Children & YA

Of Monsters and Men

Victoria Schwab probes what it means to be human in her new YA novel, This Savage Song

by Lyda Phillips

June 28, 2016 Victoria Schwab’s young-adult dystopian novel, This Savage Song, pits darkness against darkness in a battle between monsters and humans. Schwab will discuss the book at Parnassus Books in Nashville on July 5, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Another Day in Dystopia

In The Last Star, the grim final installment of his grim 5th Wave trilogy, Rick Yancey pulls no punches

by Tina Chambers

May 26, 2016 The Last Star is the third and final installment of Rick Yancey’s dystopian YA series that began with the New York Times bestseller The 5th Wave. In the trilogy, sixteen-year-old Cassie Sullivan struggles to adapt when ordinary life is interrupted by the appearance of a spaceship. Yancey will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 4, 2016, at 2 p.m.m

Published Thursday, 26 May 2016

Bildung a New Voice in Coming-Of-Age Novels

Matthew Quick’s new YA novel about a cult classic is sure to become one itself

by Sarah Carter

May 24, 2016 In Matthew Quick’s Every Exquisite Thing, teen Nanette O’Hare grapples with what looks a lot like a midlife crisis, though she’s a teenager. Quick will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 2, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 24 May 2016

A Slippery Bar of Soap in a Large Bathtub

Journalist Vince Vawter looks back on writing Paperboy, his first novel for children

by Vince Vawter

May 16, 2016 “After my debut novel, Paperboy, won a 2014 Newbery Honor, a question gnawed at me: what do I know about children’s literature?” Prior to his appearance at the Children’s Festival of Reading, held in Knoxville on May 21, 2016, journalist Vince Vawter reflects on his surprising second career as a middle-grade novelist.

Published Monday, 16 May 2016

Three Girls, One Summer

An unlikely trio of friends in Kate DiCamillo’s Raymie Nightingale search for trust and healing

by Tracy Barrett

May 3, 2016 In Raymie Nightingale, two-time Newbery medalist Kate DiCamillo returns to small-town Florida to explore the relationship among three very different girls, each struggling with a difficult personal story. DiCamillo will discuss her seventh novel at the Nashville Public Library on May 7, 2016, at 2 p.m. and at the Memphis Public Library on May 8, 2016, at 1:30 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Different Drums

Writing as E.F. Abbott, children’s author Kristin O’Donnell Tubbs transforms a legend into a lesson in John Lincoln Clem: Civil War Drummer Boy

by Win Bassett

April 19, 2016 The fourth book in Macmillan’s “Based on a True Story” series for middle-grade readers, John Lincoln Clem: Civil War Drummer Boy, is the tale of Johnny Clem, a drummer boy for the Union side during the Battle of Shiloh. Writing under the pseudonym of E.F. Abbott, Williamson County author Kristin O’Donnell Tubb tells a story that’s something less than history and something more than fiction. Tubb will discuss the book at Parnassus Books in Nashville on April 24, 2016, at 2 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Gotta Dance

In Brooks Benjamin's debut children's novel, a seventh-grader faces some hard choices as he tries to figure out friendship, loyalty, and what it means to be true to yourself

by Tracy Barrett

April 13, 2016 In Brooks Benjamin’s middle-grade novel, My Seventh-Grade Life in Tights, twelve-year-old Dillon Parker wants to compete for a scholarship to dance school, but his freestyle crew thinks dance schools are for losers. Benjamin will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on April 16, 2016.

Published Wednesday, 13 April 2016

A Day with Daddy

Nashville children’s author Josh Bledsoe celebrates fatherhood with his debut picture book

by Julie Danielson

April 6, 2016 Josh Bledsoe brings readers a gender-bending day of adventure between a father and his daughter in Hammer and Nails, his debut picture book illustrated by Jessica Warrick. Bledsoe will appear at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Brentwood on April 9, 2016, at noon.

Published Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Dirty, Mangled, Smelly—and as Beautiful as Any Treasure

William Joyce takes young readers on an epic journey to rescue a beloved toy

by Julie Danielson

April 5, 2016 Bestselling author-illustrator William Joyce discusses his epic new children’s novel, Ollie’s Odyssey, a tale of love and remembrance. Joyce will appear at Christ the King School in Nashville on April 12, 2016, at 6 p.m., and at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on April 13, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 5 April 2016


by Lagnajita Mukhopadhyay

March 28, 2016 Lagnajita Mukhopadhyay is a senior at Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet School, and she has been writing for as long as she can remember with the help of her creative and supportive parents. In 2015, she served as the first-ever Nashville Youth Poet Laureate, and her work is under contract with Penmanship Books. She will read from this is our war at Parnassus Books in Nashville on April 1, 2016, at 6 p.m.

Published Monday, 28 March 2016

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