BACK TO SCHOOL

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. Interviews with New England authors of kids books start this Friday during Morning Edition.

Tochi Onyebuchi of New Haven, Conn., is the author of "Beasts Made of Night."
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We wrap up our back-to-school book series with a tale of good versus evil.

A kitchen showroom in an Ikea store.
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Amherst, Massachusetts, author Catherine Newman set her first middle-grade novel, "One Mixed-Up Night", in an unlikely setting -- the giant Swedish furniture store Ikea. 

Author and poet Rich Michelson owns an art gallery in Northampton, Mass.
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By the late 19th Century, Hebrew was a language spoken only in prayer. But one man in Jerusalem, Ben Yehuda, went to great lengths to bring it back into common use among Jews around the world.

Author Crystal Senter-Brown of Chicopee, Mass.
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We continue our back-to-school book series today with "A.J. and the Magic Kite," a picture book about the contributions of African-American inventors.

Author David Hyde Costello with the clay models he referenced while illustrating his book "Little Pig Saves The Ship."
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"Little Pig Saves the Ship" is the next pick in our annual back-to-school book series.

Northampton, Mass., author Lisa Papademetriou.
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Callie is a seventh-grade grader in New York who spends a week cutting school, visiting museums and uncovering family secrets about the death of her gay uncle.

She's the main character in "Apartment 1986," a new young adult novel by Northampton, Massachusetts, writer Lisa Papademtriou.

To kick off this year's back-to-school book series, we sat down with Papademtriou. She started by reading from the book's first section, when we meet the exuberant narrator.