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Summerteen 2015

hand_washingSLJ’s Summerteen virtual conference is this Thursday and it’s free and promises to be a good time. I am particularly looking forward to hearing M. T. Anderson, Paula Ayer, Marc Aronson, and Susan Campbell Bartoletti talk about narrative nonfiction, which also happens to be the topic for the debut issue of our latest newsletter coming later this month, What Makes a Good …? At ALA this June a number of school-and-library publishers were touting new “narrative nonfiction” series but it seemed to me that the term was being used very loosely to mean any book with a beginning, middle, and end, so I’m eager to hear the experts.

Has anyone read Bartoletti’s new book, Terrible Typhoid Mary? It’s really gripping but makes you want to wash your hands compulsively the entire time you’re reading it. But, as Bartoletti points out, washing your hands is USELESS when it comes to typhoid.

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.

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