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A Fuse #8 Production
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Fusenews: “You have no power over me”


Fast fast, like lightning, fast!  It’s a Fusenews round-up of epic quickie proportions!   First up, my buddy Warren Truitt used to work with me in the Central Children’s Room of New York Public Library.  Then he moved to Alabama.  He’s kept busy, since that time with a long-term personal project.  This one man machine […]

Never Gonna Sequel

Black Cauldron

It’s happened to us all.  You hear that one of your favorite books for kids or teens is being adapted to the silver screen and you are struck with a simultaneous feeling of hope and fear.  You go to see it and it’s even worse than you imagined.  Then you leave the theater and realize […]

Fusenews: Gravel in the bed


“If kids like a picture book, they’re going to read it at least 50 times, and their parents are going to have to read it with them. Read anything that often, and even minor imperfections start to feel like gravel in the bed.” – Mark Haddon I’ve just returned from speaking at a magnificent writing […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #2: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle


#2 A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (1962) 307 points The only book I’ve ever finished, turned over, and immediately started reading again. – Lauren Martino Magical. Thrilling. As a kid, I loved that it stretched my brain. Other dimensions! Time travel! Oh how I loved the “Aunt Beast” creatures — how in a […]

Video Sunday: Warning – Contains Dancing Squirrels


Yep.  Odds are that this may be the best book trailer ever produced for a classic work of children’s literature.  I mean, looking at it don’t you feel inclined to reread the book?  I sure as heck do.  And remember, if you want to see Lois Lowry, Madeleine L’Engle, Rebecca Stead, and R.L. Stine talk […]

Fifty Years is Just a Wrinkle in Time: A Panel to Beat All Panels


Fifty years ago Madeline L’Engle published her best known creation A Wrinkle in Time.  Since its release the book has gone on to be one of those rare titles that can get away with being part fantasy, part science fiction, and part religious allegory.  All that and it’s interesting to boot.  Not surprisingly Macmillan (the […]

Fusenews: Chubby little cubby all stuffed with RAGE!!!!


On Saturday, August 7th at 2:00 p.m. I will be moderating a talk with Stephen Roxburgh of namelos and Jennifer Perry, the Assistant Vice President & Editorial Director of the Book Publishing Group at Sesame Workshop, about ebooks, digital literature, and the current children’s literary industry.  As preparation, this article from Publishers Weekly called The […]