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Archives for April 2006

>Back into the Blue

>I do love TLA. The librarians I meet there are hardworking, engaged in the profession, and funny, and their capacity for multitasking can be awesome, as with the young librarian-in-progress who visited our booth, where she filled out a subscription form (both Magazine and Guide, thank you Lord), talked about her MLS program, and chatted […]

>I’m surprised it doesn’t happen more often

>From today’s Boston Globe, another plagiarism case, this one involving a coupla chicklits sitting around apparently talking. Call me a mean ‘ol misogynist, but given the tropes that the genre recycles again and again, are we surprised? I’m off today to the Texas Library Association conference in Houston, so if anyone is going to be […]

>Threats, we get threats

>So today we were threatened with legal action by a disgruntled publisher who wanted us to stop reviewing their books. They wrote that if we did review any more of their titles, they would “seek legal remedies on the grounds that your publication is publishing misinformation” about their books. Meaning we don’t like them very […]

>When Frog and Toad are more than friends.

>Battle joined once again in Lexington, where an outraged parent–honestly, those words are becoming as yoked as disgruntled employee–is complaining about the reading of King and King in her seven-year-old son’s classroom. I guess I misread the zeitgeist when I reviewed the book, saying “the whole thing is so good-natured that only the most determined […]

>What Is the Sound of One Knee Jerking?

>I am not sure what to think of Glen DeVoogd’s article “Question Authority,” published in the April issue of SLJ and online here. DeVoogd says that kids need to be taught the means and value of questioning texts and curricula: “it’s our duty to teach kids to ask serious questions about the authority of the […]

>At the Movies

>I see that Russell Crowe is set to star in a movie adapted from Robert Cormier’s Tenderness, certainly among the more filmable of Cormier’s often narratively cunning novels, but we shall see. I’m sure I’m forgetting something completely obvious but the best movie I’ve seen from a YA novel was Gas Food Lodging, adapted from […]

>More News from the North

>Thanks to Martha P. for this story on “Easter Crime” week in Norway, in which people spend their Easter vacation skiing and reading mystery novels. Sounds like heaven. The novels part, anyway. The hands-down most transcendent confluence of reading and atmosphere I have ever had was when Richard and I were in Lutsen, Minnesota, on […]

>And what will she be reading?

>As has been noted widely, today is Beverly Cleary’s ninetieth birthday, and, not coincidentally, the first annual Drop Everything and Read Day, inspired by an episode in Cleary’s Ramona Quimby, Age 8: “No book reports on your Sustained Silent Reading books,” Mrs. Whaley promised the class. Then she went on, “I don’t think Sustained Silent […]

>Spring Fashions

>Last night I attended a dinner honoring a new author, Catherine Murdock, whose first YA novel, Dairy Queen, is being published by Houghton Mifflin next month. Chatting with Murdock’s editor Margaret Raymo, I mentioned that we had received yet another door-stopper (I refer only to size) of a review copy yesterday, a new Aidan Chambers […]

>I want this boy to become a librarian,

>Because one Christopher Paolini is enough, and we want to make sure he uses his powers for good.