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The Writer's Page: Not-Quite-All-of-a-Kind: Seeking My Jewish Life in Books

The author, age eight, in an Easter bonnet, hunting for eggs in her yard. Photo courtesy of Laurel Snyder. We talk a lot lately about representation in children’s literature, about the need for all kids to see themselves in the books they read. And, of course, this has been a...

Review of The Witch of Woodland

The Witch of Woodland by Laurel SnyderIntermediate, Middle School    Walden Pond/HarperCollins    304 pp.5/23    9780062836656    $19.99e-book ed.  9780062836670    $10.99Becoming a bat mitzvah is not something Zipporah “Zippy” Chava McConnell had ever considered. Now almost thirteen, she’s surprised by her mom’s insistence that she at least give tutoring with Rabbi Dan a...

Review of Endlessly Ever After: Pick Your Path to Countless Fairy Tale Endings!

Endlessly Ever After: Pick Your Path to Countless Fairy Tale Endings! by Laurel Snyder; illus. by Dan SantatPrimary, Intermediate    Chronicle    88 pp.    g4/22    978-1-4521-4482-5    $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-7972-0121-4    $11.99Though oversize, this eighty-eight-page picture book is not for story hour; it’s perhaps best suited for just one or two listeners. And get...

Review of Charlie & Mouse Outdoors

Charlie & Mouse Outdoors by Laurel Snyder; illus. by Emily Hughes Primary    Chronicle    48 pp. 3/20    978-1-4521-7066-4    $14.99 Their fourth outing (most recently Charlie & Mouse Even Better, rev. 5/19) takes the siblings into the Great Outdoors for a family camping trip…but first a “Boring” (the title of chapter 1)...

Uneasy Reading: On Keeping Company with Very Sad Books

Third grade was the worst year ever. No, really. My parents split up that year, and my dad moved out. I know that every divorce is different, and I’m told that not all of them are as painful as ours was. I’m glad for that. Ours was brutal. My dad...

Spring 2017 Publishers’ Preview: Five Questions for Laurel Snyder

This interview originally appeared in the March/April 2017 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Spring Publishers’ Preview, an 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 byOrphan Island has nine inhabitants. No...

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