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By Alexandra Duncan I am terrible at puzzles. Sudoku stumps me. I could not solve the New York Times crossword to save my life. I wouldn’t believe anyone could finish a Rubik’s Cube if I hadn’t seen my uncle do it in front of me. But there is one type of puzzle I love —worldbuilding. [...]

COVER REVEAL: Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann

  1. This is your second book for teenagers, and your second book of verse. Ask Me How I Got Here tells the story of one young woman, rather than many, but it deals with emotions and decisions just as heavy as those in Poisoned Apples. Does poetry allow you to tackle difficult topics in a [...]


By Kent Davis I grew up on a steady diet of macaroni and cheese and magic. The mac and cheese have faded, but my addiction to magic is strong. I like my fantasy with generous helpings of the arcane, and when I set out to write A Riddle in Ruby, I knew I wanted its [...]

Working with Amelia Bedelia in Paris

By Lynne Avril Every year, Amelia Bedelia and I spend two months in Paris, rejuvenating my artistic spirit. For me, it’s a shot in the arm—I see inspiration everywhere. This year, I completed the final art for two new Amelia Bedelia books while we were there—an I Can Read, and a chapter book. It kept [...]

String! Or, Where Ideas Come From #4(th Thursday in November)

By Lynne Rae Perkins My grandmother once knitted a dress out of lavender string. “String!” my mother said. “And she was a large woman for a while. She lost weight later. “She had one of those circular needles and she just kept knitting around and around. She knitted it for herself. She wore it a [...]