Category Archives: Author Posts

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Cover Reveal for Halfway Normal by Barbara Dee

When people hear that your son has cancer, they say a lot of dumb things: I’m so sorry (as if it’s their fault). Is there anything I can do? (You mean besides curing cancer?). Be strong (Sure. Because what’s the alternative?) When they know you’re a writer, they say this: Well, maybe you’ll write about […]

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Why I Chose To Write About First Ladies by Ruby Shamir

Back in America’s early days, it was considered scandalous for women to attend parties where no hostess was present.  For proper receptions, like official events at the White House, a hostess had to be there to greet female guests.  And so the position of first lady was born.   As the roles and expectations of […]

not-quite-narwhal February 21

Losing and Finding Yourself in the Library by Jessie Sima

As I write this, my debut picture book, Not Quite Narwhal, is on the brink of publication. There’s so much to be excited about and thankful for, and I’ve found myself spending a lot of time reflecting on what brought me here. The truth is, I didn’t grow up dreaming of being an author-illustrator or […]

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Realizations on Writing and Reading by Allan Wolf

Writing nearly killed me. Reading saved my life.   At least that is how I saw it, almost thirty years ago, when I was fresh out of grad school teaching freshman composition at Virginia Tech.   I was twenty five years old. As a child I had endured years of manic writing binges that started […]

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A young girl growing up in the Lodz ghetto during the Holocaust. A teenage boy genius with Asperger Syndrome. A video game-loving boy living in Iraq during the first Gulf War…   These are some of the characters whose stories I have told. Writing them required research and interviews and more research because thankfully, unlike […]

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The Power of Art by Renée Watson

I have always loved words.   When I was a child, I competed in spelling bees and I’d spend hours writing random words over and over just because I liked the way the letters looked together. I enjoyed reading, speaking, and writing words so much so that when I was seven, I wrote a 21-page […]

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Have you heard of these? by Larissa Juliano

At this time, there was a great roaring and trumpeting and screeching as the animals ran from the table to find hiding places. “Halt in the name of the law” shouted the policeman.   ~Arnold Lobel from A Zoo for Mister Muster   Children (but really all of us) love animal stories. Animals can elicit this […]

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The Harlem Charade by Natasha Tarpley – Review by Kate Hannigan

“Who gets to decide what is important about a community?” asks debut novelist Natasha Tarpley in her middle-grade mystery The Harlem Charade (January 31, Scholastic). “Who gets to tell our stories?”   Setting her fascinating adventure in Harlem, with its rich history of African American art, music, literature, and dance, Tarpley explores ideas of gentrification […]

the-castle-in-the-mist February 08

Amy Ephron on her first children’s book, The Castle in the Mist, and miraculously casting her friend Laraine Newman to narrate the audiobook by Amy Ephron

I always wanted to write a book like The Castle in the Mist, a kind of fantasy, reality-meets-magic, novel for children (or anyone 8 to 80)! The kind of novel I read when I was little that I felt I could get lost in.  And yet the book has some contemporary edges.   I call it […]

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Huck Finn Inspired Storytelling by Caroline Starr Rose

When I started working on my latest novel, Jasper and the Riddle of Riley’s Mine, I knew I wanted to write about the Klondike Gold Rush. I’d first stumbled upon this bit of history while researching the frontier for my novel, May B. Here was a larger-than-life event that had driven the world into gold-fever […]