George Nicholson on Gerald McDermott’s Arrow to the Sun

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While doing the research for my article Arrow to the Sun and Critical Controversies (Sept./Oct. 2013 Horn Book Magazine), I came across several references to author Gerald McDermott’s first children’s book editor at Holt, Rinehart & Winston, George Nicholson, and the role he played in McDermott’s move from films to picture books. A longtime children’s […]

Molly Idle on Flora and the Flamingo

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In the July/August 2013 Horn Book Magazine, reviewer Elissa Gershowitz asked Flora and the Flamingo author/illustrator Molly Idle where Flora gets her groove. Read the starred review here. Elissa Gershowitz: Is there music in your head to accompany the story? (I hear the Sugar Plum Fairy song.) Molly Idle: I love Tchaikovsky’s music — and […]

An Interview with Robert Cormier

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by Anita Silvey Beyond the Chocolate War by Robert Cormier is being published by Knopf on April 21, 1985. This interview, conducted at Robert Cormier’s home in Leominster, Massachusetts, took place on December 20, 1984, and focuses on the new book, his methods of writing, and the influences on his work. AS: Why did you […]

Five questions for Mitali Perkins

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Author and blogger Mitali Perkins was born in Calcutta and raised in suburban California, with stops along the way in Africa, the UK, and Mexico. She has written fiction about Burmese boy soldiers (Bamboo People, Charlesbridge 2010, 11–14 years); a Bangladeshi girl disguised as a boy (Rickshaw Girl, Charlesbridge 2007, 10–12 years); Indian and half-Indian, […]

Five questions for Mary Burkey

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Mary Burkey is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). A longtime champion of All Things Audio, she is a librarian, columnist for Booklist (“Voices in My Head”), blogger, and Horn Book guest reviewer. Who better to answer Martha and Cindy’s group-effort Five Questions for Out of the […]

Five questions for Maria van Lieshout

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Maria van Lieshout’s Flight 1-2-3 (Chronicle, 2–5 years) is a lively counting book and introduction to air travel, but with its uncluttered pages and eminently readable typeface, the book also highlights the important role graphic design plays in daily life. The crisp illustrations mimic airport signage — down to characters who look like they stepped […]

Kirkpatrick Hill on Bo at Ballard Creek

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In the May/June 2013 Horn Book Magazine, Roger Sutton asked Kirkpatrick Hill about her protagonist’s two papas in Bo at Ballard Creek. Read the starred review here. Roger Sutton: So, are they or aren’t they? Kirkpatrick Hill: Such partnerships were so ubiquitous when I was a kid that nothing could have been more natural to […]

Five questions for Ann M. Martin

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Ann Martin fans, rejoice: she’s back, with an addictive new middle-grade series. Readers will find familiar hallmarks of Martin’s earlier work: the intimacy with which readers get to know the characters; the amount of emotion conveyed through small incidents. But in other ways, this series is quite different. Here’s what the author had to say […]

A whole bunch of questions for Lucy Knisley

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In her adult graphic-novel memoir Relish: My Life in the Kitchen (First Second, April 2013), Lucy Knisley portrays specific periods of her life and their associated “taste-memories” in a series of witty, touching vignettes. Relish begins with Lucy’s early childhood in New York City, growing up in a family of foodies with great faith in […]

Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer on The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny)

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In the May/June 2013 Horn Book Magazine, reviewer Robin Smith asked Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer, authors of The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny), about the Beatles’ music in their own lives. Read Robin’s review here. Robin L. Smith: What was the first Beatles song you memorized? Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer: The […]