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  • 5 Questions With... Clare Vanderpool (NAVIGATING EARLY, MOON OVER MANIFEST)

    Clare Vanderpool’s highly anticipated second novel, NAVIGATING EARLY (Delacorte Press / On sale January 8, 2013) is a mesmerizing epic of adventure and self-discovery, set against the backdrop of post-World War II Maine. Her debut novel, MOON OVER MANIFEST, won the 2011 Newbery Medal.
  • 5 Questions With... Eric A. Kimmel (HERSHEL AND THE HANUKKAH GOBLINS)

    Eric A. Kimmel is the author of over one hundred books for children, including such well-loved classics as ANANSI AND THE MOSS-COVERED ROCK and the Caldecott Honor Book HERSHEL AND THE HANUKKAH GOBLINS.
  • 5 Questions With... Rob Buyea (MR. TERUPT FALLS AGAIN)

    Rob Buyea taught third and fourth graders in Bethany, CT for six years before moving to Massachusetts, where he lives with his wife and three daughters. He teaches biology and coaches wrestling at Northfield Mount Hermon School. BECAUSE OF MR. TERUPT, his first novel and the companion to MR. TERUPT FALLS AGAIN, was selected as an E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor Book, a CYBILS finalist, and has been named to numerous state award lists.

    Melissa Sweet has illustrated nearly 100 children’s books from board books to picture books and nonfiction titles. Her collages and paintings have appeared in the New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Madison Park Greetings, Smilebox and for eeBoo Toys, which have garnered the Oppenheim and Parents Choice Awards.
  • 5 Questions With... Mike Allegra (SARAH GIVES THANKS)

    A former journalist for North Jersey Newspapers, Mike Allegra is the editor of THE LAWRENTIAN, the nationally award-winning alumni magazine of The Lawrenceville School (Lawrenceville, NJ). His plays have been performed around the country, and he was the recipient of a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship. SARAH GIVES THANKS is his first children’s book.
  • 5 Questions With... Dorothy Hinshaw Patent (DOGS ON DUTY)

    Dorothy Hinshaw Patent has written more than one hundred books—mostly nonfiction and photo-essay for children—including ALA Notable Children’s Book and Orbis Pictus Honor Book WHEN THE WOLVES RETURNED: RESTORING NATURE’S BALANCE IN YELLOWSTONE, SAVING AUDIE: A PIT BULL PUPPY GETS A SECOND CHANCE, and THE RIGHT DOG FOR THE JOB, which earned a starred review from School Library Journal.
  • 5 Questions With... Laurie Calkhoven (I GREW UP TO BE PRESIDENT)

    Laurie Calkhoven has always loved reading and writing (just don’t ask her about arithmetic). She’s especially interested in the small moments of American history that usually get left out of the history books. Learn more about her at
  • 5 Questions With... Chris Van Dusen (IF I BUILT A HOUSE)

    Chris Van Dusen was born on St. Patrick's Day in 1960 in Portland, Maine. He attended The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and graduated with a BFA degree in 1982. He spent several years illustrating for kids magazines before he wrote his first book, DOWN TO THE SEA WITH MR. MAGEE which was published by Chronicle Books in 2000. His latest, IF I BUILT A HOUSE is his fourteenth book.
  • 5 Questions With... Sean Beaudoin (THE INFECTS)

    Sean Beaudoin is the author of FADE TO BLUE and YOU KILLED WESLEY PAYNE. HIs latest novel is the rude zombie opus THE INFECTS. His stories and articles have appeared in numerous publications, including THE ONION, the San Francisco CHRONICLE, SLATE, and SPIRIT, the inflight magazine of Southwest Airlines.
  • 5 Questions With... R.J. Palacio (WONDER)

    For many years, she was an art director and book jacket designer, designing covers for countless well-known and not so well-known writers in every genre of fiction and nonfiction. She always wanted to write, though. She kept waiting for the perfect time to start writing, but found that it’s never the perfect time to start writing a book. So she decided to just go for it. WONDER is her first novel.
  • 5 Questions With... Lesléa Newman (OCTOBER MOURNING)

    Lesléa Newman is the author of 64 books for readers of all ages including the short story collection, A LETTER TO HARVEY MILK; the teen poetry collection, OCTOBER MOURNING: A SONG FOR MATTHEW SHEPARD; the middle-grade novel, HACHIKO WAITS and the children’s books, A SWEET PASSOVER, JUST LIKE MAMA, THE BEST CAT IN THE WORLD, THE BOY WHO CRIED FABULOUS, and HEATHER HAS TWO MOMMIES.
  • 5 Questions With... Ellis Weiner (THE TEMPLETON TWINS HAVE AN IDEA)

    Ellis Weiner’s writing has been making kids and grown-ups laugh for more than 30 years. Ellis skewered popular culture at NATIONAL LAMPOON and SPY Magazine, and entertained the preschool set as a writer for such beloved TV shows as BEAR IN THE BIG BLUE HOUSE, READING RAINBOW, and EUREKA’S CASTLE.
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