Children & YA

The Little Bookstore That Could

With the launch of Star Line Books, Star Lowe celebrates her faith in Chattanooga readers

by Tina Chambers

February 2, 2016 Star Line Books, Chattanooga’s only independent bookstore, opened last August just across Market Street from the famed Chattanooga Choo-Choo. Owner Star Lowe is passionate about books, her customers, and the Chattanooga community. She only wishes she had more time to read.

Published Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Carrying Disaster on Their Backs

Ruta Sepetys’s new YA novel returns to the ravaged landscape—and people—of World War II

by Jennie Fields

January 27, 2016 In Salt to the Sea, Ruta Sepetys—Nashville-based author of the chillingly beautiful 2011 novel, Between Shades of Gray, about a Lithuanian family sent to a Soviet work camp—tells another tale of displacement and tragedy at the end of World War II as the Red Army advances on Prussia. Sepetys will celebrate the book’s launch at Parnassus Books in Nashville on February 2, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Wednesday, 27 January 2016

A Pirate’s Tail

A clever early-reader series sets sail in Jessica Young’s All Paws On Deck

by Kathryn Justice Leache

January 14, 2016 The first early-reader chapter book by Nashville-based children’s author Jessica Young, Haggis and Tank Unleashed—All Paws on Deck, is a funny romp and clever introduction to the playful side of language. Parnassus Books in Nashville will host a launch party for the series on January 15, 2016.

Published Thursday, 14 January 2016

Celebrating American Heroes

Brad Meltzer talks with Chapter 16 about his new children’s biography of Martin Luther King Jr.

by Julie Danielson

January 11, 2016 Today bestselling author Brad Meltzer talks about his biography series for children, Ordinary People Change the World. The latest book in the series is about the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

Published Monday, 11 January 2016

Power to the (Youngest) People

Chelsea Clinton talks with Chapter 16 about It’s Your World, her inspiring new book for middle-grade readers

by Beth Waltemath

November 4, 2015 Chelsea Clinton’s first memory of reading was of scouring the newspaper to keep up with her parents’ conversations. Her new book, It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going, is a resource for kids who are beginning to care passionately about the people, animals, and places in this world. Clinton will appear at the Nashville Public Library on November 11, 2015, at 6:15 p.m.

Published Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Writing in the Direction of Brokenness

Courtney C. Stevens talks with Chapter 16 about her new novel for young adults, The Lies About Truth

by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb

November 3, 2015 Courtney C. Stevens’s second young-adult novel, The Lies About Truth, is a tender portrayal of pain, a portrait of loss, and a study of the many faces of grief. Stevens will read and sign copies at Parnassus Books in Nashville on November 6, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Making Beautiful Stories

The Southern Festival of Books is a lot like the state fair—but better

by Alice Randall

October 9, 2015 Twenty-seven years ago, if you had asked me about the best time to visit Nashville, I would have said the second weekend in October—the weekend of the Southern Festival of Books. It’s a guaranteed good time. Rain or shine. At the festival, just showing up to hear the same author is considered invitation enough to engage your seatmate in conversation. Attending the Southern Festival of Books is the closest a visitor can come to being an instant insider in Nashville, where the New South begins. If you asked me that question today, I would say the same damn thing.

Published Thursday, 8 October 2015

Living Kindly in the World

Cynthia Lord’s new middle-grade novel is almost a parable of empathy

by Susannah Felts

October 7, 2015 In Cynthia Lord’s latest middle-grade novel, A Handful of Stars, the blueberry barrens of coastal Maine present a rich backdrop for a story of two new friends, Lily and Salma, whose families’ livelihoods are dependent on the local agricultural economy. Lord will appear on October 10, 2015, at 1 p.m. in the Commons Room of the Nashville Public Library. The event, part of the Southern Festival of Books, is free and open to the public.

Published Tuesday, 6 October 2015

What It Was, Was Football—and Segregation

A front-yard football game ignites a controversy in Taylor Kitchings’s new middle-grade novel, Yard War

by Corabel Shofner

September 17, 2015 Trip Westbrook did not expect his world to fall apart just because he asked his housekeeper’s son to play football in the front yard. Yard War, a new middle-grade novel by Taylor Kitchings, takes place in segregated Mississippi, and what follows this game of pickup ball surprises and confuses young Trip. Kitchings will appear at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on September 24, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Stumbling on a Wasp’s Nest

In Ronald Kidd’s new middle-grade novel, a girl comes of age in the civil-rights era

by Tracy Barrett

September 14, 2015 Thirteen-year-old Billie Sims, the heroine of Ronald Kidd’s middle-grade historical novel, Night on Fire, is just becoming aware of prejudice all around her. Then the Freedom Riders come to town. Ronald Kidd will discuss his most recent novel for young readers at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 9-11, 2015.

Published Sunday, 13 September 2015

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