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Author News & Interviews

Interview: Catherine Egan, author of Julia Vanishes

Jun 15, 2016

In JULIA VANISHES, the first book in debut author Catherine Egan's Witch's Child trilogy, Julia has the ability to disappear --- more or less. It's the perfect ability for a thief and a spy. Julia's latest job requires her to infiltrate Ms. Och's mansion and spy on the goings-on of its mysterious residents.

Interview: Liz Kessler, author of Read Me Like a Book

Jun 13, 2016

Who am I? Who will I become? These are tough questions for any teen to answer.  In READ ME LIKE A BOOK, 17-year-old Ashleigh Walker’s life has become a whirlwind; from coping with her parents’ marital troubles, to navigating her first sort-of relationship, Ash’s future is daunting and uncertain. The answers to these questions become even less clear when Miss Murray --- the cool English teacher --- takes over Ash’s class...and her heart. Miss Murray becomes the one constant for Ash; forcing her to try a little harder, to care a little deeper, and to confront these difficult questions head on. In this interview with Teenreads.com’s Terrell Orr, author Liz Kessler discusses the social and political climate surrounding the novel, her thoughts about social media, and what she has in store for readers next!

Interview: Kat Helgeson, author of Gena/Finn

May 25, 2016

In this technologically-ripe age, teens are finding tons of new ways to make friends, be it through online forums about shared interests or conversations with people you know IRL via text or email. Either way, it's clear that there are more ways than one to get to know a person. In GENA/FINN, authors Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson --- who met online, by the way --- team up to share the story of two girls who become fast friends through their shared love of a popular television show. In this interview with Teenreads.com's Katherine Szabo, Hannah and Kat discuss their love of fandoms and how they feel technology has allowed people from various backgrounds to connect.

Interview: Gene Luen Yang, author of Secret Coders

Jan 4, 2016

We were thrilled to hear that Gene Luen Yang --- award-winning author of graphic novels AMERICAN BORN CHINESE and BOXERS & SAINTS and the new Secret Coders series --- was named the fifth National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. Below, Gene talks about his platform "Reading Without Walls," how his experience teaching has influenced his writing and why he thinks graphic novels --- and reading as a whole --- is so important.