5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Interview: Julie Sternberg

I’m ALWAYS looking for great chapter books for my third graders. These kids gobble up books like I gobble up Skittles. I’m thankful that great authors like Julie Sternberg are writing books for my young readers. Interviewing Julie was super fun. Enjoy!

5,4, 3, 2,1 Interview Rules:

1. I give the interviewee 5 questions

2. They have to answer

·         1 question with 5 sentences

·         1 question with 4 sentences

·         1 question with 3 sentences

·         1 question with 2 sentences

·         1 question with 1 sentences

3.  They get to pick which question which question to answer with each number of sentences

4. Have fun!


1. Can you tell us a little bit about FRIENDSHIP OVER: THE TOP-SECRET DIARY OF ELIE VALENTINE? (5 sentences)
Ten-year-old Celie doesn’t like change, but everything is changing around her.  Her best friend, Lula, has stopped speaking to her; and Celie has no idea why.  Meanwhile, her older sister has mysteriously chosen an evil new best friend.  And their grandmother is behaving in ways that no one in the family can understand.  Celie works through her feelings about these difficulties in her top-secret diary.
2. What is your favorite thing about being an author?  (1 sentence)
I love spending my days trying to tell a good story.
3. What’s the hardest thing about being an author? (4 sentences)
Starting a brand-new story is agony. I’ll stare at the blank screen of my computer, and stare at the blank screen of my computer, and think, I’ll never be able to write another book again.  Most times, I have to take it word by painful word until FINALLY the paragraphs start to flow.  And that is bliss!
4. If you could spend one day inside the world of any book which book would you pick? (3 sentences-ish)
I’d spend a day inside the world of THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE, by C. S. Lewis, for these reasons and more:  The rambling house in the countryside, full of unexpected spaces.  The wardrobe with a passage to another world.  And the majestic, talking lion.
The Chronicles of Narnia 2 - The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe Cover
5. What advice do you have for the young writers in my classroom?  (2 sentences, of a sort)
All you have to do to become a writer is write. And then keep fixing and fixing and fixing what you’ve written, until it feels true.
Julie Sternberg is the author of the best-selling Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie and its sequels, Like Bug Juice on a Burger andLike Carrot Juice on a Cupcake. Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie is a Gryphon Award winner, a Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Awards Nominee, and an Illinois Monarch Award Finalist. Formerly a public interest lawyer, Julie is a graduate of the New School’s MFA program in Creative Writing, with a concentration in writing for children. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York. For more information about her life and work and to download free activity materials based on her books, visit her website: juliesternberg.com.
Check out the other stops on Julie’s blog tour!
Mon, Sept 29
Mother Daughter Book Club
Tues, Sept 30
5 Minutes for Mom
Wed, Oct 1
Thurs, Oct 2
KidLit Frenzy
Fri, Oct 3
The Hiding Spot
Sat, Oct 4
Booking Mama
Mon, Oct 6
Ms. Yingling Reads
Tues, Oct 7
Wed, Oct 8
Great Kid Books
Thurs, Oct 9
Teach Mentor Texts
Fri, Oct 10
Unleashing Readers
Sat, Oct 11
Bermuda Onion

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