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The Inquisitor’s Tale, another Middle Grade Fiction Winner!

January 5, 2017 by Adam in News
I humbly accept my 2016 Nerdies Award                      ...

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Huffington Post Review: The Inquisitor’s Tale

January 4, 2017 by Adam in News
"...destined to become a classic..."                                    ...

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Bayviews Review – The Inquisitor’s Tale

December 20, 2016 by Adam in News
Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California                                            ...

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Booklist Starred Review – The Inquisitor’s Tale

December 19, 2016 by Adam in News
Click to read!                    ...

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The Horn Book: Best Books of 2016

December 15, 2016 by Adam in News
Fanfare for The Inquisitor's...

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Entertainment Weekly: Best Middle Grade Books of 2016

December 14, 2016 by Adam in News
The Inquisitor's Tale lands at...

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Behind the Illuminations of The Inquisitor’s Tale

December 13, 2016 by Adam in News
with Hatem Aly                              ...

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San Francisco Chronicle: Holiday Books Gift Guide

December 12, 2016 by Adam in News, Uncategorized
The Inquisitor's Tale...

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Publishers Weekly: Best Books of 2016

October 31, 2016 by Adam in News
The Inquisitor's Tale makes the cut...

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A stellar review and Earphones Award for the Inquisitor’s Tale Audiobook

October 28, 2016 by Adam in News
A warm thanks to AudioFile...

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THE NEW YORKER: What Makes a Children’s Book Good? 

October 4, 2016 by Adam in News
Read my take on What Makes a Children's Book Good? in...

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LISTEN: All The Wonders Podcast

October 3, 2016 by Adam in News
Matthew Winner and I talk about writing, teaching, and storytelling on his All The...

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Download the Educator’s Guide to The Inquisitor’s Tale

September 30, 2016 by Adam in News
Head on over to Resources and download the Educator's Guide to the Inquisitor's Tale. You'll also find a neat Annotated...

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The Inquisitor’s Tale is finally here!!!

September 27, 2016 by Adam in News
So excited to celebrate the launch of The Inquisitor's Tale, or, The Three Magical Children and their Holy Dog. Pick up a copy and come find me on...

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What do kids books tell us about our inner lives?

September 22, 2016 by Adam in News
Check out this essay I wrote for...

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The Grimm books have a whole new look!

August 19, 2016 by Adam in News
In case you haven't been keeping up with me in the gruesome Twitter realm, the newly designed Grimm books are hitting stores this September, featuring the magical art of the one and only, Caldecott-winning Dan Santat. Wondering what mighty forces convinced me to change my beloved covers? Read about the process and check out the new...

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So You Want To Be A Jedi COVER REVEAL

June 5, 2015 by Adam in News
On September 22, my new book, The Empire Strikes Back: So You Want To Be A Jedi will be available! And now, you can see the cover of it, along with the covers of the other two books in the series, A New Hope: The Princess, The Farm Boy, and the Scoundrel and Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark...

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Some Wonderful Letters from Parents

April 27, 2015 by Adam in Uncategorized
Below, I'd like to share some letters from parents that inspire me to keep writing (bloody) books: -- I do not have a question, I just wanted to thank you. I am the mother of a 12 year old that is not a strong reader due to ADD/dyslexia, and I feel because of that has decided that reading is boring. I have tried all sorts of books and just can't seem to find the book that clicks. I came...

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Some Lovely Letters from Teachers

April 23, 2015 by Adam in Blog
Below are some of the letters I've received from teachers that inspire me to keep writing: -- Okay, this teacher hates me, but I think she hates me in the best possible way:   Dear Mr. Gidwitz,   I would like to offer my professional review of your novel, A Tale Dark and Grimm. For the past four years I have read the novel aloud to my sixth grade reading class. I...

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So You Want to Be a Jedi?

April 9, 2015 by Adam in News
Adam's new book is coming! And he's pretty sure you're gonna like it. A lot. It's a retelling of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, but in addition to retelling the story, Adam got to invent new scenes, add comments and humor, and also teach you how to be a Jedi. You see, in between each chapter there are lessons. He starts with the basics: how to meditate; how to meditate while standing on one...

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Listen to Adam on Air!

October 20, 2014 by Adam in Blog
Be sure to tune in and hear Adam chat it up on the radio! Some segments have yet to air but as soon as they do, we'll provide the link below! 10/29 - NHPR - Word of Mouth: http://nhpr.org/post/grimm-conclusion-these-fairy-tales-are-not-faint-heart ; http://nhpr.org/post/grimm-cinderella-story-warning-its-lot-bloodier-dis... 10/30 - Kaxe Radio, hosts Maggie Montgomery and Robert...

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In Defense of Real Fairytales

October 19, 2014 by Adam in Blog
This essay, first published in The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy Blog, is for any librarian, teacher, administrator, or parent who is a little…well… hesitant to share the real Grimm with their children.   An email arrived in my inbox recently. I was in the midst of planning a visit to a rural elementary school to share “A Tale Dark and Grimm,” my adaptation of Grimm’s...

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On Children, Imagination, and Our Busy Lives

August 28, 2014 by Adam in Blog
When I was thirteen years old, an author came to my school. I remember nothing about her. Nothing, that is, except her answer to one question: “How do you know if you’re a writer?”   She paused, wrinkling her brow. Then she said, “Writers write.”   I was floored. The absolute tautological truth of the statement appealed to my adolescent mind as the highest form of...

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