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>February Web Watch

>Zoe has been poking around again.

>White man speaks

>Debbie Reese revisits one of the more interesting events of my years here. In another recent entry she talks about author John Smelcer’s aspirations to Indian-ness. Our review of The Trap didn’t mention it, but the jacket flap does claim that the author is “of Ahtna Athabaskan descent,” which apparently he isn’t, although his adoptive […]

>News from the Guide proofreading room

>Fall 2007 trends? Pirates, unlikely fantasy heroes, African American historical fiction, kids who killed their friends.

>For the cool kids only

>Guide and Magazine subscribers can now access the Horn Book Guide Spring 08 preview, more than 600 reviews, on our website. Email Agent Zoe for the password.

>Do the Math

>Jennifer Weiner knows why the New York Times doesn’t review her books and she’s not afraid to share. Her rant might have been more effective had she not spent so much of it bragging about being rich and popular. I’m reminded of the time I was collared at BEA by a joke-book author who complained […]

>Pirate ships have lowered their flags.

>In case you’ve been wondering where I’ve been, we’re proofreading the next issue of the Horn Book Guide, and the Intermediate Fiction section is crawling with Greek gods. The pirates seem in retreat. As are the faEEries. I wonder when publishers find out that they’re all doing the same thing, and how they feel about […]