Compiled by Gayleen Rabakukk
Check out these videos from debut author Angie Thomas on The Hate U Give (Balzer + Bray/Harper Collins, 2017). Peek: “I was inspired to write the novel in 2010, right after the Oscar Grant case…I wanted a way to find hope and I wanted to show the human side of all these cases. I look at books as being a form of activism because a lot of times,
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By Gayleen Rabakukk
Cynthia Levinson‘s most recent book has a direct correlation to one of her previous titles. I talked with her recently about writing her first picture book, social justice and biscuits.
Tell us about the process of transforming We’ve Got A Job into a picture book.
You’re right—The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks,
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By Tamara Ellis Smith
Space. Not up, as in the final frontier, but between, as in the distance between you and me.
I’ve been thinking a lot about that kind of space lately, and I’ve been especially curious about what can happen inside of it. What I’ve come to believe is that anything can happen—and everything.
I learned this through the process of writing my debut middle grade novel,
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“Can books help make readers better human beings?
“[Children’s author] Linda Sue Park talks about how books provide practice at responding to the unfairness in life, and how empathy for a book’s characters can lead to engagement in ways that have significant impact in the real world.
“Linda Sue Park is the author of many books for young readers, including A Single Shard (Clarion,
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Dana on Writing from the Marrow
By Lyn Miller-Lachmann
Last spring I interviewed Dana Walrath about her debut YA novel Like Water on Stone (Delacorte, 2014), a story of the Armenian genocide told from the perspective of three child survivors and an eagle that observes all.
The comments that I received on my review of this novel revealed that this is still a contested history,
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