The Wall Street Journal's Scary Green Monsters raises good questions about when books veer into propaganda.
Too bad the author is a bit confusing about Joan Bauer: "Joan Bauer's "Peeled" (Putnam, 2008) won a Newbery Honor and hordes of young adult readers with its lively tale of a courageous teenage journalist who manages to outfox corporate interests that are trying to bamboozle a small apple-growing town." I triple checked; Peeled isn't on the list of Newbery Winners and Honors.
Bauer did get a Newbery Honor, but that was in 2001 for Hope Was Here.
Looks like the Wall Street Journal shouldn't have let go their librarian.
Edited to add:
This language is also in the print edition of the WSJ. See this post at Look Out for the Polar Bears for an image.
I'm not sure what the moral of this story is...anyone (especially any woman with child(ren)) can write about children's literature; children's literature doesn't deserve basic fact-checking; or fact-checking is an illusion and the only difference between blogs and main street media is.... um, I can get this answer... they have a print edition?
Edited to add: WSJ Corrects Error
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