags. Americans buy it at their market stores."

"You mean Americans don't give their old rice to the dogs?" Vonlai asked, trying to wrap his mind around what a dog would eat other than table scraps.

"Well, Americans don't eat rice every day. Even if they did, they still have a type of food only for dogs. Ground-up meat that people don't eat. Dog food."

"Why can't people eat it if it's meat?"

"Because it's food for dogs. Specially made for puppies. Old dogs. Even fat dogs."

Vonlai let out a laugh. "Fat dogs! Now I know you're teasing! Tell me something that's true."

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Check out our very own, @MZMackay's creating spaces on today's "Where We Make" feature on @cometparty's blog - http://ow.ly/wFKUR

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Help people come "out of the darkness" of suicide: http://bit.ly/11MPP65

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Because I have ALWAYS been in love with libraries, I've joined Authors for Libraries:

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Author Denise Jaden and friends on whether we can ever be enough:

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Enjoy this most thorough editing chart, ganked from the blog of Terri-Lynne DeFino:
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