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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. Anonymous says:

    >Aw, c’mon. That’s just a genre knock.

  2. >Wow. Someone else reads xkcd … Roger, you should just read it — it has 3 new comics per week, at least.

    Try this one, one of my favorite:


  3. Roger Sutton says:

    >I think it’s more like a Christopher Paolini knock. Not every fantasy needs to compensate for the lack of an uncompelling story by piling on the local color.

  4. Monica Edinger says:

    >Made me think of Diana Wynne Jones’ extremely clever and apt Tough Guide to Fantasyland. Among other things she stresses the importance of apostrophes in names.

  5. Anonymous says:

    >When I first read it, I thought it was a Paolini knock, too, but the alt tag (what pops up if you leave your mouse over the picture with no buttons depressed) says “I’m looking at you, Anathem.” I loved Anathem (_and_ its Latinate ‘fake’ words, which are actually a major plot point), and I’m trying to restrain myself from a 2500-word defense. . . .


  6. Christina says:

    >Don’t tell the muggles about that rule….

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