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.
Vince Vawter talks about his semi-autobiographical, Newbery Honor-winning book, his boyhood with a debilitating stutter, and the “overwhelming” response to Paperboy.
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.
Librarian and author Marybeth Zeman recounts her experiences working with incarcerated teens awaiting trials for offenses from misdemeanors to murder. Interview by Alicia Eames.
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.
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 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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.