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You’ve heard from local authors about their new books for NEPR’s Summer Fiction series. Now — as summer nears its end — we are going back to school. Listen to interviews with New England authors of kids books during Morning Edition and below.

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Children's book author Jane Yolen.
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Writing novels about the Holocaust for young readers has only been done by a few. Hatfield, Massachusetts, author Jane Yolen has written three on the topic of Jewish teenagers experiencing World War II.

A great white shark off Mexico.
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Many kids are fascinated by sharks, but most shark books are pitched to younger readers. So Karen Romano Young decided to write a comprehensive book on sharks for older kids.

Author Natasha Lowe says she wrote "Lucy Castor Finds Her Sparkle" in her kitchen in Deerfield, Massachusetts.
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Our back-to-school book series continues with the story of nine-year-old Lucy Castor, who starts fourth grade at the beginning of the book, "Lucy Castor Finds Her Sparkle." 

A monkey bakes a cake for a contest, and every possible thing goes wrong. This same monkey is invited to perform a trick at a school, but he has to battle crazy weather and ends up juggling cows.

These stories make up the first two books in the Mr. Monkey series by Northampton, Massachusetts, author and illustrator Jeff Mack. 

The Penderwicks At Last
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Our back-to-school book series for younger readers begins with Northampton, Massachusetts, writer Jeanne Birdsall and her book, "The Penderwicks At Last."