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A sixth-grader struggles with his parents' divorce and his subsequent move to a new town in this book, which won the 1984 Newbery Medal, the top prize for American children's literature.

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When Guatemala’s schools in closed mid-March, teacher Gerardo Ixcoy invested his savings in a secondhand tricycle that he and his brother converted into a mobile classroom. Each day the 27-year-old set out pedaling among the cornfields of Santa Cruz del Quiché to bring socially distanced lessons to his sixth-graders' homes and yards.

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