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If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you’ll know that I sometimes chastise others for their shortcomings, as demonstrated in whatever piece of text lies before me at a given moment, in taste or intellect or grammar. My victims, shamed but unnamed, include authors, publishers, journalists, or politicians; those with whom I work at the Horn Book are not spared, as when I find myself maliciously entertained by various mistakes in our editorial copy. (My long-time favorite has been a review which initially read “this book follows teen-aged Ginny, a stalking victim.”)

An occupational hazard for both librarians and editors–never mind book reviewers–is an unseemly fondness for being right (and running with it). So I was very gratified yesterday to find a spelling error in a review that had been read by at least three of my colleagues. AHA! I inwardly cried, they can’t do without me yet! But Dame Hubris awaited, and she arrived in the form of an email from Charlesbridge’s Karen Boss, who politely pointed out the misuse of the word shimmy in K.T. Horning‘s BGHB at 50 column about M.C. Higgins, the Great, printed in the July/August Horn Book Magazine. We meant shinny, Karen observed, generously allowing that she herself had gotten it wrong for years. She’s right–at least she’s right by Horn Book standards, which we all must strive to maintain. Onward!

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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