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>Take my kid–please.

>I keep imagining how different writers might approach making a story out of the unintended consequences of Nebraska’s “safe haven” law. The idea that your parents could give you up–or give up on you–so capriciously (and lawfully) is like a Maurice Sendak Nyquil nightmare. In The Grounding of Group Six Julian F. Thompson found a good deal of black humor in the premise, but in the right hands–Nancy Werlin, I’m looking at you–it could be terrifying.

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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. >I keep thinking of the fictional possibilities of this as well. It is definitely ripe.

  2. KT Horning says:

    >When I first read this story last week, it made me think of “Unwind” by Neal Shusterman.

  3. rebelbookseller says:

    >Sounds like “The Wolves of Willoughby Chase” (with the private boarding school transposed in this case for a hospital). These Nebraska kids are similarly of course being given menial labor (scullery), and must sleep in a utility closet.

    As to the requirement that parents provide Child Support payments, this seems to hearken to “The Little Princess” and even “Madeline”. At least in that case one would hope there are some Medical School classes offered. Maybe some fine young doctors and nurses will be the upshot.

    Andy Laties

  4. Anonymous says:

    >O. Henry did a nice job with this in “Ransom of Red Chief.”

    Betty Carter

  5. >Roger, look away again. I’m not dressed.

    Nancy Werlin

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