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If I look as if I’m going to collapse right into that birthday cake, write it off to the exertions of turning thirty. The hardest thing about being the guest of honor at a surprise birthday party is convincing people you actually were surprised, which I certainly was.

The party, adeptly organized by Richard, who invented an entire decoy event to throw me off the track, was a wonderful climax to my birthday vacation. Although we did not make it to Disneyland, my cosmic twins and I had a great time in San Diego, including eating red mint chip ice cream at Korky‘s, spending the mortgage at Brady’s for Men, and riding on the Giant Dipper, the very roller coaster (I found out later from Harcourt editor Allyn Johnston) that inspired Marla Frazee’s Roller Coaster.

Beautiful, but I don’t know how people live out there. “Wonderful weather,” I kept hearing, but it’s more like wonderful climate. Weather changes; this was more like nonstop perfection. Not my thing.

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. >Happy Birthday …. the cake looks yummy (naturally, there is chocolate involved).

    A birthday jaunt that involved shopping is my kind of trip. 😉

  2. rindawriter says:

    >Happy Birthday! May you have many more.

  3. >How funny, apparently I’m older than you are.

  4. Anonymous says:

    >If one is to believe Al Gore, a climate can indeed change. For San Diego that can only the mean the fleas just keep getting bigger.

  5. crissachappell says:

    >happy happy bday!

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