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Archives - December 2013

Interview: Bianca Turetsky, author of The Time-Traveling Fashionista and Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile

Dec 10, 2013

We've seen plenty of ways to travel through time in books and movies --- you can ride an incredibly fast car like Marty McFly in Back to the Future or climb into an enchanted tree house like Jack and Annie in The Magic Tree House series. But how about time-traveling by visiting a fabulous vintage store, and trying on clothing that whisks you away to the Titanic in 1912, Marie Antoinette's palace or Cleopatra's court? That's what happens in Bianca Turetsky's  The Time-Traveling Fashionista series --- and it sounds thoroughly delightful to us! In this interview, Bianca gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the latest book in the series, THE TIME-TRAVELING FASHIONISTA AND CLEOPATRA, QUEEN OF THE NILE. Plus, she shares the most interesting fact she learned while researching Cleopatra, reveals her own fashion tips, and tells us where she'd go if she was lucky enough to be a Time-Traveling Fashionista, herself. Read on!

Interview: Eleanor Hawken, author of Sammy Feral’s Diaries of Weird

Dec 3, 2013

We certainly love zoos here at Kidsreads --- did you hear the news that Smithsonian’s National Zoo finally named their baby Giant Panda? It’s called Bao Bao, which means treasure! Adorable. Still though, we think they’d be even more interesting if they were anything like the zoo featured in Eleanor Hawken’s new series Sammy Feral’s Diaries of Weird. In this series, Sammy writes about the family business --- a zoo filled with unusual creatures like yetis, werewolves, phoenixes and death worms. We were lucky enough to talk to Eleanor about the inspiration for the series, her favorite imagined creature, her lifelong love of Shakespeare and her worst-ever test grade. Read on!