The Little Prince at 70

The Little Prince 70th anniversary deluxe gift set

Confession: I’d never before read The Little Prince. Growing up with a mother who preferred to sing (as opposed to read) my sister and I to sleep, I guess I missed out on a lot of the significant books that people fall in love with as children. However, I’m not sure I could have fully […]

Newbery books will win new readers

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The four titles in Houghton/Sandpiper’s welcome Newbery Collection boxed set (September) seem to belong together: Lois Lowry’s Number the Stars, Scott O’Dell’s Island of the Blue Dolphins, Linda Sue Park’s A Single Shard, and Elizabeth Speare’s The Witch of Blackbird Pond. The publisher may have grouped these winners together simply because they’re all historical fiction. […]

Queen of the fake-out

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“Nothing in Rosewood is ever really over,” reads the first page of Twisted (Harper Teen, July), the ninth book in Sara Shepard’s Pretty Little Liars series. No kidding. Back in 2006, the Horn Book Guide’s review of the kick-off volume refers to Pretty Little Liars as the “first book in a planned series of four” […]