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>When wiser (or grayer) heads prevail

>Not every teenaged writer can be Amelia Atwater-Rhodes or Christopher Paolini (or, on the other hand, S.E. Hinton). Here’s the story of a grown woman who actually dared to look back at an adolescent effort.

Roger Sutton About Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. rindamybyers says:

    >Ah, yes, the Harlequins…I admit it, I read them too as a teen…Roger, you have found me out, preacher’s kid that I am…

    The shocker though was when I caught my mother (sedate and reserved) reading one of ours (my four sisters and I), and that was a major adjustment in perspective for me…somehow mothers weren’t supposed to be interested in what we girls sneaked/read! Although Harlequins back then weren’t what they are now…some things don’t change, I suspect.

  2. Melinda says:

    >I took the characters I used for all my stories in my youth and stuck them in a novel-within-a-novel I’m writing now, and even named the main novel after them. Tee hee! And Mom said all that writing I used to do wouldn’t amount to much.

  3. >What a great article! I also read Harlequins years ago (I suspect many of us did) and found some current fav’s .

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