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Nancy Polette: Catching Readers for 70 Years
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Nancy Polette: Catching Readers for 70 Years

by Meagan Frank

Nancy Polette’s first published poem made its mark on the pages of a children’s magazine when she was ten years old. At about that same time, a 34-year-old American named Virginia Hall was limping her way onto the Gestapo’s most wanted list as a one-legged World War II spy in France. The two women were separated by thousands of miles and two decades of living, but their stories would eventually cross paths. […]

Mike Yorkey: Voicing Eric LeGrand’s Story
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Mike Yorkey: Voicing Eric LeGrand’s Story

by Meagan Frank

Mike Yorkey makes his way into an apartment bedroom to introduce himself to Eric LeGrand. As he walks over to where Eric sits in his wheelchair, Mike extends a hand of greeting and realizes the only gesture Eric can offer in return is a smile. Mike has come to help Eric write his story, and he will gently guide him through some of the darkest places he’ll be forced to revisit. […]

Jeff Kinney: More Than a Wimpy Kid
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Jeff Kinney: More Than a Wimpy Kid

by Meagan Frank

Poised to release the seventh book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, best-selling author and illustrator Jeff Kinney continues to marvel at the popularity of his books and remains humbled by the surprises in his own story. Since the emergence of the first and original Diary of a Wimpy Kid released in 2007, there have been millions of books […]