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September 30, 2014

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SLJTeen Talks with YA Debut Team, Suzanne and Melanie Brockman

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Readers may recognize Suzanne Brockmann’s name as the NYT bestselling author of over 50 books for adults. She’s teamed up with daughter Melanie to write their first young adult series, starting with Night Sky.

Interview: Gregory Maguire on Why the World Needs Magic and ‘Egg and Spoon’

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The author of Wicked, the book that spawned the blockbuster Broadway play, Gregory Maguire talks with SLJ about his latest otherworldly novel Egg and Spoon, who should be reading it, and why fairy tales are necessary nutrition for the modern world.

Aaron Becker Creating Scalable Worlds | Interview

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When Aaron Becker finished ‘Journey,’ his debut picture (and 2014 Caldecott Honor) book, he thought, “There’s a whole world here…and more story.” Look for the next installment of that magical tale in his recently released ‘Quest.’

Scott Westerfeld Answers That Perennial Author Question

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Talking about his new book ‘Afterworlds’ Scott Westerfeld joked, “This is basically the 150,000-word answer to the question, ‘Where do you get your ideas?’”

Portrait of an Author: SLJ Chats with Jandy Nelson About ‘I’ll Give You the Sun’

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Former literary agent Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun is told not only in alternating narratives but also in alternating time lines. SLJ caught up with the author to talk about her unique writing process, love of magical realism, and casting wishlist for the optioned film version.

A New Picture Book Biography About a Transgender Girl | Up Close

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In this picture book biography, young readers meet Jazz Jennings, a young girl who knew from a very early age that she had “a girl’s brain in a boy’s body.”

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

SLJTeen Catches Up with Debut Author Anthony Breznican

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It can’t be easy having your debut novel compared to The Chocolate War, but Anthony Breznican takes it all in stride. Adult Books 4 Teens contributor Diane Colson talks to the author about his inspiration, his characters, and Elvis Costello.

Constructing a Life | A Conversation with Isabel Quintero

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“Adults forget what it is like to be a teen—that on their way to becoming adults they are often faced with situations they don’t know how to react or respond to. I often hear adults say, ‘In my day young women/men didn’t behave this way or that way.’ I have to laugh because, yes they did!”

Q&A with ‘I Represent Sean Rosen’ Author Jeff Baron

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Jeff Baron, author of the “Sean Rosen” series, about a seventh grader who thinks his ideas make him destined for Hollywood, has been working on a writing project with the seventh graders at New York’s Ardsley Middle School that taps into their families’ past and their imaginations.

Q & A: ‘Positive’ Author Paige Rawl Talks About Her Story as an HIV Positive Teen

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Paige Rawl was born with HIV but didn’t know she had it until middle school. She also didn’t know about the stigma and bullying that came with it. Rawl shares her story Positive not only to cope with her past, but to offer solace and courage to those going through a similar experience.

A Signature Style: Picture book author Byron Barton on developing his craft | Up Close

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Iconic picture book creator Byron Barton chats with SLJ about his process, his influences, and his unique style.

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

Soon to Be Famous Author Winner, School Librarian Joanne Zienty

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Illinois school librarian and winner of the “Soon to Be Famous Author Project” with her book The Things We Save, has had a huge year—and it almost didn’t happen.

SLJTeen Chats with Emily Kiebel, Debut Author of ‘Serenade’

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SLJTeen chats with debut author and choral singer Emily Kiebel about her novel Serenade, which focuses on a teen overcoming her grief at her father’s death while learning that she comes from a long line of sirens.

SLJ Interviews Vince Vawter, Newbery Honor-Winning Author of ‘Paperboy’

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Vince Vawter talks about his semi-autobiographical, Newbery Honor-winning book, his boyhood with a debilitating stutter, and the “overwhelming” response to Paperboy.

Inside and Outside the Palace Gates | A Conversation with Candace Fleming

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I thought, “I cannot do another princess story. We “oooh” and “aaah” over the Fabergé eggs and palaces and court life, the happy family, and the royal romance between Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra. But the story of the Romanovs often excludes the rest of the history. They weren’t minding the store.

The Debut: SLJTeen Chats with Cartoonist Mimi Pond, ‘Over Easy’

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Hard core fans of The Simpsons may recognize Mimi Pond’s name—she wrote the first full-length broadcast episode in 1989. Librarian Jeremy Engel chats with her about her graphic novel debut and coming-of-age story Over Easy.

Interview: ‘Tales of Jailhouse Librarian’ Author Marybeth Zeman

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Librarian and author Marybeth Zeman recounts her experiences working with incarcerated teens awaiting trials for offenses from misdemeanors to murder. Interview by Alicia Eames.

An All-American Superhero: Gene Yang on His Latest, ‘The Shadow Hero’ | Up Close

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SLJ interviews author Gene Luen Yang, whose latest work, The Shadow Hero, is an informative and entertaining exploration of the superhero.

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

Q & A with Librarian and YA Author Mindy McGinnis of ‘Not a Drop to Drink’

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Library aide Mindy McGinness’s first book Not a Drop to Drink, a dystopian YA novel, was recently optioned by “Twilight” series author Stephenie Meyer to be made into a film.

The Debut: SLJTeen Talks with Heather Brittain Bergstrom, Author of ‘Steal the North’

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Adult Books 4 Teens reviewer Diane Colson digs into Heather Brittain Bergstrom’s debut novel, Steal the North, rich in imagery from eastern Washington, Indian reservations, and Baptist fundamentalism. It’s a love story, not only for characters Reuben and Emmy but for anyone who finds themselves missing the place they once ran away from.