November 17, 2017

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Walking and Talking with . . . Rebecca Stead!

There is much to love in this latest edition to the Steve Sheinkin “Walking and Talking” oeuvre.  Since today’s guest is Newbery Award winning author Rebecca Stead there are insights into her process.  There is careful consideration of the act of writing, and what you chose to tell or not tell.  And, most important of […]

YA Authors Talk Social Media, Research Process…and Spill Secrets

Rebecca Stead, Paul Acampora, and Valynne E. Maetani held court at “It’s Complicated: Secrets, Schemes, and Friends,” a panel held Sunday, November 9 at the New York Society Library and funded by author Richard Peck. The writers considered the role of social media, talked about their research process, and discussed the future of YA.

Printzbery Part 3: Now with cat ears

Goodbye Stranger, Rebecca Stead Wendy Lamb Books, August 2015 Reviewed from ARC Continuing our Printzbery series, today we’re looking at Goodbye Stranger, Rebecca Stead’s latest which has received six stars. The question of intended and/or appropriate audience is one we could debate for a long time. For our purposes, let’s focus on what makes this […]

Fusenews: Sweet Uncanny Valley High

Of all the most deserving, least lauded children’s book awards out there, my favorite might be The Phoenix Awards.  “The award, given to a book originally published in the English language, is intended to recognize books of high literary merit. The Phoenix Award is named after the fabled bird who rose from its ashes with […]

2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winners

“The Farmer and the Clown” by Marla Frazee (S. & S.) has won the 2015 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for best picture book, while Katherine Rundell’s “Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms” (S. & S.) took best fiction title and Candace Fleming’s “The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion and the Fall of Russia” (Schwartz & Wade) won best non-fiction book.

Famous Chef, Chickens with Superpowers, and Hurricane Katrina Lead the Pack at Random House Preview | 2015 Spring Preview

Bullying leads to an ecological disaster in Newbery winner Louis Sachar’s Fuzzy Mud, and world-famous chef Marcus Samuelsson shares a young adult version of his autobiography Make It Messy: My Perfectly Imperfect Life.

Review of the Day: Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

Goodbye Stranger By Rebecca Stead Wendy Lamb Books (an imprint of Random House Children’s Books) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-385-74317-4 Ages 10-14 On shelves August 4th After much consideration, I think I’m going to begin this review with what has to be the hoity toity-est opening I have ever come up with. Gird, thy loins, mes amies. […]

Rebecca Stead Is First US Author to Win ‘Guardian’ Kid Lit Prize

Newbery-winning author Rebecca Stead’s Liar & Spy has won this year’s Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, a literary award that annually recognizes one children’s fiction book written for children or young adults that is published in the United Kingdom. Stead is the first American author to earn this distinction, only recently available to US writers since 2012.

Pictures of the Week: Random House Authors; The 14th Annual Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators Conference

Random House authors N.D. Wilson, Jeanne Birdsall, and Rebecca Stead have lunch with librarians to discuss writing for middle school students; Meg Rosoff and Sophie Blackall attend the 14th Annual Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Conference in NYC.

Review of the Day: Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead

Liar & Spy
By Rebecca Stead
$15.99
ISBN: 978-0-385-73743-2
Ages 9-12
On shelves now.
Rebecca Stead is the M. Night Shyamalan of children’s literature, and I mean that in a good Sixth Sense way, not a lame The Happening one. It’s funny, but when I try to compare her other authors I find myself tongue-tied. Who else spends as much […]

On the Radar: Top Picks from the Editors at Junior Library Guild: Middle School Readers—New Offerings from Favorite Authors

For our middle school readers, finding a favorite author can be a difficult task. They are at the age in which one day they’re still children, and the next they think they are adults. Kids are busy with activities, so this is also the time in their lives where we could lose them as readers if their choices are few. Thankfully in the last ten years, popular authors and series have increased for this group of tweens and early teens. For students in grades five to eight and those that teach them, fall releases will be a welcome sight.

Top 100 Children’s Novels #11: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

#11 When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (2009)
102 points
I sell this to kids in the library by saying it’s a cross between Beverly Clearly and Lost. And I always say “the ending will BLOW YOUR MIND.” Because it does. – Sharon Ozimy
This is a book you can give to any kind of kid […]

Video: ‘Middle School Snake Charmers’ Hold Forth at SLJ Day of Dialog

The prospect of working with adolescents may inspire fear in some, “but for a small, dedicated group of us, middle school is where it’s at,” said librarian Jennifer Hubert Swan, who gleaned some insight on engaging young readers from panelists Sharon Creech, Eoin Colfer, Rebecca Stead, Joan Bauer, and James Dashner at SLJ’s event held June 4 at the Javits Center in New York.

SLJ 2012 Day of Dialog: Keeping Middle Schoolers Engaged

Middle school students are a “hormonally charged” bunch who are “full of complex contradictions” and just “want a voice,” say authors who participated in SLJ’s 2012 Day of Dialog on June 4 at New York’s Jacob Javits Convention Center.