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Author News & Interviews

Interview: James Patterson, author of Treasure Hunters

Aug 23, 2013

James Patterson is an author who needs no introduction. Frequently on best-seller lists for both adult and children's books, he's known for writing great stories. But did you know about his efforts to get children reading? For the past decade, James has been devoting more and more of his time to championing books and reading --- from the James Patterson Pageturner Awards, to his website, to  his regular donations of hundreds of thousands of books to schools here in the states and troops overseas and more.

In this interview, Patterson talks about why he began writing books for kids, how reluctant readings can get hooked on reading and what books he's working on!

Interview: Tom McNeal, author of Far Far Away

Jul 8, 2013

In FAR FAR AWAY, a boy named Jeremy Johnson Johnson finds himself to be the outcast in a small town. Not only does he have double the same last name, he also claims to hear voices. But he can hear a voice --- the voice of Jacob Grimm, one half of the famous Brothers Grimm. With his help, Jeremy tries to save the family bookshop, survive an unsavory adventure and find his place in the world.

In this inteveriw, Tom McNeal shares his inspiration for this unique ghost story, what he likes most about fairy tales and what he's working on next!

Interview: Mike Wolfe, author of Kid Pickers: How to Turn Junk into Treasure

Apr 17, 2013

Mike Wolfe, the star of "American Pickers" on the History Channel, is the author of KID PICKERS: How to Turn Junk into Treasure. This guide is loaded with tips on how to pick through junk, not only to find unexpected treasure, but to find the history of your everyday environment. In this interview, Mike Wolfe explains how he first got started picking through junk, why he values the worn-down everyday item and what he hopes children will take from his book.

Why do you love picking through junk so much?

Interview: Kirby Larson, author of Hattie Ever After

Feb 5, 2013

HATTIE BIG SKY, the much beloved story by Kirby Larson, is about 16-year-old Hattie, who leaves her life in Iowa proves up on her uncle's Montana homestead. Now, Hattie is back for another adventure in HATTIE EVER AFTER, in which she moves to San Francisco to persue her dream to be a journalist.

: Jerry Spinelli, author of Hokey Pokey

Jan 31, 2013

In Jerry Spinelli's most recent novel, HOKEY POKEY, he explores the inevitable transition from childhood to adolescence. Set in Hokey Pokey, a place where only kids live, one of the oldest boys' bikes is stolen...and by a girl. After that, everything begins to feel strange. What is happening?