Lions, Witches & Wizards

October 14, 2007
(was 11.05.2006)

Walk into the children's section of any bookstore and the magic wands and secret portals almost materialize in front of you. Wizards, witches, demons, time travel, dragons, orphans, orphaned dragons – doesn't anyone know how to write a non-magical book anymore?! In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, we'll examine the boom in children's fantasy publishing. Is this a Golden Age for children's books, or a marketing feeding frenzy?

  1. Geraldine McCaughrean on "Peter Pan in Scarlet"

    Award-winning children's writer Geraldine McCaughrean tells Jim Fleming why she wrote a sequel to "Peter Pan" and why she's glad Peter's a brat.

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  2. Matthew Skelton on "Endymion Spring"

    Matthew Skelton's debut children's novel is called "Endymion Spring."  It's a tale of ancient manuscripts, old libraries and magic.

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  3. Sharyn November on Children's Book Publishing

    Steve Paulson talks with Sharyn November, senior editor for Viking Children's Books and head of Penguin Putnam's Firebird, about the current boom in children's fantasy writing.

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  4. Eoin Colfer on Artemis Fowl

    Eoin Colfer is the author of the Artemis Fowl books.  There are five of them now. The latest on is called "The Lost Colony."

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  5. Tamora Pierce on Writing Strong Women

    Tamora Pierce tells Anne Strainchamps why she has devoted her career to creating strong female characters who challenge and exceed their societies' expectations of them.

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