Saturday, June 21, 2008

A Particularly Terrific Issue

Even if this month's The Edge of the Forest didn't include an interview with a near and dear blogging author, I would think it was a stellar issue. I particularly liked the article on vampire books. Notice the recommendation for Little Vampire by Joan Sfar. The publisher describes it as being for 9 to 12-year-olds, but it sounds as if younger readers would enjoy it, too. I'm also interested in Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett, which would be for a much older crowd.

I also like the articles TEOTF does on what kids are actually reading. Check out Kid Picks and Teen Picks.


Friday, March 02, 2007

Finishing Work Means I Can Check Out Forest

My talk for the New England Roundtable of Teen and Children's Librarians is in good shape (I think), I made two inquiries in the last few days and one fiction submission. Okay, it's not the kind of accomplishment Jane Yolen would even bother mentioning, but for me it was a big week!

So after doing so very, very much, I took a little time off this afternoon to finally take a look at the most recent The Edge of the Forest. My favorite articles? You care? You really want to know?

Well, I particularly liked Little Willow's (Allie's?) piece on Rachel Cohn because it led me to this interview with Cohn and David Levithan. (They wrote Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, of course.) Get this: Levithan edited sixty of the Baby-sitters Club books. Perhaps I should read one. If memory serves me, I recall a young male relative reading one or two in his younger days.

Another article I found particularly interesting was Michele Fry's Introduction to Penelope Lively's Works for Children. My knowledge of Penelope Lively is limited to her book for adults Moon Tiger. I have to admit that I don't remember a great deal about it. Except that at the time I thought it was fantastic.

So that's another author I need to read more of, should I live long enough to do so.

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