>Five questions for . . .

>Click the link for the interview schedule at ALA Midwinter. And if you have any questions for Kristin Cashore, Mitali Perkins, Lois Lowry or M. T. Anderson, leave ‘em in the comments. (But, no, I will not ask Lois if she’s sorry to have won the Newbery for The Giver.)

Two Scary Stories

Julianna Baggott (aka N.E. Bode) writes in the Boston Globe about a scared-silly principal, who apparently isn’t down with her homonym. And Jon Scieszka leads off the Library of Congress’s Exquisite Corpse adventure. (Thanks to Leila for the tip.) I’m not sureI am down with the LC reading software but my eyes are old.

>Bring Pack Back!

>Another duckling disappears.

>We’re still here . . .

>But the Horn Book, Inc. has a new owner. See details on our website.

>Go west, young man, WEST!

>Childlit has been debating historical accuracy in fiction–what’s dramatic license and what’s a betrayal, basically. It makes me think of the many romances of stage, screen and text where Elizabeth R and Mary, Queen of Scots excitingly rail at each other, when in real life they never met. It also makes me remember when Elizabeth […]

>Craigslist or Freaky Friday?

>Missed Connections: leaving Stony Brook station around 6:00 PM yesterday. Me, tall middle-aged man in a bowtie listening to iPod. You, medium-height young woman reading the Horn Book. Any authors out there ever similarly catch a reader unawares?

>Another Phone Call from the Past

>I realized a forty-year-old dream last night when we went to see a community theater production of Hair. The Rent of its day–although far more transgressive–Hair was the Big Thing for little show-tune freaks, given even more appeal by the fact that we had to listen to the record (which was all we knew of […]

>People Are Not Inherently Evil

>I’m just back from a run; it was hot and my legs felt like they were encased in molasses. But about halfway through I came upon a great scene: a family of geese crossing the Jamaica Way. I hate geese, but this gaggle of two adults and seven young ones was inspiring. The grownups led […]

>A reader requests . . .

>. . . a “children’s lit. guide to Boston.” She’ll be visiting from Australia next month and wants to know what children’s-book places she should try and see. I don’t get out much, but of course you can’t miss the ducklings, and while you’re there you can see the original address of the Horn Book […]