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Archives for 1987

Horn Book Fanfare 1987

Best books of 1987 Chosen annually by our editors, Fanfare is The Horn Book Magazine’s selection of the best children’s and young adult books of the year. Picture Books The Moon’s Revenge written by Joan Aiken, illustrated by Alan Lee (Knopf) Machines at Work written and illustrated by Byron Barton (Crowell) Grandaddy’s Place written by […]

Nancy Drew and Her Rivals: No Contest (Part II)

What seem to me to be the telling differences between Nancy and her cohorts fall, very roughly, into two categories. The first is autonomy; the second is a steady, profound, but largely covert and, I think, largely inadvertent feminism. Harriet Adams’s imitators didn’t miss the point about autonomy — which was, after all, plain as […]

Nancy Drew and Her Rivals: No Contest (Part I)

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Harriet S. Adams may have been, next to Hemingway, the most sincerely flattered author of the 1930s. Though her father, Edward Stratemeyer, founder of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, originated the Nancy Drew mystery series with three books published shortly before his death in 1930, thereafter, according to […]