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Archives for January 2011

Review of Saraswati’s Way

Saraswati’s Way by Monika Schröder Intermediate, Middle School    Foster/Farrar    233 pp. 11/10    978-0-374-36411-3    $16.99 Living in a small desert village in India, Akash dreams of studying mathematics, but he has always known that his prospects for a good education are dim. And now that his father has died, he is being sent to work off […]

>Maybe they just have better things to do.

>Considering that it’s kind of like a Guinness Book of World Records for grownups, I guess I’m not surprised that less than 15 percent of Wikipedia’s contributors are female. I’ve dotted an i or two over there but that’s it; I wish the survey had asked the respondents if they were employed!

Can you Beliebe this?

Justin Bieber is stalking me. First he was in my email (in a new Peta2 ad) and home snail mail (on the cover of Vanity Fair; my roommate exclaimed in dismay, “This is the last issue of my subscription?”). Then he was in the HB office with his memoir First Step 2 Forever — “includes […]

>Practice, practice, practice

>So whadda we think about Tiger Mom? It’s funny how meta everything gets so quickly now–outrage over Amy Chua’s article rapidly devolving into debate over the outrage, answered by Chua’s emendations and demurrals . . . . I wonder if she lets her kids read from the Newbery shelf only. “I don’t see a sticker […]

Rip out and read

Amulet/Abrams’ Laura Mihalick gave me a neat book at Midwinter: Poem in Your Pocket for Young Poets: 100 Poems to Rip Out & Read, compiled by Bruno Navasky, and due out this March. While the book has a sturdy hardcover, its apparent aim is to gradually self-destruct, as the poems within are printed on a […]

I’m feeling verklempt.

We saw a critic’s pros and cons regarding children’s apps; yesterday’s Boston Globe presented those of parents. Here’s your topic: are children’s apps educational and entertaining, or mind-numbing and soul-sucking? All of the above? None of the above? Discuss amongst yourselves.

I can’t wait for The Story of Mankind in 90 seconds.

Author Jamie James Kennedy (The Order of Odd-Fish) and the New York Public Library are hosting a 90-Second Newbery Film Festival. Kids up to 18 can choose any Newbery Medal or Newbery Honor book, adapt it into a 90-second (or shorter) video, and submit it to Mr. Kennedy by September 15 for a chance to […]

Bummer.

Yesterday’s mail brought a letter promoting Henry P. Gravelle’s The Fort Providence Watch. Being a big fan of all things morbid, I’m intrigued by the synopsis: London surgeon Dr. Paul Barnet’s career is shattered by a botched surgery and brazen attack that nearly takes his life. Because of his downfall from society, loss of skills […]

>Win Jan Brett

>I have it on good authority that when Jan Brett was asked how she paints the incredibly intricate borders of her popular picture books she replied, “an inch an hour.”  But you can ask her yourself by entering (and, duh, winning) her contest for a free school or library visit. Just be the school or […]

>Nonfiction and two more notables.

>Sorry to be such a slug here but we’ve been knee deep not just in snow (and, yes, we HAD a snow day, but I had to spend it working on reviews) but in our special March/April issue of the Magazine, “Fact, Fiction, and In-Between.” Really, subscribe now: I think it’s going to be one […]