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>Score one for the big guys

>J. K. Rowling has prevailed.

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. >one wonders if Rowling knows the meaning of “decimated”

  2. >9:56: Maybe you could let her know, and she could tell you about capitalization and periods.

  3. >Anonymous A (9:56 PM) is right – Rowling’s output would be improved by “decimation.” That is to say, reduced by a tenth. But Anonymous B (11:46 AM) is also right – caps and punctuation are important.

    It’s a revelation for an outsider to observe the chilit minds at work.

  4. >It’s alwayss instructive (and amusing) to read these samples of the kidlit wisdom. The first anon. (9:56 PM) is right – Rowling’s work would benefit if cut by one tenth (i.e. decimated). And the second anon. (11:46 AM) is right to stick up for conventional punctuation. Thanks to both for their wisdom!

  5. >Oh, these silly anons.

    What was that blog post about again? I have forgotten.

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