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Jocelyn on the slushy streets of Quebec City, on a research trip for her book, Between Two Shores.
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Jocelyn Green: Digging Deep for Historical Fiction Gems

by Terri Barnes

Jocelyn Green’s award-winning historical fiction is the product of extensive research. The author’s quest for immersive historic settings, plots, and characters takes her beyond the walls of her cozy home office. As well as spending time in libraries and museums, Jocelyn often travels to locations that are the settings for her novels. […]

Bryan Bliss: Redemption on Death Row
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Bryan Bliss: Redemption on Death Row

by Naomi Krueger

Is anyone beyond redemption? “No,” says author Bryan Bliss. Not even criminals on death row, which the justice system has deemed worthy of execution. Bryan’s latest young adult novel, We’ll Fly Away, tackles this question by telling a compelling story of a teenager on death row and how he got there. Influenced by his own upbringing, his experiences with people living on death row, and his personal convictions about justice and redemption, Bryan’s writing invites teens to contend with deeper, meaningful issues. […]

In the Artist’s Studio With John Parra
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In the Artist’s Studio With John Parra

by Christina Rodriguez

An artist’s studio isn’t just a sanctuary for pensive reflection and ideas, but a workshop of endeavors, problem-solving, and a nexus of activity. For nationally-acclaimed children’s book illustrator John Parra, his studio is also a living testament to his Latino culture. John shares a peek inside the creative space where he infuses his background, culture, and personality into his award-winning multicultural children’s books and other projects that draw from his roots like the USPS 2017 “Delicioso” Forever Stamp series featuring his vibrant illustrations of popular Latin American cuisine. […]