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Phyllis Reynolds Naylor talks finishing the 'Alice' series -- a 28-book, 28-year-long opus

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If you’re a woman of a certain age, you’re probably familiar with Alice McKinley — the strawberry-blond everygirl first introduced in 1985′s The Agony of Alice.

Though Newbery Medal-winning author Phyllis Reynolds Naylor originally envisioned the novel as a standalone story, she followed it with a sequel, Alice in Rapture, Sort of, in 1989. Fans still wanted more — so in 1991, Naylor began releasing one Alice book every year, following her creation from middle school to the summer after her high school graduation. In the early aughts, she also released a series of prequels about Alice’s life in elementary school — the perfect solution for girls not yet ready to read their older sisters’ favorite books. Over nearly three decades, the books have won legions of fans for their colorful depiction of a regular girl’s trials and tribulations, as well as their frank discussions of topics like sex — passages that frequently landed Alice among the ALA’s list of most frequently challenged books.

28 years later, Naylor is finally wrapping the series with an ambitious, 523-page volume that follows Alice from ages 18 to 60. The book, which hits shelves today, is called Now I’ll Tell You Everything – a title that’s both evocative and refreshingly straightforward, much like the Alice series as a whole.

Naylor is happy with the way her magnum opus turned out, though naturally, saying goodbye is bittersweet. “I suppose it’s like having a child go off to college,” she told EW in an interview last month. “For the last 28 years, six months of every year was dedicated to an Alice book. And suddenly, I have six whole months more to do whatever I want! So that’s exciting, but there’s still times I wish she were home.”

Read on to learn more about the series’ long-awaited conclusion. Spoiler alert: We discuss the contents of Now I’ll Tell You Everything, so read on only if you’ve already read the book… or if you’ve always wanted to know how everything turns out for Alice.

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Check out an interview and audio excerpt from Octavia Spencer's new children's novel -- EXCLUSIVE

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Actress Octavia Spencer, best known for her Oscar-winning performance as Minny in The Help, has written a new novel about a young crime-fighting hero, Randi Rhodes: ninja detective. In her first adventure with best-friend and sidekick D.C. (also a ninja detective), Randi goes looking for her small town’s time capsule, which many people believe holds the town’s treasure. Below, Spencer talks about her inspiration for the story and her own struggle with dyslexia as a child. Plus, listen to Spencer reading from an excerpt of The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit, which is out today. READ FULL STORY

Check out the cover for Megan McCafferty's Jessica Darling prequel 'It List' -- EXCLUSIVE

Megan McCafferty still can’t believe it took her as long as it did to come up with a Jessica Darling prequel. “As soon as I figured it out it seemed like, ‘Duh, I should have done this three years ago,’” she tells EW. But it didn’t seem obvious to this writer. Perfect Fifths, the final installment in the series that began with Sloppy Firsts, ended, well, perfectly (in my opinion, anyhow). Do we really need to know what Marcus Flutie looked like in junior high? Turns out the answer to that would be an unequivocal yes.

Instead of exploring the cringe-worthy moments of young and new adulthood, Jessica Darling’s It List: The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Popularity, Prettiness and Perfection turns back the clock in favor of junior high. Yes, the book is the first in a new series for middle-graders, but have no fear, older readers: It’s been called “a gift for Jessica Darling fans.” All of your favorite (and not-so favorite) characters are there, albeit younger and perhaps a tad less jaded (but just a tad — this is Jessica Darling, after all). It List starts on the day before seventh grade when Jessica’s older sister Bethany presents her with the “It List,” a list of instructions to continue “Darling Domination of Popularity.” Jessica tries to stick to the list, to hilarious (and often painful) effect.

There are still a few months to go before the book’s release date, but you can check out the brand-new cover below, then read our full interview with McCafferty afterwards. READ FULL STORY

Jim Carrey has written a children's book

Actor and comedian Jim Carrey has found a publisher and distributor for his children’s book, How Roland Rolls.

