Tragedy of the traveling pants—no spoilers


I recently started reading Ann Brashares’s Sisterhood Everlasting (Random House, 2011), a ten-years-later installment of the popular YA Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series (Sisterhood is shelved in the grown-up section at my library). The story picks up with the girls (women) pushing thirty, successful in life and love (for the most part) but wistful […]

Going for gold

Winning Team

Is it too early to get excited about the Summer Olympics? I’m not really a sports person, but I do get excited about my two favorite events: the 400 meter Drool-Over-Michael-Phelps relay and women’s gymnastics. I was eleven years old when the Magnificent 7 dominated the 1996 summer games—the perfect age to marvel over the […]

On the Rights of Reading and Girls and Boys


Discussions about gender issues in children’s literature are perennial (even in the pages of this magazine; see the special issue on gender in September/October 2007; articles on boy and girl reading in the September/October 2010 issue; and, most recently, Carey E. Hagan’s “One Tough Cookie” in the September/October 2011 issue). My personal experiences differ from […]

Hungry for more?

SLJ has been maintaining a page for Hunger Games content and links; also take a look at our excerpt from Patrick Jennings’ forthcoming  Chocolate Games and this smart piece over at Salon.

Here’s lookin’ at you

heart-shaped glasses

Intern Ariel gave Juliet Marillier’s forthcoming Shadowfell (Knopf, September) and A. C. Gaughen’s just-published Scarlet (Walker, February) a makeover. Now they’re fashion-forward for summer 2012.

A name to drive the Hooked on Phonics people crazy


Fuse Eight suggests lots of possible presents for my new granddaughter. And who can tell me the name of that great chapter book about one girl bragging to another about being on first-name terms with their teacher, “Chillow”? If Fuse is onto something there, that book might not be possible anymore . . . . […]

Okay, maybe I DO watch too much TV


But I just listened to Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns). It was all very agreeably bubbly, but don’t go looking for dirt on The Office–the one chapter devoted to the show is perfunctory, as if Kalin is satisfying a contractual obligation. What I loved most about the book was […]

Strong girls and movies

I hope everyone who celebrates it had a good Thanksgiving. Yesterday I dined in the company of, among others, a high school freshman who declared her absolute allegiance to Kristin Cashore. We are both looking forward to Bitterblue. She also bragged about having read Ayn Rand, but I put that little notion in its place […]

The kids I get; it’s the grown women who scare me*


Wow, those Twihards are certainly enterprising. *and yes, this includes YOU.

Less is more, darling.


Dear Tyra: As host of America’s Next Top Model, you’ve given many well-deserved dressings down (literally) to the overeager, overdone girls on the runway. “Remove that belt,” you might say; “Take off those shoulder-duster earrings;” “That teased-out hair? Slick it back into a low ponytail. Now you look like a model.” And now you look […]