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Karl Beckstrand

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College media instructor Karl Beckstrand has lived a full life (including abroad—visiting four continents). He interned for a Massachusetts publisher and for Congress in D.C. He earned a B.A. in journalism, an M.A. in conflict resolution, and a broadcast/film certificate. He’s been a technical recruiter in Silicon Valley, a Stanford Hospital chaplain, a Spanish interpreter for Angel Flight (aviator nonprofit), and the front man in a rock band. He is the best-selling and award-winning author/illustrator of 26 multicultural/multilingual books and more than 60 ebook titles. His western survival thriller, To Swallow the Earth, won a 2016 International Book Award, and his works have been lauded by Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, The Horn Book, and S ...more

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Karl Beckstrand What happened to my '74 Plymouth Valiant. Left it with a friend when I went off to college, never saw it again. THAT thing was a tank!…moreWhat happened to my '74 Plymouth Valiant. Left it with a friend when I went off to college, never saw it again. THAT thing was a tank!(less)
Karl Beckstrand Thanks for this thought provoking question! Though they were not officially a couple, I would have to say Sydney Carton and Lucie Manette from A Tale …moreThanks for this thought provoking question! Though they were not officially a couple, I would have to say Sydney Carton and Lucie Manette from A Tale of Two Cities. I never rooted for the two to get together, but I think they count because of Sydney's devotion to her and what their courage and compassion achieved in the face of terror.(less)
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Gopher Golf by Karl Beckstrand
"Yes, it shows a story without words

Gopher Golf: A Wordless Picture Book is a book without words. The illustrations are enough to show the story. Each page is fun. I read this on the kindle app on my computer, and as I scrolled through the pages, it w" Read more of this review »
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"Now this had alot of subjects being mentioned throughout this short book, I wasn't expecting half of the subjects but it did make me open my eyes to them to make me realise what people go through daily and what was being done towards the LGBTQIA.
Ther" Read more of this review »
She Doesn't Want the Worms! Ella no quiere los gusanos by Karl Beckstrand
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“She doesn’t want the worms. She says they make her wiggle.
She doesn’t like the spiders. She thinks they make her giggle.”


Each sentence also appears in Spanish, but without the clever rhymes. The rhymes in English are cute and read well. I’ll sha" Read more of this review »
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