While perusing Jen Robinson's recent posting on how she had recently purchased some reissued reprints of older children's books, I was delighted to discover she mentioned my much beloved and too often forgotten Below the Root. This book was basically the City of Ember / Giver / Windsinger / any-other-book-where-a-kid-gets-an-assigned-job-at-12 title of its day. Why was I so attached to this particular title as a child? Because I owned, played, and loved the video game version.
So I was a little surprised to find it back in print after all these years. The author, Zilpha Keatley Snider, is well-known in certain circles but not necessarily a household name. According to the Amazon.com link, I discovered a publisher known as backinprint.com. Basically, they describe themselves as such:
The Authors Guild is the nation's oldest and largest professional society of published authors, representing more than 8,000 writers. The Authors Guild Backinprint Bookstore is pleased to bring readers access to a variety of titles that were previously out-of-print.Whatever their reasons, this is an organization to watch. Now can we do something about bringing back The Noisy Counting book please?