Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Julie Danielson

Lois Lowry Broadens Her Horizons

After two Newbery Medals and more than 40 books, Lois Lowry writes her first book in verse

In On the Horizon, acclaimed children’s author Lois Lowry explores the history of World War II through the stories of those who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor and the bombing of Hiroshima. Chapter 16 talked with Lowry about writing in verse for the first time, what she thought of the film adaptation of The Giver, what surprises her about children’s literature after decades in the field, and more.

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Unconditional Love 101

Alice Faye Duncan’s Just Like a Mama explores the bond between a child and the grandmother raising her

Alice Faye Duncan’s latest picture book, Just Like a Mama, with illustrations by debut artist Charnelle Pinkney Barlow, pays tribute to the caregivers who raise children with abundant love and devotion.

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The Nation’s Oldest Student

Rita Lorraine Hubbard shares the remarkable life of Mary Walker, who learned to read at age 116

Author Rita Lorraine Hubbard reminds young readers that they’re “never too old to learn” by telling the extraordinary life story of Chattanooga’s beloved Mary Walker in The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read, illustrated by Oge Mora.

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Love Story

Joy Jordan-Lake’s A Crazy-Much Love explores the irrepressible love of parents for their adopted child

Joy Jordan-Lake’s debut picture book, illustrated by Spanish illustrator Sonia Sánchez, is about the “crazy-much love” two parents have for their adopted child and the profound love all parents hold for their children.  

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Living Like a King

Derrick Barnes’ The King of Kindergarten joyously addresses one of childhood’s biggest milestones

Award-winning author Derrick Barnes’ latest book, The King of Kindergarten, celebrates the joy and pride of a child’s first day of school. Barnes will appear at the 2019 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville on October 11-13.  

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Meeting in the Middle

Julia Watts’s new novel for teens finds room for friendship in the so-called culture wars

Quiver, Julia Watts’s new novel for teens, is a story of acceptance against all odds. 

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