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Hero Worship: Brad Meltzer takes on Abraham Lincoln, Rosa Parks, and ... Batman

Brad Meltzer has a hang-up about heroes. He keeps looking for real ones.

The thriller novelist (The Inner CircleThe Book of Fate) and conspiracy investigator (the non-fiction History Decoded) has  regularly explored the dynamics of good vs. evil in the comic book world, penning stories about Green Arrow and the Justice League of America. But as the father of three young kids, Meltzer says he started to rethink what it means to be one of the good guys. Superhuman crimefighters may be fun, but they’re fantasy.

As part of a new series of picture books, he decided to focus on real-life iconic leaders, adventurers, and trailblazers. But he found his stories of heroism in an unlikely place — their childhoods.

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On The Books: B.J. Novak lands children's book deal

The most exciting book news today? Film and television star B.J. Novak has partnered with Penguin Young Readers Group to publish a new picture book called (wait for it) The Book With No Pictures. As the title implies, the children’s book will be text-only, designed to provide children with a more enthralling reading experience.

Before you start shaking your head with confusion, let Novak explain: “I wanted to write a book that would introduce the youngest of kids to the idea that words can be their allies — that the right words can be as fun, exciting, and ridiculous as any pictures,” the actor said in a statement released by his publishing company. “Also, I can’t draw.”

The Book With No Pictures, which will be published in the fall of 2014, is the first of two books that Novak will release with Dial, an imprint of Penguin Young Reader’s Group.

More book news below!

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Barbara Park, 'Junie B. Jones' author, dead at 66

The author of the million-selling Junie B. Jones children’s series has died.

Random House Books for Young Readers says Barbara Park died Friday at age 66 after a long battle with ovarian cancer.

The publisher says Park’s stories of the smart-mouthed young girl sold more than 55 million copies just in North America. She wrote dozens of books and received numerous awards, although parents and educators occasionally worried that Junie was a bad influence on her young fans.

Park helped found a charitable organization, Sisters in Survival, to raise money women with ovarian cancer. Random House announced that contributions can be made to SistersInSurvival.org.

'What Does the Fox Say?' children's book on the way

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You’ve probably seen that YouTube video about what the fox says. Soon you’ll get to read about it.

Simon & Schuster’s Children’s Publishing has acquired a picture book based on the online sensation devised by the Norwegian comedy team Ylvis. The publisher announced Monday that the upcoming release, What Does the Fox Say?, will come out Dec. 10.

Ylvis, alias for brothers Vegard and Bard Ylvisaker, have scored more than 200 million YouTube hits since September of them prancing in fox suits singing: “Ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding! Gering-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding!”

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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

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