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Interview: Svetlana Chmakova, author of Brave

May 22, 2017

In 2015, Svetlana Chmakova released AWKWARD, a graphic novel set in Berrybrook Middle School, which introduced readers to Peppi, a young girl trying (awkwardly) to navigate the difficult social ins and outs of middle school. AWKWARD was named as one of the School Library Journal's Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2015 and was later added to YALSA's 2016 Great Graphic Novels for Teens. This year, Svetlana returns with BRAVE, which is also set at Berrybrook Middle School, but introduces new characters Jensen, Jenny and Akilah as they navigate the drama of being a pre-teen. In anticpation of the follow-up to Svetlana Chmakova's critically acclaimed graphic novel, Kidsreads.com's Matthew Burbridge spoke to Svetlana about representing diversity in her books, her inspiration, and how she handles both writing and illustrating her books.

Interview: Suzanne Selfors, author of Spirit Riding Free: The Adventure Begins

Apr 3, 2017

One of our favorite childhood movies, Spirit: The Stallion of the Cimarron, is the basis of inspiration for both a new animated TV series on Netflix as well as a book series --- we couldn't be more excited! SPIRIT RIDING FREE: The Adventure Begins by Suzanne Selfors is your chance to meet Lucky, an adventurous young girl who is traveling to her new home in the West, and Spirit, the wild stallion she meets along the way. With the Netflix premiere rapidly approaching, we knew we needed to learn more about this amazing series as soon as possible. Luckily, author Suzanne Selfors was more than willing to talk to us about her fantastic characters, what it's like to write as a horse, and, of course, what we can expect from the show.

Interview: Tania Del Rio, author of Warren the 13th and the Whispering Woods: A Novel

Mar 24, 2017

Beginning in November 2015 with WARREN THE 13TH AND THE ALL-SEEING EYE, Tania Del Rio and Will Staehle's whimsical children's series follows Warren, a Victorian bellop who has taken over the management of his family's hotel. Full of wild and wacky guests, the hotel is home to dozens of adventures, puzzles and mysteries --- oh, and it walks. In celebration of the release of the second book in the series, WARREN THE 13TH AND THE WHISPERING WOODS, we sat down with the incredible team behind Warren and asked them about their inspirations, collaborations and plans for future books.

Interview: Mary Pope Osborne, author of World at War, 1944

Mar 8, 2017

After 25 years of adventures with Jack and Annie in Mary Pope Osborne's Magic Tree House series, the fun still isn't over! For the series' 25th anniversary, Osborne has blessed her faithful readers with a special edition book for advanced readers. WORLD AT WAR, 1944 is set in France on the night before the D-Day invasion of World War II where Jack and Annie must crack a code to save the day. While Osborne has been busy over the years researching and writing her Magic Tree House series, she has also become a huge advocate for children's literacy. Here at Kidsreads, we had the chance to talk with Osborne about the past 25 years and the Magic Tree House series. In our exciting interview, Osborne discusses the process that goes into creating her educational stories, the future of the Magic Tree House, the importance of children's literacy and much more!

Interview: Scott Seegert, author of Sci-Fi Junior High

Feb 21, 2017

Junior high can be a weird and wacky time for any kid, but just imagine what it would be like if you went to school in space! Kelvin Klosmo is not only the new kid at his junior high --- he's the new kid in the galaxy! As the son of Earth's two most famous geniuses, Kelvin is under a lot of pressure to become the star of his school. But what if he's not quite as smart as his genius parents? In SCI-FI JUNIOR HIGH by Scott Seegert and John Martin, Kelvin learns about friendship, acceptance and, of course, space! Full of laughs and out-of-this-world entertainment, this book is an instant hit. In celebration of the release of SCI-FI JUNIOR HIGH, Kidsreads.com's Dana Cuadrado asked Scott and John a few questions about how they worked together to write the book, their scientific research and what's next for Kelvin Klosmo.