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Archives - March 2014

Interview: Frank Cottrell Boyce, author of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Over the Moon

Mar 31, 2014

Plenty of technology has been invented since the first Chitty Chitty Bang Bang book was written in the 1960s, from the internet to cell phones to iPads. But, as Frank Cottrell Boyce, the author of CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG: Over the Moon, says, “the idea of a car that can fly is still really magical,” even decades later! That’s why we were so excited to interview Frank about the latest story starring the flying car with its own personality. Read on to learn about Frank’s favorite feature of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, how writing books is different from writing movies, and what it was like to meet a man who helped build the car that inspired the first book!

Interview: Carol Weston, author of Ava and Pip

Mar 12, 2014

Carol Weston has been an advice columnist at Girls’ Life magazine for 20 years, so she’s received her fair share of letters from kids seeking advice on everything from family problems to friends to boys to shyness. It’s the last topic that she chose to tackle in her new book, AVA AND PIP, which follows the spunky, 10-year-old Ava and her painfully shy older sister, Pip. Ava will do anything she can to get attention from her parents and help Pip get out of her shell…but she has a lesson or two to learn herself, too. Read O Assistant Book Editor Abbe Wright’s interview with Carol below, and learn more about the book, Carol’s advice for kids who feel shy and Carol’s childhood writing habits.