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A Library Talk, with Turtles

Naomi Shihab Nye’s newest novel, The Turtle of Oman, was just published, and Naomi is on the road talking about it. And writing poems about the experience.   Library Audience   There’s a gentle young man in a black shirt who didn’t listen very well when he was in middle school but wants to listen [...]

Author Talk: Emil Ostrovski and Andrew Smith

We here at Greenwillow are big fans of Andrew Smith, and we thought it’d be a hoot to introduce him to our own Emil Ostrovski, whose debut teen novel The Paradox of Vertical Flight was published this past fall. The following memorable, thought-provoking, and at times mildly profane (PG-13) conversation ensued. (Oh, and guys, nice blatantly [...]

“Windy” Crutcher steps up to the plate!

Yesterday at the ALAN workshop in Boston, Chris Crutcher answered questions posed in advance by teachers, readers, and fans. Twenty minutes and a standing ovation later, there were still a lot of unanswered questions. Here they are . . . . Happy reading and happy Thanksgiving! Q: Why does he write for young adults rather [...]

Greetings and Good-bye from the Summer Intern, Katie!

By Katherine Heit I know I’m not in Kansas anymore… Welcome to the tale of a girl who, despite all of her family’s expectations, actually made it to New York and started her new job at Greenwillow. Not that they didn’t believe in me—they just didn’t believe in my ability to get on a plane [...]

Behind the Scenes: Giant Dance Party giants

By Brandon Dorman Coming up with new characters can be an interesting process. Most times I start with familiar images, but if I push, explore, and revise enough, they always get better. This is what happened with our giants. We started with typical ogre-ish big bodies, but I remember talking with Virginia, Steve, and Sylvie [...]