Perseus Books will be printing the story, about an ocean wave who is afraid of crashing into the shore, but when he retreats farther into the ocean he discovers his place in the world. On the book’s website, Carrey details his reasons for writing for the book.

“I wrote How Roland Rolls specifically as a way for parents and grandparents to engage with the children in quality together-time. Not only will the message of the story help them feel connected, worthwhile, and a part of something vast and grand … the very act of adults spending time simply to be with them, and only with them, will pay off in an experience of fulfillment that’s truly beyond compare.”
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Jason Segel to write 'Nightmares!' book series

We always knew that Muppet lover and Dracula musical writer Jason Segel was a giant kid at heart, and now he’s planning to tell stories directly aimed at a very young audience. Random House announced this morning that the How I Met Your Mother star will be releasing a middle-grade series called Nightmares!, co-written by The Eternal Ones author Kirsten Miller. The first book is scheduled for release Fall 2014.

Nightmares! is an adventure story about a group of kids who realize it’s up to them to save their town from fear, which has manifested itself in the form of nightmare creatures that have slipped into the everyday world.

“Ultimately, it’s a story about learning that we can accomplish anything, as long as we are brave enough to try,” said Segel in a press release. “These are the types of stories that always inspired me.”

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Watch the trailer for Soman Chainani's 'The School for Good and Evil' -- EXCLUSIVE

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With early readers-turned-fans such as Wicked author Gregory Maguire, Goosebumps author R.L. Stine, and Life of Pi screenwriter David Magee, Soman Chainani’s The School for Good and Evil is one of the most anticipated fantasy YA novels of the year. The first 496-page book in the trilogy — set in a world where two children are kidnapped each year and trained to become either a fairy tale hero or villain — will be published by HarperCollins Children’s Publishers on May 14, and we’ve got your exclusive first look at the appropriately imaginative trailer below. READ FULL STORY

'Girls' guest star Bob Balaban really has written a best-selling series of books about a bionic dog. No, really...

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One of the best jokes on last night’s Girls involved Hannah’s therapist, played by guest star Bob Balaban, mentioning he had written a bestselling series of children’s books about a bionic dog.

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Randi Zuckerberg, sister of Facebook's CEO, signs a two-book deal

The Associated Press reports that HarperCollins has announced a two-book deal with Randi Zuckerberg, the sister of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Randi is planning to write a memoir titled Dot Complicated, as well as a children’s book. The memoir, which is scheduled for a Nov. 5 release, will provide insight into the digital world. From her time as Facebook’s marketing director to her time as a mother and founder of the Zuckerberg Media Company, Randi will share her experiences with life in the digital age.

“I am thrilled to be working with HarperCollins to share some of my own crazy experiences on the front lines of social media and to inspire people of all ages to embrace technology, as well as the new set of social norms that come along with it,” she said.

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Anne of Green Gables gets a makeover on the cover of new three-piece set

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Growing up is one thing, but undergoing a complete makeover is something else.

At least that’s what fans of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables are saying about the newest cover of the three-piece set published in November. In the books — which are in the public domain and therefore susceptible to any cover — the character is a pre-teen described as having red hair and freckles, and yet the newest cover reveals a very mature blond-haired, blue-eyed young lady running her fingers through her hair. Is this how you pictured Anne?

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2013 Caldecott and Newbery Medal winners are announced

Awards season isn’t limited to those in film and television.

The American Library Association announced its own set of winners today for the best in children’s books.

The 2013 Caldecott Medal, which recognizes picture books, was awarded to Jon Klassen for This Is Not My Hat, a follow-up to his popular story, I Want My Hat Back. This Is Not My Hat is the tale of a small fish with a zealous attitude and what happens when he steals a hat from a larger creature.

The 2013 Newbery Medal for children’s literature was awarded to Katherine Applegate for The One and Only Ivan, which tells the story of an artistic gorilla that lives a caged life in a shopping center and hardly ever misses the jungle. But Ivan’s world is changed when he’s joined by a baby elephant that helps him to see things differently.

Even adults can appreciate the humor and creativity in these award-winning children’s books.

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