State of the Union

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Chesapeake Press
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.52 inches | 0.64 pounds

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About the Author

Award-winning public radio journalist and TEDx speaker Kitty Felde hosts the Book Club for Kids podcast - named one of the top 10 kidcasts in the world by The Times of London. The native Angeleno created the Washington bureau for Southern California Public Radio. She's reported on everything from war crimes trials to OJ Simpson to baseball, and hosted a daily talk show in Los Angeles. She won the Los Angeles Radio Journalist of the Year award three times from the Society of Professional Journalists and the L.A. Press Club. Her many plays are performed worldwide.Kitty is also executive producer of The Fina Mendoza Mysteries podcast, based on the series of Fina Mendoza books.She fell in love with literature for young readers when she was a young reader herself, working at her local public library.


Felde, executive producer of the podcasts Book Club for Kids and The Fina Mendoza Mysteries, combines her knowledge of the behind-the-scenes workings of Congress and Capitol Hill's historic locales with suspense, humor, and a young, first-person Latina protagonist who is alive with realistic curiosity, empathy, and determination. Woven into the plot, with a light but meaningful touch, are political differences, immigration issues, Fina's eventful approach to inquiry and research, and a strong, loving family still adjusting to loss and change.

A lively, diverse mystery with enjoyable, informative plotting and a relatable young female protagonist."

Kirkus Reviews

The second title in the new and outstanding Fina Mendoza Mystery series by author and storyteller Kitty Felde, 'State of the Union' is an impressively original, exceptionally well written, thoroughly entertaining, and unreservedly recommended read for children ages 7-12.

Midwest Book Review

Kitty Felde is teaching our children all about Capitol Hill in a way that grabs and keeps their interest. Personally, I can say she knows every nook and cranny of the place because she interviewed me in almost all of them.

Former U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D)

"State of the Union" is a civics lesson disguised as a mystery for kids, a family story where Papa just happens to serve in the U.S. Congress. In an era of bitter partisan politics, it's a sneaky way to excite the next generation about government and the possibility of public service.

Former Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Congressman Buck McKeon (R)

A touching story of a girl in search of her place in the world following the loss of her mother. Like a lovely rainbow cake, the story is richly layered with mystery, friendship, and family conflict, and stars a colorful cast of characters. "State of the Union" is a heartwarming read, a gem of a book.

Ginger Park, author of "The Hundred Choices Department Store" and "The Royal Bee"

"State of the Union" is another stellar entry in Kitty Felde's outstanding Fina Mendoza Mystery series. "State of the Union" has it all -- a protagonist you will cheer for, warmth and humor, and a good mystery story underpinning it all. Readers will get an inside look at how their government works -- Felde handles this beautifully, weaving her expertise in seamlessly -- and so much more.

Jan Burke, author of the Irene Kelly Mysteries