Richard Peck Interview

November 7th, 2009 by Lewis Frumkes

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It may sound strange, but Richard Peck reminds me somehow of a James Ellroy for youngsters. This Newberry-Award-winner, and National Book-Award-finalist, with sixty or seventy books to his credit, mines the fields of horror, caper, mystery, the occult, and history for his legions of young-adult fans. He enthralls them and enraptures them because he is a natural story-teller. Peck’s mind works in unusual and original ways; nor is he a shrinking violet when asked for opinions. He voices them in the same commanding, and intimidating manner as Ellroy. He is bright, articulate, talented and fun. Do listen to Richard and I discuss Peck’s world.

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Grace Chang Interview

April 27th, 2008 by Lewis Frumkes

 

jin-jin-the-dragonGrace is one of the most extraordinary people I know. She came to me wanting to write a children’s book and we spent two years together as I watched her cobble Jin Jin the Dragon into a reality. It is a gorgeously illustrated book published by Enchanted Lion . . . . simply beguiling. Grace, herself, is not only beautiful, but she was a circus performer in China and consummate magician. She is also an actress whom you may remember seeing in the film “The Joy Luck Club.”

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