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Highlands Students Participate in Author to Schools Program


The Highlands High School Book Club and High School library media specialist Mrs. Kristen Gettens, were chosen to participate in the Author to Schools Program in February featuring Pam Muñoz Ryan, author of Mañanaland. Sponsored by the Pittsburgh Arts & Lecture Series, the school received 25 copies of the book (enough to share with Mrs. Gettens’ Middle School Library class), and both groups of students participated in a virtual Q&A session with author Pam Muñoz Ryan.


About the Author & Book…


Pam Muñoz Ryan is the recipient of the Newbery Honor Medal and the Kirkus Prize for her New York Times bestselling novel, Echo, as well as the NEA’s Human and Civil Rights Award and the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award for multicultural literature for her body of work.


In Mañanaland we meet Maximiliano Córdoba. Max loves stories, especially the legend Buelo tells him about a mythical gatekeeper who can guide brave travelers on a journey into tomorrow. If Max could see tomorrow, he would know if he’d make Santa Maria’s celebrated fútbol team and whether he’d ever meet his mother, who disappeared when he was a baby. He longs to know more about her, but Papá won’t talk. So, when Max uncovers a buried family secret–involving an underground network of guardians who lead people fleeing a neighboring country to safety–he decides to seek answers on his own. With a treasured compass, a mysterious stone rubbing, and Buelo’s legend as his only guides, he sets out on a perilous quest to discover if he is true of heart and what the future holds. This timeless tale of struggle, hope, and the search for tomorrow has much to offer today about compassion and our shared humanity.