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Interview: Justin LaRocca Hansen , author of Secondhand Heroes: Brothers Unite

Aug 1, 2016

Graphic novels are all the rage lately and here at Kidsreads we were delighted to come across BROTHERS UNITE, the start of an epic new trilogy from author and illustrator Justin LaRocca Hansen. In this action-packed book, two brothers find themselves with some super new abilities after receiving a secondhand scarf and umbrella from a yard sale. In this interview with's Julia Luedtke, Justin tells us more about the inspiration for the books, what he thinks it means to be a hero and what fanscan expect from the next two books in the series. Right on!

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'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.