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Kate DiCamillo's Picks For Summer Treehouse Reading

Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord
Scholastic Press

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kickoff to summer, and that means the tantalizing prospect of having more time for reading stretches ahead of us — long, lazy summer days curled up with a book.

With that in mind, Newbery Award-winning author Kate DiCamillo shared some summer book recommendations for readers ages 8-13 with NPR's Melissa Block. DiCamillo is the author of Because of Winn-Dixie and The Tale of Despereaux, among others,and was recently named the country's national ambassador for young people's literature by the Library of Congress. Her latest book is Flora & Ulysses.

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