The Star’s Guide to Writing for Children — page 12

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A Tale of Washington’s Irvin

By Peggy Sullivan A three-story red brick house in midtown Washington serves as way-station to a collection of first editions of children’s books, manuscripts, illustrations, and many other related items. All these materials are forwarded in time to the University of Minnesota. Here they become a part of the Kerlan Collection, housed in its own […]

From The Guide: Spy Novels

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In his article “I Spy: Harriet and I,” Jack Gantos discusses “the thrill of being sneaky” (“I just liked knowing I had discovered something that was supposed to be a secret”). It’s a universal fascination — one that Harriet the Spy tapped into — which is why the ever-popular spy-novel genre continues to entice readers. […]

Words for Flora’s Mother (and Other Imperfect Parents)

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Often, when I mention that I have five children, people ask, “How do you do it all?” I sometimes quote a response I’ve heard from Donna Jo Napoli, fellow writer, professor, and mother of five: “How do I do it all? Badly. You could eat off my kitchen floor…for weeks.” How I do it all […]

E. Lockhart on We Were Liars

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In the May/June 2014 Horn Book Magazine, our editors asked author E. Lockhart about writing the shocking ending of We Were Liars. Read the starred review here. Horn Book editors: Did you write the end of the book first or last? E. Lockhart: I knew the ending when I wrote the beginning, and I wrote […]

The Horn Book Magazine — May/June 2014

May/June 2014 Horn Book Magazine

Table of Contents Features Harriet at 50 We mark the golden anniversary of Louise Fitzhugh’s immortal Harriet the Spy. “Spying on Louise Fitzhugh” by K. T. Horning “Fifty Years of Novel Exploits” by Betsy Hearne “I Spy: Harriet and I” by Jack Gantos “Becoming a Book Detective” by Cathryn M. Mercier “Writer, Wrestler, Stutterer, Spy” […]

Editorial: The Man with the Purple Socks

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Unlike our lucky essayists (starting with Kathleen T. Horning), I never read Harriet the Spy as a child. Sure, it was around — I remember Susan Walley doing a book report on Harriet in the sixth grade — but I had learned by then what finks would do to boys who read books with a […]

Harriet at 50

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

She doesn’t look a day over eleven, but this year Harriet the Spy, first published in 1964, is turning 50. To celebrate, The Horn Book Magazine‘s May/June issue features thoughts, musings, riffs, and remembrances about the girl spy. Click on the tag Harriet at 50 to see what Jack Gantos, K. T. Horning, Megan McDonald, […]

I Spy: Harriet and I

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

When I was a boy, I knew I was sneaky, but I didn’t think of myself as a “lowlife sneak” until my mother called me one with such disgust in her voice I actually did feel ashamed. I was babysitting at the next-door neighbor’s house when my mother looked out her own bedroom window and […]

Writer, Wrestler, Stutterer, Spy

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

This is the story of how I came to read and know and love Harriet the Spy. It is also a harrowing account of my brush with danger, in which my ten-year-old self stared fear in the face. When I was nine or so, I started having trouble with words. I grew up with four […]