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Archives - September 2009

Interview: Patrick Carman, author of The 39 Clues, Book Five: The Black Circle

Sep 2, 2009

The bestselling interactive series The 39 Clues is a collaborative effort among seven acclaimed YA authors --- including Rick Riordan, Gordon Korman and Jude Watson --- that chronicles the adventures of Dan and Amy Cahill, who travel the world in search of clues said to reveal secrets about their family's history. Patrick Carman --- the author of the series' newly released fifth book, THE BLACK CIRCLE --- recently spoke with's Chris Shanley-Dillman about how he became involved in the project and how he prepared for contributing to an already-established story arc. He also names his favorite character, hints at what future installments might hold for the Cahill kids, and shares details about some of his own projects in the works.

Interview: Berkeley Breathed, author of Flawed Dogs: The Novel: The Shocking Raid on Westminster

Sep 1, 2009

Berkeley Breathed is the creator of the Pulitzer Prize-winning comic strip “Bloom County”as well as the author of eight books for children, including MARS NEEDS MOMS!, GOODNIGHT OPUS and his first illustrated novel, FLAWED DOGS: The Shocking Raid on Westminster.

Interview: Gennifer Choldenko, author of Al Capone Shines My Shoes

Sep 1, 2009

Gennifer Choldenko is the author of seven books for young readers, including MOONSTRUCK, IF A TREE FALLS AT LUNCH PERIOD, AL CAPONE DOES MY SHIRTS and its newly released sequel, AL CAPONE SHINES MY SHOES.

Interview: Lisa Yee, author of Bobby Vs. Girls (Accidentally)

Sep 1, 2009

In this interview with's Donna Volkenannt, Lisa Yee --- author of six novels for middle-grade and YA readers --- discusses what led her to write her latest book, BOBBY VS. GIRLS (ACCIDENTALLY), for a slightly younger audience than her usual fare, and explains who and what inspired her colorful characters. She also shares some of the positive feedback she has received from the Asian-American community, reveals what she finds most satisfying about her work, and gives details on her upcoming projects due out in the next few years.