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An Interview with Ginny Moore Kruse

Ginny Moore Kruse in 1980, surrounded by some of the year's Newbery contenders. Photo: L. Roger Turner for the Wisconsin State Journal. From 1938 until 1980, the same committee (in various iterations) chose both the Newbery and Caldecott awards. In 1979 the ALSC membership voted to establish separate committees —...

Review of My Seneca Village

 My Seneca Villageby Marilyn NelsonMiddle School, High School   Namelos   88 pp.11/15   978-1-60898-196-0   $21.95Paper ed. 978-1-60898-197-7   $11.95e-book ed. 978-1-60898-198-4   $9.95Seneca Village in Manhattan was founded in 1825 by free African Americans; by 1857 it had been razed to make way for the construction of Central Park. In forty-one poems Nelson spans...

Review of The Marvels

The Marvelsby Brian Selznick; illus. by the authorIntermediate, Middle School    Scholastic    671 pp.9/15    978-0-545-44868-0    $32.99Selznick defined his own format with The Invention of Hugo Cabret (rev. 3/07) and Wonderstruck (rev. 9/11), and this book looks the same, on the outside. But Selznick has created something wholly different here, by introducing...

Review of Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla

Ivan: The Remarkable True Story 
of the Shopping Mall Gorillaby Katherine Applegate; 
illus. by G. Brian KarasPrimary, Intermediate    Clarion    40 pp.10/14    978-0-544-25230-1    $17.99    gApplegate introduces young readers to the true story that inspired her Newbery Medal–winning novel The One and Only Ivan (rev. 1/12). “In leafy calm, / in gentle...

Review of Egg & Spoon

  Egg & Spoonby Gregory MaguireMiddle School    Candlewick    479 pp.9/14    978-0-7636-7220-1    $17.99e-book ed.  978-0-7636-7582-0    $17.99An imprisoned man tells his story, Scheherazade-like, in letters to the tsar. He begins with Elena, a young girl in the impoverished Russian countryside who is nursing her dying mother and who has witnessed her brother...

Newbery 2012: The Year in Words

Newbery speculation is alive and healthy, with even the mock awards receiving national news coverage (and with the USA Today reporter who interviewed me also confiding that his fifth-grade son was participating in one). Happily, the growing din of the buzz doesn’t seem to affect the pleasure of the surprise...

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