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Archives for September 2007

Review of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

 The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie; illus. by Ellen Forney Middle School, High School     Little     232 pp. 9/07     978-0-316-01368-0     $16.99     g The line between dramatic monologue, verse novel, and standup comedy gets unequivocally — and hilariously and  triumphantly — bent in this novel about coming of age on the rez. […]

For your listening pleasure

Our latest podcast is ready. Boston Globe-Horn Book award winner M. T. Anderson (who also won a little thing called the 2006 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature) talks with his good friend and Horn Book publisher Anne Quirk about The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox […]

>Steve Jenkins says Just Say Know

>Steve Jenkins gave a great speech yesterday morning here at the Red Clover conference connecting his own (and children’s) interest in scale, the large scale and numbers involved in contemporary science, and the refusal of a large part of the public to believe in the scientific evidence regarding, among other issues, evolution. I’m hoping he […]

>November-December stars

>Kitty here. While Roger is communing with ISBNs in VT and Blogger is currently cooperating, I’m happy to present you with a list of the books that will receive starred reviews in the November-December issue of the Horn Book Magazine: Picture books: On Angel Wings (Candlewick) written by Michael Morpurgo, illustrated by Quentin BlakeFirst the […]

>How many do YOU bring?

>I will be out of the office the rest of this week, giving a speech in Vermont and then taking a few days to enjoy the Green Mountain State ( a visit to Beau Ties, I hope, and any recommendations for food and ice cream would be much appreciated). And I’m bringing a prodigious number […]

>Shout-out in Shul

>HB reviewer Lauren Adams and I went with our nice Jewish boys to Kol Nidre services last night, where none other than that nice Jewish girl, our own Jane Yolen, was referenced in the sermon. The theme was something about “remembering the person you always wanted to be,” and Jane was brought into it via […]

>I used to spend a lot of money

>at the Coop bookstore in Harvard Square. I knew it was a Barnes and Noble, but I liked the selection and the clerks are nice and I knew where it was (I still find Harvard Square hard to navigate). But now that I have heard, via Bookshelves of Doom, that the Coop considers freakin’ ISBNs […]

>Throw the book at her?

>Librarian Kristin Peto of Maine sent me the story about the woman, JoAnn Karkos, who checked out two copies of It’s Perfectly Normal (a 1995 Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor awardee, so you know where we stand) from Maine libraries and is declining to return them, sending checks for $20.95 (I’m guessing the price on the […]

>I’m over

>at Cynthia Leitich Smith’s blog today and feeling cynsational!

>Why we ‘see’ movies and ‘watch’ TV

>Watching the Emmys last night (and was Sally Field cut off because she spoke out against the war or because she said “goddamn”?) I idly queried why the Oscars have more prestige and glamor when more people watch more TV than they do movies. Richard had a ready, comprehensive answer: in an impulse hearkening back […]