Category Archives: Authors

Author’s Notebook | The Woodcarver’s Daughter by Yona Zeldis McDonough

McDonough, Yona Zeldis. The Woodcarver’s Daughter. Kar-Ben, April 2021, 128 pp. The Whole Megillah (TWM): What inspired you to write The Woodcarver’s Daughter?Yona Zeldis McDonough (YZM): I had gone to the Museum of American Folk Art to see a show … Continue reading

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Author’s Notebook | Jumping Over Shadows: A Memoir by Annette Gendler

“The true story of a German-Jewish love that overcame the burdens of the past.” Gendler, Annette. Jumping Over Shadows: A Memoir. Berkeley, CA: She Writes Press, 2017. 233 pages, $16.95 list, paperback. The Whole Megillah (TWM): What prompted you to … Continue reading

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2021 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour | Final Stop

You’ve now come to the final stop along the 2021 Sydney Taylor Book Award blog tour, the culmination of a full week of insightful and inspiring award-winning author and illustrator interviews. Read about the blog tour and all 2021 Sydney … Continue reading

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Two-in-One Author’s Notebook | The Ninth Night of Hanukkah, Written by Erica S. Perl, Illustrated by Shahar Kober

Perl, Erica S. The Ninth Night of Hanukkah. Illus. Shahar Kober. Sterling Children’s Books, 2020, 32 pp. The Whole Megillah (TWM): What inspired this story? Erica Perl (EP): The story was inspired by my two daughters. One Hanukkah night, they … Continue reading

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Author’s Notebook | The Assignment by Liza Wiemer–Now a 2021 Sydney Taylor Notable Book!

Wiemer, Liza. The Assignment. Delacorte Press, 2020, $17.99 The Whole Megillah (TWM): What prompted you to write The Assignment? Liza Wiemer (LZ): On April 4, 2017, I visited Oswego, New York, for a book signing at River’s End Bookstore for … Continue reading

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Author’s Notebook | Judah Touro Didn’t Want to Be Famous, Written by Audrey Ades

Ades, Audrey. Judah Touro Didn’t Want to Be Famous. Illus. Vivien Mildenberger. Kar-Ben, 2020, 32 pp. The Whole Megillah (TWM): What inspired you to write this book? Audrey Ades (AA): I started writing this book in 2016, when I felt … Continue reading

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Author’s Notebook | Hedy Lamarr’s Double Life, Written by Laurie Wallmark

Wallmark, Laurie. Hedy Lamarr’s Double Life. Illus. by Katy Wu. Sterling, 2019. 48 pp., $16.95 The Whole Megillah (TWM): You’ve now published four picture book biographies. What has driven your interest in writing about female scientists? Laurie Wallmark (LW): There … Continue reading

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Author’s Notebook | Beloved Comrades: A Novel in Stories by Yermiyahu Ahron Taub

Taub, Yermiyahu Ahron. Beloved Comrades: A Novel in Stories. Quanah, TX: Anaphora Literary Press, 2020. The Whole Megillah (TWM): What inspired this work, its structure, and its scope? What made the narrative begin with the postwar period? Yermiyahu Ahron Taub … Continue reading

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Author’s Notebook | A Ceiling Made of Eggshells by Gail Carson Levine

Levine, Gail Carson. A Ceiling Made of Eggshells. HarperCollins, 2020, 371 pp. $17.99, Grades 4-6. The Whole Megillah (TWM): What inspired you to write this book? Gail Carson Levine (GCL): This was a trip into family history. My father’s ancestors … Continue reading

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2020 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour | Final Stop

  You’ve now come to the final stop along the 2020 Sydney Taylor Book Award blog tour, the culmination of a full week of insightful and inspiring award-winning author and illustrator interviews. Read about the blog tour and all 2020 … Continue reading

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