Un-documented

Henry Cole’s Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad (see the Review of the Week, by Betty Carter) presented us with some very complicated questions. It’s a terrific and intriguing book, a wordless, pencil-illustrated tale of a young girl feeding and protecting a person hiding behind the cornstalks in her family’s barn; soldiers and a […]

Two things to do tonight

One: Ruta Sepetys will be speaking and signing her novel Between Shades of Gray tonight at Porter Square Books in Cambridge at 7:00PM. Two: I am being interviewed by Emma Walton Hamilton tonight at 7:00PM EDT at the Children’s Book Hub. It’s a membership site, but you can listen for free by following this link. […]

In which I reveal a taste for trash

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I mean, beyond all the Judith Krantz I’ve been quoting from memory over on Twitter. Wendy at Six Boxes of Books interviews me about the Scott O’Dell Award.

>With churned butter

>Am reading @HalfPintIngalls‘ (aka Wendy McClure’s) really engrossing The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie, and I find myself unseasonably wishing for Laura’s gingerbread.

>Are historicals history?

>In my capacity as chair of the Scott O’Dell Award, I received a letter from a prominent author of historical fiction, bemoaning what she sees as a current lack of interest in the genre among publishers. I have no idea if this is true, as what publishers are in the market for now won’t reveal […]

>2011 Scott O’Dell Award

> The winner of the 2011 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction is One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia, published by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. The summer Delphine is “eleven going on twelve,” she and her two younger sisters, Vonetta and Fern, are sent from Brooklyn to Oakland to visit their mother, Cecile, […]

>What IS truth?

>We’re working on the March/April Magazine, a special issue about non- and historical fiction. (I’m thinking we should quote Pilate for the issue title but this is mostly Martha’s baby so I’ll have to run it by her.) Anyway, there’s going to be a fabulous essay by novelist Marthe Jocelyn called “Was the Pope Old?” […]

>2010 Scott O’Dell Award

> Elizabeth Hall (right) and I (left) awarded Matt Phelan (center) the 2010 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction during the ALA convention in Washington last month. Matt’s publisher Candlewick hosted an elegant little party for the occasion, and I wanted to share with you Elizabeth’s remarks about Matt’s book, The Storm in the Barn, […]

Review of Countdown

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Countdown [The Sixties Trilogy] by Deborah Wiles Intermediate     Scholastic     394 pp. 5/10     978-0-545-10605-4     $17.99     g Even the weakest history student knows that the world didn’t end during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, yet it can be hard to shrug off the old-time geopolitical jitters in this first-rate novel — especially when its eye-grabbing graphic […]

>2010 Scott O’Dell Award

>I’m pleased to be able to tell you that the winner of the 2010 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction is Matt Phelan for The Storm in the Barn, published by Candlewick. The award, administered by Elizabeth Hall and judged by Hazel Rochman (chair), Ann Carlson, and yours truly, is a cash prize of 5000 […]