Tag Archives: Patricia McCormick

Four Months, 21 Authors, and 600 Students

BtB’s Fall 2015 Semester Program Wrap-up It’s hard to believe a whole semester has passed and we’re launching full swing into our spring programming already. Looking back on our fall programs it’s clear we’ve covered some ground. Through 25 programs with 21 authors, from first grade through 12th grade, our students have read fiction and nonfiction […]

BtB Holiday Book Picks!

The holidays are here! We think the best gift is a great book that can last a lifetime. Here at BtB, we have compiled a list of the merriest reads sure to inspire a special youngster in your life this holiday season. There’s something for everyone: from the early readers, to the intermediate readers, to […]

Sneak Peek! New High School Short Stories

As regular readers of this blog have no doubt realized, we are incredibly proud of the work being done by the 10th and 11th grade students in our programs CHAH.  Ms. Quinton, Ms. Charles-Harris, and Mr. Dickhudt’s 10th grade classes wrote short stories with Matt de la Pena (master of revision). Meanwhile, Mr. Dickhudt’s 11th graders learned about investigative […]

BtB’s Top Titles for High Schoolers

The books just keep coming! Today we’re featuring fiction and nonfiction for high school readers, recommended by the bibliophiles on our staff; each is a profound tribute to the resilience of the human spirit. Fist Stick Knife Gun by Geoffrey Canada Long before the avalanche of praise for his work—from Oprah Winfrey, from President Bill Clinton, from […]

BtB’s Top 10 Books for Middle Schoolers!

Recently, we’ve been featuring books for high schoolers by authors we love. Today, we made the picks! Here are BtB’s top 10 books for middle schoolers, as recommended by our outstanding staff: Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez: Anita de la Torre never questioned her freedom living in the Dominican Republic. But by her 12th […]

NYT writer discusses war and investigative journalism with Washington Heights 11th Graders

Mr. Duckhudt’s 11th grade class at CHAH hosted New York Times staff reporter Ray Rivera as a part of their ongoing program on investigative journalism and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. “As a journalist you can talk to a lot of important people, you’re constantly learning something new.  It takes a lot of analysis […]

Washington Heights 11th Graders ask: How does a foreign war affect communities at home?

Yesterday, the 11th graders participating in our Investigative Journalism Program welcomed Gulf War vet Omar Merino and gold-star mom Emily Toro. The two guests came to speak to Mr. Dickhudt’s classes and give perspective to the books the students are reading about the Iraq war: Patricia McCormick’s novel Purple Heart and investigative journalist Dexter Filkins’ The […]

Patricia McCormick visits 11th grade class in Washington Heights

Yesterday, two time National Book nominee Patricia McCormick visited Community Health Academy of the Heights (CHAH) to discuss her book Purple Heart,  investigative journalism, and interviewing strategies with Mr. Dickhudt and Mr. Waligory’s 11th graders. In preparation for her visit, the students have been reading both fiction and non-fiction about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including Patricia’s […]

Behind the Book Summer Reads for Kids and Adults

It’s the height of summer, and a great time to read! Here are a few of our favorite books for kids and adults that we recommend for your reading pleasure. Love to Langston by Tony Medina Appropriate for Ages 7-11 Maybe it’s that our recent move to Harlem has put us in the mood for […]