Photo caption: Crystal Cobb, Amaya Randolph, Kaiya Hawkins, Jayla Hunter, and Japan Spells (L to R) are 6th and 7th graders at Jefferson Academy.

Students from Jefferson Academy in Southwest DC are the stars of the newest Book Club for Kids podcast episode. They tackle Rita Williams-Garcia’s Newbery Honor book One Crazy Summer, the story of a trio of sisters who travel across the country in 1968 to meet their estranged mother … who enrolls them in a Black Panther summer camp. Congresswoman Barbara Lee of Oakland is the celebrity reader. Southwest resident and public radio veteran Kitty Felde is the host. Book Club for Kids is winner of the Literacy in Media Award. The episode is available on iTunes, Stitcher, or online at

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