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September 19, 2014

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Guest Kvetching: Transparency is Paramount | Consider the Source

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Tanya Lee Stone, the noted nonfiction author and a guest columnist this week, addresses a topic that is receiving a great deal of attention in the children’s literature world: full disclosure in nonfiction.

SLJ Reviews and Interviews of 2014 National Book Award Longlist in the Young People’s Category

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The National Book Foundation today announced the titles on the long list for the 2014 National Book Awards in the Young People’s Category. Below are SLJ reviews, blog posts, and interviews with the authors of the these works for children and teens.

SLJTeen Speaks with the Wizard of Kazam, Jasper Fforde

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How does Jasper Fforde come up with the magnificent characters, creatures, and settings in his “Chronicles of Kazam” series? He relies on “stuff—the exciting smorgasbord of weird stuff that happens to us, around us, and in us.”

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?’”

Margarita Engle Wins PEN Literary Award

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Margarita Engle, the first Latino author to receive a Newbery Honor, was honored with the top prize in the 24th Annual PEN Literary Awards for The Lightning Dreamer.

And Now We Are 60: SLJ, the profession, and culture from 1954 to today

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To mark School Library Journal’s 60th year as an independent magazine, a look back at some highlights—including some favorite covers.

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

UK Laureate Malorie Blackman will not Be Silenced

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When Malorie Blackman found herself at the center of a racial firestorm, following an interview in which she addressed the lack of diversity in children’s books, she found strength from fellow writers and in her convictions.

Throwback Thursday: A Sendak Photobomb

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For our 60th anniversary, SLJ’s dipped into the archive. To kick off our contribution to #tbt, we offer this image of a young Maurice Sendak and a mischievous staffer.

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.

A New Approach to Sharks: Author Katherine Roy’s Work in the Field

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Doing intensive research in preparation for a work of nonfiction is par for the course these days for children’s book authors, but for Katherine Roy, it’s entailed getting to know animals in intimate details, from dissecting sharks to getting up close with a tranquilized elephant in Kenya.

Children’s Book About Gun-Toting Parents Gets A Public Beat Down by Stephen Colbert

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After HBO talk show host Bill Maher airs a segment about a book called My Parents Open Carry, about a 13-year-old girl and her gun-toting parents, the book becomes a popular subject of mockery—with former Egmont USA publisher Elizabeth Law weighing in on the conversation.

SLJTeen Catches Up with Debut Author Anthony Breznican

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It can’t be easy having your debut novel compared to The Chocolate War, but Anthony Breznican takes it all in stride. Adult Books 4 Teens contributor Diane Colson talks to the author about his inspiration, his characters, and Elvis Costello.

Constructing a Life | A Conversation with Isabel Quintero

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“Adults forget what it is like to be a teen—that on their way to becoming adults they are often faced with situations they don’t know how to react or respond to. I often hear adults say, ‘In my day young women/men didn’t behave this way or that way.’ I have to laugh because, yes they did!”

The Author, the Poet, and the Librarian

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How author G. Neri and Tampa school librarian Kimberly DeFusco helped turn a young at-risk nonreader into a Shakespeare-loving poet. As told by all three.

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

Madeline’s 75th Birthday Brings Revelations

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A museum exhibition honoring “Madeline”’s 75th birthday brings new information about the old house in Paris that was covered with vines, surprising museumgoers—and members of Ludwig Bemelmans’ own family.

“Bloody Jack” Author Louis A. Meyer Jr. Passes at 71

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The artist and author’s “Bloody Jack” books star a feisty London orphan girl who dresses as a boy, changes her name from Mary to Jacky, and finds work on a ship.

Q&A with ‘I Represent Sean Rosen’ Author Jeff Baron

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Jeff Baron, author of the “Sean Rosen” series, about a seventh grader who thinks his ideas make him destined for Hollywood, has been working on a writing project with the seventh graders at New York’s Ardsley Middle School that taps into their families’ past and their imaginations.

Can You Hear Me Now? The Missing SummerTeen Chris Lynch Interview

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The technology gods were not on Chris Lynch’s side on July 24, when he was scheduled to appear on a panel with Kwame Alexander discussing their sports genre YA titles. SLJTeen has been able to procure a few snippets from SLJ reviews editor Kiera Parrott, who moderated the sports session. To read the full interview, please visit the sports panel archive in the SummerTeen auditorium.

The Story Behind Adele Griffin’s Hybrid Novel, ‘The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone’

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Librarian and blogger Liz Burns shares an inside look at YA author Adele Griffin’s format-bending faux biography of a teen artist, The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone.