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Archives for January 2000

Top of the World: Author Steve Jenkins’s 1999 BGHB Nonfiction Award Speech

by Steve Jenkins I’ve been working on books for children for seven years, and a few themes keep emerging. I have the feeling, often, that book ideas have chosen me, rather than the other way around. In my books, I try to present straightforward information in a context that makes sense to children. Children don’t […]

Holes: Author Louis Sachar’s 1999 BGHB Fiction Award Speech

In Holes, Stanley Yelnats assumes his position among unlikely but likable folk heroes of mythic proportion. The author presents a sophisticated, satisfying, surreally realistic mystery–tall tale in a place where past and present intersect. —1999 BGHB judge Maria B Salvadore This is great. It is very gratifying to be recognized by the Boston Globe and […]

On the Cover: Creating Dance

By Susan Kuklin Aracella, a special-ed high school student whom once I interviewed for a YA book, said this: “You know what happened to me? There was a teacher at my school who left me back in kindergarten. Now I ask myself, “What could I flunk in kindergarten?” She wanted us to draw a tree. […]