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September 30, 2014

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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.

Field Trip to the Animal Kingdom | Great Books About Zoos

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From a lonely gorilla to a confused moose to a missing koala, these great titles will inspire real and imagined trips to the zoo.

Q & A: ‘Positive’ Author Paige Rawl Talks About Her Story as an HIV Positive Teen

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Paige Rawl was born with HIV but didn’t know she had it until middle school. She also didn’t know about the stigma and bullying that came with it. Rawl shares her story Positive not only to cope with her past, but to offer solace and courage to those going through a similar experience.

Everyone’s Talking About ‘Let’s Get Lost’ and Debut Author Adi Alsaid

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Adi Alsaid’s debut novel, Let’s Get Lost, is a beautifully written story about five strangers and their different experiences with love, loss, and finding themselves along the way. SLJ reviewer Donna Rosenblum chats with the author about his inspirations, his travels, and what’s in store for him next.

Amazon Reveals Sticking Points with Hachette

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In a Kindle forum post dated July 29, Amazon reveals specific details of its sticking points with Hachette Publishing Group over profit-share and ebook pricing—and in doing so, doesn’t do Hachette any favors.

We Need Diverse Books Incorporates

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The now-ubiquitous #WeNeedDiverseBooks (WNDB) hashtag and campaign has filed for incorporation in Pennsylvania, according to a WNDB blog post dated July 29.

‘Druthers’ Meets ‘Leroy Ninker’ at Candlewick| Fall 2014 Preview

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SLJ visits the Candlewick Fall Preview where Kate DiCamillo talks about spinoff character from her “Mercy Watson” series for her upcoming August title Leroy Ninker Saddles Up—and books about bears and dads get some love.

A Signature Style: Picture book author Byron Barton on developing his craft | Up Close

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Iconic picture book creator Byron Barton chats with SLJ about his process, his influences, and his unique style.

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

Star YA Authors Reveal Inspirations and Challenges | SLJ SummerTeen 2014

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On July 24, SLJ’s SummerTeen virtual event, attended by nearly 800 conference goers, was chock full of popular and thought-provoking YA authors, such as keynoters Gayle Forman (If I Stay) and Matthew Quick (Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock), who reveal some of the more personal asides, challenges, and stories behind novel writing. It was Quick who said, “Good literature, he said, “[comforts] the disturbed and [disturbs] the comforted.”

Chronicle | 2014 Preview

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SLJ was in San Francisco for Chronicle’s Fall 2014 Preview where illustrated children’s books with vibrant visuals were the showstopping hits.

Soon to Be Famous Author Winner, School Librarian Joanne Zienty

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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.

Tag Team: Collaborations in Books

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What happens when more than one author works on a single book? Find out.

SLJTeen Chats with Emily Kiebel, Debut Author of ‘Serenade’

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SLJTeen chats with debut author and choral singer Emily Kiebel about her novel Serenade, which focuses on a teen overcoming her grief at her father’s death while learning that she comes from a long line of sirens.

SLJ Interviews Vince Vawter, Newbery Honor-Winning Author of ‘Paperboy’

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Vince Vawter talks about his semi-autobiographical, Newbery Honor-winning book, his boyhood with a debilitating stutter, and the “overwhelming” response to Paperboy.

Q & A with Matthew Quick, Author of ‘Silver Linings Playbook’

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SLJ catches up with Matthew Quick, author of the page-to-screen hit The Silver Linings Playbook and Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock.