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In Memoriam: Jane Langton

I first met Jane in the spring of 1975. Invited for lunch, I showed up at her beautiful home in Lincoln determined to make a lasting impression. At Harvard Square I had bought the cheapest flowers I could find — daffodils — and I arrived in her kitchen with twelve...

BGHB at 50: Unleaving

In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, established in 1967, we will be publishing a series of appreciations of BGHB winners and honorees from the past. This is the first in the series; further installments will appear in the Horn Book Magazine and on hbook.com...

Review of The Best Man

The Best Manby Richard PeckIntermediate, Middle School     Dial     232 pp.9/16     978-0-8037-3839-3     $16.99     ge-book ed. 978-0-698-18973-7     $10.99Rise and toast The Best Man, Peck’s story about Archer Magill, a boy growing from a raw dollop of kindergarten id into a functional middle-school kid, a budding citizen of the world. As a participant...

Egg & Spoon: Author Gregory Maguire's 2015 BGHB Fiction Honor Speech

For my presence here this evening, I’m so grateful to the committee, and to the institutions of the Boston Globe, the Horn Book Magazine, and the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons College, as host. I’m grateful to Liz Bicknell, my editor at Candlewick, and all the...

Review of The Amber Spyglass

The Amber Spyglassby Philip PullmanMiddle School, High School     Knopf     523 pp.10/00     0-679-87926-9     $19.95Armed with a rare numbered typescript copy of The Amber Spyglass, I’m tempted to roll up my shirtsleeves, light a cigar, splash some Tokay into a glass, and discuss fine points of reason, fancy, and theology before all...

Hijacking the Pumpkin Coach

On an overcast winter morning in outback New England, I’m taking time to consider the notion of transformations as they pertain to reading and story-making. The word means metamorphoses, which you will remember comes from the Greek words for change and shape — though meta also carries a sense of...

The Needle in the Nightlight

In a book called Zero to Lazy Eight: The Romance of Numbers, the chapter on the number seven includes this paragraph:In both the Roman Catholic Church and the Islamic faith, seven is the age of reason. Muslims below that age are not expected to observe the rituals of prayer and...

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