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Review of The Amber Spyglass

The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman Middle School, High School     Knopf     523 pp. 10/00     0-679-87926-9     $19.95 Armed with a rare numbered typescript copy of The Amber Spyglass, I’m tempted to roll up my shirtsleeves, light a cigar, splash some Tokay into a glass, and discuss fine points of reason, fancy, and theology before all hell […]

Editorial: Light from Above

While Gregory Maguire was assiduously working away, with a less-than-generous deadline, on his review of Philip Pullman’s long-awaited The Amber Spyglass (see page 735), I was enjoying a busman’s holiday on Herring Cove Beach in Provincetown, reading the Horn Book’s other preview copy of the same book. Perhaps more than most, reviewers, teachers, and librarians […]

Future Classics: The Wind in the Willows

by Paula Fox “The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring cleaning his little home.” So begins The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, published in 1908. The main characters are Mole, Rat, and Toad, and they embody human qualities as well as animal ones. Especially Toad of Toad Hall. Mole […]

Future Classics: Tuck Everlasting

by Tim Wynne-Jones My guess is that in the next hundred years they aren’t going to find a cure for death. Our children’s children’s children’s children’s children might live to be a hundred and forty — poor souls — but while they are still children, each of them will one day suddenly realize, as have […]