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BGHB at 50: Saffy's Angel by Hilary McKay

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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. Further installments will appear in the Magazine and on hbook.com/bghb throughout 2017.Here is a conversation I had on the...
      

Five questions for Elizabeth Wein

Photo: David HoAs two-time Boston Globe–Horn Book honoree Elizabeth Wein reminds us below, a page-turner isn't necessarily about plot twists and cliffhangers. For more books you can't put down, see our 2016 Summer Reading recommendations.1. Your books give readers the impulse to both turn pages quickly (what's going to happen?!)...
      

Review of Black Dove, White Raven

Black Dove, White Ravenby Elizabeth WeinMiddle School, High School    Hyperion    353 pp.3/15    978-1-4231-8310-5    $17.99    ge-book ed.  978-1-4847-0780-7    $9.99Wein’s newest novel, set in Ethiopia in the mid-1930s, is in good company with her much-lauded Code Name Verity (rev. 5/12) and Rose Under Fire (rev. 11/13). Em (white) and Teo (black) have...
      

Rose Under Fire: Author Elizabeth Wein's 2014 BGHB Fiction Honor Speech

Greetings to Roger Sutton, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award judges, and everyone at the awards ceremony, from Elizabeth Wein in Warsaw, Poland. Between you and me today stretches a distance of over four thousand miles, and I do “mind the gap.”I am both grateful and utterly stunned that Rose Under...
      

An Interview with Elizabeth Wein

Elizabeth Wein posing with a WWII-ear Lysander. Photo by Jonathan Habicht, courtesy of the Shuttleworth collection.Author Elizabeth Wein is also a pilot, and her two most recent novels, Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire, feature young female pilots who ferry aircraft for Britain’s Air Transport Auxiliary during World War...
      

Code Name Verity: Author Elizabeth Wein's 2012 Fiction Honor Speech

As this year’s Boston Globe–Horn Book Fiction winners show, we’re in the vanguard of a kind of golden age of historical fiction. We’re finally escaping the image that anything “historical” is remote and finished. Contemporary historical fiction brings the past into the present and makes it relevant.Ultimately, no matter how...
      

Elizabeth Wein on Code Name Verity

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From the May/June 2012 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Roger asks Code Name Verity author Elizabeth Wein about writing books and flying airplanes. Read the full review of Code Name Verity here.Roger Sutton: You’re a pilot—what has flying taught you about writing?Elizabeth Wein: As a student pilot, the lengthy...

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