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Archives for August 2008

>You Haven’t Read Children of the New Forest?

>Fuse 8 has a good game going.

September/October 08 Horn Book Magazine

Our September special issue on School is out, and you can view selected articles on our website. Make sure to try the quiz by Monica Edinger and Roxanne Hsu Feldman–it’s harder than it looks. I’m leaving tomorrow for Sedona to marry the other one off; I’ll be sure to steer clear of the legendary cougar […]

>Marcia, Marcia, Marcia

>Maureen McCormick won’t be seeing Tropic Thunder because she doesn’t like the plotline involving an actor’s bid for an Oscar by playing “Simple Jack,” a–as Tropic Thunder calls it–“retard.”:I want to add my two cents to the opinions on whether it’s offensive to the mentally challenged. I know Ben Stiller has said that he’s making […]

>If the substitution is that simple, there’s something wrong with the sentence.

>Another one from the Guardian, about a little furor surrounding Jacqueline Wilson’s latest, My Sister Jodie: “The word ‘twat’ was used in context. It was meant to be a nasty word on purpose, because this is a nasty character,” said a spokesperson for Random House. “However, Jacqueline doesn’t want to offend her readers or her […]

>Fightin’ Words or the Simple Truth?

>The Guardian‘s Derek Draper on Meghan McCain’s new picture book:It’s easy for us Brits to assume that such sentimental spin will backfire but, having lived in the US for three years, I can assure you that Americans are made of gooier stuff.

>Is Passion Old-Fashioned?

>Over on the PUBYAC listserv, Jan Hanson of the Longview Public Library in Washington is looking for it: “A HS teacher called and is asking for ideas of books that illustrate a teen with passion, as in “a passion for dancing” or a “passion for football.” I love this query; it’s requests like these that […]

>How Green Are Its Pocketses

>PW’s Rick Simonson has some uncomfortable questions for Chelsea Green, the publisher who is wrapping itself in virtue and giving Amazon first dibs on its new Obama book at the same time. Fuse #8 has been hosting a serendipitous discussion on the propensity of book blogs to link to you-know who. I’m so old I […]

>I love them

>Semicolons, that is. I am less taken with apostrophe-s, but that’s what Chicago tells us to do, along with B.C.E., usage of which just makes me feel old if still A.D. (.) Apropos of nothing, I have drops in my eyes from an opthamology exam this morning and am thinking about an incredibly lame Betty […]

>Listen to the Children When They Are Holding Sharp Sticks!

>The listservs are ablaze this morning with talk about a children’s knitting club being banned from the library. I’m guessing the ban will be lifted by the end of the day; meanwhile, I sure wish I could knit–it would be great to make myself useful while watching the synchronized diving, and, since we’re currently reviewing […]

>Listen to the children!

>Maybe Sherry Jones, whose The Jewel of Medina was cancelled by Ballantine for fear of Muslim terrorist rage, was just working with the wrong division of Random House. The copyright page of each fall 08 Random House ARC I’ve received states “Random House Children’s Books supports the First Amendment and celebrates the right to read.”