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July 3, 2015

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In the Recording Studio with Jack Gantos

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SLJ catches up with Jack Gantos as he records the audio for his new book, The Trouble in Me.

Interview with Lynne Jonell

Folks, one of the things I love about this job is the fact that I get to watch authors’ careers bloom and blossom.  I see authors starting out or at the beginning of their careers and watch as they garner praise and flourishes throughout the years.  Today’s example is author Lynne Jonell.  Back in 2007 […]

An Interview with Patrick Jones by guest blogger Jessi Schulte-Honstad

Written by Jessi Schulte-Honstad, Young Adult Services Supervisor for Skokie Public Library, Skokie IL.   In Patrick Jones’ current book series, Locked Out and Support and Defend he looks at the effects of losing a parent to the justice system and military service. Written specifically with reluctant readers in mind, Jones works hard to portray […]

Of Ponies and Princesses: An Interview with Kate Beaton

Well, I’m just about as pleased as I can be.  For years I’ve adored and promoted and generally yammered endlessly about webcomic artist Kate Beaton and her Hark, A Vagrant strips.  Whether it was her Nancy Drew covers or her psychedelic take on The Secret Garden (to say nothing of her history strips) she’s one […]

Newbery Winner Laura Amy Schlitz on Women, Writing, History, and Hired Girls

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Laura Amy Schlitz talks about her upcoming new novel, The Hired Girl, women, industrialization, and the transformative power of art and literature.

Kate Messner’s “59 Reasons to Write” | Professional Shelf

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Children’s and YA author Kate Messner’s “Teachers Write,” a free online writing workshop for teachers and librarians, will begin on July 6th. Are you ready?

Fuse #8 TV: Steve Sheinkin

Allo, folks! Hosting Steve Sheinkin on Fuse #8 TV this month does have a bit of the old bringing coals to Newcastle feel to it.  After all, Steve’s been generous in sharing his Walking and Talking comic series with us on this site regularly.  So regularly, in fact, that it would be easy to forget […]

Q&A: Urban Fantasy Counter-Narrative: Daniel José Older on “Shadowshaper”

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SLJ caught up with Older and discussed the topics of race, mythologies, and community, as well as the borough of Brooklyn, in his first novel for young people.

Meet the Reviewer | Maggie Knapp

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Who are the brilliant and passionate librarians behind SLJ’s reviews? This month we take a peek behind the books to learn about Maggie Knapp, who reviews YA and middle grade books.

What’s on Your Summer Reading List? | Authors and Illustrators Share Their TBR Stacks

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In our annual query to authors and illustrators we discover what’s sitting on their nightstands, and being packing into their vacation bags.

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler | An Interview With Phillip Hoose

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Phillip Hoose’s book about a group of Danish teens who took on the Nazis when the rest of the country was too afraid shines a light on a little-known but awe-inspiring tale of courage.

Q&A: Katherine Applegate Talks about Her Upcoming Novel, “Crenshaw”

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Newbery Medal-winning author Katherine Applegate chats about her forthcoming novel, about a boy with an imaginary friend named Crenshaw, who is a very large cat.

Hard Corners of Life: Debut YA Author Adam Silvera on “More Happy Than Not”

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SLJ chats with former bookseller Adam Silvera about what inspired him to write this genre-bending YA novel, struggles with identity, and teens’ capacity for happiness.

Tales Out of School: An Interview with 2015 Margaret A. Edwards Award winner Sharon Draper

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The former National Teacher of the Year talks about teaching, writing, and a generation of teen readers that her books have touched.

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

Ballerinas Behaving Badly: Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton on “Tiny Pretty Things”

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Debut YA authors Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton discuss how they came to write Tiny Pretty Things, a novel about diverse ballerinas fighting for roles in a posh dance boarding school, and what inspired them to create the book packaging company for diverse teen books, CAKE Literary.

Our Voices Matter: SLJ Chats with Valynne Maetani About “Ink and Ashes” | Up Close

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The first winner of Lee & Low/Tu’s New Visions Award, debut author Valynne Maetani shares what inspired her to write a YA mystery/thriller with a strong Japanese American female protagonist.

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

Magic, Faith, Imagination: Debut MG Author Cassie Beasley on “Circus Mirandus”

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Debut author Cassie Beasley chats about Circus Mirandus, a charming and tender tale about a young boy searching for the magical circus that can save his ailing grandfather.

Aliens, Coney Island, and a Glitter Princess: Michael Buckley on His YA Debut “Undertow”

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Well-known middle grade author Michael Buckley is about to expand that fan base to teens with the release of his debut YA novel, Undertow. SLJ caught up with Buckley to talk about the sci-fi novel set in a near-future Coney Island and his creative process.

Q & A with Author Deborah Jiang-Stein: Bringing Libraries to Prison Nurseries

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Author and founder of the unPrison Project, Deborah Jiang-Stein, has teamed up with the Children’s Book Council to bring libraries to prison nurseries in honor of Mother’s Day, May 10, the last day of Children’s Book Week.

Takin’ It to the Streets | Ann Bausum on “Stonewall”

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On a sweltering night in June 1969, the police raided the Stonewall Inn, a well-known gay bar in New York City’s West Village. It wasn’t the first time the bar was raided, but that night the scene erupted into a riot. The legacy of that event and those that followed is explored in Ann Bausum’s stunning new book, Stonewall.