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And her husband’s famous, too

Over the break, my husband and I had an entertaining celebrity sighting – Josh Charles (this guy) from Sports Night, The Good Wife, and Dead Poets Society (among many others) who was out with his family. My hubs is a huge Sports Night fan and was able to express his appreciation -- received with a smile and handshake -- while also being…impressed? reassured? by the “Celebrity Kids: They’re Just like Ours!” antics of Charles’s energetic offspring.

It wasn’t until afterward that I realized the children’s book connection: Charles’s wife is Sophie Flack, author of the YA novel (and later TV show) Bunheads -- see Katie Bircher’s Horn Book Guide review, below. I blame The Horn Book’s lapsed People magazine subscription for not recognizing immediately this celebrity pairing. Apologies to Flack – you are A Big Deal! Next time you’re in Boston, stop by The Horn Book office; we’ll give your kids some books and (attempt to) ignore your husband.

Flack, Sophie  Bunheads
295 pp. | Little/Poppy | October, 2011 | Trade ISBN 978-0-316-12653-3 $17.99

Nineteen-year-old Hannah is torn between her demanding, sequestered life as a ballet dancer and the wider world outside the theater. Two very different love interests, a wealthy balletomane and a passionate musician, embody her options. Hannah's journey to self-actualization and her determination to choose her own destiny are relatable regardless of readers' familiarity with the high-pressure ballet world.

Review originally appeared in the Spring 2012 Horn Book Guide.

Elissa Gershowitz

Elissa Gershowitz is executive editor of The Horn Book, Inc. She holds an MA from the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons University and a BA from Oberlin College.

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Rachel J

I also loved Sports Night. What a travesty that it only lasted one season!!

Posted : Jan 08, 2020 01:22


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