Digging into an old box of mixed tapes leads one direction—toward nostalgia, and most likely into the tricky land of exes. Libby Cudmore's debut, The Big Rewind, is much like that box of mixtapes, with its mystery buried beneath affairs of the heart, wry jokes about hipster Brooklyn and a steady stream of The Smiths, Warren Zevon and Talking Heads.
We spoke with Katherine Catmull, the creator of the magnificent The Radiant Road, about fairy-making, being a little bit weird and what it means to hold "the moon in your mouth."
Becky Albertalli's debut novel, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, wonderfully captures the nuances of the teenage experience, from seeking identity to finding first love. For this outstanding work, Albertalli received the 2016 Morris Award, one of the highest honors given to a debut novel published by a first-time author writing for teens. We contacted the Georgia-based author soon after her win.
Australian illustrator Sophie Blackall received the 2016 Caldecott Medal for her expressive artwork in Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear. It's the real-life story of the original bear that inspired A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh books, written by the great-grandaughter of the Canadian soldier who cared for the funny little bear. We emailed Blackall a few questions immediately after she heard the news.
This week, Matt de la Peña became the first Hispanic author to win the Newbery Medal for children's literature with Last Stop on Market Street, illustrated by Christian Robinson. We asked the author a few questions after he heard the news.
Power couple Toni and Gretchen have been together for nearly two years when they leave for separate colleges. Toni, who identifies as genderqueer, finds a place at Harvard with a group of transgender upperclassmen who offer a new sense of belonging and an expanded language for discussing gender and nonbinary identities. Meanwhile at NYU, Gretchen struggles to understand their evolving long-distance relationship.
What We Left Behind is the second novel from Robin Talley, after her emotionally wrenching Lies We Tell Ourselves. We spoke with Talley about LGBTQIA+ literature, the college setting and much more.
Proving that there are always more worlds to conquer, Jeff Kinney makes publishing history with the 10th installment of his Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, which will be released in 90 countries and territories around the world.
For two girls on opposite ends of the world, adventure begins with a mysterious book. The Author's Note at the beginning of A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic reveals author Lisa Papademetriou's inspiration for this sparkling novel—a beautiful book in the author's own life. We contacted Papademetriou to find out more about this personal back story, the universal language of storytelling and more.
Maggie Thrash spent every summer at Camp Bellflower, one of the oldest camps in the South, set deep in the mountains of Kentucky. Her graphic memoir, Honor Girl, takes readers to the summer of 2000, when 15-year-old Thrash fell in love with a female camp counselor named Erin. We spoke with Thrash about the magic of camp, what it's like to look back on your 15-year-old self and more.