Monday, May 03, 2010

May/June Magazine

The new issue of the Horn Book Magazine is out, and selected articles are up on our website, including "YA: Why So Big and Stupid?" and "Meat Is Murder." I paraphrase.


Moira Manion said...


I wanted to mention, thank you to "The Horn Book" for introducing me to "One Crazy Summer." I absolutely love this book, and might not have noticed it if not for your magazine's review.

Anonymous said...


I love you and agree with you. You ARE the old guy yelling at the kids to stay off his lawn, though. You know that, right?

I don't write the kind of books you are talking about. Weird thing, though: with each new book, I have more reviews that say that my book is good, but bizarrely fails to be that kind of book you are talking about.

Obviously, I can write, they say, so why have I failed to write a HighConceptThrillBook?

It isn't weird that people have criticisms-- it's weird that they say they like the book and still think I've done everything in it wrong according to their rules.

I don't care how much big stupid YA gets published, but I am a little anxious that it has become the definition of "Good YA."

rachel said...

...just wanted to say that the issue is absolutely beautiful. Congratulations to all of you. And, miss you.


ELM said...

Hi Roger,

I have a question for you. In your editorial, you write "I wonder if these books don’t really teach more about the pleasure of consuming. Think about the decreasing number of YA novels that aren’t part of a series."

I think I know what kind of books you're referring to in that statement, but don't alot of books series promote the same idea: consuming for pleasure/material possession rather than reading for content? E.g, The Babysitters Club series. With over 200 stories, many of the ideas and plots were recycled, yet young girls read (consumed?) them anyway. It was almost a competition to see who could acquire/read the most BSC books.

Roger Sutton said...

Oh, Rachel, we miss you too! Come visit!

Anon and ELM, that publishers count on our acquisitive natures isn't new; what's different here is the way that mass-market instincts have affected hardcover juvenile publishing.BSC, SVH, Hardy Boys, Boxcar Children--staples of childhood reading and cash cows for publishers. But one of them would never have been a list's Big Book, the way that Rick Riordan or James Patterson books are today.

Now, get off my lawn!

ELM said...

I understand what you mean now.

Although, the new BSC prequel book is a hardcover, and though it might not appear as a bestseller on any book lists, it is generating a buzz in both print media and the blogosphere.

Bless Ann M. Martin. :)

Michael Grant said...

What's happened is that writers have stopped working for editors, reviewers and assorted adult hand-wringers and scolds, and started working for their readers. Kids make their own book purchasing decisions and they like series. So we give them series.

Of course none of us in kidlit are concerned with anything as crude as money, or the marketplace, we are all devoted solely to art. You, me, Rupert Murdoch, Disney, Bertelsmann, it's all about the art for all of us.

Nevertheless, it's hard to ignore the fact that this is no longer the 1950's, and that we working authors are in competition not only with other writers, but with games, TV, movies, anime, ARG's and social networks.

Kidlit isn't run from New York or Boston anymore. It isn't run by the ALA or Pub Weekly or Horn Book. It isn't even run by Uncle Rupert or Scholastic Book Club. It's run by some kid with a Twitter account and 600 followers. That kid likes series.