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Strong girls and movies

I hope everyone who celebrates it had a good Thanksgiving. Yesterday I dined in the company of, among others, a high school freshman who declared her absolute allegiance to Kristin Cashore. We are both looking forward to Bitterblue. She also bragged about having read Ayn Rand, but I put that little notion in its place when I found out she only meant Anthem. Amateur.

What have you been reading? I just finished Massie’s Catherine the Great and wrote a little thing about it for Library Journal, forthcoming. So I’m browsing Nicholas and Alexander but fearful of stepping on adolescent feelings. Also have Stephenson’s Reamde on audio; the introducer calls it ReAMde but the narrator says REAMde, which makes much more sense. And books on our Fanfare discussion list, for which we make final choices Monday.

Now we are going to have lunch with movie director Andy Davis (Holes, The Fugitive, A Perfect Murder) who is an old friend of Richard’s. I’m going to ask him to write something for our upcoming special issue on children’s books in other media. I wonder if he has seen Hugo yet–it sounds really good.

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. I brought home some new books (Okay for Now, Beauty Queens, The Money We’ll Save, and Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick) to read over the long weekend, but first I re-read Witch of Blackbird Pond, and loved it more than ever. Perfect Thanksgiving reading.

    Last weekend I read Maureen Johnson’s The Name of the Star in a single day, because it was totally great. Featuring a strong girl, yes.

  2. Just started THE NIGHT CIRCUS.

  3. On the kid side, I recently read Jo Knowles’ fabulous See You At Harry’s, and, on the adult side, We The Animals by Justin Torres (also wonderful). Like you and the freshman, I can’t wait to read Bitterblue. . .

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