Patricia Polacco Stands Strong

An interesting letter from Patricia Polacco describing why her appearance at the International Reading Association Conference in Chicago last week was cancelled.  It appears that the all-powerful McGraw-Hill of textbook and test fame was interested in keeping Polacco from speaking out about her concerns over the No Child Left Behind program.  Polacco refused to adhere to their conditions that her speech be “upbeat, non-controversial, and non-political.”

First Andre Norton Award

Holly Black has won the first Andre Norton Nebula Award for best young adult science fiction or fantasy novel for her novel, Valiant: A Modern Tale of Faerie, which is a wonderful dark, urban fairy tale.