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>Who needs Judy Miller?

>The children’s-book beat at the New York Times does just fine without her. Last year, they somehow got an early copy of the last Harry Potter into Michiko Kakutani’s hands; now reporter Dinitia Smith has broken into S&S/Margaret K. McElderry headquarters to swipe a copy of the “embargoed” Peter Pan in Scarlet.

Actually, I imagine there is a copy of the manuscript in Times children’s book editor Julie Just’s office just as there is in mine. Unlike the Harry Potter books from Scholastic, S&S sent out review copies of Peter Pan in Scarlet with the proviso that no coverage appear before the pub date in October. (They wanted a signed agreement to that effect, but didn’t get one from us.) That’s fine by me: however “authorized,” a sequel to Peter Pan is not exactly breaking news–unless your news is breaking the embargo. Emma Dryden, you evil genius.

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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. Monica Edinger says:

    >I must say I too wondered — after all, popular culturewise Peter Pan is no Harry Potter (although in a different conversation, I might well say Harry is no Peter).

    NYTimes is on a roll with BIG children’s literature articles of late— Gary Paulsen got serious space on Saturday.

  2. rindawriter says:

    >This was funny. I had no idea, I had NO idea…I am getting un-naived so quickly here…

  3. Roger Sutton says:

    >I haven’t quite figured out how to make links in the comments section; the Independent story on the Peter Pan leak is at:

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