INTERVIEWS & PROFILES

ASTRONAUT MARK KELLY DELIVERS EARTHLY LESSONS IN ASTROTWINS
by Vicky Smith

When I met U.S. Navy Capt. Mark Kelly, astronaut, at the Texas Book Festival five years ago, I immediately reverted to my 6-year-old self and got all fangirl on the poor man, who had just returned from a mission on the International Space Station and was suffering from mammoth jet lag. I was so star-struck I don’t think I ...


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KIRKER BUTLER
by Megan Labrise

As a high schooler, Kirker Butler once choreographed the opening number of a beauty pageant.

“I grew up in a small town in the South, and my mother and father were on the county fair board. My mother was put in charge of the pageant. We still don’t know why,” says Butler, who set the steps to Neil Diamond’s ...


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JAMES HANNAHAM
by Benjamin Rybeck

A young black man named Eddie, driving through the darkness of rural Louisiana, terrycloth wrapped where his hands once lived: with this violent, hectic image, James Hannaham opens Delicious Foods, his second novel. It’s a hell of a hook, yes—questions raised, hearts racing—but from there, the prologue settles down. Upon reaching a small town, Eddie starts a successful business as ...


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LET'S HEAR IT FOR LIVE BUGS
by Vicky Smith

Editing reviews of children's and teen books can lead to some pretty strange diversions. Take fireflies—or more precisely, best practices in catching fireflies.

In this issue we review Good Night, Firefly, by Gabriel Alborozo. It's a strikingly illustrated nighttime adventure about little Nina, who is afraid of the dark. When her night light's bulb burns out one ...


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BLOGS

I REST MY CASE: PERRY MASON STILL RULES IN THE COURTROOM
by J. Kingston Pierce

My maternal grandfather is largely to blame for my interest in Erle Stanley Gardner and that California author’s best-remembered fictional creation, Los Angeles defense attorney Perry Mason. As boys, my brother and I would spend occasional nights at the home of our mother’s parents, while our own father and mother visited with their friends or dined out together. Our grandfather ...


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YOU HAVEN’T DIED OF DYSENTERY. YET.
by Jennie K.

BOOK REPORT for Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

Cover Story: Montell Jordan

BFF Charm: Platinum Edition x 2

Swoonworthy Scale: 7

Talky Talk: Going Out West

Bonus Factors: Diversity, Oregon Trail, Shakespearean Retelling

Relationship Status: Friends Forever

 

Cover Story: Montell Jordan

I adore this cover. It’s so simple, but manages to incorporate so many story references: the ...


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NEW YA TO CHECK OUT IN APRIL
by Leila Roy

So, have you worked your way through all of those new March titles yet? Yeah, I haven’t, either. Nevertheless, it’s time to look at what’s coming in April!

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, by Becky Albertalli

The Truth Commission, by Susan Juby

Simon is about two boys who fall in love through letters, each without knowing the other’s identity ...


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