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April 22, 2016

Cover Reveal --- NANOBOTS by Chris Gall

Posted by Rebecca M
Author Chris Gall is well-known for Dinotrux, his hit series featuring characters which are part-prehistoric monster and part-construction vehicle. This August, he'll be introducing NANOBOTS, the first book of his new series, which presents a similarly wacky contradiction --- extremely powerful robots smaller than the tip of your pencil! We at Kidsreads are beyond excited for his latest work and are thrilled to share the cover below!
As far as inspirations are concerned, Sophie Cleverly was lucky enough to have an abundance of likeable and not so likeable characters to draw ideas from for her new book THE LOST TWIN. In this post, Murphy explores a list of her favorite childhood reads and characters that were always in the forefront of her mind while crafting this baffling mystery. From classics like MATILDA to the not so well known novels like MOONDIAL, Cleverly examines the dynamics of every influential villain and protagonist that lead her to Scarlet and Ivy. 
Most children are easily mesmerized by shiny new cars and toys, but for Chris Gall, the creator of the Dinotrux series, it was never about the finished product. From television remotes to tonka trucks, Gall was always more interested in disassembling the parts that made up a whole. Discovering the intricacies and mechanics of each and every pulley or wheel was vital to building something great. In this post, Gall explains however fantastical his collaberation of trucks and dinosaurs may seem, there is something masterful in building unconventionally. 
When it comes to getting feedback for their writing, authors usually go to an editor, another writer or a friend. But author Nancy Cavanaugh has the perfect reader in the form of her middle schooler daughter. In this post, Cavanaugh explains how her daughter unknowingly helped her write her new book, JUST LIKE ME --- and maybe even served as inspiration.