July 24, 2016

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Deliberate Research and Inclusive History: A Chat with Sarah Albee | Nonfiction Matters

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Sarah Albee is passionate about the research process—be it about famous historical figures, insects, or the evolution of the toilet.

Six Questions for Rachel Renée Russell, “Dork Diaries” and “Max Crumbly” Author

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Librarian Karen Yingling chats with Rachel Renée Russell, author of the wildly popular “Dork Diaries” series and the new “Max Crumbly” hybrid novel.

Dav Pilkey on “Dog Man”

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Dav Pilkey’s latest, a graphic novel about a crime fighter who’s part dog, part cop, is all fun. Pilkey weighs in on his process, his appeal among reluctant readers, and more.

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Prolific YA Author Eileen Cook Opens Up About “With Malice”

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The SLJTeen Live panelist chats with SLJ about what inspires her as an author and her latest thriller, With Malice.

“What’s on Your Summer Reading List?” Authors Respond

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Curious to know what books are on your favorite authors’ coffee tables and bedside stands? Here’s your chance to take a peek. Our annual query yielded lists of eagerly anticipated new titles, guilty pleasures, and inspirational reads. Two authors were inspired to respond in verse.

Growing Up Under the “Strain of Suspicion” | Marina Budhos’s “Watched”

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Marina Budhos’s new book explores the impact surveillance has on a Muslim teen, his family, and his community.

Interview: Hope Larson on ‘Compass South’

Hope Larson and Rebecca Mock’s Compass South: Four Points is an adventure-filled graphic novel starring not one but two sets of red-headed twins who are making their way to San Francisco in the mid-19th century in hopes of convincing a rich man that they are his children. This is no travelogue, though; the twins are […]

Embalming Is an Act of Love: Preserving the Dead with Tamara Bower | Up Close

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Author and illustrator Tamara Bower chats with SLJ about her latest book The Mummy Makers of Egypt.

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Fifteen and Ready To Rule: Jazz Jennings on Her New Memoir “Being Jazz”

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Jazz Jennings, author, reality TV star, mermaid enthusiast, and teenager, speaks with SLJ about what inspires her and the importance of trans visibility and supporting LGBTQ teens.

Stephanie Kuehn on the Unreliable Narrator, Mental Health, and “The Smaller Evil”

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The YALSA/Morris Award winner and SLJTeen Live speaker continues to spin unnerving tales; SLJ chats with her about her latest YA.

“A Book Is More than a Book”: A Chat with Author Miranda Paul

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Miranda Paul, author of the critically acclaimed One Plastic Bag, discusses her inspirations and her passion for the printed book.

Interview: Lily Rothman on “Everything You Need To Ace American History”

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SLJ quizzes Lily Rothman, author of Everything You Need To Ace American History about her love of history and her contribution to the forthcoming “Big Fat Notebook” series.

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Q&A with Grammy Winner Tim Kubart | ClefNotes

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Grammy winner Tim Kubart on songwriting, kids’ birthday parties, and being known as Tambourine Guy.

Interview: Ben Hatke on ‘Nobody Likes a Goblin’

Ben Hatke is a versatile creator: In addition to the three-part Zita the Spacegirl graphic novel series, and the Eisner-nominated Little Robot, his repertoire also includes picture books. His latest book, Nobody Likes a Goblin, published by First Second, is a picture book with a comics sensibility—the words and pictures work together to tell the […]

Interview Talkety Talk: Ben Hatke on Nobody Likes a Goblin

The problem is this: In a given year hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of children’s books are published. Of these, a percentage are really extraordinary. Of that percentage, a smidgen get reviewed on this site. Though I began my blogging career doing a review a day (because I WAS CRAAAAAAZY!!!), I’m lucky if I can […]

SPONSORED: Q&A with Monika Schroeder, Be Light Like a Bird

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I often start a book with setting. The ‘seed idea’ for Be Light Like a Bird came to me the first time I saw a landfill. My husband and I had cleaned out the cabin my husband inherited from his father in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. I couldn’t believe it when he drove all the stuff to a landfill nearby, a big hole where people bury unwanted items.

SLJTeen Live Keynoter Maggie Stiefvater on Finishing “The Raven Cycle”

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Since The Raven Boys, the YA author has had teens spellbound by the trials of Blue, her fatal curse, and the enigmatic boys at a local private school. Maggie Stiefvater chats about The Raven King and what’s next on the horizon.

Interview: Steven T. Seagle and Jason Adam Katzenstein on ‘Camp Midnight’

What’s worse than being sent off to summer camp against your will? Being sent to a summer camp full of monsters! That’s what happens to Skye, the heroine of Steven T. Seagle and Jason Adam Katzenstein’s Camp Midnight, which came out in April from Image Comics’ Man of Action imprint. Seagle is the co-creator of […]

2016 Margaret A. Edwards winner David Levithan talks about his work and craft

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Edwards Award winner David Levithan talks about his work as an editor, activist, and author of 18 novels for young adults.

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Debut Author Meredith Russo on Trans Teens in YA Lit and “If I Was Your Girl”

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SLJ chats with debut author Meredith Russo about her first book for teens If I Was Your Girl, what librarians can do about North Carolina’s controversial HB2 law, and the ups and downs of being a published author.