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Horn Book Fanfare 1998

Best books of 1998 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 Arlene Alda’s 1 2 3: What Do You See? written and illustrated with photographs by Arlene Alda (Tricycle Press) And If the Moon Could Talk written […]

Reviews of The Wild Boy and Victor

Mordicai Gerstein The Wild Boy: Based on the True Story of the Wild Boy of Aveyron; illus. by the author 40 pp. Foster/Farrar 9/98 ISBN 0-374-38431-2 16.00 (Younger) Mordicai Gerstein Victor: A Novel Based on the Life of the Savage of Aveyron 258 pp. Foster/Farrar 9/98 ISBN 0-374-38142-9 17.00 g (Older) In a brief introduction […]

Moving Pictures: Morton Schindel Revisited

By Terri Payne Butler Imagine Winnie the Pooh without Disney: the silly old bear and his friends translated to film without ever looking or sounding silly themselves. That’s the way it would have been had Weston Woods Studio’s Morton Schindel been the one to turn loose his artists and animators on the cherished children’s classic. […]

Field Notes: “Mom, Look! It’s George, and He’s a TV Indian!”

by Debbie Reese The title for this article came from my daughter, Elizabeth. One day last year when I picked her up from kindergarten, she came rushing to me with a scrunched-up, angry face. Before she even said hello, she plopped down on the hallway floor and opened the George and Martha book she’d checked […]

Review of Holes

Holes by Louis Sachar Intermediate, Older     Foster/Farrar     235 pp. 9/98      ISBN 0-374-33265-7      $16.00     g Many years ago I heard a long — very long — shaggy dog story involving a couple of grumpy people, a plane, a train, a brick, a dog, and a cigar. It must have gone on for forty-five minutes or so, […]

Dear Clueless: The Rejection Letters of Edna Albertson

By Peter D. Sieruta The successful publication of Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom, collected and edited by Leonard S. Marcus and published by HarperCollins, has sent researchers on a veritable panty raid of publishers’ archives in hopes of illuminating another era of literary history through the correspondence of a noted figure in the […]

Russell Freedman Wilder profile

By James Cross Giblin Russell Freedman might well have had a successful career in broadcast journalism, following in the footsteps of reporters like Edward R. Murrow. His deep, rather solemn voice, lightened by frequent touches of humor, makes him a compelling speaker. One attendee at a recent Clarion sales conference, hearing Russell present his latest […]

A Drop of Water: Walter Wick’s 1997 BGHB Nonfiction Award Speech

I am very grateful to receive this prestigious award. The circumstances by which I came to do a science book called A Drop of Water makes this award all the more special to me. I would like to tell you why. I was never a very good student. My grades were below average; I was […]

Writing Backward: Modern Models in Historical Fiction

I expect we can all agree that historical fiction should be good fiction and good history. If we leap over the first briar patch by calling good fiction an “interesting narrative with well-developed characters,” we are still left with the question of what is good history. Alas, there are nearly as many thorns here as […]

Who Can Tell My Story

We speak a different language in my grandmother’s house. When the family is alone together or with close friends, our language flows into a southern dialect essenced with my younger brother’s (and sometimes my own) hip-hop of-the-moment idioms — what was once good became fresh and is now the bomb. What was once great was […]