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Historian Alan Axelrod is the author of the business bestsellers PATTON ON LEADERSHIP and ELIZABETH I, CEOthe Great Generals series books PATTON, BRADLEY and MARSHALL, and many books on American and military history. The latest entry into his impressive bibliography is LOST DESTINY: Joe Kennedy Jr. and the Doomed WWII Mission to Save London --- an exploration of the origin of today's controversial military drones, as well as a searing and unforgettable story of heroism, WWII and the Kennedy dynasty that might have been. Here, Axelrod explains why the father-son relationship is central to his story and lists five other books that share that theme.
We lost an important writer with the passing of Ruth Rendell on May 2, 2015. Her following around the world was enormous, and her Chief Inspector Wexford novels were a staple of mystery readers. Rendell also was known for her psychological thrillers written under the pseudonym Barbara Vine.
Stanley Meisler is an emeritus foreign correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. He is a distant relation (by marriage) of expressionist painter Chaim Soutine and has written several articles on Soutine and the School of Paris for the Smithsonian and the Los Angeles Times. In this piece, Meisler provides a bit of social and historical context for his latest book, SHOCKING PARIS: Soutine, Chagall and the Outsiders of Montparnasse. He talks about the grim circumstances that led to the flight of many Jews to France in the years leading up to World War II, as well as his own personal connection to the story he’s telling --- including his brave uncle and aunt, who overcame bleak odds to achieve a degree of success in early 20th-century Paris.
Christian Hageseth is the CEO of the Denver, Colorado, firm Green Man Cannabis and the author of BIG WEED: An Entrepreneur’s High-Stakes Adventures in the Budding Legal Marijuana Trade, which is now available. According to Hageseth, the marijuana industry is on the brink of a revolution. Here, he explains how America’s perception of pot has changed since the ‘30s and why it’s high time we start taking the drug seriously.
In his introduction to A SLIP OF THE KEYBOARD: Collected Nonfiction by Terry Pratchett, English genre fiction superstar Neil Gaiman wrote of his fri
What were you doing on Saturday, January 24th, from noon to 4pm? Well, if you were like some of our Teen Board members, you were participating in the first National Readathon Day, and reading for four hours in a row!  
January 14, 2015

Studio Tour

On a Wednesday afternoon in late November, less than 20 minutes from my Brooklyn apartment, I dropped into a very special place where I found myself watching photographs of trains pop off the page in WAITING FOR THE CARS: Alfred A. Hart's Stereoscopic Views of the Central Pacific Railroad, 1863-1869, while LOCOMOTIVE author/illustrator and 2014 Caldecott winner Brian Floca explained the difference between stereoscopic and anaglyphic 3D images.
October 1, 2014

Miami Book Fair 2014

Posted by rebecca
Do any of you live in the Miami area, or plan to visit this sunny city in November? If so, be sure to visit the Miami Book Fair International from November 16th to the 23rd! The street fair opens on Friday the 21st and there will be more than 350 authors reading and discussing their work! Below is a list of the children's and YA authors who will be there. For more information, check out the Miami Book Fair's website, here. Katherine Applegate, THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN (HarperCollins) Jennifer Lynn Barnes, THE NATURALS (Scholastic) Brian "Box" Brown, ANDREW THE GIANT: Life and Legend (First Second) Soman Chainani, THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL #2: A World Without Princes (HarperCollins) Cinda Williams Chima, THE SORCERER HEIR (The Heir Chronicles) (Disney-Hyperion) Rachel Cohn, EMERGENT (A Beta Novel) (Disney-Hyperion) T. Cooper, CHANGERS BOOK ONE: Drew (Akashic) Marie Laure Cruschi, FULL SPEED AHEAD, How Fast Things Go! (Abrams Books for Young Readers) Farel Dalrymple, THE WRENCHIES (First Second) Angela DiTerlizzi, SOME BUGS (Simon and Schuster) Tony DiTerlizzi, THE ADVENTURES OF LUKE SKYWALKER JEDI KNIGHT (Disney-Hyperion), THE BATTLE FOR WONDLA (Simon and Schuster) Paul Durham, THE LUCK UGLIES (HarperCollins) Christopher John Farley (HarperCollins) Jessie Ann Foley, THE CARNIVAL AT BRAY (Elephant Rock Books) Michael Fry, THE ODD SQUAD (Disney-Hyperioin) Allison Glock-Cooper, CHANGERS BOOK ONE: Drew (Akashic) Laura Godwin, THE DOLL PEOPLE SET SAIL (Disney-Hyperion) Michael Grant, MESSENGER OF FEAR (HarperCollins) Ben Hatke, JULIA'S HOUSE FOR LOST CREATURES, THE RETURN OF ZITA THE SPACE GIRL (Roaring Book Press) Michelle Hodkin, THE RETRIBUTION OF MARA DYER (Simon and Schuster) Kazu Kibuishi, AMULET #6: Escape from Lucien (Scholastic) James Kochalka, THE GLORKIAN WARRIOR DELIVERS A PIZZA (First Second) Robin LaFevers, MORTAL HEART (His Fair Assassin Trilogy) (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) Melissa Marr, MADE FOR YOU (HarperCollins) Ann M. Martin, RAIN REIGN (Macmillan), THE DOLL PEOPLE SET SAIL (Disney-Hyperion) Brad Meltzer, I AM ALBERT EINSTEIN, I AM ROSA PARKS (Dial Books) Lydia Millet, PILLS AND STARSHIPS (Akashic) George O'Connor, IF I HAD A RAPTOR (Candlewick) Ridley Pearson, THE INSIDER (Kingdom Keepers Series #7) (Disney-Hyperion) Trevor Pryce, THE RAINBOW SERPENT: A Kulipari Novel (Amulet Books) Paige Rawl, POSITIVE: A Memoir (HarperCollins) Heidi Schulz, HOOK'S REVENGE (Disney-Hyperion) Ricardo "Liniers" Siri, MACANUDO #2 (Elephant Books), THE BIG WET BALLOON (Toon Books) Maggie Stiefvater, BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE (The Raven Cycle Book #3), SINNER (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #4) (Scholastic) Mariko Tamaki, THIS ONE SUMMER (First Second) Gaby Triana, SUMMER OF YESTERDAY (Simon and Schuster) Leslye Walton, THE STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL SORROWS OF AVA LAVENDER (Candlewick) Tom Watson, STICK DOG CHASES A PIZZA (HarperCollins) Cynthia Zak, EL MAESTRO ERES TU: Respiramos Juntos (RaizdeDos)
We're so excited to be able to reveal the cover of Cory Putman Oakes' book DINOSAUR BOY, which hits shelves in February 2015! Read below to learn more about the awesome characters in DINOSAUR BOY --- which follows Sawyer, who grows 17 stegosaurus-like spikes down his back the summer before fifth grade --- and to see the eye-popping cover image!
August 11, 2014

The Evolution of Mouse

Mike Curato's debut picture book LITTLE ELLIOT, BIG CITY features a very small elephant --- and an even smaller mouse! Read Mike's guest post below to see just how Mouse found his way into this book, and to get a sneak peek at some early sketches of the character!