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March 31, 2015

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Q&A: YA Author with Autism Talks to SLJ About “Autism on the Page” Event

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Corinne Duyvis, YA author with autism, We Need Diverse Books active member, and cofounder of the Disability in Kidlit website, is kicking off 30 days of autism-related book reviews, articles, and interviews for April’s National Autism Awareness Month.

The Lowdown on Bird’s “Fuse #8 TV”

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Are you up on your “Fuse #8 TV”? Here’s what you may have missed—no better time to binge-watch than the present.

The Importance of Girls’ Stories: SLJ Chats with Nova Ren Suma About “The Walls Around Us”

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YA novelist Nova Ren Suma shares what inspired her to write about killer ballerinas and a bookish incarcerated teen in her latest work, which explores feminism, friendship, and unlikable narrators.

Alice Hoffman on “Nightbird” | “I Write the Book I Want to Read.”

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In an interview, Alice Hoffman talks about her new middle grade novel, “Nightbird,” and the power of fairy tales.

Secrets Sad and True in Henry Turner’s “Ask the Dark” | Interview

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Henry Turner’s debut YA novel Ask the Dark forces readers to consider life as it happens at the edge of their consciousness. SLJTeen caught up with the author to chat about his writing process.

Meet the Reviewer | Maryann Owen

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Who are the brilliant and passionate librarians who review for SLJ? We take a peek behind the books to meet March’s reviewer of the month, Maryann Owen.

Where the Stories Come From: Up Close with YA Author Laurie Boyle Crompton

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Laurie Crompton Boyle has explored eating disorders, bullying, and comic books in her young adult novels. SLJ reviewer Donna Rosenblum plumbs Boyle on her inspirations and motivations for writing for teens.

Girl Power to the Max: SLJ Chats with the Creators of the “Lumberjanes” Comics

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The all-female conceived and produced “Lumberjanes” comics are truly a unique team effort. SLJ caught up with three of the creators, Shannon Watters, Noelle Stevenson, and Brooke Allen to discuss their collaborative process and inspiration for the campy series.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Pam Muñoz Ryan’s “Echo” Reverberates With Hope| Interview

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In her epic novel “Echo,” Pam Muñoz Ryan weaves together stories of young people living through a tumultuous period in the 20th century.

Native North Americans Shatter Stereotypes in an Evocative Anthology | Up Close

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Editors Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale talk about their stunning and much-needed anthology that explores the art, culture, and experiences of Native North Americans, Dreaming in Indian.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Interview: Debut Novelist Pamela Moses on How “The Appetites of Girls” Change Over a Decade

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While the setting for The Appetites of Girls is specifically Brown University in 1993, the emotions and issues explored throughout the book are universal. “AB4T” blogger Diane Colson goes behind-the-scenes with author Pamela Moses who is intimately familiar with this college environment.

David Wiesner’s Spot-On App | Touch and Go

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Pushing boundaries? That’s nothing new for three-time Caldecott winner David Wiesner, author and illustrator of stunningly original picture books. Lately he’s been busy working on an app for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt that offers viewers intriguing imaginary worlds to explore. The title is Spot, and it’s due to release on February 19th. We had a chance to view a demo of the app and talk with Wiesner about the fruition of a story he describes as “long simmering.”

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Royal Intrigue and Superpowers: SLJ Chats with Debut Novelist Victoria Aveyard About “Red Queen”

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Rich world-building, enigmatic characters, and a breakneck pace mark Victoria Aveyard’s debut, Red Queen, as possibly “The Next Big Thing.” SLJ caught up with the author to discuss her inspiration for the epic fantasy/dystopian series.

Civil Rights Protester and Memoirist Talks to SLJ

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SLJ caught up with Lynda Blackmon Lowery, whose recent book Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the Selma Voting Rights March details her experiences participating in the civil rights movement as a teenager.

Benny Andrews | His Life and Art

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In “Draw What You See: The Life and Art of Benny Andrews,” illustrated with the artist’s oil paintings and collage compositions, Kathleen Benson highlights the words Andrews chose to paint by, and to encourage those he taught.

Jacqueline Woodson on weaving memory, crafting poetry, and writing for young adults

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Jacqueline Woodson talks about her National Book Award win, her handling of Handler’s comments, and how she approached the writing of one of the most distinguished memoirs for young readers in recent memory.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Interview: Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon on their YA Novel About Teenage Malcolm X

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Malcolm X’s daughter Ilyasah Shabazz collaborated with young adult author Kekla Magoon on a historical fiction novel about the civil rights leader’s formative years. SLJ caught up with the pair to discuss their writing process, inspiration, and the lasting impact of Malcolm’s legacy.

SLJ Chats with Cece Bell About her Graphic Novel Memoir ‘El Deafo’ | Up Close

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With ample humor and a keen sensitivity to the emotional melodrama of early adolescence, Cece Bell’s graphic novel memoir, El Deafo, offers a window into growing up deaf in 1970s suburbia. SLJ caught up with the author to discuss her writing process, hearing aids, bad attitudes, and bunnies.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Inside Special Education: Gail Giles and ‘Girls Like Us’

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Girls Like Us by Gail Giles takes readers into the hearts of two distinctly different teens with cognitive impairment, and shares her thoughts on special education, imperfect people, and the challenge of writing grammatically incorrect dialogue.

Q & A with ‘A Moose Boosh’ Author Eric-Shabazz Larkin

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Just in time for the holidays, SLJ talks to author Eric-Shabazz Larkin about his authorial debut A Moose Boosh, an imaginative collection of poems to do with food, accompanied by lively illustrations.