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Archives - April 2012

Johan Harstad is the Norwegian author of Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in All the Confusion?, a Kirkus Best Fiction of 2011 book, Hässelby, and DARLAH: 172 Hours on the Moon, for which he won the 2008 Brage prize in the children's literature category. He has been described as "one of the most important [Scandinavian] authors to emerge in the early years of this century" and "an author of exceptional stylistic assurance." Here, he discusses his innermost thoughts about the universe.  
Allan Wolf is an award-winning children's and young adult novelist, poet, educator, and performer. His novels told in verse include NEW FOUND LAND: Lewis and Clark's Voyage of Discovery and Zane's Trace. His poetry books include IMMERSED IN VERSE, THE BLOOD-HUNGRY SPLEEN AND OTHER POEMS ABOUT PARTS, and MORE THAN FRIENDS: Poems From Him and Her. Allan is former Educational Director for Poetry Alive!, a national touring company that presents theatrical poetry shows for all ages. He lives in Asheville with his wife and three children and can recite hundreds of poems from memory. In his newest book, THE WATCH THAT ENDS THE NIGHT: Voices from the Titanic, he evokes twenty-four haunting voices of the Titanic tragedy, as well as the iceberg itself.
April 11, 2012

Pinning Belles

Jen Calonita is a former journalist for Teen People, Glamour, and Marie Claire.  She is also the author of the popular Secrets of My Hollywood Lifeseries as well as the standalone novels SLEEPAWAY GIRLS and REALITY CHECK.  Her next Bellesbook, WINTER WHITE, will release in October 2012.  She lives with her family on New York’s Long Island, and you can visit her at        
After graduating from Yale with a degree in English, Barry Lyga worked in the comic book industry for ten years. In 2006, his first young adult novel, THE ASTONISHING ADVENTURE SOF FANBOY AND GOTH GIRL, was published to rave reviews. His newest novel, I HUNT KILLERS, just came out on April 3rd, and is about the teenaged son of the world's worst serial killer. Lyga lives and writes in the big city. His comic book collection is a lot smaller than it used to be, but is still way too big.  
Joanne Rocklin is the critically acclaimed author of several books, including One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street, which earned starred reviews and which School Library Journal called "sweet and tart and sure to satisfy." She's also the author of Strudel Stories, which was a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and an American Library Association Notable Book, and For YOUR Eyes Only!, which was a School Library Journal Best Book and a Bank Street Best Book. She lives in Oakland, California. For more information, visit her website at, where you can find a link to a fun activity kit, a sample chapter, and the book trailer.