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Kids’ Q&A: Trenton Lee Stewart

Describe your new book.
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma is the third adventure featuring four diversely talented children brought together by an eccentric genius named Mr. Benedict. The children's original mission (in the first book) was to uncover a secret, society-threatening menace, a complex and dangerous task that compelled them to work together to solve riddles, puzzles, and other clues, accomplishing as a team — and eventually as close friends — what most adults could not. Their subsequent adventures, last recorded in The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey and now in this new book, likewise call for the solving of riddles and clues, as well as abundant resourcefulness and no shortage of quick wits and bravery.

To be more specific about Prisoner's Dilemma, there is a secret agent, a falcon, a circus strong man, a mind-control device, a blackout, a trap, a hidden door, an amphibious vehicle, several tense moments, and a potted ficus. But now I've ...


Kids’ Q&A: James Dashner

Describe your new book.
The Maze Runner is a dystopian story about a group of boys called the Gladers, forced to live in a community surrounded by a gigantic stone maze full of horrible biotech creatures. Their memories have been wiped, and they spend each and every day trying to escape. One day a girl is sent to the Glade, something that has never happened before. With her arrival, everything changes.

If you could choose any story to live in, which story would it be? Why?
Definitely The Lord of the Rings. I mean, that would just be so cool to live in Middle Earth. As long as I didn't get eaten by orcs.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I always wanted to be an author deep down, but it seemed like a pipe dream. I can't believe it actually happened! I'm a lucky guy.

Why do you write books for kids? ...


Kids’ Q&A: Tonya Hurley

Describe your new book.
At the moment, I am out promoting Homecoming, the second novel in the ghostgirl series, which has just been released, and finishing up Lovesick, which will be out next year. Aside from that, I'm putting the finishing touches on the Homecoming audiobook which, like the first ghostgirl audio, is also narrated by Parker Posey with music by Vince Clarke.

Homecoming is about love and the sacrifices we sometimes have to make to get it, or to keep it. The story picks up shortly after the "ghostgirl" character, Charlotte Usher, and her Dead Ed classmates 'crossover' from Hawthorne High to The Other Side only to find that the afterlife is not at all what they expected. I won't give away any more than that!

Describe your most memorable teacher.
Ms. Miden. She was my librarian in kindergarten. We didn't have much money when I was growing up and I would check out Where the Wild Things Are almost ...


Kids’ Q&A: Pierdomenico (P. D.) Baccalario

Tell us a little about yourself.
I live in two towns in Italy: Verona (with my two wild small dogs, named "Watson" and "Muttley") and in the wonderful small town of Acqui Terme, where I was born. I love to visit my parents to help with their vineyard and wine production. I enjoy writing almost anywhere; however, my absolute favorite place to write is in the garden near my childhood home on the hills. In that house, we've managed to collect, thus far, over 10,000 volumes of some of the greatest books ever written. My parents have converted our home into a bed and breakfast, and these days I often visit, joining the guests to share insight and thoughts about writing.

What jobs have you held? Do you presently do work other than writing and illustrating?
It's funny. I have a degree in law, so I am supposed to be a lawyer, but I don't really like legal work, or courts for that matter. However I have been working for a while as legal adviser for royalties and museums, specifically with Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa (Advanced Normal School of Pisa) ...


Kids’ Q&A: Gitty Daneshvari

Describe your new book.
School of Fear is a middle-grade book following four very different kids (three 12 and one 13 in age), who each battle a crippling phobia. Madeleine Masterson is deathly afraid of spiders and bugs, and wears a netted veil to protect herself, along with a belt of repellents. Garrison Feldman is a local superstar, known for his forays on the soccer field, but he also holds a deep dark secret — he's petrified of large bodies of water like the ocean, which, by the way, is only blocks from his house. While friends talk of boogie boarding, Garrison breaks out into cold sweats. Theodore Bartholomew is afraid of almost everything! He worries of dangers in everyday life and how they could injure him or his family members. Theo even makes his siblings and parents text him every hour to confirm they are still alive. And then there's Lulu Punchalower, a seriously snarky young lady who will do just about anything to avoid getting into an elevator or other confined space. She once even handcuffed herself to ...


Kids’ Q&A: Il Sung Na

Describe your latest project.
One night as I was about to go to bed, I began to wonder how other animals sleep. I found out that they are not the same at all! Do you want to know the different ways they sleep? Then simply follow the Watchful Owl through A Book of Sleep, and he will show you around!

If you could choose any story to live in, which story would it be? Why?
It would have to be Alice in Wonderland. I don't normally like having adventures, but that is one story I would like to find myself in.

Describe your most memorable teacher.
I would say Martin Ursell, who was my tutor when I studied at Chelsea College. Two years later, we met again in Kingston University when he came as a visiting tutor. He encouraged and advised me, and helped me to find what I am capable of. I could not be who I ...


Kids’ Q&A: David Levithan

Describe your new book.
On September 11, 2001, I was in my office, reading an email, when a co-editor of mine said a plane had hit the World Trade Center. We went to the roof deck and saw what had happened — and then stayed there for the second plane hitting, and everything after that. Every now and then, I would run back down to my desk and write about what was going on. At the end of the day, I sent it to my friends, to let them know I was okay and to give a sense of what it was like to be where I was — about 20 blocks from the Trade Center, far enough away to be safe, but close enough to be shaken.

In the weeks and months that followed, I wrote a few more mass emails to my friends about 9/11 — and that, I figured, would be the extent of my writing on the subject. The idea of writing a novel set during those days and weeks and months was a ridiculous one. How could I possibly convey what it was like to ...


Kids’ Q&A: Jennifer and Matt Holm

We now know what it was like to be a kid. Maybe once we know what it was like to be an adult, we'll write a grown-up book. Check back in 30 years.


Kids’ Q&A: Jacqueline Kelly

Describe your new book.
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate tells the story of a young girl around 1900 who becomes interested in science. It's about the difficulties she faces in pursuing her true passion, versus the expectations placed on her by her family and society. The story is also about her growing relationship with her reclusive grandfather, who proves to be her most unlikely ally and supporter.

What is your favorite literary first line?
"It was love at first sight." (From Catch-22, most definitely not a children's book. Kids, you're not allowed to read this one until you turn 30.)

How did the last good book you read end up in your hands?
It was recommended by Betsy Bird, youth librarian for the New York City Public Library. She reads a huge number of books for young readers and then posts very thoughtful and detailed reviews online.

What is your idea of bliss?
My idea of bliss ...


Kids’ Q&A: Todd Parr

Describe your latest project.
The I Love You Book and The Earth Book. Neither are the expected. I Love You captures a lot of the little forgotten reasons that parent love their kids. The Earth Book is not a "how to" but a celebration of all the things on earth.

Both of these books were a challenge for me, as there are a lot of "love you"-type books and I know there will be a lot of "earth"-type books. I knew mine would have to be the unexpected.

How do you relax?
Watching the ocean.

What is your idea of absolute happiness?
Being creative.

What is your astrological sign? If you don't like what you were born with, to what sign would you change and why?
Cancer — all me. Wouldn't change it.

Share an interesting experience you've had with one of your readers.
At one of my first book signings, a family told me they were shocked to see that I was not a six-year-old that had written these books. Not a great way to ...


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