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Middle-Grade Madness recapped

Rebecca Stead and me.

Rebecca Stead and me. Photo: Martha Parravano.

Shoshana has written up an excellent recap of last night’s goings-on at the Cambridge Public Library. I’ll just add my thanks to the panelists, who were all engaged, enthusiastic, and nice to me and each other. (Jeanne Birdsall brought along a belt for me to use if things got out of hand, but luckily I did not need to employ it. Jeanne, what would Père Penderwick say?) And the evening gave me a prompt for my November editorial, so I’m grateful for that.

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. Jeanne Birdsall says:

    Roger, I love it that you considered our niceness to be worthy of mention. What kind of panels do you usually run? As for the belt, Mr. Penderwick would have shook his head and pretended not to know me. But he is a better person than I . . .

  2. Roger Sutton Roger Sutton says:

    Jeanne, sometimes people can be…surly. And I’ve still not forgiven the author who twiddled her thumbs while I asked her a question.

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