>Tips for Teens

>I’m really loving Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother (Tor), which Jonathan Hunt is reviewing for the July Horn Book. It’s rare–always has been–to find YA realistic fiction that engages the political dimension, especially one so enthusiastic about disturbing the status quo. And it does so contagiously–I totally want to go out and hack something now. And […]

>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?

>For reals?

>I’d like to take a moment to thank HarperCollins for putting a nail into the coffin of a word that’s long outlived its usefulness. Explaining their plans to publish a series that will provide opportunities for product placement, Harper children’s boss Susan Katz explains: “If you look at Web sites, general media or television, corporate […]

Three Little Words

Despite the fact I announced I would have no opinions in re Dumbledore’s sexual orientation, I, of course, do and have been arguing them ferociously to the J.K. Rowling in my head. The short version is that while I applauded her mischief and relished the subsequent panty-twisting, I thought she had no business making up […]

>RedSoxtober

>Barring funerals, pretty much the only time I hear from my now far-flung McNally relatives is when the Red Sox are doing well at whatever it is they do. Which, I guess, they’ve done. Honestly, I feel like I should trade houses with my California (or Delaware, Maryland . . .) cousins, because while I […]

>Merriman is gay?

>Oops, wrong fantasy*. But in honor of the upcoming extravaganza with Susan Cooper and Gregory Maguire, Kitty and Claire have put online some of the Horn Book Magazine’s finest fantasy articles, including Susan Cooper on Tolkien and Tom’s Midnight Garden, Gregory Maguire on Philip Pullman, Philip Pullman on The Republic of Heaven, and several more […]

>One for the boys

>Sorry, you all; I know the last week on this blog has been like sitting in class and getting hand-outs from Teacher. I’ve been quite busy with BGHB stuff and proofreading the Guide. Whereupon. Whereupon I had one of those old-fashioned, Jane O’Reilly “clicks!” of recognition, although in my case it was not a housewife’s […]

>Maybe this is what Susan Patron was thinking.

>In his powerful new picture book memoir The Wall (Frances Foster/FSG, forthcoming in September), Peter Śís quotes from his journals about the darkness following the Prague Spring of 1968: There is a whole science to learn about dealing with censors. You have to give them something to change. For instance, if you’re making a film […]

>"Green" or just l-a-z-y?

>I discovered this loathsome new invention in some anti-Canadian snarking on Gawker. Atwood et al are pretty nervy promoting this higher-tech autopen as anything more than an excuse to multitask watching Canadian Idol and promoting your book at the same time. I’m not an autograph collector, so I’m not sure I understand the appeal, but […]

>Oh, those sneaky sneaks!

>The New York Times weighs in with what is quite possibly the most inane comment yet on Lucky‘s scrotum: “Authors of children’s books sometimes sneak in a single touchy word or paragraph, leaving librarians to choose whether to ban an entire book over one offending phrase.”