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>I review John Green’s Paper Towns and Kevin Brooks’s Black Rabbit Summer in the Times today. I had originally called the piece “Cherchez la Femme,” as both books are mysteries about boys looking for missing girls, but the Times in their wisdom retitled it. I like mine better but titles have to be the editor’s prerogative–witness my discussion years ago with the author who did not understand why I wouldn’t let him call his article, “The Lead in My Pencil.”

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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. >LOL!

  2. Anonymous says:

    >”He can write about girls, of course, although I’m having a hard time coming up with the name of any male author in the young adult genre who has done this with more than one-off success.”

    Kevin Henkes is a guy who’s written about girls very successfully and more than once, but I guess his books are on the MG/YA borderline. Though I would call Protecting Marie YA.

  3. Beth Kephart says:

    >I read this piece yesterday all curled up beneath a blanket. Wonderfully done.

  4. Lois Lowry says:

    >re Titling: Many MANY years ago when I was a journalist, I wrote a commissioned article about a psychologist who was teaching an wildly popular course on Human Sexuality at a local university.

    I wanted to call it “If You Don’t Know Your Vas from Your Elbow” but the editor said no.

  5. >Are you going to review Scat by Carl Hiaasen?

  6. Anonymous says:

    >I agree, Roger. Your title was much better.

  7. Roger Sutton says:

    >Scat is reviewed in the January 09 issue.

  8. >I’ve always impressed by Peter Abrahams’ (of the “Echo Falls” series)ability to write a damn convincing teenage girl.

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