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: Molly Brooks, author of Sanity & Tallulah

Oct 20, 2018

Get ready for some zero-gravity fun. Molly Brooks' debut middle-grade graphic novel, SANITY & TALLULAH is a delightfully humorous story about girl friendship, space and laboratory-created felines. Sanity Jones and Tallulah Vega are best friends on Wilnick, the dilapidated space station they call home at the end of the galaxy. So naturally, when gifted scientist Sanity uses her lab skills and energy allowance to create a definitely-illegal-but-impossibly-cute three-headed kitten, she has to show Tallulah. But Princess, Sparkle, Destroyer of Worlds is a bit of a handful, and it isn't long before the kitten escapes to wreak havoc on the space station. The girls will have to turn Wilnick upside down to find her, but not before causing the whole place to evacuate! Can they save their home before it's too late? Readers will be over the moon for this rollicking space adventure by debut author Molly Brooks. We talked to Molly about SANITY & TALLULAH. Keep reading to find out what she had to say about writing this adorable diverse debut and what's next on the horizon for Sanity and Tallulah.

Interview: Jonathan Auxier, author of Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster

Sep 16, 2018

Monsters, chimney sweeping and a strong girl lead are the ingredients for a heartwarming tale of friendship and hope. Jonathan Auxier's latest middle grade novel SWEEP: The Story of a Girl and her Monster portrays 11-year-old Nan Sparrow in the a gritty world of Victorian London where, for nearly a century, the city has relied on “climbing boys” --- orphans owned by chimney sweeps --- to clean flues and protect homes from fire. Nan is quite possibly the best climber who ever lived --- and a girl. With her wits and will, she’s managed to beat the deadly odds time after time. But when Nan gets stuck in a deadly chimney fire, she fears her time has come. Instead, she wakes to find herself in an abandoned attic, and huddled in the corner is a mysterious creature made from ash and coal. In anticipation of the novel's release on September 25, we interviewed Auxier and asked him all about the world of Victorian London, the power of friendship and stories and what he hopes his young readers will take away from his book. Read on to see his answers!

Interview: Mary Downing Hahn, author of The Girl in the Locked Room: A Ghost Story

Sep 4, 2018

Accomplished author Mary Downing Hahn has been writing historical and ghost stories for children for over 30 years. Following last year's ONE FOR SORROW, Hahn returns this September with her newest novel, THE GIRL IN THE LOCKED ROOM. When Jules, a young girl in a new town, discovers a ghost locked in an abandoned house nearby, she initially can't shake her fear. After a while, however, she begins to become interested in the girl's story. Meeting Maisie, another girl who lives in the area, at the public library, she learns some of the history behind the town, history that might explain where the ghost came from, and why she is locked away. Soon the two girls begin working together to try to free the ghost stuck in the locked room. No stranger to the ghost story genre, Mary Downing Hahn joined us for an interview to discuss her writing process, her favorite novels and her own experience with the supernatural.  

Interview: Shea Fontana, author of DC Super Hero Girls: Date with Disaster!

Feb 8, 2018

It might be a new year, but superhero stories never go out of style. With so many superheroes and adaptations to choose from, it can be tough to find the perfect read for you and your children. One of our favorite middle grade series is Shea Fontana's DC Super Hero Girls, a graphic novel series set at Super Hero High, where well-known DC heroes, both male and female, not only attend  classes, but also deal with all the awkwardness of growing up --- oh, and superpowers. The sixth book in the series, DATE WITH DISASTER, is now in stores, and our reviewer, Katherine Szabo, had the pleasure of interviewing the author, Shea Fontana, and illustrator, Yancey Labat, about their process, the series and, of course, their favorite super heroes. Read on for their answers!

Interview: Nidhi Chanani, author of Pashmina

Feb 1, 2018

One of our favorite releases of 2017 was Nidhi Chanani's PASHMINA. In this graphic novel, a young Indian-American girl struggles with her mother's lack of answers to questions about her past. Priyanka desperately wants to know who her father was, and why her mother left India so many years ago, but her mother refuses to answer. But when Priyanka discovers a magical pashmina scarf in her mother's closet, she is transported to a fantastical, colorful version of India that just might hold some answers. Blending snippets of her own youth with bold, vivid colors and a lot of imagination, Nidhi Chanani weaves a powerful tale of self-discovery, blending cultures and identity. We had the opportunity to ask Nidhi a few questions about her book recently. Read below to learn about her inspiration for the book, how she balances her writing/drawing process and what she's working on next.