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Archives for May 2009

>An object lesson in metaphorical consonance


>Man Without a Face redux

>Or Batman and Robin, or maybe it’s simply Twilight for little gay guys, but Tan Twan Eng’s The Gift of Rain is quite the adolescent epic of doomed, yet eternal, love. Philip, the half-Chinese son of a wealthy colonialist, is sixteen when he meets Endo-san, an older Japanese man who has rented the small island […]

>July-August stars

>The following books will receive starred reviews in the July-August Horn Book Magazine: Thunder-Boomer! (Clarion) written by Shutta Crum, illustrated by Carol ThompsonMachines Go to Work (Holt) written and illustrated by William LowThe Sleepy Little Alphabet: A Bedtime Story from Alphabet Town (Knopf) written by Judy Sierra, illustrated by Melissa SweetWhen You Reach Me (Lamb/Random) […]

>Starring Adam and Kris!

>“Strategically placed almost midway between the annual Games, [the Victory Tour] is the Capitol’s way of keeping the horror fresh and immediate.”–from Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.

>Blurring boundaries

>Kelly Herold (of Big A, Little a) has a new blog with a very promising premise. Crossover “focuses on a rare breed of book–the adult book teens love, the teen book adults appreciate, and (very, very occasionally) that Middle Grade book adults read. I’m interested in reviewing books that transcend these age boundaries and understanding […]

>Go boys, go!

>Eric Carle and Walter Dean Myers are USBBY’s nominees for next year’s Hans Christian Andersen Awards. The complete list of nominees is here. The disproportionate number of men, worldwide, nominated for this award this year reminds me to link to Editorial Anonymous’s current discussion of the CSK Who-Can-Win-What question. My thoughts on that have already […]

>Looking forward

>We saw Star Trek this weekend–I don’t know what the Trekkies thought of it (I was more of a Lost in Space guy) but I really liked it. It made me think about Farah Mendlesohn’s article we published in March, where she complained of the dismal scenarios conjured by most contemporary YA SF, more Children […]

My new secret boyfriend

Like Leila, I’m in something of a reading slump, or in my case listening, as none of the several audiobooks I read on my commute seem to be doing it for me. The new Anna Pigeon mystery reminds me of why I gave up on Nevada Barr years ago (lurid and incoherent); Elizabeth and Mary […]

>I’m a little stunned myself.

>From a press release I received this morning: When Margaret Benedict, former educator and author, taught her social studies curriculum she required her students to read eight biographies a year. She was stunned when she found out that no biography of Joyce Clyde Hall existed. With determination to reveal the true entrepreneur that Hall was, […]

>How Others See Us

>The New York Times obituary for Eden is a gracious tribute but does that thing I hate: “Eden Ross Lipson . . . was a force in bringing the enchanting but often overlooked world of children’s literature to wide public awareness.” The REASON children’s literature is overlooked is because we persist in regarding it as […]