Focus on Nonfiction: Interview with Author Rebecca Johnson

Rebecca Johnson writes nonfiction (mainly science) books for kids and young adults. In my first year doing booktalks, I shared her book WHEN LUNCH FIGHTS BACK: WICKEDLY CLEVER ANIMAL DEFENSES at elementary schools. Fifth and sixth graders were simultaneously awed, disgusted, and intrigued when they heard that fulmar chicks ward off predators by vomiting on them. (The chicks can hit a moving target from 6 feet away — how cool Read More …

Focus on Nonfiction: Interview with Author Elizabeth Rusch

Elizabeth Rusch is the author of numerous acclaimed nonfiction titles for youth, with topics ranging from volcanoes and asteroids to the invention of the piano. I discovered her books several years ago with THE MIGHTY MARS ROVERS, which I loved for its clarity and strong storytelling. I am delighted that she has agreed to share her perspective on writing nonfiction for kids. How did you get started Read More …

Author Interview with H. M. Bouwman

In the second world, Kinchen’s little brother Pip is kidnapped by Raftworld’s king. In West Africa in 1781, twin sister and brother, Venus and Swimmer, are forced aboard the slave ship Zong. In the Mekong River Delta in 1978, Thanh and his sister Sang try to flee postwar Vietnam by boat. Somehow, marvelously—and with the help of the kraken—these three Read More …

Author Interview with Melissa Hart

Solo Hahn is uprooted from his friends and favorite pastime—surfing—when his family abruptly moves from the California coast to a trailer in the woods in Oregon. His best friend in Oregon (other than the Down syndrome neighbor boy) is his new kitten. When an owl kills the kitten, Solo tries to shoot the owl, earning himself the label of “at-risk Read More …

Author Interview with Karen Harrington

Wayne Kovok survives a plane crash on the way home from his uncle’s funeral. When he wakes up at the hospital, he has a long line of stitches on his face, a missing eyebrow, and no voice. Before the accident, Wayne kept up a steady stream of trivia to fill any awkward silences, but now that isn’t possible. And awkward Read More …