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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,'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.

Interview: Henry H. Neff, author of Impyrium

Oct 25, 2016

Summer may be over, but there's no reason you can't take a magical journey this fall with IMPYRIUM, the first installment of Henry H. Neff's new high-stakes fantasy series. Set three thousand years after the events of Neff's Tapestry series, IMPYRIUM expands upon the same world that his fans have come to know and love, but with all sorts of new characters, conspiracies and betrayals. The Faeregine dynasty's magic has been fading, and with it their power over the empire. Hazel, the youngest member of the royal family, is happy to leave ruling to her sisters so that she can study her magic. But when Hob, a commoner from the remote provinces, is sent to the castle to spy on the Faeregines, the two unlikely allies discover that Impyrium's history may be darker than they could have ever imagined. Complete with illustrations from Neff, this book has all the qualities of your new favorite book --- with more on the way.

In celebration of the release of IMPYRIUM, we spoke to Henry about worldbuilding, writing from a female perspective and the very real origins of his fantastical stories. Read on to learn more!

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.