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JEA One Book: A shared experience

JEA members overwhelmingly selected “The Smartest Kids in the World” by Amanda Ripley as its inaugural One Book.

"The Smartest Kids in the World" by Amanda Ripley

“The Smartest Kids in the World” by Amanda Ripley

The best-selling book chronicles life inside the world’s new education superpowers. Amazon selected “The Smartest Kids in the World, a “New York Times” a bestseller, as one of the Best Nonfiction Books of 2013.

” ‘The Smartest Kids in the World’ is an excellent book for our first One Book effort,” JEA president Mark Newton, MJE, said. “It’s compelling content in a world we understand but can understand even better. It will create some interesting discussion among some of the nation’s best educators. I know our members who participate will have quite a bit to say. We’ll learn a lot in an engaging way.”

To help create a sense of community, JEA leaders and members will conduct a series of online chats and discussions over the course of the next three months, culminating with a live discussion at the organization’s spring national convention in San Diego April 10-13, 2014.

“The One Book experience is yet another opportunity to create strong relationships within our JEA community,” Newton said. “We thought it would be fun to offer a One Book experience for our association of scholastic journalism educators. I believe this opportunity will not only give us ideas for our classrooms, but empower an even stronger organization.”

The suggested retail price of the hardcover book is $28. The JEA Bookstore will offer a special sale on the One Book through Feb. 22, the last day of Scholastic Journalism Week.

The JEA One Book sale: $22 for nonmembers and $19.80 for members using the bookstore discount code at checkout, plus shipping, at the JEA bookstore at store.jea.org. Members should login to the members-only area jea.org/membersarea/ before ordering to get the discount code. The JEA staff will ship all orders shortly after the first of the new year.

For more on the book and Ripley, including her blog, visit www.amandaripley.com and www.brightsightgroup.net/2011/01/amanda-
ripley.html. Follow Ripley on Twitter at @amandaripley.

Fifty-three percent of the 139 members who voted picked “Smartest Kids.” “Next Wave” earned 32 percent of the vote, while “Empty Mansions” received 16 percent of the vote.

Look for additional information in January 2014.

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