Creative Spaces Interviews

A Peek at the Creative Space of Corina Vacco

Corina Vacco is a young adult author who lives in Berkeley, California. This week marks the publication of her debut novel, My Chemical Mountain. Her novel won the Delacorte Prize for a first young adult novel and is an official YA selection at the Wordstock Literary Festival in Portland, Oregon.   The story behind My Chemical Mountain is an interesting one. While living in western New York, Corina came across a real-life toxic town situated near one of the most dangerous landfills in the world. It contained chemical waste from Love Canal and other environmental disasters, along with radioactive waste leftover from the Manhattan Project.… Read the rest

A Peek at the Creative Space of Jennifer Gennari

        Jennifer Gennari is the author of My Mixed-Up Berry Blue Summer  (Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2012). This week marks one year of publication for her debut novel, which was selected for the Association of Booksellers for Children Spring 2012 New Voices and also named to the American Library Association Rainbow List. Twelve-year-old June is set on winning a blue ribbon for one of her pies in the Champlain Valley Fair pie competition, but her plans get muddled when June’s mom decides to marry her girlfriend now that Vermont has made civil unions legal.   Jennifer Gennari is a graduate of Vermont College of Fine Arts and a former reporter.… Read the rest

A Peek at the Creative Space of Lisa Jahn-Clough

        Lisa Jahn-Clough has published over a dozen picture books and three young adult novels. Her work has won awards from Child Magazine, Parent’s Choice, Bank Street, Raising Readers, and Entertainment Weekly. Her latest young adult novel, Nothing But Blue, will be published in May 2013. Here is a summary from the publisher:     All dead. No one survived. All dead. This morbid chant haunts seventeen-year-old Blue as she trudges through the countryside with just the clothes on her back, heading to her childhood home on the ocean. Something absolutely awful has happened, she knows it, but she doesn’t know what.… Read the rest

Salina Yoon Giveaway Winners!!!

The winner of Pinwheel is commenter “Calliope”! The winner of Penguin on Vacation is commenter “Sarah Grimm”! Thank you to everyone who commented to win one of Salina Yoon’s books! If you are one of the winners, please email me with your mailing address so Salina can mail you your book.… Read the rest

A Peek at the Creative Space of Salina Yoon (and TWO Giveaways!)

  Salina Yoon is an author, illustrator, and format designer of nearly 200 novelty and board books. If you have or work with little ones, you’ve no doubt come across some of her wonderful books like Do Cows Meow, At the Beach, and Pretend and Play: Toolbox. Her latest novelty book is Pinwheel from Little, Brown. Salina is also the award-winning author and illustrator of the Penguin picture book series, featuring Penguin and Pinecone, and the forthcoming Penguin on Vacation and Penguin in Love from Walker Books. Check out this super cute trailer of Penguin and Pinecone:     And Penguin keeps a blog where you can keep up with his adventures, like the time he tried to decorate for Christmas. … Read the rest