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Interview: Deb Lucke, author of Lunch Witch #2: Knee-deep in Niceness

Oct 20, 2016

Witches come in all forms --- they can wear pointed hats and ride broomsticks across the night skies, cast spells from rickety shacks or imposing castles, or, in the case of Grunhilda from THE LUNCH WITCH, they can serve you food in the school cafeteria! In the first book, which released in 2015, Grunhilda befriends a bespectacled little girl named Madison, but when Madison needs her help, she has to decide what to do --- helping people isn't a very witchy activity, after all.

Interview: Wade Albert White, author of The Adventurer's Guide to Successful Escapes

Sep 13, 2016

Here at Kidsreads, we're always on the hunt for our next great read, so you can imagine how excited we are about Wade Albert White's THE ADVENTURER'S GUIDE TO SUCCESSFUL ESCAPES --- a book that combines tons of action, side-splitting humor and a feisty heroine into one fantastic story. In this new book, an orphan named Anne is shocked when she is selected for a magical quest to solve a bizarre riddle and discover her true origin. Fortunately, she has some great friends and one amazing book to help her find her way. In celebration of the book's release, we spoke with debut author Wade Albert White about his inspiration for his book, his writing process and what we can expect from future installments of this seriously funny new series.

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.