Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

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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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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