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Biographical information about writers and illustrators of books for young people.

Carmen Agra Deedy and Eugene Yelchin Talk with Roger

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Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by There’s a new mayor in town, and his increasingly restrictive edicts face one implacable opponent, “a saucy gallito.” The mayor insists on quiet; the rooster keeps calling (“Kee-kee-ree-KEE!”); their showdown […]

“Say Something Funny”

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I went on a date in high school once where I barely knew the guy. In those dinosaur days you couldn’t Google someone, so instead I asked everyone what they knew about this person. Apparently, he did the same. Over dinner my date said, “Everyone says you’re funny. Say something funny.” “I don’t know any […]

Spring 2017 Publishers’ Preview: Five Questions for Jeff Zentner

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This interview originally appeared in the March/April 2017 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Spring Publishers’ Preview, a semiannual advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by Carver texted his friend Mars while Mars was […]

Spring 2017 Publishers’ Preview: Five Questions for Marcus Sedgwick

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This interview originally appeared in the March/April 2017 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Spring Publishers’ Preview, a semiannual advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by The fortunes — indeed the lives — of […]

Spring 2017 Publishers’ Preview: Five Questions for Shaun David Hutchinson

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This interview originally appeared in the March/April 2017 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Spring Publishers’ Preview, a semiannual advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by In At the Edge of the Universe, Ozzie […]

Spring 2017 Publishers’ Preview: Five Questions for Laurel Snyder

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This interview originally appeared in the March/April 2017 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Spring Publishers’ Preview, a semiannual advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by Orphan Island has nine inhabitants. No more, no […]

Spring 2017 Publishers’ Preview: Five Questions for Steven B. Frank

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This interview originally appeared in the March/April 2017 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Spring Publishers’ Preview, a semiannual advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by Armstrong & Charlie meet when Armstrong’s parents decide […]

Five questions for David Elliott

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“Whaddup, bitches?” says Poseidon at the start of David Elliott’s Bull (Houghton, 14 years and up) a verse-novel retelling of the Minotaur story from ancient Greek mythology that keeps readers on their toes with whip-smart dialogue, narrative double-crosses, changing poetic forms (seven main characters each has his or her own), and, of course, the stormy, […]

Sydney Smith on Town Is by the Sea

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In our March/April 2017 issue, our editors asked illustrator Sydney Smith about his illustrations for quiet new picture book Town Is by the Sea. Read the full starred review. Horn Book Editors: The illustrations help pace the story so beautifully. How did this book come together among text, art, and design? Sydney Smith: Joanne Schwartz’s […]

The Price of Truth

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My novel Breaking Stalin’s Nose is a book about a young boy’s 
discovery of truth, his loss of idealism, and his subsequent decision 
to walk away from the system he trusted. The boy’s transformation mirrors my own. I also discovered truth about the system I trusted, and I also walked away from it. But unlike […]