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Join us for author interviews, book chat, and more!Lerner Publishing Group creates nonfiction and fiction books that educate, empower and entertain readers. Whether you are looking for engaging picture books, high-quality supplemental nonfiction, graphic novels, or boundary-pushing young adult novels, you will find what your readers need to grow and learn. Visit our website at lernerbooks.com.Music credits:"Farm" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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Listen in on a conversation between author Nicole Valentine and her editor, Amy Fitzgerald. Nicole is the author of middle-grade novel A Time Traveler’s Theory of Relativity, which Newbery Medal-winning author Erin Entrada Kelly called “one of [her] favorite debut novels of the year.” Twelve-year-old Finn is used to people in his family disappearing. His twin sister, Faith, drowned when they were three years old, and a few months ago his mom abandoned him and his dad with no explanation. Finn clings to the concrete facts in his physics books—and to his best friend, Gabi—to ward off his sadness. But then his grandmother tells him a secret: the women in their family are Travelers, able to move back and forth in time. Finn's mom is trapped somewhere in the timeline, and she's left Finn a portal to find her. But to succeed he'll have to put his trust in something bigger than logic.Nicole talks about what sparked her interest in time travel, her love for quantum mechanics, and more.Read a transcript of the interview.Follow Nicole Valentine on Twitter.Music credits:"Farm" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ 
Sasha Dawn Reads from Panic

Sasha Dawn Reads from Panic

2019-09-2700:12:47

Edgar Award-nominated author Sasha Dawn reads the first chapter of her new young adult novel, Panic, available October 1.When aspiring musician Madelaine finds a poetry fragment that helps her finish a song she's writing, she tracks down the author online in hopes of starting a collaboration. But there's more to the situation than she realizes.Read a transcript of the episode.Learn more about Sasha Dawn.Music credits:"Farm" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ 
Carlyn Beccia, author of Monstrous: The Lore, Gore, and Science behind Your Favorite Monsters, talks to us about writing the book. In Monstrous, you'll discover if Dr. Frankenstein's machine ever animate a body, why vampires should drink from veins and not arteries, what body parts are best for zombies to eat (it's not brains), and more. Carlyn talks about choosing and researching the eight legendary creatures featured in the book.Other books discussed: Scaredy Squirrel by Mélanie WattMonsterology: The Complete Book of Monstrous Beasts, written by Dugald A. Steer and illustrated by Wayne Anderson, Helen Ward, and Douglas CarrelGiant Squid: Searching for a Sea Monster by Mary M. CerulloShe Made a Monster: How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein, written by Lynn Fulton and illustrated by Felicita SalaRead a transcript of the interview.Learn more about Carlyn Beccia.Music credits: "Farm" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ 
Shing Yin Khor, author of The American Dream? A Journey on Route 66 Discovering Dinosaur Statues, Muffler Men, and the Perfect Breakfast Burrito, talks to us about writing the book. As a child growing up in Malaysia, Shing Yin Khor had two very different ideas of what "America" meant. The first looked a lot like Hollywood, full of beautiful people, sunlight, and freeways. The second looked more like The Grapes of Wrath—a nightmare landscape filled with impoverished people, broken-down cars, barren landscapes, and broken dreams. This book chronicles Shing's solo journey (small adventure-dog included) along the iconic Route 66, beginning in Santa Monica and ending up Chicago. What begins as a road trip ends up as something more like a pilgrimage in search of an American landscape that seems forever shifting and forever out of place.Links:Shing's road trip playlist: http://www.freaksugar.com/exclusive-creator-shing-yin-khor-shares-their-playlist-for-their-graphic-novel-the-american-dream/Route 66 Motels: http://www.route66motels.com/faq.htmTranscript: https://lernerbooks.com/downloads/84/clickMusic credits:"Farm" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Whitney Stewart, author of Mindfulness and Meditation: Handling Life with a Calm and Focused Mind, shares why she wrote a book on mindfulness for teens and guides us through mindfulness exercises. Teen life can be a pressure cooker leading to anxiety and even thoughts of suicide. Learn about the practice of mindfulness and try meditation exercises for examining emotions, managing stress, checking wellness routines, and setting intentions to increase happiness in Mindfulness and Meditation: Handling Life with a Calm and Focused Mind.For more mindfulness exercises, visit lernerbooks.com/go/mindfulness.Music credits:"Farm" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/Mindfulness exercise audio production by Reiner Music. 
The Vast Wonder of the World: Biologist Ernest Everett Just author Mélina Mangal talks with us about researching Dr. Just, picture book biographies, summer reading, and more.The Vast Wonder of the World is a picture book biography of Ernest Everett Just, the first recipient of the NAACP Spingarn Medal in 1915. His keen observations of sea creatures revealed new insights about the origins of life. Through stunning illustrations by Luisa Uribe and Mélina Mangal's lyrical prose, this picture book presents the life and accomplishments of this long overlooked African American scientific pioneer. Visit Lerner's blog for more information about this episode.Music credits:"Farm" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Award-winning author John Coy talks about what authors and librarians should keep in mind when setting up author school visits, why he loves writing picture books about basketball, and what he's working on now. His most recent book with Lerner is Their Great Gift: Courage, Sacrifice, and Hope in a New Land, which features photos by Minneapolis-based photographer Wing Young Huie. In this episode he also discusses his picture books Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball (illustrated by Joe Morse) and Game Changer: John McLendon and the Secret Game (illustrated by Randy DuBurke).Music credits:"Farm" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
 PSS 118 is just your typical school—except that it's a rickety old spaceship orbiting Jupiter. When the school is mysteriously attacked, thirteen-year-old Jack receives a cryptic message from his father (the school's recently-fired-for-tinkering-with-the-ship science teacher). Amidst the chaos, Jack discovers that his dad has built humanity's first light-speed engine—and given Jack control of it. To save the ship, Jack catapults it hundreds of light-years away and right into the clutches of the first aliens humans have ever seen. School hasn't just gotten out: it's gone clear across the galaxy. And now it's up to Jack and his friends to get everyone home.Author Joshua S. Levy chats about public schoolships, hamsters, zero-gravity dodgeball, and how US Supreme Court cases impacted his choice of character names. Music credits:"Farm" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ 
Amber Keyser discusses rape culture and how it can be combatted in her new book. In this episode, she also shares things teachers and librarians can do to address rape culture in schools, provides fiction/nonfiction pairings for starting conversations, and shares her thoughts on how rape culture is bad for men and boys, as well as women and girls. Music credits:"Farm" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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