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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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Put Your Mother on the Ceiling: Imagination, Reading and Play

July 19, 2014 by Adam in Blog
When I was younger, this was my life:   Me, in my room, playing with action figures—little plastic dudes with masks and guns and grappling hooks. I’d take two in my hands. The bad guy would come up to the good guy and say something insulting. The good guy wasn’t going to stand for it, and he’d say so. The bad guy’d take a swing at the good guy. And from there they’d just...

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Tears Into Blood

April 5, 2014 by Adam in Blog
Fairy tales turn tears into blood. This is why I write them. Yes, I write them because they are so funny and weird and beautiful. And because they make children clasp their hands together and stare at you so hard you think they might fall over. But I also write them because they turn tears into blood.What do I mean? Think of a difficult emotional situation. Say, you feel your father doesn’t...

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Why Do I Write Fairy Tales If They’re So Bloody?

March 21, 2014 by Adam in Blog
Why fairy tales? Fairy tales have endured because they speak to the deepest hopes, fears, and needs of children. Fairy tales speak of wolves, and children see their fears personified. Fairy tales speak of step-mothers, and children see the dark sides of their parents. Fairy tales speak of heroes, and children see everything that they want to become.   These days we have a new raft of...

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G.K. Chesterton’s The Dragon’s Grandmother

February 12, 2014 by Adam in Blog
Chesterton's idiosyncratic but totally brilliant defense of fairy tales. You want to read this: "The man I speak of disbelieved in fairy tales in an even more amazing and perverted sense. He actually thought that fairy tales ought not to be told to children. That is (like a belief in slavery or annexation) one of those intellectual errors which lie very near to ordinary mortal sins." Click the...

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Show Don’t Tell, and Other Literary Conventions That Deserve To Be Flouted

December 10, 2013 by Adam in Blog
There is a sacred cow in the world of writing, and, when we are not milking it and taking it for granted, we refer to this holy bovine as "Show don't tell."   If we did not worship this cow, but rather went and got milk from it when we wanted to, it would be a beautiful and useful cow. To say, "It was cold outside," is frequently not as good as, "Jerry went and got his thick goosedown...

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