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RB: What books, other than your own, would you recommend for young readers?

AM: Oh my god, don't get me started! They're probably the books that I especially loved as a kid, but there are so many of them. The Roald Dahl books, Mary Poppins, the Wizard of Oz books, Dr. Doolittle. One of my favorites, and I'm pleased to know that it's still in print, is Mr. Popper's Penguins. And Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is one of my all-time favorite books.

RB: Are there any newer titles you'd recommend?

AM: One of my favorites is the Brian Selznick's book The Invention of Hugo Cabret, that came out about three years ago. I love Pam Ryan's books, Karen Hesse's books...there are a lot of them.

RB: I know you've written another series since The Baby-Sitter's Club, the Main Street series. What else have you been up to?

AM: Apart from that series, all single novels and all for about the same age group. Belle Teal, Corner of the Universe, A Dog's Life, Everything for a Dog and, with another friend of mine, Laura Goodwin, three books—well, it sort of is turning into a series, [but] it didn't set out to be—The Doll People. We're about to start working on the next one of those.

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