Walking and Talking with Katherine Applegate

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I love when authors are open about the low points of the process, and there are always low points – even with books that wind up winning Newbery Medals. In this new Walking and Talking comic, Katherine Applegate makes an amazing confession about the creation of The One and Only Ivan. We also talk ideas, outlines, spying, and the key to it all: persistence.

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Children’s History Book Prize Finalist Interview

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The New York Historical Society has announced that Undefeated is one of four finalists for their 2018 Children’s History Book Prize! Readers can help choose the winner by voting – “polls” open the week of April 30. For now, here’s a really cool interview about the book – and you gotta love that they call the feature “History Detectives”!

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On Stage with Robert Ellsberg

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This was one of the coolest events I’ve ever done – a conversation with Robert Ellsberg, on stage at the New York Historical Society. Robert was just thirteen when he helped his father, Daniel Ellsberg, copy the top secret Pentagon Papers. Like his more famous father, Robert hoped the exposure of these government secrets would help end the Vietnam War. Plus, as he told me, “I wanted to help my dad.” You can hear a recording of our event here.

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Time Twisters trailer

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I’m back from two weeks on the road – introducing my new Time Twisters series at elementary schools all over the country. This short trailer get across the main idea really well. And I couldn’t ask for a better blurb than this one!

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Walking and Talking with Joseph Bruchac

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A few weeks ago, right after it snowed, I met up with Joseph Bruchac at Ndakkina Education Center, land that has been in Joe’s family for generations. It’s amazing place – my kids go to a great summer camp there – and perfect for a winter walk. In this Walking and Talking comic, Joe talks about writing from different perspectives, and the vital importance of listening and looking.

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Undefeated and a lot of lists

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It’s an honor to see Undefeated on the list of non-fiction finalists for the CYBILS – the Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers Literary Awards for 2017! I think we’re in a sort of golden age of true stories, and it’s great to be a part of the action. Here’s the list of the finalists, along with other best-of lists that included Undefeated…

CYBILS – Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers Literary Awards

New York Times Notables

Washington Post – Best Children’s Books of 2017

Toronto Globe and Mail: The Globe 100 – Best Books of the Year

New York Public Library – Best Books for Teens

Hornbook Fanfare Best of 2017 List

Kirkus Best of 2017 List

Chicago Public Library Best Books of 2017

Shelf Awareness – Best Children’s & Teen Books of the Year

 

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Walking and Talking with Elizabeth Wein

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Yes, it’s the first ever international Walking and Talking comic. This one is based on my walk/talk this summer in Edinburgh, Scotland, with the beloved author of Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein. And there’s big news here – she’s crossing over to nonfiction for an upcoming book!

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Port Chicago 50 on New Books Network

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Thank you to James Stancil and the New Books Network podcast for featuring this interview with me about The Port Chicago 50. James really knows his stuff, and this was a particularly rewarding discussion – we really got deep into the story, and the ways in which the story is still going on.

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The “Carlisle” in action

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This is really cool. Last week I visited a high school in the town of Penn Yan, NY, and the librarian had me give a presentation on my book Undefeated just for the football team. They seemed to be into it – but it’s not always easy to tell with teenagers. But then, this week, the librarian sent me this clip. Turns out the team invented a play called “Carlisle” – inspired by strategies used by the Carlisle School team – and ran it in their most recent game. And it worked!

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Walking and Talking with Deborah Heiligman

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Back from summer with a new Walking and Talking comic – this time talking a little nonfiction with the great Deborah Heiligman! Our processes are pretty different, but turns out we run into all the same challenges…

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