July 25, 2017

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Interview & Exclusive Preview: Dan Parent on ‘Your Pal Archie’

Archie Comics made a major change two years ago when it rebooted its iconic properties with a new, more naturalistic style and slightly more “mature” storylines. Fans of the classic Archie style could still get the old stories—and some new ones in the traditional style—in Archie’s many monthly digests. And then, earlier this year, Archie […]

Amy Lukavics On Her Latest YA Horror “The Ravenous”

Lukavics spins a tale of sisterhood and cannibalism sure to send chills up readers’ spines.

Gale Galligan On “Dawn and the Impossible Three”

Gale Galligan presents an inspired graphic novel version of one of Ann M. Martin’s beloved “Baby-Sitters Club” books.

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Sue Macy on Women in Sports, Feminism, and the Impact of Title IX

Sue Macy, whose books center on the intersection of women’s history and sports, discusses the impact of Title IX, feminism, and why she writes about real-life heroines.

Ellen Oh on Her Goosebump-Inducing “Spirit Hunters”

Ellen Oh, author and CEO/president of We Need Diverse Books, talks about crafting and researching her creepy new novel, Spirit Hunters.

Fish or Foil: What Came First? | Q & A with Marcus Pfister

2017 marks the 25th anniversary of Marcus Pfister’s Rainbow Fish, which, since its publication has sold millions of copies worldwide.

Jason Reynolds On “Miles Morales,” Spider-Man, and His Secret Superpower

SLJTeen Live! panelist Jason Reynolds talked with SLJ about superpowers, how he fleshed out the Afro-Puerto Rican webslinger’s backstory, and his favorite superhero.

Adele Griffin On Creating a Beach Read That Boils with Tension

Adele Griffin offers insights into Be True to Me, a dark summer read that centers on an unforgettable love triangle.

Katherine Roy on a Pachyderm’s Baby Steps | Up Close

An expansive illustrated interview about the genesis and development of nonfiction book How to Be an Elephant.

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Book Review: Young Palestinians Speak: Living Under Occupation by Anthony & Annmarie Young

When I’m reviewing books for professional publications, I stay quiet about them on social media. I’m always really excited once a review comes out to be able to talk about the book, finally! Here’s one of my most recent reviews, which originally appeared in the June 2017 issue of School Library Journal.    ROBINSON, Anthony & Annemarie Young […]

Ibi Zoboi On Literacy and Her Work with Haitian American Teens

Debut author and SLJTeen Live! speaker Ibi Zoboi talks about her writing initiatives for teens in immigrant communities.

Debut YA Author Bonnie Pipkin on “Aftercare Instructions” and Abortion

Pipkin on her writing process and approaching the topic of abortion without shame.

Interview: Rebecca Mock on ‘Knife’s Edge’

When the graphic novel Knife’s Edge is released this month, 12-year-old twin adventurers Cleopatra and Alexander Dodge will find their adventures at an end—at least for now. Will they find the treasure that is their inheritance? Will they manage to escape the dread pirate Felix Worley? Will Cleo ever kiss another boy? Will they ever […]

Interview: Hope Larson on ‘Knife’s Edge’

Writer Hope Larson and artist Rebecca Mock’s 19th century pirate adventure saga concludes this month with the release of Knife’s Edge, the sequel to their 2016 Compass South. That their story is a duology is appropriate, as their protagonists are also two in number: Twelve-year-old twins Cleopatra and Alexander Dodge. In the first book, the […]

Frances Hardinge on “A Face Like Glass” | Up Close

The storyteller extraordinaire tells how the creepy world of Caverna came about.

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Interview: Kevin McCloskey on Making Science Comics for Kids

In the course of researching my article on science comics for SLJ, I interviewed Kevin McCloskey, the author of We Dig Worms!, The Real Poop on Pigeons!, and Something’s Fishy, all published by TOON Books as part of their “Giggle and Learn” series. Here’s the full interview; you can check out previews from each of […]

“Please Don’t Talk About Your LGBTQ+ Book”: Barbara Dee on “Star-Crossed” and Her Recent School Visit Experience

Barbara Dee’s latest novel features a middle school-aged character who crushes on both girls and boys. At a recent school visit, teachers told Ms. Dee not to mention the book.

Interview: Dana Simpson, Creator of ‘Phoebe and Her Unicorn’

I interviewed Dana Simpson, the creator of the Phoebe and Her Unicorn graphic novels, when I was writing the article “Just Another Day in an LGBTQ Comic” for SLJ. As often happens, it was a great interview and I could only use a few sentences in the story, so I’m running it in full today. […]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: James L. Swanson’s “Chasing King’s Killer”

James L. Swanson’s new biography, Chasing King’s Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King Jr.’s Assassin, out next spring from Scholastic, marks the 50th anniversary of King’s assassination. See SLJ’s exclusive cover reveal.

Those Endless Summer Reading Wish Lists | Authors and Illustrators Reveal Theirs

Not surprisingly, fun and funny is a theme during this post-election year.