Fighting For a Piece of the Pie
An interesting post on Read Roger (by Roger Sutton, editor of Horn Book) today got me to thinking. On the posting Roger was commenting on the recent New York Times Book Review list of the Best Work of American Fiction In the Last 25 Years. Roger acknowledged the inevitable why-aren't-there-any-children's-books-on-the-list debate before informing us that he hasn't read enough adult fiction in the last 25 years to judge where kiddie lit would fall. I'm totally with him on this one. However, he then goes on to say that the only book he could imagine on the top 20 American books list in the last 25 years would have to be Holes. Obviously His Dark Materials couldn't count because they're British. Holes is probably the best choice, I agree. Still, I can't help but think that there must have been SOMETHING written relatively recently that is considered a classic already. Worth pondering.