September 27, 2011 |
In 2001, I wrote a novel in verse called "What My Mother Doesn't Know. " It received a number of accolades, including being chosen an American Library Assn. "best book for young adults. " But the acclaim wasn't universal, as my mail made painfully clear. "Our young people should not have to be exposed to your erotic thoughts and feelings," one irate parent from Iowa wrote. "Your book should be removed from all junior high media bookshelves. That's what we will attempt to do here in Algona.
October 14, 2004 |
The final report of the 9/11 commission led the list of finalists for the National Book Awards announced Wednesday. The commission's report was among five finalists in the nonfiction category. The authorized edition published by W.W. Norton has been praised as a compelling narrative and has sold well too, with more than 1 million books in print. Government reports have traditionally been considered bland and unreadable, so the inclusion is unusual if not unprecedented.
October 20, 1990 |
Three-year-old Farley Drexel Hatcher, Fudge for short--is driving 10-year-old brother Peter bonkers. He is noisy, messes up Peter's homework, sends Peter's pet turtle Dribble to a dark fate that no turtle deserves, and his birthday party is the stuff of parental nightmares. Worst of all, everyone thinks he is so cute. Poor Peter.
December 7, 2008
"Meet Kirsten: An American Girl" Janet Beeler Shaw A 9-year-old girl moves from Sweden to America on a boat with her family and friend. She has many adventures, both happy and sad, on her way to Minnesota. Kirsten gets lost and her friend Marta gets really sick. She learns a lot about family and staying together. Kirsten's Uncle Olav has a farm and the ground is really moist. Her family hopes to start a good life as farmers in the USA. Do they succeed?
August 6, 1998 |
Audio Perfect for family travel, the venerable Listening Library's impressive selection of top children's audiotapes--recorded in their entirety--can make the miles go faster. Among its 400-plus quality audiotapes are Newbery Award winners, popular series, classics by Charles Dickens, Mark Twain and Robert Louis Stevenson, and works by favorites such as Judy Blume, Jack Prelutsky, Beverly Cleary. A sampling: "Redwall." Brian Jacques. J YA 940 CX. Eight cassettes, 10 hours. $64.98. All ages.
June 2, 2008 |
Four commissioned world premieres, including one by "Freedomland" playwright Amy Freed, and a rare Shakespearean offering will be presented on South Coast Repertory's Segerstrom and Julianne Argyros stages as part of the Costa Mesa-based company's 2008-09 season, announced today. The season opener in the Segerstrom is "An Italian Straw Hat" (Sept. 12 to Oct.
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May 18, 2000 |
Whenever the teachers turned around, their students were at it again. They weren't goofing off or playing. They weren't even talking. They were reading. And they were reading a lot. Dr. Seuss during recess. Harry Potter at lunch. Judy Blume after school. And on Wednesday, educators at 18 Ventura County schools learned all that effort has paid off. Those campuses are among 400 schools statewide that will receive $5,000 grants for reading, Gov. Gray Davis announced.
February 6, 1994
Re "Coming of Age on the Printed Page" (Jan 25): I remember going to the local grocery store and sitting at the magazine stand for hours at a time to read Mad magazine and Cracked. It was a form of escape from the dreadful reality society was (and is) amid street gangs. Soon I began to check out library books on a regular basis--simple stories such as "Freckle Juice," to everything from Judy Blume, S.E. Hinton, to Louis L'Amour and countless other stories, magazines and newspapers. As I grew out of that genre, my interests graduated from young adult literature to sociology, history, mythology, philosophy, poetry, religions and classic literature.
April 4, 1999 |
Director Darren Stein debuted in theaters recently with the dark teen tale "Jawbreaker," but it wasn't his first film. The 1996 "Sparkler" got Stein, now 27, his "Jawbreaker" deal with Columbia TriStar. The tale of naive L.A. boys (including Freddie Prinze Jr.) who find common ground with trailer trash (Park Overall, Veronica Cartwright) on a Las Vegas adventure arrives Friday. FIRST THINGS SECOND: "In retrospect, I'm happy the films are being released out of order.
June 17, 2013 |
Today is Blumesday --not a typo, as it turns out, but a holiday concocted to celebrate the beloved young-adult author Judy Blume. Bloomsday, which honors James Joyce's "Ulysses," took place on Sunday. As NPR reports , Blumesday was created by writers Joanna Miller and Heather Larimer, who, try as they might, found they were never quite able to embrace Joyce's vast novel. "We sort of self-deprecatingly said, 'Well the only way we could participate in Bloomsday was if it were Judy Blumesday.' And then the joke turned into, 'Wait, why aren't we doing this?"