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Review of Amber & Clay

Amber & Clay by Laura Amy Schlitz; illus. by Julia Iredale Middle School, High School    Candlewick    544 pp.    g 3/21    978-1-5362-0122-2    $22.99 Curation, historical fiction, performance piece — Schlitz (Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!, rev. 11/07) brings a bundle of learning, artifice, and intentionality to this highly stylized tale of ancient...

The Hired Girl: Author Laura Amy Schlitz’s 2016 BGHB Fiction Honor Speech

Joan would be happy that I’m here. She’d be thrilled to find herself in the Athens of America: the city of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Isabella Stewart Gardner, and Candlewick Press.I’m thrilled too, so gleeful that I’m going to share a secret, a truth not universally acknowledged in the writing world: Sometimes...

AJL 2016

A few days before Roger and Martha set off for ALA, I flew to Charleston for the annual conference of the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL). As a member of the Sydney Taylor Book Award committee (named for the author of the All-of-a-Kind Family series; which sibling are you?), I...

Fall 2015 Publishers’ Preview: Five questions for Laura Amy Schlitz

This interview originally appeared in the September/October 2015 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Fall Publishers’ Preview, a semiannual advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions.Sponsored byNewbery Medalist Laura Amy Schlitz...

For Eva

  Her father’s well-remembered voice came to save her. “When you’re sad, my Little Star, go out of doors. It’s always better underneath the open sky.”  — Eva Ibbotson, A Countess Below Stairs I am writing about Eva in my back garden. A bowlegged wasp is exploring the pages of my notebook, and...

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