S.J. O'Hart

Writer. Represented by Polly Nolan (@NolanPolly) of The Greenhouse Literary Agency.

Masterpieces of Children’s Literature

Masterpieces of Children’s Literature

Earlier this week, a reader used the words ‘masterpieces of children’s literature’ in a search engine, and as a result they came upon my blog. I’m not sure whether they went away disappointed, or if they found what they were looking for, because I’ve never really written about the broad scope of children’s literature here; it is my primary passion in life, and yet I’ve never actually gone into it…

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What was really lost on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

Those on board all had names, lives and loved ones left behind, they were the brothers, friends, sisters, daughters and partners.

Here are just a few of those victims, remembered the way that they should be: not as being parts of a tragic situation, but for their incredible lives that were cut short.

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This needs to be read. RIP to all those lost on board MH17; I don’t know what else to say in the face of this horror. It strips meaning from words and any sort of happiness from human existence. These people should not be dead. I hate that I have no choice but to live in a world where they will never draw breath again.


At the weekend, I had the pleasure of meeting a woman whom I had met before, years ago, but whose path hadn’t crossed with mine since. She, her husband and their lovely son were attending an event along with my husband and me, and it was great to see her again.

Eventually, however, the question I (nonsensically) dread came up in conversation.

So. What do you do for a living?

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The biggest issue with equating the library with a Netflix for books is that it sends a false message that libraries are worth little more than $8 or $12 or $20 a month. That the services offered in libraries are little more than options to which people can subscribe, rather than actual services anyone can utilize at any time.

When the library is made to be seen as a business, rather than the heart of a community or a fundamental service made possible through citizen-approved tax dollars, it makes the library expendable. That expendability then moves down the chain: staff salaries get cut, then staff withers, then more programs and projects that benefit the community — books and movies and CDs and magazines and newspapers and wifi and computer access and database subscriptions and programs for all shapes, colors, and sizes of people — disappear, too. It detracts from the unique aspects that make a library what it is: a place for all, rather than a place for some.

Libraries reach out where Netflix reaches in.

from Libraries Are Not a “Netflix” for Books.  (via catagator)


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Same goes for bookshops. #BooksHaveValue #BooksAreImportant #SaveOurBookshopsAndLibraries

What Ms Marvel's rare 6th printing means for diversity in comics »




Kamala Khan has enraptured the world as many times as she’s saved it. Now, the plucky Pakistani-American teen who made history as the new Ms Marvel, comics’ first ever lead Muslim superhero, is getting a rare sixth printing—and heralding a new era of diversity in comics.

Although the world of comics occupies an increasingly large part of the pop cultural domain—last year the industry did about $800 million in sales—the number of people who actually buy comics is relatively small. Most comics only average about 3,000 copies per printing; with Kamala now on her sixth printing, she’s headed towards a whopping 20,000 print copies sold. 

Still, to put things in perspective, sixth printings are major milestones in the world of comics. Spider-Man Issue #583, the one with President Obama on the cover, only made it to a fifth printing despite making international headlines. Kamala now joins an elite lineup of bestselling comics that have performed beyond all expectations.



Not only is diversity interesting and cool and fun and healthy and good for everyone, IT FREAKING SELLS!

Signal boost, please!

Stories about people who aren’t white men sell, too!



This recipe taken from Forme of Curye, ab. 1390 A.D. (Pages 76v & 77r). The images are from the original manuscript as digitized by the John Rylands University Library and the 1780 printing edited by Samuel Pegge.

Tart in Ember Day

Take and parboil onions and herbs and press out the water and chop them small, take bread and pound it in a mortar and temper it with egg, do thereto butter, saffron and slat and raisins Corinth and a little sugar with fine powder and bake it in a shell and serve it forth.


Bring pot of water to boil. Peel and quarter onions, place in boiling water for 2-3 minutes, then drain. Chop onions and parsley and combine with bread crumbs, eggs, butter, currants, sugar, salt, and spices. Pour into prepared pie crust and bake at 350°F for 30-40 minutes, ensuring that the egg is set. Let cool for 10-15 minutes before cutting into serving sizes.

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