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August 1, 2015

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Strike Up the Band | M.T. Anderson and the Story Behind the Leningrad Symphony

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SLJ chats with M.T. Anderson, SummerTeen speaker, about his first work of narrative nonfiction, Symphony for the City of the Dead, and the power of music to change lives and make history.

Christopher Franceschelli on the Art, Design, and Nutritional Value of Board Books | Up Close

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Christopher Franceschelli has worn many hats from editor to creator to book packager. The busy bookmaker discusses his new work, Dinoblock, what makes a great board book, and how these tiny works of art are for more than just babies.

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

#LoveOzYA, Romance, and Hijinks: Fiona Wood on “Six Impossible Things”

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SLJ caught up with SummerTeen speaker and Australian YA author Fiona Wood to discuss what inspired her to write her upcoming Six Impossible Things, why romance is such a staple in YA lit, and more.

Jump Back, Paul | Sally Derby on Paul Laurence Dunbar

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In “Jump Back, Paul,” Sally Derby introduces a new generation of readers to the life, times, and work of this extraordinary talent.

The Thrilling Possibilities of AI and YA Sci-Fi: Mark Alpert on “The Six”

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Mark Alpert, contributing editor at Scientific American, explores the definition of humanity, the cost and benefits of scientific research, and teen angst in his debut YA novel, The Six.

In the Recording Studio with Jack Gantos

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SLJ catches up with Jack Gantos as he records the audio for his new book, The Trouble in Me.

Interview with Lynne Jonell

Folks, one of the things I love about this job is the fact that I get to watch authors’ careers bloom and blossom.  I see authors starting out or at the beginning of their careers and watch as they garner praise and flourishes throughout the years.  Today’s example is author Lynne Jonell.  Back in 2007 […]

An Interview with Patrick Jones by guest blogger Jessi Schulte-Honstad

Written by Jessi Schulte-Honstad, Young Adult Services Supervisor for Skokie Public Library, Skokie IL.   In Patrick Jones’ current book series, Locked Out and Support and Defend he looks at the effects of losing a parent to the justice system and military service. Written specifically with reluctant readers in mind, Jones works hard to portray […]

Of Ponies and Princesses: An Interview with Kate Beaton

Well, I’m just about as pleased as I can be.  For years I’ve adored and promoted and generally yammered endlessly about webcomic artist Kate Beaton and her Hark, A Vagrant strips.  Whether it was her Nancy Drew covers or her psychedelic take on The Secret Garden (to say nothing of her history strips) she’s one […]

Newbery Winner Laura Amy Schlitz on Women, Writing, History, and Hired Girls

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Laura Amy Schlitz talks about her upcoming new novel, The Hired Girl, women, industrialization, and the transformative power of art and literature.

Kate Messner’s “59 Reasons to Write” | Professional Shelf

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Children’s and YA author Kate Messner’s “Teachers Write,” a free online writing workshop for teachers and librarians, will begin on July 6th. Are you ready?

Fuse #8 TV: Steve Sheinkin

Allo, folks! Hosting Steve Sheinkin on Fuse #8 TV this month does have a bit of the old bringing coals to Newcastle feel to it.  After all, Steve’s been generous in sharing his Walking and Talking comic series with us on this site regularly.  So regularly, in fact, that it would be easy to forget […]

Q&A: Urban Fantasy Counter-Narrative: Daniel José Older on “Shadowshaper”

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SLJ caught up with Older and discussed the topics of race, mythologies, and community, as well as the borough of Brooklyn, in his first novel for young people.

Meet the Reviewer | Maggie Knapp

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Who are the brilliant and passionate librarians behind SLJ’s reviews? This month we take a peek behind the books to learn about Maggie Knapp, who reviews YA and middle grade books.

What’s on Your Summer Reading List? | Authors and Illustrators Share Their TBR Stacks

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In our annual query to authors and illustrators we discover what’s sitting on their nightstands, and being packing into their vacation bags.

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler | An Interview With Phillip Hoose

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Phillip Hoose’s book about a group of Danish teens who took on the Nazis when the rest of the country was too afraid shines a light on a little-known but awe-inspiring tale of courage.

Q&A: Katherine Applegate Talks about Her Upcoming Novel, “Crenshaw”

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Newbery Medal-winning author Katherine Applegate chats about her forthcoming novel, about a boy with an imaginary friend named Crenshaw, who is a very large cat.

Hard Corners of Life: Debut YA Author Adam Silvera on “More Happy Than Not”

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SLJ chats with former bookseller Adam Silvera about what inspired him to write this genre-bending YA novel, struggles with identity, and teens’ capacity for happiness.

Tales Out of School: An Interview with 2015 Margaret A. Edwards Award winner Sharon Draper

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The former National Teacher of the Year talks about teaching, writing, and a generation of teen readers that her books have touched.

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

Ballerinas Behaving Badly: Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton on “Tiny Pretty Things”

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Debut YA authors Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton discuss how they came to write Tiny Pretty Things, a novel about diverse ballerinas fighting for roles in a posh dance boarding school, and what inspired them to create the book packaging company for diverse teen books, CAKE Literary.