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January 27, 2015

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Benny Andrews | His Life and Art

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In “Draw What You See: The Life and Art of Benny Andrews,” illustrated with the artist’s oil paintings and collage compositions, Kathleen Benson highlights the words Andrews chose to paint by, and to encourage those he taught.

Jacqueline Woodson on weaving memory, crafting poetry, and writing for young adults

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Jacqueline Woodson talks about her National Book Award win, her handling of Handler’s comments, and how she approached the writing of one of the most distinguished memoirs for young readers in recent memory.

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

Interview: Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon on their YA Novel About Teenage Malcolm X

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Malcolm X’s daughter Ilyasah Shabazz collaborated with young adult author Kekla Magoon on a historical fiction novel about the civil rights leader’s formative years. SLJ caught up with the pair to discuss their writing process, inspiration, and the lasting impact of Malcolm’s legacy.

SLJ Chats with Cece Bell About her Graphic Novel Memoir ‘El Deafo’ | Up Close

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With ample humor and a keen sensitivity to the emotional melodrama of early adolescence, Cece Bell’s graphic novel memoir, El Deafo, offers a window into growing up deaf in 1970s suburbia. SLJ caught up with the author to discuss her writing process, hearing aids, bad attitudes, and bunnies.

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

Inside Special Education: Gail Giles and ‘Girls Like Us’

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Girls Like Us by Gail Giles takes readers into the hearts of two distinctly different teens with cognitive impairment, and shares her thoughts on special education, imperfect people, and the challenge of writing grammatically incorrect dialogue.

Q & A with ‘A Moose Boosh’ Author Eric-Shabazz Larkin

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Just in time for the holidays, SLJ talks to author Eric-Shabazz Larkin about his authorial debut A Moose Boosh, an imaginative collection of poems to do with food, accompanied by lively illustrations.

SLJTeen Unlocks the Secrets of the Past with Debut Author Jessica Lidh

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Jessica Lidh’s debut novel The Number 7 takes readers on a trip to the past, exploring Sweden’s role in World War II while examining one family’s ability to deal with grief in the present.

Robin LaFevers’s “Medieval Obsession”

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SLJ spoke with Robin LaFevers, who concludes her thrilling “His Fair Assassins” trilogy set in 15th-century Brittany with the exciting ‘Mortal Heart.’

SLJTeen Chats with Chelsey Philpot on her Debut, ‘Even in Paradise’

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Chelsey Philpot’s debut novel, Even in Paradise, is already getting rave reviews. Get ahead of the crowd and add this to your list of best boarding school novels.

SLJTeen Chats with Jim Ziolkowski, Founder of buildON Nonprofit

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A trip to Malawi, Africa in 1992 convinced GE executive Jim Ziolkowski that he had a different calling—giving students the opportunity to transform their lives through access to education.

SLJ Debuts ‘Fuse #8 TV’

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Betsy Bird has a TV show. Spinning off Bird’s blog “A Fuse #8 Production” on School Library Journal, “Fuse 8 TV” is a monthly webcast hosted by Bird—and the first episode is now available.

Raúl Colón: The Boy Who Loved To Draw

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Raúl Colón’s latest book, ‘Draw!’ unfolds entirely through pictures, as a boy confined to his bed, takes readers on a journey of the imagination to the Serengeti plains of Africa.

Debut Author Marie-Helene Bertino Dishes the Writing Dirt with SLJTeen

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SLJ caught up with debut author Marie-Helene Bertino to discuss her 2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas, a multigenerational story perfect for mother/daughter book clubs.

Neil Gaiman Chats with SLJ About His Reimagined “Hansel and Gretel” | Up Close

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SLJ caught up with master storyteller Neil Gaiman, who penned a spooky graphic novel adaptation of “Hansel and Gretel,” inspired by Lorenzo Mattotti’s dark and gloomy art. Check out our exclusive behind-the-scenes video chat with Gaiman.

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

SLJTeen Talks with YA Debut Team, Suzanne and Melanie Brockmann

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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.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

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.