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On Elizabeth Wein’s “BGHB at 50: Saffy’s Angel by Hilary McKay” (from 2017)

I love Elizabeth Wein’s appreciation of Hilary McKay’s Saffy’s Angel, a 2002 Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book for fiction. Wein, herself the recipient of two BGHB Honors (among many other accolades), treats us not only to her perceptive thoughts about McKay’s masterful family stories but also to a glimpse into her own relationship with her […]

Review of Binny Bewitched

Binny Bewitched by Hilary McKay; illus. by Tony Ross Intermediate, Middle School    McElderry    233 pp.    g 6/17    978-1-4814-9102-0    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-9104-4    $10.99 McKay continues to display her extraordinary gifts (for language, nuance, humor; for capturing human nature and family dynamics) in this third book about the endearingly imperfect […]

BGHB at 50: Saffy’s Angel by Hilary McKay

In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, established in 1967, we will be publishing a series of appreciations of BGHB winners and honorees from the past. Further installments will appear in the Magazine and on throughout 2017. Here is a conversation I had on the phone with my nineteen-year-old […]

Review of Binny for Short

Binny for Short by Hilary McKay; illus. by Micah Player Intermediate    McElderry    291 pp. 7/13    978-1-4424-8275-3   $16.99 e-book ed. 978-1-4424-8277-7    $10.99 After Dad’s death, Binny (short for Belinda) Cornwallis, her sister, her brother, and their mum had no choice but to move to a smaller place. Three years later, eleven-year-old Binny has adjusted seemingly well […]