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And Still the Story — The Zena Sutherland Lecture

The day approaches when the speaker who has the honor of this podium will not remember Zena Sutherland personally, but the writers of my generation knew her, and like every writer since, I have a career that owes her a debt. For all of us who write for the young and the half-grown; for all […]

Review of The Arrival

The Arrival by Shaun Tan; illus. by the author Middle School, High School     Levine/Scholastic     128 pp. 10/07      978-0-439-89529-3      $19.99 From a bleak, sunless city haunted by the threat of scaled and serpentine monsters, a man sets forth to seek a new life in a new land, leaving his wife and daughter behind. His steamship voyage […]

Review of The True Meaning of Smekday

The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex ; illus. by the author Intermediate Hyperion 426 pp. 10/07 ISBN 978-0-7868-4900-0 $16.99 What’s an eleven-year-old girl to do when the same aliens—the Boov—who sucked up her mom “like soda” into their spaceship announce (after conquering the whole planet) that all Americans must relocate to Florida? Go […]

Review of The True Meaning of Smekday

The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex; illus. by the author Intermediate     Hyperion     426 pp. 10/07     978-0-7868-4900-0     $16.99 What’s an eleven-year-old girl to do when the same aliens — the Boov — who sucked up her mom “like soda” into their spaceship announce (after conquering the whole planet) that all […]