‘Leave it to Chance’ 20th Anniversary Slips By Unnoticed

‘Leave it to Chance’ 20th Anniversary Slips By Unnoticed

Before there was a Harry Potter, there was Chance Falconer. Smart, fearless, resourceful, Chance is exactly the girl hero that young readers and their parents are eagerly seeking today, and yet very few people know she exists. How Scholastic hasn’t snapped up ‘Leave it to Chance’ is a mystery to me, but now that the 20th anniversary of the series’ debut is upon us, it’s long past time to sing her praises and see if anyone notices. Read More

GBBP 88: Jeff Smith

GBBP 88: Jeff Smith

If you’re a fan of comics or graphic novels at all, or if you have a kid of reading age, you know who Jeff Smith is. On this episode, we chat about self-publishing, having one story dominate your career, the effect of awards and acclaim, what an “all-ages” label really means, why ‘Bone’ mostly escapes the persistent “boy’s/girl’s book” stigma, and McDonald’s in India. Read More