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Sometimes You Can Go Home Again

Helene Dunbar discusses her latest YA novel, Boomerang

Teenagers often have questions about their identity, but Sean Woodhouse is more confused than most. In the five years since he disappeared from home, he’s acquired a new name, a new family, and a new relationship. Helene Dunbar will discuss Boomerang, her new young-adult novel, at Parnassus Books in Nashville on March 9.

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The Ball is Your Heart

Kwame Alexander talks with Chapter 16 about basketball, family, and the rules of life

In this interview, which first appeared at Chapter 16 in 2015, Kwame Alexander reflects on basketball, music, political consciousness, and the challenges and rewards of writing a young-adult novel in verse. Alexander will make a surprise appearance at Parnassus Books in Nashville on February 21 at 4 p.m. His new novel is Solo.

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A Labor of Love

Matt de la Peña and Loren Long discuss their new picture book, a tribute to love

Love, Matt de la Peña and Loren Long’s contemplative celebration of love and the way it moves through the world, will be the subject of their appearance at the Nashville Public Library on January 31.

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No Place Like Home

Barry Wolverton returns with the third volume in his adventure series for young readers

In The Sea of the Dead, Volume III of the Chronicles of the Black Tulip, Memphis author Barry Wolverton fills his whirlwind of an adventure story with the non-stop action and fantastic magical elements young readers have come to expect.

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The Whuffo’s Guide to Skydiving

Excerpt: Freefall Summer

Ever since her mother died in a skydiving accident when Clancy was young, Clancy’s father has watched her like a hawk. Between her dad’s rules and her boyfriend’s protectiveness, she’s longing for an escape. Then she meets Denny. Freefall Summer is coming in April from Nashville’s Tracy Barrett.

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The Secret of the Santa Box

Christopher Fenoglio
Treehouse Publishing
32 pages

“In the same way so many people can recite The Night Before Christmas from memory, The Secret of the Santa Box has all the makings of a new holiday classic. Filled with wonderfully nostaligic imagery that immediately evokes the Christmas spirit, The Secret of the Santa Box celebrates wonder, the thill of hope, giving, and God’s goodness in beautifully crafted verse that, like a great song, can’t help getting stuck in your head.”

~Christa Banister, author of Blessed are the Meddlers

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