May 3, 2016

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Death, Destruction, and Destiny: Roshani Chokshi on “The Star-Touched Queen”

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SLJ caught up with Roshani Chokshi to chat about her inspiration for The Star-Touched Queen, life as a first-time novelist, and what she’s working on next.

“Jazz Day”: Roxane Orgill’s Harlem Snapshots

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In her most recent book, Roxane Orgill tells the story Art Kane’s iconic photograph, Harlem, 1958, through a series of poems.

Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2–6 | Authors and Illustrators Remember Their Mentors

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A timeless mix of reminiscences from authors and illustrators, first published in 2011.

A Chat with Brian Farrey About “The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse”

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Brian Farrey’s latest middle grade novel has all the magical details and atmospheric elements that fantasy readers crave—along with some deep and thought-provoking themes. SLJ chats with the author about exploring fundamental questions of ethics and emotions with middle graders through literature.

Meet the Reviewer: Leigh Collazo, an International Librarian in China

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A longtime SLJ YA reviewer of science fiction, romance, fantasy, historical fiction, dystopian, and horror, Leigh Collazo, originally a Texas school librarian, packed her bags and her family and became an international librarian.

Interview: Ray Friesen on Pirate Penguin and Ninja Chicken

Ray Friesen’s Pirate Penguin vs. Ninja Chicken (Book 2): Escape from Skull Fragment Island! debuts today. Friesen has been making comics for a long time—he was first paid for his work, as he explains below, when he was just four years old. Now a grownup, he has a number of comics and graphic novels to […]

Kate DiCamillo on Truth, Twirling, and “Raymie Nightingale” | Interview

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Honest, affecting, and peopled with characters that readers won’t soon forget, Kate DiCamillo’s Raymie Nightingale is a book for every child.

Interview: Cassandra Clare on SLJ Popular Pick “Lady Midnight”

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SLJ chats with Cassandra Clare, author of the mega-popular “Mortal Instruments” series about her “Dark Artifices” series opener and her love for libraries.

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Interview: J. Torres on ‘The Mighty Zodiac’

J. Torres and Corin Howell’s six-issue series The Mighty Zodiac launches this week from Oni Press. The story is an action-adventure tale starring a diverse cast of 12 main characters based on the animals of the Chinese Zodiac. (Check out our preview to get a flavor of what it’s like.) Torres is the writer of […]

11 Questions for Best-Selling Teen Psychologist Lisa Damour

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The author of “Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood” offers insight into tween tribes, teen risk-taking, the growth mind-set, and more in this audio feature.

Neighboring Nations | Margarita Engle on Her Work, Cuba, and the History That Binds Us

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Prolific poet, novelist, and storyteller, Margarita Engle has long enchanted readers through folktales and portrayals of figures from Cuban cultural and natural history. Read on for a glimpse of her writing life.

Interview: Israel Idonije on ‘The Protectors’

Israel Idonije grew up reading comics, and in 2007, in the middle of his career in professional football (he was a defensive lineman for the Chicago Bears and the New York Giants), he began sketching out some ideas for a comic of his own. Being a pretty smart guy, Idonije didn’t make it a vanity […]

Two Voices, One Stirring Tale: Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee on “Maybe a Fox”

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Librarian Kathy Kirchoefer chats with authors Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee about their unusual collaboration on the middle grade novel Maybe a Fox.

Peter Brown’s “Wild” New Step into Middle Grade Fiction | Under the Covers

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Librarian Karen Yingling chats with Peter Brown about his very first middle grade novel, The Wild Robot.

Snakes, Music, and Fashion Blogging: Jeff Zentner on “The Serpent King”

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Nashville musician Jeff Zentner shares with SLJ what inspired him to write The Serpent King, a singular work about friendship, class, and having the strength to pursue your dreams and defy social impossibilities.

In “The Land of Forgotten Girls” | An Interview with Erin Entrada Kelly

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Erin Entrada Kelly’s debut novel, Blackbird Fly, the story of a young Filipino girl growing up in Louisiana, found its way onto many of 2015’s best books lists. In her second novel, The Land of Forgotten Girls, the author returns to the Louisiana setting and the immigrant experience.

How a Library Raised Yuyi Morales, Award-Winning Illustrator of “Thunder Boy Jr.”

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Children’s librarian and SLJ reviewer Elisabeth Gattullo Marrocolla interviews the Caldecott Honor and Pura Belpré Award–winning author/illustrator about her latest project, Thunder Boy Jr., written by Sherman Alexie, and her love for libraries.

Sizzling Seventies: Meg Medina on “Burn Baby Burn”

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Meg Medina tackles burgeoning feminism, first love, disco music, and family violence in her stellar Burn Baby Burn. SLJ chats with the award-winning author.

Interview: Dan Parent on ‘The Many Loves of Archie Andrews’

While Archie Comics has rebooted its familiar characters in the monthly comics, with a somewhat more sophisticated look and slightly more adult stories, the monthly digests continue to run new stories in the traditional style. One of those storylines is “The Many Loves of Archie Andrews, by longtime Archie writer and artist Dan Parent (the […]

The Last Frontier: Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock on “The Smell of Other People’s Houses”

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SLJ chats with Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock about family, Alaska, and what inspired her YA debut, The Smell of Other People’s Houses.