October 20, 2017

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From Speechwriter to Fan-Favorite “Stick Dog” Author: Chatting with Tom Watson

Funnyman Tom Watson is the creative force behind the laugh-out-loud illustrated novels starring Stick Dog and Stick Cat. Surprisingly, his writing career began in politics.

Monsters, Mysteries, and Middle Grade: A Chat with Bruce Hale

The prolific author of more than 40 books talks about his life as a young reluctant reader and what eventually turned him on to literature.

Tanita Davis’s Coming-of-Age Novels Hit the “Sweet Spot” Between MG and YA | Under the Covers

Tanita Davis crafts multifaceted and diverse tween characters who deal with relatable issues.

Peter Brown’s “Wild” New Step into Middle Grade Fiction | Under the Covers

Librarian Karen Yingling chats with Peter Brown about his very first middle grade novel, The Wild Robot.

Middle Grade Author Mike Jung on Adolescence, Suburbia, and the Impact of WNDB | Under the Covers

Librarian Karen Yingling chats with middle grade author Mike Jung, whose latest work, Unidentified Suburban Object, comes out in April.

Good Books Are Like Good Pranks: Chatting with the Terribly Funny Authors of “The Terrible Two”

Jokesters Mac Barnett and Jory John chat about fooling kids, collaborative writing, and the subversive—yet honorable—underpinnings of pranking.

Tracey Baptiste on Writing, Trinidadian Folklore, and Scary Stories | Under the Covers

Librarian Karen Yingling talks with Tracey Baptiste about her novel, The Jumbies, and the need for diverse representations in middle grade fiction.

War Through a Child’s—and a Fox’s—Eyes: Sara Pennypacker on Her New Novel, Pax | Under the Covers

Sara Pennypacker talks about her affecting new middle grade novel, Pax, which has already garnered several stars and much buzz.