Children & YA

Her Own Girl, Actually

In Jesse’s Girl, Miranda Kenneally creates another strong female character for YA readers

by Corabel Shofner

July 15, 2015 Jesse’s Girl by Miranda Kenneally is a girl-meets-boy romantic romp through a star-crossed high-school Career Day in a story that quickly calls to mind Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Kenneally, a Manchester native, will read from her new YA novel at Parnassus Books in Nashville on July 26, 2015, at 2 p.m.

Published Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Authors in October

Humanities Tennessee previews the 2015 Southern Festival of Books

by Chapter 16

July 13, 2015 Humanities Tennessee today announces a lineup of award-winning, bestselling authors headlining the twenty-seventh annual Southern Festival of Books, which will be held in Nashville, October 9-11. The roster includes renowned authors Rick Bragg, Geraldine Brooks, Pat Conroy, David Maraniss, Paul Theroux, Rebecca Wells, Scott Westerfeld, and many others.

Published Monday, 13 July 2015

Rhythm and Pop

Lynne Berry talks with Chapter 16 about her newest picture book, Pig and Pug

by Julie Danielson

June 17, 2015 Nashville children’s author Lynne Berry has fun with alliteration in her newest picture book, Pig and Pug. She will speak at Parnassus Books, along with some canine surprises, on June 20, 2015, at 2 p.m.

Published Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Finding Yourself by Getting Lost

Kathryn Holmes’s Hallelujah Calhoun must fight her way out of the woods—and the darkness in her past

by Tracy Barrett

June 8, 2015 The Distance Between Lost and Found, a debut YA novel by Maryville native Kathryn Holmes, introduces high-school sophomore Hallelujah Calhoun, who’s forced to confront a haunting incident from her past.

Published Monday, 8 June 2015

A Reading Festival That Gets It Right

Knox County Library finds the joy in summer reading

by Julie Danielson

May 7, 2015 With a stellar lineup of award-winning children’s authors and illustrators from all over the country, Knoxville is getting ready for the eleventh annual Children’s Festival of Reading. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at World’s Fair Park on May 16, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Published Thursday, 7 May 2015

The Heart of the Matter

What Remains, the second YA novel by Helene Dunbar, is a tale of tragedy and revelation

by Sarah Norris

May 6, 2015 What Remains, the new novel by Nashville YA author Helene Dunbar, is the story of a teenager who’s had the same best friends since first grade. When a tragic car accident upends his life, he is forced to reckon with his grief, guilt, and a new existence he’s not convinced he even wants. Dunbar will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on May 11, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Wednesday, 6 May 2015

The Stella Sisters Make a Splash

Lennon and Maisy Stella, stars of ABC’s drama Nashville, launch their debut picture book, In the Waves

by Julie Danielson

March 4, 2015 In the Waves, Lennon and Maisy Stella’s debut picture book, is an adaptation of their first original song. The sisters celebrated the book’s release on a sunny Nashville day in April, and Chapter 16 was there.

Published Monday, 4 May 2015

Something Curious to Write About

A revealing one-sided correspondence is at the heart of Dear Hank Williams by Kimberly Willis Holt

by Tracy Barrett

April 16, 2015 In Dear Hank Williams, National Book Award-winning children’s author Kimberly Willis Holt tells the story of an eleven-year-old in 1940s Louisiana through letters the girl writes to Hank Williams. Holt will appear at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on April 22 at 6:30 p.m.

Published Thursday, 16 April 2015

Hidden Treasure, a Haunted House, and an Unlikely Trio of Detectives

In this debut novel, a boy braves bullies and worse to try to save his family home

by Tracy Barrett

April 13, 2015 In Matthew Baker’s debut middle-grade novel, If You Find This, eleven-year-old Nicholas breaks his grandfather out of a nursing home and enlists the aid of two unlikely allies to find the family heirlooms his grandfather insists he hid years earlier—all to keep his parents from having to sell their family home. Baker will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on April 17, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.; and again in Furman Hall, Room 114, at Vanderbilt University on April 20, 2015, at 7 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

Published Monday, 13 April 2015

A Finely Drawn Character

Robert Gipe’s illustrated debut novel, Trampoline, introduces a troubled teen coming of age during an Appalachian coal war

by Michael Ray Taylor

April 7, 2015 It’s been a while since anyone produced a great American coming-of-age-novel, but Kingsport native Robert Gipe hits the mark with Trampoline, an inventive debut set in the coal country of Eastern Kentucky. Narrator Dawn Jewell, fifteen, is as smart as Scout Finch, more profane than Holden Caulfield, and as tough in a fight as Mattie Ross. Gipe tells her story not only in flawless prose but also with 220 comics-style drawings that keep the book grounded in the world of an Appalachian teenager.

Published Tuesday, 7 April 2015

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