Interview: Tyler Whitesides on writing, fishing and magical mops

Tyler Whitesides
Tyler Whitesides

Magical mops, strange creatures and janitors? Author Tyler Whitesides‘ fun and adventurous middle-grade series JANITORS was called an “entertaining ruckus” by Kirkus Reviews. And Tyler’s presentations thrill kids as much as his books. But what does Tyler do when he’s not playing in fictional worlds? Read on to find out… Continue reading “Interview: Tyler Whitesides on writing, fishing and magical mops”

Interview: Lindsey Lane Finds Magic in Life

Lindsey Lane
Lindsey Lane

Author Lindsey Lane‘s novel THE EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN contains more than a story—it’s a whole community, multiple characters who jump off the page and demand to be heard. It’s testament to Lindsey’s skill that she can create a novel as detailed and intimate as this one.

We wanted to know more about the writer who could inhabit so many different people for her stories. Here’s what Lindsey told us… Continue reading “Interview: Lindsey Lane Finds Magic in Life”

Interview: Elana K. Arnold on Messy Days and Unruly Pets

Elana K Arnold
Elana K Arnold

Acclaimed author Elana K. Arnold has delighted children and teens with her wonderful books, as well as the young-at-heart adults who read them too. We wanted to find out how Elana created characters like Iris Abernathy of THE QUESTION OF MIRACLES, Odette of FAR FROM FAIR, Sephora Ganding of INFANDOUS and many others. Continue reading “Interview: Elana K. Arnold on Messy Days and Unruly Pets”

Interview: Kelly Starling Lyons puts children first

Author Kelly Starling Lyons teaches our history with inspirational stories for today’s children. Her books include ONE MILLION MEN AND ME, about the 1995 Million Man March; ELLEN’S BROOM, about freedom in the time of Reconstruction; and HOPE’S GIFT, set around the Emancipation Proclamation. Continue reading “Interview: Kelly Starling Lyons puts children first”

A World of Reading With Janet Fox

Author and presenter Janet Fox
Janet Fox

Our client author Janet Fox invents worlds of ghosts, history and intrigue in her books. Especially in her latest middle-grade novel, THE CHARMED CHILDREN OF ROOKSKILL CASTLE, Janet weaves stories of different pasts with an adventure of children who are sent away from London during World War II.

Janet’s characters are just as charming as her tales, and they make us wonder where she thinks it all up. We’re excited to hear from her in our interview this month:

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Donna Janell Bowman is all about kindness and chocolate

Donna Janell BowmanIt’s easy to see that Donna Janell Bowman thinks kindness is important. Her debut trade picture book biography, STEP RIGHT UP: HOW DOC AND JIM KEY TAUGHT THE WORLD ABOUT KINDNESS, shows the power of love in the most amazing way—a formerly enslaved person teaching a horse how to spell without a whip or a harsh word. The book earned three starred reviews and is a Junior Library Guild Selection. Donna’s next two picture book biographies tell more amazing stories of amazing people, like Abraham Lincoln and the tightrope walker known as The Great Blondin.

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Interview with K.A. Holt, writer of zombies, space and regular kids

Author K.A. Holt
K.A. Holt

Award-winning children’s book author K.A. Holt has a way with words, especially for middle-grade readers. Her stories are told in both prose and poetry, with her novel-in-verse HOUSE ARREST a 2016 contender for the Global Read Aloud award. She even has a novel told in haiku, BRAINS FOR LUNCH. Her characters have adventures in space, on another planet, with zombies and even in regular homes, just like her loyal readers. We’re excited to get to know this imaginative writer more…

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