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Laurie Ann Thompson


Laurie Ann Thompson

Laurie Ann Thompson is the author of BE A CHANGEMAKER: How to Start Something That Matters, a how-to guide for teens who want to change the world. An advocate for social justice, Laurie is dedicated to inspiring and empowering young readers. EMMANUEL'S DREAM is her picture-book debut. Visit her at

Laurie Ann Thompson

Books by Laurie Ann Thompson

Written by Ammi-Joan Paquette and Laurie Ann Thompson with illustrations by Lisa K. Weber. - Animals , Children's, Children's 8-12, Children's Nonfiction, Game Books, Nature, Nonfiction, Science

Did you know that there is a fungus that can control the mind of an ant and make it do its bidding? Would you believe there is such a thing as a corpse flower --- a 10-foot-tall plant with a blossom that smells like a zombie? How about a species of octopus that doesn’t live in water but rather lurks in trees in the Pacific Northwest? Every story in this book is strange and astounding. But not all of them are real. Can you guess which? Amaze yourself and trick your friends as you sort out the fakes from the facts!

Written by Laurie Ann Thompson with illustrations by Sean Qualls. - African American Interest, Children's, Children's Nonfiction, History, Inspirational, Nonfiction, Picture

Born in Ghana with one deformed leg, Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah was dismissed by most --- but not by his mother, who taught him to reach for his dreams. Emmanuel hopped to school more than two miles each way, played soccer, left home at age 13 to provide for his family, and became a cyclist. He rode an astonishing 400 miles across Ghana in 2001, spreading his powerful message: disability is not inability. Today, Emmanuel continues to work on behalf of the disabled.