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Anne Nesbet on Cloud and Wallfish

nesbet_cloud-and-wallfishIn our November/December 2016 issue, reviewer Monica Edinger asked author Anne Nesbet about the narrative structure of her new novel Cloud and Wallfish. Read the full starred review.

Monica Edinger: I’m really curious about the Secret Files. Were they part of the design of the book from the start?

Anne Nesbet: The Secret Files were there from the very first draft! East Germany itself was a place full of both secrets and files, and I knew I wanted to expose young readers to the thrills of history as well as of fiction. I hope the structure of Cloud and Wallfish will spark discussions about the tricky border between fact and story.

About Monica Edinger

Monica Edinger, a fourth-grade teacher at the Dalton School in New York City, blogs at Educating Alice and the Huffington Post. She is the author of Africa Is My Home: A Child of the Amistad (Candlewick), illustrated by Robert Byrd.

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