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The Campaign for Shiny Futures

When Roger Sutton asked me why science fiction for teens did not get the same attention or respect as fantasy, I wanted to throw up my hands and say, “Because it’s written by the ignorant, published by the ignorant, and reviewed by the ignorant — present company included.” Here’s why. The notion that SF for […]

The Adventures of Mommy Buzzkill

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Here’s an interesting game: name one children’s adventure story — just one — in which the mother is present. A short list of things that wouldn’t make the cut includes The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Madeline, The Secret Garden, “Cinderella,” Eragon, the Bartimaeus trilogy, My Father’s Dragon, James and the […]

Some Pigs! What Makes a Good Three Little Pigs?

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Once upon a time . . . there was an old sow with three little pigs, and as she had not enough to keep them, she sent them out to seek their fortune. The first that went off met a man with a bundle of straw, and said to him: “Please man, give me that […]