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The 20 Question Interview with our very own Turkeybird is our feature interview that happens with all of the book authors, illustrators and poets we love!

Today we are delighted to welcome a friend and long time favorite author of Turkeybird’s mom, Beth Kephart. Beth’s new book Going Over was published this past week. Much like Dangerous Neighbors, You Are My Only, Small Damages and many other of Beth’s novels Going Over was one that will not soon be forgotten. After many long hours (or possibly minutes) talking with his mom Turkeybird came up with a few questions to ask Beth that he knew he needed to know. So, without further hesitation on our part, the Turkeybird’s interview with Beth Kephart…

Beth Kephart_Author Photo_smI LOVE these questions, Turkeybird. Also, you are such a cute guy! I’ve heard many fine things about you….. But I digress….

1. So, my mom tried to explain why someone would put a big wall in the middle of a big country, but why do you think they did it? Sounds pretty weird to me!

Sadly, there are still many walls in the world today. Walls between Palestine and Israel, between Yemen and Saudi Arabia, and between our own country and Mexico, among other places. Often walls are built to keep people or perceived dangers out. In Berlin, the wall was built in 1961 to keep the people in. The East Germans had begun flocking to the West—unhappy with the conditions where they lived and in search of better opportunities. The East German government needed those people to stay put—who would do the work if they were gone?—and so the Wall (devastatingly) went up.

2. How do you talk to someone when there’s a big wall in the way?

Well, often, you don’t. You can’t. You are cut off from communication. But people are ingenious, and many found a way. Westerners could visit the East, with certain passes. And sometimes the Easterners could get a pass to visit the West. But most of the time, between many people, sometimes even between husbands and wives or siblings or best friends, there was silence. It was terrible.

3. If you were seven what would you read next?

Where the Wild Things Are.

4. How about if you were four, what would you read next? (Littlebug likes to read a lot too. I’ve gotta get books for her.)

flamingo and littlebugFlora and the Flamingo. Which doesn’t even have any words, but it has the best message.
(Turkeybird: AH! That is one of her most favorite books ever…see the picture and you’ll know what I’m talking about.)

5. Swings or Slides?

I’d have to say Slides.

6. Why?

Because when I was nine years old I shattered my arm in a fall from a swing. I still have the scars and weak arm to prove it!

7. Math or English class? (I can’t decide right now, I like both!)

Don’t decide! Like both!

8. Do you have a favorite treat? (Mine is anything chocolate!)

I’m right with you, buddy.

9. Crayons or Markers?


10. Why?

Because then I can write the next Famous Crayon Book.

11. What’s your favorite color?

It used to be blue-green. Now it might be orange.

There's a Book_Beth's ceramics12. I heard you like to make pots and things out of clay. (That sounds neat!) What was your favorite pot that you’ve made?

Oh. I can send you a photograph. I made it for my editor at Chronicle Books, Tamra Tuller. I will attach a picture.

13. When you were my age did you like to draw and read?

I liked Spirographs! And doll fashion.

14. Why do you like to write?

Boy, well. Do you have all day? Or are you busy eating chocolate while drawing with crayons?

Going Over_FC15. My mom said you write lots of books about things that happened a long time ago, she called it history. What’s your favorite time that’s already happened?

Your mother is a smart cookie. I like her. Tell her that. I’m a big fan of late 19th century stuff. But I really loved going back to 1983 Berlin.

16. I love Legos and building things! Do you like Legos or something else fun?

Does ballroom dance count?

17. Why?

Because I can do it with the music on.

18. Lakes or the ocean? We live next to the ocean and it is so neat!

OCEAN!! (Lucky guy, you.)

19. What’s your favorite thing to do outside? (Mine is exploring!)


20. What are you writing right now?

Answers to your questions.

TurkeybirdThe Turkeybird Speaks: Wow Beth, I can’t believe how crazy that there are still places in the world like you talked about. I asked my mom if there are any books I could read on my own about Mexico, Israel and Germany. We are going to go to the bookstore and the library to find some. I really want to learn lots and lots more!

The dancing sounds like lots and lots of fun too, but not the broken arm. I think I will stay away from swings (I didn’t like them before very much) and dance a lot more. Except my dancing is kind of really crazy!

Thank you super a lot Beth! Your answers were so so good and when I get older I really want to read all of your books, just because they sound so neat!

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Find Going Over by Beth Kephart at the following spots:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository | Goodreads | ISBN10/ISBN13: 1452124574 / 9781452124575

CCSS-Aligned Discussion/Teacher’s Guide (Opens to pdf)

Going Over Radio Playlist!


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18 Responses to Author Interview and Giveaway: 20 Questions with Beth Kephart

  1. Beth Kephart says:

    How much did I love these questions? Oh, very very very much. I loved these questions. Thank you, dear ones.

  2. Word Lily says:

    Ahh, such a fun interview! If I had to pick a favorite question … maybe the swings or slides one?

  3. anne says:

    The question – ocean. favorite place.

  4. cheri crow says:

    I was also a fan of spirogragh. Just wish they had more colored pens. Three was always too limiting.

  5. Question #7 was interesting – because I agree it shouldn’t be an “or” kind of question. But #2 was my favorite. Beth’s new book sounds wonderful!

  6. Marilee Haynes says:

    Loved this interview. Such smart – and insightful – questions. I found myself wanting to go back in time to create some fabulous spirograph pictures while eating chocolate 🙂 I’ve also added two books to my TBR pile – Going Over and Flora and the Flamingo.
    Thank you, Turkeybird for introducing me to Beth!
    Marilee Haynes

  7. I love this interview so much, both the questions and the answers. Heart warmed for the day. 🙂

  8. Summer G says:

    I liked swing or slide!

  9. rhythm says:

    Excellent interview! As always! I liked hearing about what she liked to do outside.

  10. bn100 says:

    like Q#16

  11. Theresa N says:

    I like crayons or markers.

  12. Rachel says:

    I thought it was funny that her answer to the question “What are you writing now?” was “Answers to your questions.” 🙂 ANyway, I am really excited about Going Over – I read a glowing review on a favorite blog of mine and I can’t wait to get my hands on it now! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  13. This was the most entertaining interview I’ve ever read. Thank you so much!

  14. Spectacularly fun and insightful interview. Well done! I loved the part about ballroom dancing. Such a pretty art form!

  15. Love these questions and the forum. I like nice, sharp crayons best, and blue-green is my favorite color…still. ~Victoria Marie Lees

  16. Lori Tussey says:

    Question 13. I like spirographs too.

  17. I’m always a fan of Turkeybird’s questions about when the author was a child! And I like Spirographs, too! =)

  18. Oh, nice playlist! You can’t do anything wrong with a bit of New Order and Bowie. :))
    I saw someone mention this book in a BookTube video. Might have to check it out!

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