Bookmarking Beverly Cleary’s 100th Birthday

Take Ramona Quimby. Ramona’s a character that everyone seems to know. She goes through stages like most little girls but it’s an adventure with consequences and celebrations. Beezus doesn’t quite understand her little sister’s reactions, finding the antics annoying, but the bond doesn’t change. Family life is strange and full of conflict. It’s how you grow up and what you learn that matters.

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The Miseducation of Syrian Refugees

What does it mean for children who constantly find themselves uprooted? UNICEF is working with NGOs and government agencies to prevent the somber prospect of a lost generation. One major point of contention is the lack of instructor training for children facing psychological trauma. According to one young woman refugee, Muna, the Za’atari teachers blamed the war on the children out of frustration.

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