And a 420 character 9-liner on the same topic!

Middle kids like me need validation of their ideas.

Thanks to Tana French for her shout-out on Eva Ibbotson.

I book-talked this author to scores of school kids,

putting her “Secret of Platform 13” into their hands in 1994,

3 years before doing likewise w/ Harry Potter on platform 9 3/4.

I quoted Eva in my writing lessons as an example of how all authors

borrow from each other.

Maybe more so if you’re a middle kid?


(I may even have used her words in the book-talk:) “It’s true that adventures are good for people even when they are very young. Adventures can get in a person’s blood even if he doesn’t remember having them. ”
― Eva IbbotsonThe Secret of Platform 13

(see Tana French interview column in NYT books for today.) Tana French says that Eva Ibbotson’s “A Countess Below Stairs” is the “literary equivalent of a really good ice cream: all the comfort factor of junk food, but way tastier and more satisfying, and not bad for you…a quirky, lovely, extravagant, funny romance.”  We love you, Eva.

The web is full of her readers:

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