The Art of Magic: An Interview with Author Hannah Voskuil

When ZuZu and Andrew discover a set of enchanted art supplies that allow them to create magical creatures, they find themselves drawn into a supernatural struggle for control of their town. Perfect for imaginative young readers, The Art of Magic: A Novel features a unique magic system set in the real world, with powers explicitly rooted in creativity.

Today author Hanna Voskuil joins us to discuss her favorite moments writing the book, her ideas for the book’s art, and a new scribble project to share with the classroom!

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This Last Adventure: An Interview with Author Ryan Dalton

When Archie’s beloved grandpa is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, Archie desperately wants to slow the progression of his grandpa’s memory loss. Using Grandpa’s old journal entries as inspiration, Archie creates shared role-playing fantasies with epic quests for them to tackle together. But as Grandpa’s condition gradually worsens, Archie must come to terms with what’s happening to his hero.

This Last Adventure is a compassionate exploration of what it means to be a hero in real life, how to reconcile childhood fantasies with complicated realities, and how to face the unknown with grace. Today author Ryan Dalton shares his experience writing this heartfelt middle-grade novel. Read on to find a book trailer, activity guides, and more!

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Eddie Whatever: An Interview with Author Lois Ruby

Something strange is happening at Silver Brook! When thirteen-year-old Eddie is roped into volunteering at Silver Brook Pavilion retirement home for his bar mitzvah service project, he discovers a colorful cast of characters. There’s a dramatic courtship unfolding, long-hidden secret identities, a rumor of a vengeful ghost, and a thief on the loose. When suspicion falls on Eddie, he teams up with his fellow volunteer (and crush), Tessa, to solve the mysteries of Silver Brook.

Today Lois Ruby, author of Eddie Whatever, joins us to discuss her approach to writing contemporary middle grade, her narrative technique, and her upcoming projects. Read on to find a discussion guide and teaching guide!

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