Children & YA

Maps and Mayhem

Barry Wolverton’s middle-grade novel, The Vanishing Island, is a charming romp of a tale

by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb

August 27, 2015 Barry Wolverton’s The Vanishing Island is a story of big dreams and of breaking away. It is a story of seeking riches, and the way deeply hidden treasure is somehow more valuable than easily obtained wealth. Wolverton will appear at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on September 3, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. He will also appear on a panel with Kristin O’Donnell Tubb at the Mid-South Book Festival in Memphis on September 12 at 2:30 p.m.

Published Thursday, 27 August 2015

The Ball is Your Heart

Kwame Alexander discusses The Crossover, his award-winning YA novel about basketball, family, and the rules of life

by Aram Goudsouzian

August 24, 2015 In this interview, Kwame Alexander reflects on basketball, music, political consciousness, and the challenges and rewards of writing a young-adult novel in verse. He will discuss The Crossover, winner of the 2015 Newbery Medal, at the Southern Festival Books held in Nashville October 9-11, 2015.

Published Monday, 24 August 2015

Stinky Success

Beloved children’s author Dav Pilkey talks with Chapter 16 about Captain Underpants

by Michael Ray Taylor

August 19, 2015 There’s something rotten in the state of Ohio in Captain Underpants and the Sensational Sir Stinks-A-Lot, the twelfth “epic novel” in Dav Pilkey’s popular series of graphic novels for children. Pilkey will appear as part of the Salon@615 series at the Nashville Public Library on August 25, 2015, at 6:15 p.m.

Published Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Simple Living in the Suburbs

With four homeschooled kids, a popular blog, a flock of chickens, a herd of goats, and a new picture book for children, Deanna Caswell has her hands full

by Julie Danielson

August 6, 2015 Deanna Caswell, who writes the popular blog Little House in the Suburbs, has just published a beautiful new picture book, Beach House. A homeschooler and homesteader, Caswell writes regularly about self-sufficiency in the suburbs. Today Chapter 16 takes a look behind the scenes.

Published Thursday, 6 August 2015

Five Times the Fun

Jessica Young talks with Chapter 16 about her book for young readers—and the four other books she’s bringing out this year, too

by Julie Danielson

July 31, 2015 Jessica Young’s Finley Flowers: Original Recipe is the first in a new series of chapter books about an inventive young girl and her warm circle of friends. This title—the first of five books Young will release this year—tells the story of Finley’s attempts to win the school cook-off. Young will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 9-11, 2015. All festival events are free and open to the public.

Published Friday, 31 July 2015

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

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