Five Things You Should Know

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1.  In case you are not following the NIT because of that “other” tournament, you should know that the University of Dayton men’s basketball team won their game against the University of Cincinnati last night, 81-66.  I’ll keep you posted on what happens next…

2.  One million copies of John Grisham’s first book for young readers will be printed.  Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer will be for sale on May 25.

3. Olivia, the star of five picture books by Ian Falconer, is heading to Italy.  Olivia Goes to Venice will be published in September.

4. The children’s book world lost one of its best when the author Sid Fleischman died on March 17.  My personal favorite of Fleischman’s many books is The Ghost on Saturday Night, but he also wrote the Newbery Award-winning, The Whipping Boy, and Escape!: The Story of the Great Houdini. There is one more book in the pipeline – a biography of Charlie Chaplin which will be published in June.

5. If you want to learn more about Dayton’s most well known inventors, The Wright Brothers, check out Russell Freedman’s Newbery Honor book, The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane. Of course, it is because of the Wright Brothers that the University of Dayton team is called the Flyers…

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