February 21, 2017

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Prejudice, Gun Violence, and Suicide: Barry Lyga Tackles It All in “Bang”

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Barry Lyga talks about what inspired his hard-hitting novel Bang, an SLJ February 2017 Popular Pick.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Behind the Poster: Artist Calef Brown Talks with SLJ

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SLJ chatted with the Lee Bennett Hopkins honor award winner about what led him to the creation of the striking poster included in our February 2017 issue.

Interview: Joey Weiser Talks ‘Mermin’

Joey Weiser’s Mermin started out as, literally, a “fish out of water” story: A strange sea creature washes up on a beach, a boy takes him home, and we get to watch Mermin—the mer-man from Mer—cause general chaos at his new friend Pete’s home and school. But from the very beginning there are hints of […]

Interview: Renée Watson on YA Novel “Piecing Me Together”

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SLJ chats with Renée Watson about her stirring YA novel Piecing Me Together .

A Renaissance Woman| Up Close with Nikki Grimes

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Nikki Grimes revisits works written nearly 100 years ago during the Harlem Renaissance and recasts the classic poets’ words in a way that will speak to today’s readers.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

“Lunar Chronicles” Goes Graphic: Marissa Meyer on “Wires and Nerve”

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After five books, a short story collection, and a coloring book, Marissa Meyer decided to expand the sci-fi series with a graphic novel, Wires and Nerve.

Interview: Shea Fontana and Agnes Garbowska Go Time-Traveling with ‘DC Superhero Girls’

We know Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Poison Ivy, and Harley Quinn from comics and movies, but what were they like as teenagers? That’s the basis for DC’s Super Hero Girls line of graphic novels, chapter books, animated shorts, games, and toys. In the world of Super Hero Girls, the female DC characters are all students at […]

Interview: Shea Fontana and Agnes Garbowska Go Time-Traveling with ‘DC Superhero Girls’

We know Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Poison Ivy, and Harley Quinn from comics and movies, but what were they like as teenagers? That’s the basis for DC’s Super Hero Girls line of graphic novels, chapter books, animated shorts, games, and toys. In the world of Super Hero Girls, the female DC characters are all students at […]

“Playing Puzzle Master”: Adam Silvera on Complex Narratives, Diversity, and More

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Silvera spoke with SLJ about the need for diversity in YA literature and the challenges of penning a novel that successfully incorporates utter joy and emotional devastation.

“A Flame in Water”: Jason Reynolds on Writing for Middle Grade Readers

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Award-winning author Jason Reynolds talks about his transition from writing YA to penning middle grade stories.

Debbie Bornstein Holinstat on Holocaust “Survivors Club”

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SLJ recently spoke with Holinstat about her and her father’s book, an SLJ Popular Pick.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Caroline Cooney Begins 2017 as a Picture Book Author | Interview

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The renowned YA author branches out—to the delight of her grandchildren.

From Memphis into Mississippi | Ann Bausum on James Meredith’s Historic March

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Multi-award-winning author Ann Bausum discusses her latest work of nonfiction The March Against Fear.

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Getting Through to Kids with Graphic Novels

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Q&A with Katherine Ashenburg

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Katherine Ashenburg is the prize-winning author of three non-fiction books: Going to Town: Architectural Walking Tours in Southern Ontario; The Mourner’s Dance: What We Do When People Die; and The Dirt on Clean: An Unsanitized History, which was recently adapted for children.

Daniel Nayeri’s Design-Centered, Studio Approach to Kid Lit | Up Close

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Nayeri, director of children’s publishing at Workman, leads a close-knit creative team tasked with an unusual mandate.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Ben Clanton on “Narwhal, Unicorn of the Sea”

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Ben Clanton, author of Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea, an SLJ popular pick, discusses this new graphic novel series, why narwhals are having a moment, his love of puns, and more.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Living with Ghosts: Nina LaCour on “We Are Okay”

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Award-winning author Nina LaCour discusses her latest YA novel, “We Are Okay,” a lyrical look at a teen’s attempt to cope with past trauma.

The Wild World of Gaming | Dustin Hansen on “Game On!”

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“Games create problem solvers.” Hansen on the importance of video games in learning environments.

Interview: First Second Designer Andrew Arnold

Andrew Arnold has a dual career: He’s the new (since August) associate director of art and design for the graphic novel imprint First Second, and he’s also a comics creator himself—he is one of the co-authors of Adventures in Cartooning (together with James Sturm and Alexis Frederick-Frost) and its many sequels and spinoffs. First Second, […]