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Interview: Liesl Shurtliff, author of Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood

Apr 22, 2016

According to award-winning author Liesl Shurtliff, rewriting popular fairytales was always part of her inevitable destiny. From fan favorite's RUMP: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin to her new twisted tale, RED:The True Story of Red Riding Hood, Shurtliff never fails to surprise readers with fresh new spins on these charming tales. In this book, Red is on a quest to cure her grandmother who has fallen ill, but cannot seem to complete her journey without a few unexpected bumps in the road. Will these obstacles expose her greatest weakness? In this interview with Kidsreads.com's Angela Warsinske asks Shurtfill the questions that help readers to understand her inspiration for her child-like sense of wonder. Here, Shurtliff details her magical experiences as an adolescent and how they have never really left her.

Interview: Patrick Carman, author of Fizzopolis: The Trouble with Fuzzwonker Fizz

Mar 16, 2016

Patrick Carman is the award-winning author of many books for young adults and children. His latest book, FIZZOPOLIS: The Trouble with Fuzzwonker Fizz, introduces the start of a new series set in a wacky town called Fizzopolis, home to the world's greatest soda pop, Fuzzwonker Fizz, and the Fizzies, a group of zany creatures who cause mischief whenever possible.

Interview: Leslie Connor, author of All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook

Feb 18, 2016

Leslie Connor is the author of several award-winning books for children, and her latest, ALL RISE FOR THE HONORABLE PERRY T. COOK, should feel right at home among them. It’s the story of Perry T. Cook, an 11-year-old who was raised by his mom at the Blue River Co-ed Correctional, until a new district attorney forces him into foster care.

Interview: Gene Luen Yang, author of Secret Coders

Jan 4, 2016

We were thrilled to hear that Gene Luen Yang --- award-winning author of graphic novels AMERICAN BORN CHINESE and BOXERS & SAINTS and the new Secret Coders series --- was named the fifth National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. Below, Gene talks about his platform "Reading Without Walls," how his experience teaching has influenced his writing and why he thinks graphic novels --- and reading as a whole --- is so important. 


Interview: Jon Buller and Susan Schade, author of Scarlett: A Star on the Run

Nov 3, 2015

When you have a husband who loves to draw and a wife who loves to write, there’s only one thing for a couple to do --- work together, of course! And that’s exactly what Jon Buller and Susan Schade do --- work as a team to create graphic novels, picture books, early readers, chapter books and more. Their newest graphic novel/traditional novel hybrid, SCARLETT:  A Star on the Run, follows a talking cat and movie star as she runs away from her cruel producer. She meets a dog with a similar tale and is taken in by Mr. Bougnan, but her pursuers are drawing ever closer… yikes!

Read our interview with Jon, below, to learn how he and Susan work together, the inspiration behind their clever tale and their own menagerie of pets.