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July 24, 2014

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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.

‘Revolution’ | A Conversation with Deborah Wiles

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“I love asking ‘what if?’ with my characters, setting them up to make choices, putting them in situations that will break their hearts, asking more of them than they seem to be able to handle, and seeing what they do….”

The Illusion of “Normal” | SLJ Chats with Cammie McGovern About ‘Say What You Will’

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Cammie McGovern aims to fill a gap in young adult literature with Say What You Will—featuring complicated, fleshed out characters with disabilities who live, fall in love, and make mistakes just like anyone else. She talks with SLJ about her inspiration for the novel, diversity in YA lit, and what she’s working on next.

The Debut: Serah-Marie McMahon Talks About ‘The Worn Archive’

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The Worn Archive collects the best pieces from Worn, an alternative fashion magazine which over the years has featured articles on topics as varied as the chemistry of dry cleaning, the history of the safety pin, the work of a textile conservator, and a glossary of hijab.

On Top of His Game: SLJ Interviews Margaret A. Edwards Award Winner Markus Zusak

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This month, multiple award-winner Markus Zusak, author of ‘The Book Thief,’ will receive yet another honor: SLJ’s own Margaret A. Edwards Award. The author talks about finding his voice, his responsibility to readers, and his obsession with getting things right.

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

The Bug Rescuer | A Conversation with Sarah Albee

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What did mosquitoes have to do with the Louisiana Purchase? Lice with the Irish potato famine? And what mysterious disease plagued the Philistines? As she promises in her introduction, Sarah Albee answers all these questions in glorious and “disgusting” detail in ‘Bugged.’

Jason Low Talks Diversity with Betsy Bird | SLJ Conversations

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“While some might see diverse books as limited, we have found the exact opposite is true when discovering each book’s marketing potential. We are open to trying different approaches, depending on what the book is about.” Jason Low, Publisher, Lee & Low Books NOTE: SLJ Conversations is a sponsored supplement to SLJ‘s Extra Helping newsletter. This interview was commissioned by Lee & Low.

Earth Day Q&A: SLJ Talks to MIT Professor Penny Chisholm About Her Upcoming Picture Book with Children’s Author Molly Bang

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In celebration of Earth Day, April 22, SLJ talks to MIT professor Penny Chisholm, who co-wrote the book Buried Sunlight: How Fossil Fuels Have Changed the Earth, with children’s author Molly Bang, to be released by Scholastic this September. This picture book explains the origins of fossil fuels and warns readers about fossil fuels’ effect on the environment.

‘Red Madness’ Author Gail Jarrow on Solving a Medical Mystery | Up Close

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Author Gail Jarrow uncovered how the medical mystery of the disease pellagra was discovered in her work Red Madness: How a Medical Mystery Changed What We Eat. She weighs in on the disease, her research process, and the scientific method.

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

Q&A: Kathleen Krull on the History of Zoos

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In her latest picture book What’s New? The Zoo!: A Zippy History of Zoos (illustrated by Marcellus Hall), author Kathleen Krull fills readers in on the ins and outs of fascinating animal collections and menageries from ancient times to the present day.

The Debut: SLJTeen Talks with Laura McHugh, Author of ‘The Weight of Blood’

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Laura McHugh‘s debut novel is set in rural, small-town Missouri, deep in the Ozarks. This dark coming-of-age mystery follows a 17-year-old girl determined to investigate the murder of a friend from school, a search which leads to the earlier murder of her own mother. SLJ contributor Diane Colson shares her recent conversation with McHugh here in SLJTeen.

Q&A: Author Andy Griffiths on His Ever-Growing ‘Treehouse’ Series

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The 26-Story Treehouse author spoke to SLJ about the treehouse of his childhood, punk rock, advice for young writers, and more.