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Alyssa Milano on Hope and Middle School

You may remember Alyssa from her hilarious role on Who’s the Boss? In addition to being an actress, Alyssa is also an activist, and now a children’s book author. She recently wrote Hope: Project Middle School. On this episode, she joins us to discuss her new novel and the power of hope. We’re also joined by Scholastic Kid Reporter Alula Alderson who recently interviewed Alyssa on her book tour in Los Angeles. Alula talks about what Hope: Project Middle School means to her as a middle-school student. 

Guests: 

Alyssa Milano:

Actress and activist Alyssa Milano has spent almost her entire life in the public eye. A famous child actor, she has continued to work throughout her adulthood in both television and film, most notably starring in Charmed, the wildly popular television series.

Alyssa is also a lifelong activist and passionate about fighting for human rights around the world. In 2003, UNICEF invited Alyssa to become a National Ambassador in recognition of her charitable work on behalf of children. Ever since then, Alyssa has been a champion of children’s rights, working closely with UNICEF to raise money and awareness and provide aid to the children who need it most all over the world. Alyssa also speaks to kids in schools around the country about the importance of voting and shows them how to fill out a ballot because she believes it’s never too early to be civic-minded. Most recently, Alyssa helped popularize the #MeToo hashtag on Twitter, sparking the groundbreaking viral movement. She was named one of the 2017 Persons of the Year in Time magazine, along with other prominent activists. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.

Alula Alderson:

A Kid Reporter for Scholastic Kids Press since 2017, Alula has written about a variety of topics, including entertainment, culture and the environment. 

Additional Resources:

Learn more about Hope: Project Middle School by Alyssa Milano and Debbie Rigaud, illustrated by Eric S. Keyes here.

Learn more about Scholastic Kids Press here

Special thanks:

  • Music composed by Lucas Elliot Eberl
  • Produced and edited by Bridget Benjamin
  • Associate produced by Mackenzie Cutruzzula
  • Sound mix and recording by Daniel Jordan

*Host Suzanne McCabe is the Editor of Scholastic Kids Press.

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