Category Archives: kid lit

YA: genre of women, genre without prestige?

A prestige-free zone: The reason why women writers dominate young-adult literature is the reason why many guys avoid it by Laura Miller,, August 14, 2012 The prototypical YA (Young Adult, i.e., early teen) novel “The Catcher in the Rye” … Continue reading

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Fairy tales as literature

Why do the National Book Awards bar fairy tales? Humanity’s favorite stories are punished for their vaguely disreputable origins By Laura Miller,, November 16, 2010 Juries for the National Book Awards are famous for coming up with nominees that … Continue reading

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Much Ado About Roald Dahl’s Writing Shed

Inside Dahl’s dream factory: His last Marlboro in the ashtray, author’s macabre garden shed needs saving By Robert Hardman, The Daily Mail, September 14, 2011   The wolves appear to have disappeared. But everything else is here – from the … Continue reading

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Down the rabbit hole in 1903

The first-ever film version of Lewis Carroll’s tale has recently been restored by the BFI National Archive from severely damaged materials. Made just 37 years after Lewis Carroll wrote his novel and eight years after the birth of cinema, the … Continue reading

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A Lemony pep talk

Dear Cohort, Struggling with your novel? Paralyzed by the fear that it’s nowhere near good enough? Feeling caught in a trap of your own devising? You should probably give up. For one thing, writing is a dying form. One reads … Continue reading

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Orphan Stories

Why We Love Movies About Orphans We root for Harry Potter for the same reasons we root for Oliver Twist and Shirley Temple: because they’ve lost their parents. by Steve Daly, Newsweek, November 18, 2010 In the avalanche of moody, … Continue reading

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The Counter-Princess-Propaganda Booklist

From I am hard-pressed to find a three or four-year-old girl who hasn’t succumbed to Disney Princess madness and whose parents can’t be overheard mumbling “That’s it!  I am calling a moratorium on princess paraphernalia…” as his/her daughter opens … Continue reading

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Sweet Valley edits! 1983 vs. 2008

Double Love 1983 vs Double Love 2008 Differences between the original and the reissued version… The very first sentences: 1983: “Oh, Lizzie, do you believe how absolutely horrendous I look today!” Jessica Wakefield groaned as she stepped in front of … Continue reading

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Dashing Dahl

Roald Dahl was a real-life James Bond style spy, new book reveals By Andrew Alderson,, August 7, 2010 Roald Dahl led an extraordinary life in America during the Second World War as a philandering James Bond-style spy with a … Continue reading

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What Robert Louis Stevenson, Walter de la Mare, and Edward Lear teach us about writing poetry for kids

Wild Child By Robert Pinsky,, July 20, 2010 The best poems for kids aren’t the soft and saccharine ones. As the most bodily of literary forms, poetry appeals to children. It also has a certain appeal for adults who … Continue reading

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