S5 E47 Daniel Nayeri, Paola Mendoza, Maia & Alex Shibutani
On the Podcast: Daniel Nayeri, Paola Mendoza, and Maia & Alex Shibutani

In this episode, meet Daniel Nayeri, author of Everything Sad is Untrue, Paola Mendoza, co-author of Sanctuary, and Maia and Alex Shibutani, brother and sister co-authors of The Mystery of the Masked Medalist. Storytelling, creativity, activism, and friendship are all themes that ring out in these behind-the-mic interviews. Listen in to hear more, plus discover a side of the “Shib Sibs” that you’ve never heard before.

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At the front of a middle school classroom in Oklahoma, a boy named Khosrou (whom everyone calls “Daniel”) stands, trying to tell a story. But no one believes a word he says. Khosrou’s stories, stretching back years and decades, are beautiful and terrifying. Like Scheherazade in a hostile classroom, Daniel weaves a tale to save his own life: to stake his claim to the truth. And it is (a true story).

A co-founder of the Women’s March makes her YA debut in a near future dystopian novel where a young girl and her brother must escape a xenophobic government to find sanctuary. Gripping and urgent, Sanctuary is an audiobook as haunting as it is hopeful in envisioning a future where everyone can find safety.

From two-time Olympic bronze medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani comes a fun-filled, fast-paced middle-grade mystery set at the Tokyo Olympics. Developed by a mysterious former medalist, OlympiFan brings players together from all over the world to search Tokyo for virtual medals and clues to the secretive creator’s identity. Will siblings Andy and Mika crack the case?

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