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A 40-ish publisher (editor, project manager, etc.), husband, and father of an even number of offspring, I grew up, or failed to, reading fantasy and sci-fi. I still enjoy reading, and now am trying to write. My favorite books include YA fantasy, manga, biography, and advice to authors. I'm also a former history major/grad student/high school teacher and assessment writer. Now I work for a school supplement publisher, specializing in high-low chapter books. I spend a lot of my time controlling reading levels. At night, I cut loose and use long words. W00t!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Farewell, Jean Craighead George

Jean Craighead George, prolific author of books that have inspired both me and my son (My Side of the Mountain, anyone?), passed away at the age of 92. 

Her writing is a precursor of the gritty action-adventures, often featuring tough, young women, that sell so well today. (I just finished Divergent, by Veronica Roth, review TK.) I think there's a pretty straight line between JCG and dystopian fantasies.

Thanks, Jean Craighead George, for what you wrote, and for the inventiveness you inspired.

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