Terry Pratchett's 2009 Boston Globe-Horn Book Fiction Award Speech for Nation

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by Terry Pratchett I am sure that there are writers out there who are capable of telling the world, clearly and succinctly, why and how they wrote the books on which their names and likenesses now twinkle. These would be real writers, who keep things in filing cabinets rather than in piles. They will have […]

What Makes a Good Read–Aloud for Middle Graders?

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Back in the fifties, in my crowded parochial elementary school, the highest form of good luck landed you in Mrs. Sheeran’s fourth-grade class. The fact that Mrs. Sheeran wasn’t a nun marked her instantly as different. But more significant than her street clothes and married name were two admirable practices. First, every day at 10:30 […]

Color Commentary: I’m Not the Boss of Them

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by Marla Frazee Not to be a baby, but trying to write this has turned me into a poser. I keep pretending to have thoughts I’ve never actually thought, or to have made color decisions I’ve never consciously made, or to remember color theory that I’ve long ago forgotten. I’m ready to admit that I […]