December 5, 2016

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Stars? He’s Got It Covered: Introducing Artist Christian Robinson | Up Close

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Cover artist Christian Robinson talks about his work, his interests, and some of his forthcoming picture books to keep an eye out for.

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It Begins with Listening | Up Close with Kwame Alexander

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SLJ discusses poetry and animal conservation with the award-winning author.

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Positing a Perfect World: Neal Shusterman on Scythe

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The National Book Award–winning author discusses the elaborate world-building behind his new series, “Arc of a Scythe.”

Deb Lucke on her Latest “Lunch Witch” Graphic Novel

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Deb Lucke’s sequel to “Lunch Witch” was just named an SLJ Popular Pick. She reveals what’s next for Grunhilda.

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Monsters, Mysteries, and Middle Grade: A Chat with Bruce Hale

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The prolific author of more than 40 books talks about his life as a young reluctant reader and what eventually turned him on to literature.

The Pressure to be Perfect: Emily Franklin interviews H.A. Swain about her YA novel Gifted

EF: In Gifted, you write about a future in which genius can be purchased by wealthy parents for their children. What was the inspiration behind this?   HS: Two things happened simultaneously in my life to inspire this premise: 1) My daughter was applying to public middle schools in Brooklyn and 2) I was recovering […]

Nicola Yoon and Julie Buxbaum Talk Up YA Lit, National Book Awards, and More

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Two notable YA authors interview each other about their latest works, upcoming projects, and love for teen lit—especially romances.

Molly Bang Reflects on 25 Years of Making Pictures Work | Up Close

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Author/artist Molly Bang looks back on her career and her definitive exploration of constructing and decoding images in the 25th-anniversary edition of Picture This: How Pictures Work.

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

Steve Jenkins on Popular Pick “Animals by the Numbers”

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Jenkins connects literacy, design, and the surprising world of animal facts.

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Going to the Movies with Katherine Paterson | “The Great Gilly Hopkins”

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A conversation with the award-winning author on the release of a major motion picture adaptation of The Great Gilly Hopkins.

SLJ Chats with Helena Coggan, Teen Author of “The Catalyst”

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The 17-year-old author discusses her dark, suspenseful YA debut, set in a magical world torn apart by war.

Interview: Johnnie Christmas on ‘Angel Catbird’

Novelist Margaret Atwood struck out in a new direction this year with her graphic novel series Angel Catbird, which is being published by Dark Horse; the first volume came out earlier this month. I interviewed Atwood at Comic-Con International in San Diego, and at the same time I also spoke to Johnnie Christmas, the artist […]

Hip-Hop, Sexual Abuse, and Reconciliation: Sonia Patel on “Rani Patel in Full Effect”

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Child and adolescent psychiatrist Sonia Patel shared with SLJ what inspired her to write her hard-hitting novel set in early 90s Hawaii.

Build It, and They Will Come | The National Museum of African American History and Culture

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On Saturday, September 24, 2016, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) will open its doors.

Scientist, Globe-trotter, Author, Publisher: An Interview with Sneed Collard III

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SLJ chats with Sneed Collard about his books, starting a publishing house, traveling the world, and the impact and importance of nonfiction for middle grade readers.

First Second Announcement: ‘Pelé: The King of Soccer’

We’re delighted to bring you the news today of First Second’s latest graphic novel announcement: They will publish Pelé: The King of Soccer, written by Eddy Simon and illustrated by Vincent Brascaglia, in October 2017. Here’s a brief synopsis: Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known to his schoolmates as Pelé, grew up in poverty in the […]

Ashley Bryan’s “Freedom over Me” | An Interview

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In his most recent book, the three-time Coretta Scott King award winner imagines the lives and dreams of 11 enslaved men and women, who, in the summer of 1828, were offered for sale.

Fiendish Females and Humanoids: S.J. Kincaid on Popular Pick “The Diabolic”

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SLJ caught up with S. J. Kincaid to chat about the I, Claudius–inspired tale The Diabolic, a September 2016 SLJ Popular Pick.

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An Inside Look at “The Great Gilly Hopkins,” the Movie

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The film version of Katherine Paterson’s award-winning novel is being released October 7. Her son, the screenwriter, gives us a look at the process of adapting it.

Q&A: Margaret Atwood, Graphic Novelist

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Margaret Atwood tackles a new medium with “Angel Catbird,” an all-ages graphic novel trilogy created with artist Johnnie Christmas.