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Tribal trials

smith_there is a tribe of kidsThe latest book to cause noisy debate among our crowd is Lane Smith’s Tribe of Kids; it began with a post by Sam Bloom at Reading While White but was picked up by Roxanne Feldman, Debbie Reese, and Rosanne Parry. I feel like all concerned have had some good points to make, and I have nothing to contribute further, but here’s the Horn Book Magazine review if anyone wants to read it.


Roger Sutton About Roger Sutton

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.



  1. The more I look at those kids the more I think they are the direct descendants of Papageno and Papagena.

  2. Roger Sutton Roger Sutton says:

    It does look like them! P-p-p-p….

  3. I’m mostly struck by the variations in civility in this discussion based on the venue/medium. I was telling Sam (E, not B), “People had this conversation privately by email among Horn Book reviewers and it was completely pleasant and civil. And then it hit the ALSC list and all hell broke loose.” To say nothing of Twitter.

  4. Roger Sutton Roger Sutton says:

    Rachael, I’m not following the discussion on Twitter but the ALSC conversation seems both civil and enlightening to me. Maybe I’ve grown jaded. 😉

  5. I mean, somebody just ragequit ALSC over it. But I guess it’s true that long ago on child_lit there were similar dust-ups (I once sent an extremely ill-advised response, on list, to a person who used to spam the list with pro-life rhetoric).

  6. Roger Sutton Roger Sutton says:

    Yes, i saw that right after posting my “what? There’s trouble?” response here. It is a shame.What has always bothered me most about these dustups is that they are generally between people who agree far more than they don’t.

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