Children & YA

Fun and Games and ... Physics?

John Scieszka talks with Chapter 16 about his seriously entertaining new tale for young readers

by Tracy Barrett

August 13, 2014 Jon Scieszka, the author of more than fifty books for young readers, served as the first U.S. National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor is the first book in a new series focused on science whiz-kid Frank Einstein and his Grampa Al. Scieszka will appear at the Nashville Public Library on August 18, 2014; at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Brentwood on August 19, 2014; and at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on August 20, 2014.

Published Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Bunnies Behaving Badly

Scandal, mystery, and controversy in the “fuzzy bunny” world of children’s literature

by Tracy Barrett

August 5, 2014 The best books for young readers are as controversial and thought-provoking as anything written for their parents. Wild Things! Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature by Betsy Bird, Julie Danielson, and Peter D. Sieruta casts a revealing light on children’s books and their creators. Danielson will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on August 7, 2014, at 6:30 p.m., and at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville October 10-12, 2014.

Published Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Where the Truth Lies

Thriller writer David Baldacci talks with Chapter 16 about his new young-adult novel, journeys of heroic proportions, and reading as a synonym for thinking

by Erica Wright

July 7, 2014 “Thrillers and fantasy share one thing: they’re both stories that take you to a place you would never go yourself.” David Baldacci, a bestselling author of thrillers, talks with Chapter 16 about The Finisher, his young-adult novel about fourteen-year-old Vega Jane’s quest to know the truth about her magical town. Baldacci will appear at the Nashville Public Library on July 10, 2014, at 6:15 p.m. The event, part of the Salon@615 series, is free and open to the public.

Published Monday, 7 July 2014

Cinderella Revisited

Tracy Barrett spins a new story from an old one in The Stepsister’s Tale

by Maria Browning

June 18, 2014 Without violating the spirit of the folktale, Tracy Barrett reinvents the Cinderella story with a sensibility that is distinctly modern. In The Stepsister’s Tale, female independence and solidarity matter far more than male gallantry, but the romance and hopeful essence of the original remain. Barrett will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 24, 2014, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Taking It to the Kids

Glencliff Elementary kindergartners review Knuckleball Ned, the new picture book by MLB pitcher R.A. Dickey

by Margaret Renkl

May 30, 2014 Knuckleball Ned, the new picture book for young children by Nashville native R.A. Dickey, celebrates diversity and the power of friendship. Chapter 16 invited the kindergartners of Glencliff Elementary, where Dickey attended kindergarten himself, to review the story of how Ned, teased for being different, ultimately saves the day—with a little help from his friends.

Published Friday, 30 May 2014

Remastering Memory

Can the protagonist of Amber McRee Turner’s new middle-grade novel, Circa Now, alter the past with a computer program?

by Tracy Barrett

May 29, 2014 When eleven-year-old Circa Monroe begins to notice that the images she inserts into photographs seem to be becoming real, she’s convinced that she is capable of altering the world with her computer and a bank of images—and possibly bring her beloved father back to life. Memphis native Amber McRee Turner will discuss her new middle-grade novel, Circa Now, at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on June 7, 2014, at 1 p.m.

Published Thursday, 29 May 2014

Identity Issues

The new YA novel by T Cooper and Allison Glock-Cooper earns praise from The New York Times

by Margaret Renkl

March 14, 2014 Changers, the first in a fantasy series of YA novels by East Tennessee husband-and-wife team T Cooper and Allison Glock-Cooper, is singled out by the literary paper of record for its unusual appeal to teens struggling with identity issues—as what teen is not?

Published Friday, 14 March 2014

Telling the Truth

Courtney C. Stevens offers up a debut novel for young adults

by Sarah Norris

February 25, 2014 Faking Normal by Nashville resident Courtney C. Stevens is a gripping debut novel for young adults. In the story, a sixteen-year-old girl who acts as if everything is fine is compelled, for better or worse, to reckon with and expose the demons from her past. Courtney C. Stevens will discuss Faking Normal at Nashville’s Parnassus Books on February 25, 2014, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Turn and Face the Strange

Changers, the new YA novel by T Cooper and Allison Glock-Cooper, explores both sides of the gender divide

by Stephen Trageser

February 4, 2014 High school is challenging enough under ordinary circumstances, but in Changers, Book One: Drew, the new YA novel by T Cooper and Allison Glock-Cooper, Nashville teenager Ethan Miller wakes up to a new form of teen torture: he no longer inhabits his own body. Instead, he’ll spend his first year of high school as Drew Bohner, a petite blonde girl. The authors, who divide their time between East Tennessee and New York, will discuss Changers at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on February 8, 2014, at 2 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Go Down, Moses

Rhonda Hicks Rucker’s Swing Low, Sweet Harriet is an exciting tale of Civil War espionage

by Tina LoTufo

November 19, 2013 In Swing Low, Sweet Harriet, her new historical novel for young readers, Knoxville writer Rhonda Hicks Rucker tells a suspenseful story of Civil War espionage and the inspiring struggle for freedom waged by African Americans—both those whose names we know, like Harriet Tubman, and many more unsung heroes.

Published Tuesday, 19 November 2013

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