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Archives for August 2008

New Notes, August 08

We’ve just emailed the latest issue of Notes from the Horn Book, which this month covers new books about school, nature study and space; some good recent chapter books, and five writers’ (and an editor’s) own summer reading choices. Sign up now! And, especially for teachers, this issue provides a link to TeachingBooks.net that gives […]

>"Moore being Moore"

>I wish I had thought of this earlier, but we published a far more perceptive account of ACM and her little ways than did that upstart New Yorker. Read Barbara Bader’s take here.

>Breaking Dawn Breakdown

>Gail Gauthier is interesting on the new Stephenie Meyer (which I haven’t read yet as I am only halfway through New Moon).

>Yikes

>Liz B. pointed me toward this PW essay on the thin line between reader’s advisory work and putting limitations on library access for kids. It gives me the willies. Is it right for me to discourage a kid’s reading choice? No. But is it right for me to give a kid a book that I […]

>Just how old IS Ellie Berger?

>As quoted in the Wall Street Journal:“There has been a real revolution” in books that “have more kid appeal,” especially when it comes to boys, says Ellie Berger, who oversees Scholastic’s trade division. “It’s a shift away from the drier books we all grew up with.” And I would love to know whose ass this […]

>Winnie lives

>In my new fascination with readers-as-fans, I’ve been visiting fanfiction.net, where readers become writers, choosing their own adventures for Harry, Hermione, and Bella (is that name an hommage to Mr. Lugosi?). While the site has more than 350,000 Harry Potter stories and 32,000 Twilights, who would have thought that Tuck Everlasting would have 182? Here’s […]

For the Lovers and the Fighters

Claire Gross has a new book list up about war, and Alicia Potter reviews The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2.

>Fans and readers

>We didn’t receive a review copy of Stephenie Meyer’s Breaking Dawn, so you won’t find any spoilers here. What I’ve been finding fascinating in a train-wreck kind of way are the vox populi debates over at Amazon.com, particularly a discussion thread attempting to start a RETURN THIS BOOK campaign in protest of Meyer’s “betrayal” of […]

>Making connections

>between the July-August issue of the Horn Book Magazine and the wild reaches of the world wide web, Rachel Smith offers the latest Web Watch.

>So which is it?

>Two books reviewed in the forthcoming issue of the Horn Book Guide: From Bearport, Meish Goldish’s Deadly Praying Mantis From Lerner, Sandra Markle’s Praying Mantises: Hungry Insect Heroes Nothing* p.o.’d the late Zena Sutherland more than a nonfiction children’s book ascribing virtue or venality to animals. *Except maybe simultaneous translation in dialogue, as in “‘Hola, […]