Chapter 16
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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

Making Good Trouble

Rhonda Rucker discusses her new picture book, Make a Change, about a slice of Knoxville history

In her new picture book, written with help from her husband, Sparky, Maryville children’s author Rhonda Rucker tells a story of peaceful protest in segregation-era Knoxville.

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Creatures of the Night

Kerri Maniscalco delivers monstrous thrills in her latest Victorian-era YA novel

Knoxville YA novelist Kerri Maniscalco has crafted another taut tale of an independent heroine and her partner, this time in nineteenth-century Romania. Hunting Prince Dracula is filled with unexpected twists and turns, playful romantic banter, red herrings, and monstrous surprises.

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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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