Read Brave Saint Paul | 2021 Resources



Curriculum Guides

The Stars and the Blackness Between Them
The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus
Front Desk
Front Desk by Kelly Yang
Astrid and Apollo and the Starry Campout
Astrid and Apollo and the Starry Campout by V.T. Bidania

Guides Created by: Don Allen, M.A. Ed./MAT

Don Allen, M.A. Ed./MATDon Allen, M.A. Ed./MAT is a dual masters graduate of Hamline University and is currently enrolled in Minnesota State University, Moorhead's 18-Online program taking graduate courses in Communications.

Mr. Allen is an English teacher at Humboldt High School in St. Paul, Minnesota who teaches AP Literature and Composition, Journalism, Public Speaking (concurrent enrollment-MNSU, Mankato), Writing (College in the Schools-University of Minnesota), and is passionate about writing, reading, curriculum creation, design, and schoolwide vertical alignment using blended learning, self-paced structures, and mastery-based grading. Don says, "The public library is one of the most important institutions we have in education."

Today, Don is a Senior Fellow with the Modern Classroom Project (Washington, DC.), and is currently pursuing a doctorate in education.  For more information about curriculum design for community book clubs, classrooms, and his 2021-2022 #ReadLikeCrazyCampaign, please email him at

Recorded Discussions

Video recording of the Books & Bars book club discussion of The Stars and The Blackness Between Them (1 hour, 20 minutes).

Community Resources

Read Brave Community Resources

Immigrant Law Center of Minneosta

A nonprofit agency that provides immigration legal assistance to low-income immigrants and refugees in Minnesota.

Healing Justice Foundation

National philanthropic non-profit, providing resources to address inequities and provide urgent healing support to Black people.

Radical Self-Care With Dr. Joi

Dr. Joi - mediator, coach, community healer and facilitator of liberation - is on a mission to put healing in the hands of anyone, anywhere.
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