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Stories by One Book One San Diego

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One Book for Littlest Kids: "It's a Little Book" by Lane Smith

Sept. 1, 2015
By One Book One San Diego

KPBS partnered with Reach Out and Read San Diego to select a special book for babies, toddlers and children ages five and under as a companion to the 2015 One Book, One San Diego selection, "It's a Little Book" by Lane Smith.

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About the Author

Sept. 9, 2014
By One Book One San Diego

Learn more about the life and work of Lysley Tenorio.

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"Felix Starro"

Sept. 9, 2014
By One Book One San Diego

"Felix Starro" tells the story of a young man who takes part in his grandfather's questionable family business.

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"The Brothers"

Sept. 9, 2014
By One Book One San Diego

"The Brothers" explores the story of Edmond, who is forced to deal with the life choices of his younger brother shortly after his untimely death.

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“Monstress”

Sept. 9, 2014
By One Book One San Diego

"Monstress" explores the lives of two Filipino film makers who seemingly hit their big break.

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Discussion Questions

Sept. 4, 2014
By One Book One San Diego

Delve deeper into the book with these questions and topics for discussion.

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Themes, Setting, and Literary Devices

Sept. 4, 2014
By One Book One San Diego

Learn more about the themes and literary strategies used in "Monstress."

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The 2013 Student Writing Library Essay Contest

Oct. 30, 2012
By One Book One San Diego and Wendy Gay

Each year, the Friends of the San Diego Public Library inviting all fourth, eighth and tenth graders in San Diego to submit essays addressing a number of literary-based prompts. Entries are judged by a panel and could win up to a $500 grand prize. Read on for more information and download an application.

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Local Pacific Islander Community Organizations

April 13, 2012
By Kylie Corwin, One Book One San Diego

Learn more about local San Diego Hawaiian and Polynesian organizations.

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'Moloka'i': About the Author

April 13, 2012
By One Book One San Diego

Learn more about Alan Brennert, the author of Moloka'i.

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'Moloka'i': Discussion Questions

April 13, 2012
By One Book One San Diego

Delve deeper into the book with these questions and topics for discussion.

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'Moloka'i': Themes and Literary Strategies

April 13, 2012
By One Book One San Diego

Learn more about the themes and literary strategies used in Moloka'i.

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'Moloka'i': Setting & Genre

April 13, 2012
By One Book One San Diego and Book Rags

Learn more about the setting and genre of Moloka'i.

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'Into the Beautiful North': Themes and Literary Strategies

April 13, 2012
By One Book One San Diego

Multiple themes are covered and discussed in "Into the Beautiful North."

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From One Book to… Fifty

Feb. 23, 2012
By One Book One San Diego and Lilly Ghahremani

This year's special One Book, One San Diego program, highlighting three books instead of one, can launch you on a reading marathon! And you won't be alone if you sign up for the 50/50 challenge, to read 50 books and watch 50 films in 2012.

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Local Author Sheds Light on Politically Charged Iran of the 1960s

Oct. 10, 2011
By One Book One San Diego and Shay Dinata-Hanson

Zohreh Ghahremani’s writing is dotted with poetic references and is beautifully lyrical in its style. Just like Roya’s picture window at school through which she admires the poppies, Ghahremani’s story provides us with a window through which we can view the past, both political and personal, and pay homage to those who have left imprints on our hearts and minds.

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One Book, One San Diego Highlights Three Books This Year

Aug. 1, 2011
By Clare Pister, One Book One San Diego

One Book, One San Diego will feature three books in the 2011-2012 season: Sky of Red Poppies by Zohreh Ghahremani, Moloka'i by Alan Brennert, and Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea.

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lê thi diem thúy decribes her novel, The Gangster We Are All Look For

Feb. 15, 2011
By Clare Pister, One Book One San Diego, Roland Lizarondo

The Gangster We Are All Looking For is the 2011 One Book, One San Diego selection. Listen to a plot summary by the author, lê thi diem thúy, given during her visit to San Diego in February 2011.

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Local Community Organizations

Dec. 21, 2010
By Ashley Rodriguez, Clare Pister, One Book One San Diego

These are local Vietnamese oriented organizations in the San Diego area.

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'The Gangster We Are All Looking For': Chapter Five "nu' o ' c"

Dec. 1, 2010
By Ashley Rodriguez, Clare Pister, One Book One San Diego

The last chapter finalizes the transition and feelings of the young narrator.

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'The Gangster We Are All Looking For': Chapter One "suh-top"

Dec. 1, 2010
By Ashley Rodriguez, Clare Pister, One Book One San Diego

The first chapter introduces us to our anonymous narrator and the beginning of her migration.

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'The Gangster We Are All Looking For': Chapter Two "palm"

Dec. 1, 2010
By Ashley Rodriguez, Clare Pister, One Book One San Diego

Chapter two describes a family reuniting and the realizations of immigration.

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Chapter Three "the gangster we are all looking for"

Dec. 1, 2010
By Ashley Rodriguez, Clare Pister, One Book One San Diego

The third chapter delves into symbolic representations during a turbulent time for the family.

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'The Gangster We Are All Looking For': Chapter Four "the bones of birds"

Dec. 1, 2010
By Ashley Rodriguez, Clare Pister, One Book One San Diego

Problems unfold in chapter four.

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"The Gangster We Are All Looking For": Connections & Resources

Dec. 1, 2010
By Ashley Rodriguez, Clare Pister, One Book One San Diego

From food to film, "The Gangster We Are All Looking For" offers many connections to be made and resources to be discovered within the San Diego area.