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Interview: Ali Benjamin, author of The Thing About Jellyfish

Sep 3, 2015

Next time you're at a museum, a zoo, an aquarium or any kind of cultural institution, pay attention...you might just find the thing that sparks the idea for a book! That's what happened to debut novelist Ali Benjamin  --- she was visiting the JELLIES exhibit at the New England Aquarium and couldn't get the haunting, translucent creatures out of her head. Eventualy, they became a very prominent theme in her new middle grade novel THE THING ABOUT JELLYFISH, in which Suzy, a seventh grader, is determined to prove that her best friend died from a rare jellyfish sting. 

Find out more about THE THING ABOUT JELLYFISH in our interview with Ali below, along with the cool thing about "quirk theory," what Ali wished she knew about science as a kid and why she has a hard time choosing her own favorite sea creatures.


Interview: Marissa Moss, author of Amelia's Middle-School Graduation Yearbook

May 15, 2015

Twenty years ago, a little book hit the marketplace with a simple premise: an elementary school girl writes and doodles in a journal, and we get to see it. That little book turned into another one…and another one…and another one…and the Amelia’s Notebook series became one of the most beloved in children’s literature.

Now that the 30th --- and final (!) --- book in the series is coming out and Amelia is graduating middle school, we wanted to talk to this spunky protagonist’s creator, Marissa Moss. Read our interview below to learn about her inspiration, her writing process and some intriguing pieces of fan mail, and be sure to check out AMELIA’S MIDDLE SCHOOL GRADUATION YEARBOOK!


Interview: Skylar James, author of Shadow of a Doubt

Apr 24, 2015

What happens to a kid who feeds horses carrots in Central Park and reads The Saddle Club series religiously in the back of a saddle store? She grows up to write a book about a girl, a horse, and their joint dream to race in the Kentucky Derby!

At least in the case of Skylar James, the author of SHADOW OF A DOUBT! Read our interview with Skylar below, where she talks about her favorite books as a kid, what it’s like to write animal characters and the next project she’s working on.

Interview: James Patterson, author of Public School Superhero

Mar 19, 2015

This month, James Patterson made a couple of major announcements --- he's donating 100,000 copies of his newest book, PUBLIC SCHOOL SUPERHERO, to schools and youth programs around the country, and he's teaming up with Scholastic to donate $1.25 million in grants to school libraries. 

We asked James to tell us more about his new book, why he thinks that school libraries are so important and what influence his young readers have on the content of his books. Read his answers, below, and apply here to nominate your school library to receive a grant!


Interview: N. Griffin, author of Smashie McPerter and the Mystery of Room 11

Feb 10, 2015

Anything can inspire a great book idea --- even making up a crazy name! That's what happened to N. Griffin, the author of SMASHIE MCPERTER AND THE MYSTERY OF ROOM 11, a new book about a pair of best freinds who must find the missing class hamster and contend with a particularly self-involved, hair gel-obsessed substitute teacher. In our interview below, N. Griffin tells us more about Smashie's memorable name, her favorite books growing up and what we can expect next for the students in room 11!