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No Child Left Behind

Jeff Kinney talks with Chapter 16 about his megahit series of children’s books that began with Diary of a Wimpy Kid

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid books are an astonishing phenomenon. What started as a serial comic posted online has become a wildly popular series of books for children. In this repost from 2010, the Wimpy Kid’s creator, Jeff Kinney, answered questions from Chapter 16. Kinney will read from The Getaway, the newest installment of the series, at Oak Hill School in Nashville on November 13 beginning at 4:30 p.m.

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To Every Reader Her Book

In Ban This Book by Alan Gratz, a timid bookworm comes out of her shell

Alan Gratz’s new middle-grade novel, Ban This Book, is a powerful primer on the dangers of censorship and a heartwarming tribute to libraries and intellectual freedom, all in a fun-to-read package.

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Haunted Handbook

Rebecca Green’s debut picture book introduces some friendly ghosts

Look no further for new Halloween reading with children: Nashville illustrator Rebecca Green delights young readers with her debut picture book, How to Make Friends with a Ghost.

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A Fire That Never Stops Burning

Nashville YA author Sharon Cameron delivers her latest fantasy adventure

In The Knowing, Sharon Cameron has written an enjoyable adventure story as compelling and well-written as her previous number-one New York Times bestseller, The Forgetting. Cameron will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on October 10 at 6:30 p.m.

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Hope is a Jagged Thing

Welcome Home, a collection of short stories by celebrated YA authors, focuses on adoption

The stories in Welcome Home: An Anthology on Love and Adoption depict a wide range of themes, but most revolve around a common axis: being torn between two decisions, two families, two versions of oneself. Editor Eric Smith and Tennessee contributors Dave Connis, Helen Dunbar, C.J. Redwine, Courtney C. Stevens, and Jeff Zentner will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on October 7 at 2 p.m.

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Memphis Reads

Markus Zusak talks with Chapter 16 about his YA classic, The Book Thief

Australian author Markus Zusak, whose novel The Book Thief is the 2017 Memphis Reads selection, will speak at Christian Brothers University on September 11 at 7 p.m., and at Rhodes College on September 12 at 7 p.m. Both talks are free and open to the public.

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