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  • YA Writers Launch Writing Contest Via Wattpad

    The Freshman Fifteens, a group of 15 authors publishing debut YA novels in 2015, are teaming with online writing community Wattpad to organize a writing and mentoring contest that opened for entries on June 30.

  • Spring 2014 Flying Starts

    Six authors with notable spring debuts.

  • Spring 2014 Flying Starts: J.A. White

    In the dark world of The Thickety: A Path Begins (HarperCollins/Tegen, May), 12-year-old Kara’s mother has been executed for the ultimate sin—magic—and Kara lives a precarious life as a suspected witch.

  • Spring 2014 Flying Starts: S.E. Grove

    Several years ago, when Sylvia Grove was working on her doctoral dissertation on early Central American History, she needed something else to do to keep her from obsessing over it.

  • Spring 2014 Flying Starts: Leslye Walton

    If you were to ask Leslye Walton about her approach to becoming an author, her reply would probably involve the phrase, “Well, we’ll see.”

  • Spring 2014 Flying Starts: Kate Samworth

    Audubon Park in New Orleans was a favorite haunt of painter Kate Samworth, the creator of Aviary Wonders Inc. (Clarion, Mar.).

  • Spring 2014 Flying Starts: Brandy Colbert

    In July 2011, three days after being laid off from a job in Chicago, Brandy Colbert got the call she’d been waiting for—Tina Wexler of ICM was on the line, offering to be her literary agent, representing the novel that would become her YA debut.

  • Spring 2014 Flying Starts: Anne Blankman

    While on maternity leave in 2010, Anne Blankman, a public librarian in York County, Va., found herself craving a particular kind of read.

  • Obituary: Nancy Garden

    Author and activist Nancy Garden, most widely known for her groundbreaking YA novel "Annie on My Mind" died on June 23 of a heart attack. She was 76.

  • Chris Weitz Takes On New Role as YA Author

    Only teens survive the mysterious illness that wipes out most of the population of a post-apocalyptic New York City in "The Young World," the first installment of a YA trilogy by film director, producer, screenwriter, and actor Chris Weitz.

  • James Patterson Donates Books to NYC Middle Graders

    Reaffirming his advocacy of children's literacy, James Patterson announced on Monday that he is offering every sixth grader in the New York City public school system a free copy of "Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life."

  • Great Expectations: An Interactive Workshop with Richard Peck

    Veteran children's book author Richard Peck offered candid insight into the writing process during a workshop held June 10 at the Anthroposophical Society in New York City.

  • Q & A with Ashley Bryan

    At 90, Ashley Bryan is as full of energy as the groups of schoolchildren who throng through his studio.

  • R.J. Palacio Fulfills Michigan Girl's Make-a-Wish Dream

    Through Make-a-Wish Michigan, R.J. Palacio visited nine-year-old Hailey Bretzius at her school so that the "Wonder" author could teach her fellow students about kindness and caring.

  • BEA 2014: The Illustrators' Studio Crawl: A Photo Essay

    With booksellers from all over the country gathering in New York City for BEA, what better time for the ABA and the CBC to organize a tour of the studios of children's book illustrators?

  • Charlotte Zolotow Remembered

    Family, friends, and colleagues of Charlotte Zolotow gathered to celebrate the author and editor's lifetime of contributions to the children's literary world.

  • BEA 2014: Booksellers and Illustrators Connect During Studio Crawl

    On Wednesday, May 28, booksellers toured 21 children's book illustrators' studios in Manhattan and Brooklyn, in the second annual such crawl.

  • BEA 2014: Rachel Renée Russell: Tales from a Not-So-Glam Author

    “We’re working really hard to keep Nikki the girl next door,” Rachel Renée Russell insists, while describing the middle schooler’s latest dorky adventure in Dork Diaries 7: Tales from a Not-So-Glam TV Star.

  • BEA 2014: John Green: Book to Screen

    All that hard work promoting The Fault in Our Stars—which started three years ago with John Green signing pages to be bound into the 150,000 copies of the novel’s first print run from Dutton—has paid off.

  • BEA 2014: Stan Lee: From Comic Book Legend To Children’s Author

    With X-Men: Days of Future Past and The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man 2 taking top box-office this month, one might presume that the co-creator of all these classic superheros is sitting by a pool somewhere sipping mai tais.

PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Kat Yeh
Author Kat Yeh discussing writing (and finding just the right vintage-inspired recipes for) her first middle-grade novel, ‘The Truth About Twinkie Pie.’
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