November 18, 2017

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Finding a Creative Frequency: Tuning in to Pat Schmatz’s “Lizard Radio”

Pat Schmatz’s Lizard Radio comes at a key social moment, with trans identities and gender fluidity gaining increasing mainstream recognition. The YA author spoke with SLJ on the nuances of that well-wrought term dystopia and letting characters speak for themselves, including the work’s 15-year-old protagonist, ‘bender’ Kivali.

Ghost Stories That Aren’t: Moïra Fowley-Doyle on “The Accident Season”

Author Moïra Fowley-Doyle chats with SLJ about her haunting YA debut, The Accident Season.

“The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement” | Carole Boston Weatherford on Fannie Lou Hamer

Carole Boston Weatherford’s Voice of Freedom is a moving, poetic tribute to the Voting Rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer.

Sisterhood, Body Image, and Sexual Abuse | Carol Lynch Williams on “Never Said”

SummerTeen speaker Carol Lynch Williams shares with SLJ what inspired her to write Never Said, her thoughts on body image, slut-shaming, and more.

Strike Up the Band | M.T. Anderson and the Story Behind the Leningrad Symphony

SLJ chats with M.T. Anderson, SummerTeen speaker, about his first work of narrative nonfiction, Symphony for the City of the Dead, and the power of music to change lives and make history.

Christopher Franceschelli on the Art, Design, and Nutritional Value of Board Books | Up Close

Christopher Franceschelli has worn many hats from editor to creator to book packager. The busy bookmaker discusses his new work, Dinoblock, what makes a great board book, and how these tiny works of art are for more than just babies.

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

#LoveOzYA, Romance, and Hijinks: Fiona Wood on “Six Impossible Things”

SLJ caught up with SummerTeen speaker and Australian YA author Fiona Wood to discuss what inspired her to write her upcoming Six Impossible Things, why romance is such a staple in YA lit, and more.

The Thrilling Possibilities of AI and YA Sci-Fi: Mark Alpert on “The Six”

Mark Alpert, contributing editor at Scientific American, explores the definition of humanity, the cost and benefits of scientific research, and teen angst in his debut YA novel, The Six.

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

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

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

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.

Authors at the Fourth Annual SLJ/AAP Librarian Dinner | BEA 2015

Matt de la Peña, Kevin Henkes, Mike Curato, Jeff Anderson, Candace Fleming, Adam Silvera, and Eric Rohmann were featured speakers at the dinner, moderated by Betsy Bird.

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

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

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”

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”

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.

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

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.

Super and Magical Webcomic Now in Print: Jillian Tamaki on “SuperMutant Magic Academy”

On the heels of the publication of her first solo YA work, a collection of her webcomic SuperMutant Magic Academy, about teen witches and mutants who attend a Hogwarts-like school, Jillian Tamaki shared with SLJ what inspired her to work on this long-running project and what she’s got planned next.

Page to Stage: Gary Ghislain on the German Theater Adaptation of His YA Debut

YA author Gary Ghislain recounts the unique experience of seeing his first book for teens, How I Stole Johnny Depp’s Alien Girlfriend, performed live in a theater in Germany.

Avant-Garde Children’s Lit: Mac Barnett on “The Skunk” and Writing Picture Books

Author Mac Barnett talks about his new picture book illustrated by Patrick McDonnell, The Skunk, and muses on the intelligence of young readers and the role of experimentation within the world of children’s literature.

Pictures of the Week: Kwame Alexander Named Bank Street College of Education’s First Writer-in-Residence

On April 6, 2015 Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander was celebrated at Bank Street College of Education as the school’s first Writer-in-Residence for its Center for Children’s Literature.