August 26, 2016

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Family, Magic, and Identity: Zoraida Córdova on “Labyrinth Lost”

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Zoraida Córdova’s Labyrinth Lost combines teen angst, Latinx traditions, and the power of love. SLJ caught up with the YA author to chat about her writing process, favorite characters, and more.

Tanita Davis’s Coming-of-Age Novels Hit the “Sweet Spot” Between MG and YA | Under the Covers

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Tanita Davis crafts multifaceted and diverse tween characters who deal with relatable issues.

Adam Gidwitz’s Illuminating Medieval Adventure | Under the Covers

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Gidwitz, author of the popular “Tale Dark and Grimm” series, discusses his latest work, an ambitious and well-crafted historical adventure set in medieval France.

Free Spirits: Raina Telgemeier on “Ghosts” | Up Close

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With Ghosts, the story of two sisters who move to a town where ghosts and the dead are seen in a different light, Raina Telgemeier tackles themes of death and illness.

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Then and Now: Wendy Mills on 9/11 and “All We Have Left”

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SLJ chats with Wendy Mills, who explores September 11 through the perspectives of a present-day white teen whose brother died on that fateful day and a young Muslim American woman who is trapped in the Twin Towers on 9/11.

Talking Tinyville: Roping Brian Biggs Into Conversation

I have a two-year-old son. He is very cute. He is also the most stereotypical boy reader I’ve ever encountered in my life. Trucks, trains, construction equipment, you name it. Unsurprisingly he’s also keen on community workers so every other day we read through Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks and Things That Go. Or, when […]

Rita Meade on “Edward Gets Messy”

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Librarian and first-time author Rita Meade discusses creativity, the importance of taking risks, and how libraries can foster a sense of adventure.

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Literacy Is Magic: Traci Chee on World-Building, Fantasy, and “The Reader”

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SLJ caught up with debut YA fantasy author Traci Chee and talked about her path to publishing, the need for diversity in genre teen fiction, and her writing process.

Reyna Grande on Immigration and “The Distance Between Us”

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A timely call for awareness and understanding. Reyna Grande on her upcoming young readers edition of her memoir The Distance Between Us.

A Girl and Her Furry Amigo | Up Close with Juana Medina

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Author/artist Juana Medina talks about her new, illustrated chapter book, which pubs in September.

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Neal Bascomb on “Sabotage” and the Norwegian Fight Against the Nazis

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SLJTeen Live panelist Neal Bascomb discusses his research process, inspiration, and the best part of writing Sabatoge, about a riveting moment in World War II history.

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.