What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week,
Featuring Yevgenia Nayberg and Gemma O’Callaghan

h1 March 13th, 2015 by jules

“On a day that shamed the sky, people were herded into the center of the town and forced to hand over their musical instruments—wooden or metal, it made no difference—to the Tyrant’s guards who carelessly pitched them into wagons.”
— From
The Wren and the Sparrow
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“I must have been about twelve when I first went to see him on my own in the Scilly Isles for my summer holiday, and by then the nightmares had gone. That’s not to say I wasn’t still apprehensive in those first few days after I arrived. But I was always happy to be there, happy just to get out of London. …”
— From
Half a Man
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This morning over at Kirkus, I write about two new picture books — one from a smaller publisher that came out of nowhere and I really enjoy, as well as a brand-new picture book from the great Jon Agee. That link is here.

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Since I wrote here last week about J. Patrick Lewis’ The Wren and the Sparrow, illustrated by Yevgenia Nayberg, and Michael Morpurgo’s Half a Man, illustrated by Gemma O’Callaghan, I’ve got a bit of art (above and below) from each book today.

Until Sunday …


“After a while, when the war was over, I left the hospital and came home to Annie, home to Scilly. My dream had come true, I thought. But of course it hadn’t.
I soon found that out. Annie tried—tried her best. I tried too. We had a baby—
your mother, Michael—but Annie still wasn’t looking at me. …”
— From
Half a Man
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HALF A MAN. Text copyright © 2014 by Michael Morpurgo. Illustrations copyright © 2014 by Gemma O’Callaghan. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA on behalf of Walker Books, London.

THE WREN AND THE SPARROW. Copyright © 2015 by J. Patrick Lewis. Illustrations copyright © 2015 by Yevgenia Nayberg. lllustration reproduced by permission of the publisher, Kar-Ben Publishing, Minneapolis.

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One comment to “What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week,
Featuring Yevgenia Nayberg and Gemma O’Callaghan”

  1. Julie, these really sound wonderful—and so sad, but as you said in your reviews—also hopeful. I’m glad to be aware of these. Thank you!

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