>NOT by the hair of her chinny-chin-chin, apparently

>Off to the Eric Carle Museum today for tomorrow’s program; let’s hope the weather holds out! [UPDATE: It’s not going to. The event has been canceled and will be rescheduled.]

Just read that the multimillion-dollar-lawsuit-inspiring Misha, a Holocaust memoir in which the author claimed to have been sheltered by wolves for a time, has been exposed as a complete hoax. [‘nother update: Globe reporter David Mehegan has more on the story.]

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Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.

Comments

  1. >Hope they call you – the website says that you’ve been postponed!!

  2. J. L. Bell says:

    >So preteen girl cannot traverse Europe in the middle of World War Two because she’s protected by a pack of wolves? Who could have seen that as a hoax?

  3. >Rats! I was so looking forward to tomorrow!

  4. >Yeah, I was wondering why the living with wolves thing wasn’t a red flag when this was published.

  5. Roger Sutton says:

    >I’m reminded of an email a friend sent me about a man who had been dead at his office desk for five days before anyone noticed. I sent my friend the link to Snopes (it’s an old hoax) and she replied that it had seemed ironically apt enough to be true. So like that, I think we want to believe that miracles walk hand in hand with horror.

  6. Anonymous says:

    >The publishing history explains the acceptance of the book. Small vanity press issues the book in USA, fact of American publication validates it with a European publisher who publishes and sells MANY COPIES; success of the foreign edition gives it credibility here (must be true, it’s sold xxx million copies in Europe) So it reurns to USA with mutually assured credibility.

  7. Anonymous says:

    >I was interested by the comment in the first link that said that the book sold well oversees, but hadn’t sold well in the U.S. because there was no marketing campaign, which sort of implies that marketing campaigns make a HUGE difference in sales. Is that a hoax, too?

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