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Archives for July 2010

>2010 Scott O’Dell Award

> Elizabeth Hall (right) and I (left) awarded Matt Phelan (center) the 2010 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction during the ALA convention in Washington last month. Matt’s publisher Candlewick hosted an elegant little party for the occasion, and I wanted to share with you Elizabeth’s remarks about Matt’s book, The Storm in the Barn, […]

Agent in Place

Booksquare led me to this profile of agent Andrew Wylie. I think my favorite line is “I suspect that the trashier the book, the more likely it is to be converted to an e-book. You don’t have a desire to save James Patterson in your library. Those who want to keep a book for a […]

>How do you think the billing went down at the Quimby household?

>Rocco Staino reviews Ramona and Beezus and likes what he sees. (Next up: Toad and Frog? Martha and George? Tib?)

>Barbara talks Tana

>Our frequent contributor Barbara Bader has a guest post up on Greenwillow’s blog about the great Tana Hoban, to whom I give full credit for the way in which Whole Foods arranges its fruits and vegetables. BB also paid tribute to Hoban in the Horn Book on the occasion of Hoban’s death.

>Bring back Louis Darling!

> Some on the ALSC listserv are complaining that a new ALA poster lacks ethnic diversity. (If you squint you can see two kids of color in the background.) But the poster is based on Beverly Cleary’s major characters (white people all, yes?) as seen in their latest editions, illustrated by Tracy Dockray. As black-and-white […]

>Woman in chains

>Hunkered down writing my reviews for the September issue (among them the new Knuffle Bunny, a Mary Downing Hahn and Annexed), I’ve been simultaneously worried that this blog isn’t keeping up up up! with the action, leading me to worry that Scott Westerfeld had it right, that the future was all going to be about […]

>Local gal makes good

>in the latest issue of Notes from the Horn Book. Along with Jen Brabander’s interview with townie Grace Lin, the July Notes features great easy readers, new picture books, good books for boys, and the best of the latest YA.

>Do these people even like to read?

>Brian Kenney’s SLJ editorial about Common Sense Media led me over to their site for a gander. While Brian and Liz Burns, among others, have pointed out the problems with their labeling system and lack of a review policy (plus the creepy way they simply disappear reviews that have raised eyebrows), what bothers me most […]

>Do you have to be one to play one?

>Lily Tomlin famously said no, and Arthur Levine has a good discussion about Ellen Wittlinger’s article in the July issue going over at his eponymous blog.

>Website worries

>If you’re trying to get onto our website (hbook.com) you can’t because it isn’t working. We hope it will be back soon. [Update 8:45 AM Wednesday:  it’s fixed, and, on my computer anyway, faster than ever.]